Ask a dozen people about their favourite hotel, and you’ll likely get a dozen different responses. A favourite hotel is as much of a personal preference as your favourite movie, book or singer. But in our opinion, the best hotels have a few things in common: they feel intimate and personal (regardless of size or number of rooms), they have a distinctive vibe, the staff offers superb service and the architecture and interior design are unique and full of character. We love them even more when they are deeply ingrained in the local neighbourhood and culture. Here’s our list of ten carefully crafted Copenhagen boutique and luxury hotels that tell a strong story.
When Alexander Kolpin ended his career as a successful ballet dancer (at the height of his career, he was awarded the Prix Benois de la Danse for best male dancer) he rejoined the family business to become a hotelier. The run-down townhouse Opera Hotel was renamed Hotel Sanders (after Alexander) and transformed into a sophisticated and intimate bolthole in the middle of town located not far from Kongens Nytorv. London-based design firm Lind + Almond was enlisted to create the interior design, which is a surprisingly successful amalgamation between Danish mid-century modern, Karen Blixen-esque colonial and Parisian bistro style.
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Photography courtesy of Nobis Hotel
Villa Copenhagen is very likely the last decade’s most ambitious hospitality project in all of Scandinavia. Housed in a 1912 neo-baroque edifice that was once the headquarters for Denmark’s post and telegraph office (an aerial view of the building spells out the letters P – for ‘post’ – and T – for ‘telegraf’), the building’s heritage and its unique features have been carefully preserved and thoughtfully fused with all the amenities expected from a contemporary 5-star stay.
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The Audo in Copenhagen is not your regular stay. The refurbished old merchants’ house in the Nyhavn area has received a complete makeover by Norm Architects and the Danish design brand Menu. The space has been designed as a hybrid between a hotel, a design shop, an event space, a restaurant and a café. As such, it encourages interactions between locals and guests alike. Considering the thought that has gone into creating the Audo, the vibe is decidedly elegant in a modern way.
Photography courtesy of The Audo
The epitome of a good neighbourhood hotel, Hotel SP34 is one we keep returning to again and again. Its location on historic Sankt Peders Stræde, which the hotel is also named after, puts it at the heart of Copenhagen’s bohemian Latin Quarter. The juxtaposition of rough industrial concrete floors and walls and delicate mid-century Danish furniture by Carl Hansen & Son make for a bolthole that is both edgy and cosy – and thoroughly Danish.
Photography courtesy of Hotel SP34
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