City Guide: Copenhagen, Denmark

Tue, 10 January 2017

Considered one of Europe’s style capitals thanks to its wealth of homegrown fashion, design brands and effortless street style, Denmark’s thriving capital is a must-visit for shopping. But Copenhagen is no one-trick pony. Thanks to the likes of Claus Meyer and Rene Redzepi reinventing Nordic cuisine at Noma – four times crowned Best Restaurant in the World – its gastronomic prowess has earned it a place on every foodie’s map too.

The city itself is also considered a benchmark for sustainable living; more people own bikes than cars, and it just feels clean. Copenhagen also boasts a burgeoning art scene and a cool coffee-shop culture, meaning there’s plenty to see and do, whether you’re there for a day, a week or a long weekend.


Hotel Ottilia

With a clear nod to the building’s former purpose as the Carlsberg brewery, Hotel Ottilia proudly showcases a genuine industrial-chic aesthetic. Dark-wood beams and iron balconies offset rough white floors and walls, creating a Scandi vibe that attracts stylish clientele. Head straight for the lobby bar to sample craft beer and take in the hotel’s quirky design before making your way to the rooftop terrace for panoramic views and cocktails made with the hotel’s own Wilderness Gin, concocted using Danish ingredients.


Despite its central location amidst the energy and excitement of daily Copenhagen life, Woodah-Hostel is a haven of relaxation, offering an affordable and comfortable stay in an eco-conscious environment. The ethos behind Woodah is appealing; their mission statement “healthy rather than wealthy” is derived from owner Maj’s own travel adventures. Having travelled the globe from the age of 19 uncovering the world’s best surfing spots, she came back home with the desire to establish the ideal base for fellow travellers to explore Copenhagen. With optional morning yoga and organic breakfast included, as well as a 24-hour café selling local sustainable products, Woodah aims to provide an enriching travel experience.
Rooms from £23 per night.

  • +45 23 90 55 63
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  • Abel Cathrines Gade 1
    1654 Kbh

Alexandra Hotel

This stylish hotel is a stone’s throw away from Copenhagen Town Hall Square and Tivoli Gardens, in the heart of the city. In addition to its central location, it offers a true Danish experience – rooms throughout the hotel are furnished with work from the seven most renowned Danish designers of the 20th Century. Deluxe rooms and suites are dedicated entirely to Danish icons such as Finn Juhl, Verner Panton and Børge Mogensen, making for an interesting cultural experience.
From £76 per night for a single room or £90 per night for a double room.

  • +45 33 74 44 44
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  • H. C. Andersens Boulevard 8
    1553 Kobenhavn V

CPH Living

For an accommodation experience like no other, opt to stay on CPH Living, the city’s floating hotel. Housed in a converted barge, this trendy spot features contemporary Danish furnishings throughout, including precious woods, with 12 rooms offering both harbour and city views, as well as a great rooftop terrace, perfect for watching the sun go down with a beer in the Danish summer.
Doubles from around £167 a night.

  • +45 61 60 85 46
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  • Langebrogade 1C
    1411 København K

Hotel SP34

If there’s one boutique hotel in Copenhagen that excels when it comes to location, style, and facilities, it’s the uber cool Hotel SP34. Based in the city’s vibrant Latin quarter, Hotel SP34 has its own cinema, two bars and two restaurants – one of which, Cocks and Cows, serves arguably the best burger in Copenhagen. Throw in a delicious organic breakfast and pared-back yet comfortable rooms and it’s easy to see why this hotel is one of the city’s finest.
Double rooms from around £110 a night.

  • +45 33 13 30 00
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  • Sankt Peders Straede 34
    1453 Kobenhavn K

Hotel Skt Petri

If you’re looking to blow the budget, this super stylish 288-room hotel in the city centre is a great spot to see and be seen. Currently under refurbishment, when the hotel reopens in spring 2017 you can expect a haven of laidback luxury, with the owners bringing together art, design, high quality amenities and exceptional service, making this a must-stay for a long weekend in Copenhagen.
Double rooms from £130 a night.

  • +45 33 45 91 00
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  • Krystalgade 22
    1172 København K

Hotel Sanders

Tucked on a side street behind the Royal Danish Theatre just steps away from King’s New Square in the centre of Copenhagen, Hotel Sanders encapsulates the casual coolness of Copenhagen. And no wonder, because owner Alexander Kølpin – a former dancer for The Royal Danish Ballet – has teamed up with modish designers Lind + Almond to create a handsome townhouse that is at once comfortably homely and impeccably chic. This is, in part, due to nonchalantly cool staff who are quick to foster an easy rapport (without straying into over-familiarity) that will provide you with plenty of under-the-radar recommendations and leave you feeling like their favourite guest. Teamed with an excellent restaurant and bar, this is the kind of hotel that you’ll go back to – if only to pick the brains of your new friends.

Woodah Hostel

Alexandra Hotel

CPH Living

Hotel SP34

Hotel Skt Petri

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