Housed in the former Danish Post and Telegraph office from 1912, adjacent to the central railway station and Tivoli Gardens, the Villa Copenhagen is a Grande Dame hotel for the 21st century. The building is designed in Neo-Baroque style, one among several styles which, as a reaction to the dominance of Historicism in Danish architecture, won popularity in the beginning of the 20th century in Denmark.
Architectural Design, Accommodations, and Artwork:
To ensure that the new interiors matched the grandeur of the architecture, and to keep the building at the forefront of Scandinavian design for another hundred years, Villa Copenhagen appointed London-based Universal Design Studio to create several public spaces and 381 guestrooms across the hotel’s five floors. The 1.3 billion Danish crowns (€175/$190 million) project. evokes the ambiance of a sophisticated Danish residence, with rooms featuring high ceilings, herringbone floors, restored original windows, gold accents, and muted color palettes that pay homage to paintings by 19th century Danish master Vilhelm Hammershøi. Thoughtful touches include keyless entry and remote check-in, virtual check-out, and an optional white glove service. The firm also designed the two-story Penthouse Suite, which features a grand walnut and steel spiral staircase leading up to lounge space and a master bedroom.
Other contributors include Danish architect Eva Harlou, who designed the sought-after Earth Suite, a fully sustainable suite entirely comprised of recycled materials and textiles with eco-friendly furniture by Mater Design; and Shamballa Jewels, a Danish fine jewelry brand that designed the remaining seven suites, including The Shamballa Master Suite, which is the most expensive suite in Denmark at US$8,100 per night, as well as two other spaces within the hotel, specifically The Courtyard and Old Boardroom.
Villa Copenhagen is also home to the city’s finest private art collection valued at more than US$2 million. With art curator Sune Nordgren at the helm, current artworks on display include pieces by local talent and celebrated international artists, including Jaume Plensa, Per Kirkeby, and Ian McKeever.
Villa Copenhagen features ample outdoor and interior green spaces:
- The Courtyard fuses Eastern philosophy with a modern Nordic aesthetic to create a multi-dimensional space for pop-up events, live music, and exhibitions.
- Old Boardroom – A vestige from the building’s Post House era, the Old Boardroom serves as a private event space for intimate gatherings and dinners, and remains almost entirely in its original form with antique chandeliers, restored wooden paneling, and imitation wall tapestries.
- Flexible meeting and event spaces up to 1,200 attendees. The hotel commissioned Mater Design to create the conference room chairs, with each one made exclusively from approximately 6 pounds of recycled ocean waste.
- Up on the roof, guests can go for a dip in the sustainable lap pool, warmed year-round with excess heat from the hotel’s cooling system, enjoy cabana service from the pool bar, work up a sweat at a 24-hour fitness center, sauna, or escape to a hidden garden growing organic herbs, spices, vegetables, and honey for daily dining menus.
Executive Chef Tore Gustafsson is responsible for the sustainable food profile, which focuses on ‘carbon-free’ dining and zero food waste. He worked with Epicurean, an F&B design studio from celebrated interior design house Goddard Littlefair, to develop all five of the hotel’s food and beverage outlets. Located on the ground floor in the former sorting room of the Post House, the Public and Rug Bakery outlets make up a spacious breakfast and flexible event space with an open kitchen, where guests are provided with personalized options for fresh bread, pastries, and coffee, including individually sealed to-go ‘FIKA’ bags, as well as à la carte options that can be served via in-room dining. The T37 Bar & Lounge offers a menu of tongue-in-cheek aesthetic, craft cocktails, and light dishes in a beautifully restored corner with original marble columns. Next door, the Playroom is stocked with table and board games, books, and plush furniture for laidback evenings. Kontrast brasserie has its own street entrance facing Central Station, and provides a cozy all-day restaurant open to city residents with contemporary takes on mid-century décor. Fresh, flavorful dishes made with organic ingredients from the hidden garden and local suppliers.
The front-of-house team is kitted out in uniforms by local sustainable fashion brand sur le chemin. While coordinated, team members can choose items that best suit their individual style from the capsule collection, which is made up of different pieces featuring prints of notable Copenhagen streets. Other hotel partners include Skandinavisk natural fragrances for in-room guest amenity kits; NOTEM Studio for hotel stationery; Bodum for porcelain dinnerware; and Mikkeller beer for guest minibars, with the craft brewery also hosting a curbside beer bus serving refreshing ales to guests this summer.
The hotel is operated by Nordic Choice, owned by Norwegian investor and billionaire Petter Stordalen, which operates some 200 hotels in the Nordics and Baltics under US Choice Hotels International brands Comfort, Quality and Clarion. Some hotels are individually operated, like the Skt. Petri in Copenhagen and The Thief in Oslo.