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Copenhagen has come a long way since its origins as a Viking fishing village. Established as the Danish capital during the 15th century, the city is now consistently ranked as one of the world’s happiest - and it’s easy to see why. Compact in size and easily explored by bicycle, it is a wonderland of waterfront promenades, verdant parks, 18th-century palaces and pastel-colored buildings. It is a major center for culture, finance and design, as well as a beacon of northern European nightlife. In this article, we look at Copenhagen’s best hotels, whether you’re looking for a boutique in a legendary amusement park or a budget choice near top city landmarks.
Best Overall: 71 Nyhavn Hotel
Those looking for a quintessential Copenhagen experience should book a stay at 71 Nyhavn Hotel. Located on iconic Nyhavn canal, it is surrounded by multi-hued buildings and atmospheric restaurants. The hotel is comprised of two early 19th-century warehouses, one red and one yellow. Inside, admire a fine collection of Danish artworks, including masterpieces by Cobra movement luminaries Asger Jorn and Karel Appel. The reception remains open around the clock, and the service is exceptional.
There are 130 rooms and suites, the best of which have canal views. All rooms include a luxury Carpe Diem bed, a pillow menu, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is served every morning, and you can help yourself to free afternoon tea and coffee in the cozy central lobby. The hotel’s culinary highlight, however, is SEA by Kiin Kiin, an off-shoot of the city’s Michelin-starred Kiin Kiin restaurant. Order Southeast Asian small plates in a romantic setting designed to evoke 1930s Hong Kong.
Best Budget Hotel: Wakeup Copenhagen, Borgergade
In exceptionally expensive Copenhagen, finding quality budget accommodation can be difficult. Wakeup Copenhagen stands out not only for its affordable room rates, but also for its excellent location within easy walking distance of 17th-century Rosenborg Castle. Minimalist in design, the hotel has 498 contemporary rooms, all with a flat-screen TV, a Double bed, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Choose a Standard Room on the lowest floors for the best rates.
The hotel also offers triple rooms and connecting rooms, making it a good choice for families in search of a cheap city center stay. In the morning, you can fill up at the continental breakfast buffet for a small fee. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase in the lobby, but there are also plenty of restaurants nearby. Other useful facilities include a 24-hour reception, a business center for corporate travelers and rental bicycles (allowing you to save money on public transport).
Best Boutique: Nimb Hotel
Situated inside Tivoli Gardens, Nimb Hotel invites you into the fantasy world of Copenhagen’s 19th-century amusement park. The hotel is a Moorish palace, clad in marble stucco, topped with domed turrets and illuminated at night by countless twinkling lights. Inside, the decor is a combination of Old World elegance and contemporary Danish design. Choose from just 17 rooms, 12 of which are suites. All have a Bang & Olufsen TV and sound system (and most have open fireplaces and Tivoli Garden views).
The service is exemplary, with butlers trained to accommodate even the most eccentric requests. You’re spoiled for choice with a range of different restaurants - including Nimb Brasserie, known for its mouthwatering French cuisine. After a busy day, return to Nimb Bar for afternoon tea by the six-foot fireplace or for champagne cocktails beneath the heritage ballroom’s crystal chandeliers. Other perks include a 24-hour gym and in-room massages.
Best for Families: Tivoli Hotel
Located a 15-minute walk from Tivoli Gardens, Tivoli Hotel is the perfect choice for those visiting Copenhagen’s top family attraction. As well as inclusive park packages, the hotel is designed for kids with an indoor pool, a playroom, a garden and an outdoor playground. If you’re traveling during school holidays, you can also expect a slew of special children’s activities. Family Rooms sleep three or four with a pull-out mattress.
Connecting rooms and Theme Rooms that recreate the magic of Tivoli Gardens are also available. All options include free Wi-Fi and a TV with dedicated kids’ channels. Of the three on-site restaurants, the best for families is Tivoli Brasserie. Expect Danish and international dishes, children’s menus and direct access to the outdoor playground. Dogs are also welcome, while other pluses include a fitness center and indoor parking.
Best for Romance: Bertrams Guldsmeden
Charming Bertrams Guldsmeden is designed for style-conscious couples who prioritize intimacy over endless amenities. This adults-only hotel is located in fashionable Vesterbro, home to independent cafés, restaurants and galleries. There are just 47 rooms, all of them equipped for romance with a four-poster bed. The Balinese design is light and airy, with thoughtful touches ranging from parquet floors to claw-foot tubs.
Downstairs, there’s an open-plan lobby and a cozy restaurant where you can reconnect over breakfast. Served until 11:30 a.m. on weekends, the organic buffet allows you plenty of time for lazy mornings in bed. The highlight, however, is the landscaped garden. With plenty of quiet corners to sit and talk, it’s a romantic oasis - even in winter, when blankets are provided to keep you warm.
Best Luxury: Hotel D’Angleterre
Five-star Hotel D’Angleterre is a Copenhagen icon located near the Royal Danish Theatre. Established in 1755, the hotel has hosted Denmark’s elite for over 260 years. After a full renovation in 2013, it represents the perfect blend of classic grace and contemporary technology. There are 92 rooms and suites, all of which spoil with a DUX king bed, a marble bathroom and a Bang & Olufsen TV.
For the height of luxury, choose the Royal Suite with its chandeliers and gilded paneling. It includes a living room and a private dining room, as well as a balcony with beautiful theater views. The spa boasts an indoor pool and fitness studio, while Marchal restaurant is well-deserving of its Michelin star. In the evening, sample one of 160 different champagnes at Balthazar bar.
Best for Nightlife: Absalon Hotel
Absalon Hotel is the ideal base for partygoers wishing to explore the nearby Meatpacking District, a Vesterbro hotspot known as the epicenter of Copenhagen’s nightlife. Ultra-modern interiors reflect the area’s on-trend atmosphere, while the vibrant lobby lounge is a great place to meet friends. Enjoy a cocktail or two at the bar, or wander into the courtyard for al fresco sundowners before a night out on the town. Themed around rich tones of green, blue or plum, the rooms are designed for next-day relaxation with a 40” LED TV and free Wi-Fi. In the bathrooms, you’ll find Karmameju toiletries and Philippe Starck design elements. After a late night, revive yourself with the hotel’s generous breakfast buffet.
Best Business: Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
Located a three-minute walk from Ørestad station, Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers allows you to reach the city center or the airport in just 10 minutes. There are 21 meeting rooms on-site, with space for up to 800 guests. Wi-Fi is free and the 24-hour business center takes care of your printing and copying needs. After your meetings, unwind in the fitness room or in one of several restaurants - including stylish atrium venue Bark. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a spacious work desk, while the Sleep Advantage program offers perks such as premium bedding and guaranteed wake-up calls.
Best Views: Copenhagen Marriott Hotel
Thanks to its central waterfront location, Copenhagen Marriott Hotel is able to offer some of the best views in the city. In the rooms and suites, floor-to-ceiling windows take full advantage of the hotel’s enviable setting. Decide whether you want to look out over the city or the harbor canal, then choose an Executive Level room for a top-floor perspective. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, comfortable pillow-topped bedding and a luxurious marble bathroom. Beautiful canal views can also be appreciated from on-site Midtown Grill, while the PIER 5 terrace is perfect for cocktails overlooking the water.