Top 10: The Best Design Hotels in Copenhagen

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by Telegraph Travel experts, The Telegraph, March 30, 2018

An expert guide to the best design hotels in Copenhagen, including the top places to stay for Scandi-chic interiors, quirky rooms, stylish restaurants, buzzy bars and city views, in locations close to Nyhavn, Tivoli Gardens, Amalienborg and Freetown Christiania.

Radisson Collection Royal Hotel Copenhagen, Denmark

8Telegraph expert rating

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This centrally located hotel was built for Scandinavian Airlines in the late Fifties and, at 26 floors, was Copenhagen’s first skyscraper. It was designed – inside and out – by celebrated Danish architect Arne Jacobsen (best known for his iconic egg chairs), so expect sleek and elegant interiors. Fans of Scandi modernism will love the ambience. The lobby is spacious and the reception generously staffed, with friendly concierge services handy for first-time visitors. A vast gym, single-sex saunas and steam rooms, massage rooms, fitness classes and even gym activities for children deliver the full Nordic urban lifestyle menu. Read expert review. From £102per night. Check availability. Rates provided by

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Hotel SP34 Copenhagen, Denmark

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This is the Latin Quarter’s finest boutique hotel, and a masterclass in Danish design. It has a relaxed but lively atmosphere that’s in keeping with the bohemian area it resides in. The airy reception/work space/bar is all high ceilings, solid wood flooring and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves stuffed with curios, arty books and potted plants. Bedrooms are also very Scandinavian in design with neutral coloured walls, stripped floorboards and snow-white linens. Danish furnishings include sturdy desks, leather-clad chairs and low-hanging vintage globe lighting. Read expert review. From £111per night. Check availability. Rates provided by

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Hotel Alexandra Copenhagen, Denmark

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Hotel Alexandra is the only retro hotel of its kind in Copenhagen, decorated with mid-century modern Danish design pieces such as Arne Jacobsen’s egg chair, Børge Mogensen’s Spokeback Sofa and Finn Juhl’s teak coffee tables. Don’t be fooled by the feeling of time standing still though: this hotel is modern and welcoming, right on The Town Hall Square. If you’re looking for real time travel, book either the Collector’s Suite or the Verner Panton Suite: the first is inspired by the Seventies and is designed by well-known collector of Danish vintage furniture Anders Petersen; the latter is a tribute to the Sixties and the famous Danish designer. Read expert review. From £94per night. Check availability. Rates provided by

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Hotel SKT. PETRI Copenhagen, Denmark

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This listed Modernist building once housed a department store before being turned into a hotel some years ago. The revamped interiors were overseen by Norwegian design studio Anemone Wille Våge, who've brought a grown-up, slightly retro glamour to the bedrooms. Black wood and smoky shades of blue and old gold are livened up by pops of emerald green, and one white wall of each room is covered in a distinctive, Moorish-style geometric moulding. There's an in-house fitness room, bikes for hire and a concierge desk. Read expert review. From £134per night. Check availability. Rates provided by

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Manon les Suites Copenhagen, Denmark

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This one-of-a-kind hotel proved an instant hit on opening thanks to a sun-trap roof terrace and roomy apartment suites set around a dramatic central pool area. 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. Read expert review. From £154per night. Check availability. Rates provided by

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Sanders Copenhagen, Denmark

Sanders Hotel Copenhagen

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Owner Alexander Kølpin, a former dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet, worked with design studio Lind + Almond to create a look that’s both luxurious and homely. Finishes are high end, with bespoke furniture, plush fabrics and tastefully earthy paint shades, and there’s a harmonious blend of influences – a dash of theatrical drama (velvet drapes at the entrance), a touch of colonial chic (rattan chairs and potted plants), and plenty of Danish style (mid-century modern sofas and plenty of candles). The look is emanated throughout the 54 elegant bedrooms. Read expert review. From £319per night.

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Hotel Danmark Copenhagen, Denmark

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This 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. The inside is equally appealing, with slatted wood walls, low leather seating and a brass-clad reception desk that doubles as the 24/7 bar. Rooms are small, but they do look good – modern, urban and stylish, in shades of grey and white (and, in the 1960s building, green). Custom-made iron bed frames incorporate moveable leather headboards and nifty swivelling bedside tables. Beds are topped with herringbone knit throws. Read expert review. From £118per night. Check availability. Rates provided by

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AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark

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This four-star hotel - a distinctive landmark on the Copenhagen skyline - 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. The designers wanted to create an informal mood and bring the natural world in – so you find lush living walls, sunburst lamps and curvy, organic forms. Public areas are spacious and high-ceilinged, huge windows let in lots of natural light, and furnishings are simple but stylish in that Nordic-cool way. Read expert review. From £123per night. Check availability. Rates provided by

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Nobis Hotel Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark

Nobis Hotel Copenhagen

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The five-star Nobis is a handsome conversion of a historic building, tastefully reworked by Swedish architectural firm Wingårdhs. They’ve respected period features (such as the original ornamental mouldings and grand marble staircase) but not been afraid to add contemporary twists – the reception desk is a stark concrete block and the central stairwell is now filled with a twinkly modern light installation. The lounge area is all soft leather chairs and designer lamps, with angular metal shelves displaying carefully placed objets – point your camera in just about any direction and you’d have a shot worthy of an interiors magazine. Read expert review. From £239per night. Check availability. Rates provided by

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First Hotel Twentyseven Copenhagen, Denmark

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This hotel is bigger than it looks from outside, with 200 rooms set round a central courtyard that, during the summer months, turns into an outdoor bar bedecked with trees in planters and plenty of garden seating. The interior style throughout is young, urban and contemporary and incorporates Danish design classics such as Arne Jacobsen egg chairs in the bar and a Poul Henningsen artichoke lamp over reception. Contemporary Nordic is the look in the guest rooms, where the décor is all uncluttered simplicity, with white walls, light wooden floors and classic, clean-lined furniture. Read expert review. From £127per night. Check availability. Rates provided by


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