Copenhagen hotels: 3 of the best places to stay for all budgets
Copenhagen’s charms don’t just lie in its hygge or the fact it’s consistently rated one of the happiest places in the world to live. Or because flights from Australia are approximately 20% cheaper in 2017, when compared to 2016.
Expedia travel expert, Lisa Perkovic, says we’re also enthralled with the fairytale life of Princess Mary.
“These days Aussies might be lucky to spot her family riding bikes around the city, especially in the summer months when the days are long,” she says.
“Fans of the royal family should start their day at Rosenborg Castle, where the Crown Jewels sparkle in all their finery – you’ve never seen rubies or diamonds so big! From there, follow the Royal Guard as they march over to the Amalienborg Palace each day at 11.30am. The changing of the guard takes place at the palace at noon.
“Grab an open sandwich, a smørrebrød, to keep your energy levels up… [and] once you’ve refueled, check out Copenhagen’s famous design stores – Georg Jensen, Stilleben and Hay House should be top of the list.”
CABINN City Hotel
From $160 (Standard Room)
A trip to Copenhagen wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, immortalised in bronze and conveniently sitting just around the corner from CABINN City hotel.
The 352 rooms here may be on the small side (like the statue), but with Danish design sensibilities, their functionality is not just a given but a quality worth writing home about.
Free WiFi and tea and coffee is available in every room while breakfast is served for an extra charge in the cafe downstairs. And while there is no room service or mini bar here, the 24-hour reception sells snacks to sate your midnight munchies.
Standard Rooms are great for one but also have a top bunk and pull-out bed for up to three people sharing. From here, you’re seven minutes’ walk from Tivoli Gardens and the restaurants on Strøget.
First Hotel Mayfair
From $310 (Standard Room)
Good things come in small packages and in the seedy-turned-hipster ‘hood of Vesterbro, the First Hotel Mayfair offers a pocket-friendly stay.
Housed in an early 1900s building, the hotel expanded with 103 new rooms, conference facilities and restaurant last year, splashing works by Danish, Italian and Asian artists throughout.
Do as the Danes do and rent a red cruiser to cycle your way around the city. You’re also only five minutes from Copenhagen Central Station and near Tivoli Gardens – the second-oldest amusement park in the world.
All rooms are non-smoking with free WiFi and access to the 24-hour fitness centre. Breakfast can be purchased downstairs while drinks are served in the lobby bar – or in the courtyard outside in summer – and ubiquitous American eats can be found in the onsite Boston Bar & Grill.
From $565 (Standard Room)
Waste is a dirty word at Phoenix Copenhagen. Bolstered by the city’s mission to be the first carbon-neutral capital by 2025, all of the rooms and suites at this hotel have just undergone a full renovation to marry old world glamour with eco-friendly practices - water saving devices, sensor lighting, a recyclable-packaging-only policy and low-waste initiatives.
This ethos carries through the whole hotel with leftover food from the onsite restaurant, Brasserie Murdoch’s Books & Ale, donated to nearby hostels and charities.
Perched on a pretty piece of real estate a few minutes’ walk from the Amalienborg Palace and Strøget – the main pedestrian shopping area, whether you’re headed out for a spot of Mary-spotting or shopping, you won’t have to wander far.
The sherbet-hued houses along the canal of Nyhavn are also just a few minutes’ walk away.
*Hotel prices found on Expedia’s Australian website on the 15-16 June and are subject to change.
** This post first appeared in print in Escape on 21 May 2017.