Manon Les Suites (main picture) There’s an eclectic mix of influences behind the design – New York urban, Bali tropical, Ibiza beach, African safari. Exposed piping and steel landing walkways meet luxuriant planting and four-poster day beds around a patchwork-effect tiled pool, where glowing fish lamps and giant terracotta pots dangle on chains from girders supporting the glass roof five storeys up.
AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen A distinctive landmark on the Copenhagen skyline, this four-star hotel is all modern Scandi style, from its striking silhouette (two tilting glass and aluminium towers, linked by a sky bridge) to its light-filled interiors, design-conscious rooms and excellent New Nordic restaurant.
CPH Living There is nowhere else quite like this in Copenhagen – and you won’t find anything closer to the water. A floating 12-bedroom hotel, converted from an old German barge, it’s permanently moored in the city centre and makes an unusual, relaxing place to stay.
Hotel Danmark The 89-bedroom hotel consists of two linked buildings, one a listed 18th-century property, which retains its original façade, the other a 1969 block, now attractively clad in racing green and emerald tiles at street level. It’s appealing outside (pavement tables and chairs; big pots filled with greenery) as well as inside (slatted wood walls, low leather seating and a brass-clad reception desk that doubles as the 24/7 bar).
Hotel Skt Petri This listed Modernist building once housed a department store before being turned into a hotel some years ago. Back then, the interior look was bold and fairly stark; now, a top-to-toe makeover has introduced a warmer feel via richer colours and softer fabrics.
Scandic Palace Hotel This hotel was ahead of its time when it opened in 1910, with architect Anton Rosen overseeing every detail of its look, from the Art Nouveau façade and bedroom wallpapers to the restaurant cutlery and staff uniforms. It’s now a protected landmark and retains many original features; while the lobby is initially underwhelming, things get more interesting once you start noticing period details like the gilded dado rails, Georg Jensen door handles and etched mirrors on the half-landings.
Nimb Seen from the park, the hotel’s original 1909 building looks particularly striking after dark, lit up by thousands of softly glowing light bulbs. Inside, high ceilings, crystal chandeliers and plush fabrics provide a glamorous backdrop for typically tasteful Danish design. Solid wood floors run through to a sleek new extension, where an undulating glass wall fills the corridor with light, and everywhere there are candles, lanterns, and lavish, stop-you-in-your-tracks flower arrangements.
Hotel d’Angleterre – The Legend Choice. A Copenhagen landmark since 1875, the d’Angleterre is an historic grande dame hotel brought bang up to date combining period features (grand proportions, stately columns, lavish chandeliers) with bucketloads of contemporary comfort and style (a classy colour palette of muted lilacs and greys, luxe materials and dramatic floral arrangements).
Moxy Copenhagen Sydhavn At the Copenhagen outpost of Moxy, Marriott’s lively youth brand, the look is playful and creative, with well-designed communal areas and clean-lined bedrooms. It’s aimed at millennials but appeals to anyone who’s happy to forego a central location in favour of contemporary style, a party vibe and good value.
citizenM Copenhagen Rådhuspladsen Fun and function combine at this buzzy city-centre hotel, the first Nordic outpost for the Dutch chain and a welcome addition to the Copenhagen hotel scene. Its combination of clever design, friendly atmosphere and good value is hard to beat in such a convenient location.
Hotel Astoria The building, next to the Copenhagen Central Station, was designed in 1935 as a station hotel for the Danish State Railways. The building is intended to resemble a steam locomotive, with its connotations of travel and movement encapsulating the essence of the site, and as an expression of the fascination with progress and technology which was typical of the time.
Copenhagen Plaza The hotel was built in 1913, commissioned by King Frederik VIII, and there’s nothing modern or minimal about the look. Instead, think classic and traditional – step into the lobby and you enter an old-school world of dark wood panelling, fleur de lys-patterned carpet and a great, glass-walled vintage lift that glides up through the central stairwell. It’s also home to one of the city’s classic watering holes, the cosy, old-school Library Bar.