The Copenhagen Admiral Hotel began its life as an 18th-century warehouse on the Copenhagen waterfront, before being turned into a maritime-themed hotel in the 1970s. With the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace on one side, the lively and picturesque Nyhavn canal on the other, and the Copenhagen Opera House across the water, the hotel couldn’t be better placed for feeling like you’re in the heart of Copenhagen’s sights. Historic tall ships regularly dock out front, and, when the sun comes out, locals and guests alike spill onto the waterfront patio for a Carlsberg beer.
Inside, the hotel feels quintessentially Scandinavian, with exposed beams and a blue-green color palette. The acclaimed SALT restaurant channels the city’s harborside location in its fresh, seasonal menu that leans heavily on local seafood.
Rooms: 366 rooms, 52 suites. From $187. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Inspired by elegant Parisian brasseries, the award-winning SALT bar and restaurant is all Danish in cuisine, with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. In addition to the seasonal menu, the chef offers a special two-, three-, or four-course menu once a month based on that week’s fresh ingredients. In warmer months, the waterfront patio opens for alfresco dining. An extensive buffet breakfast is also served in the restaurant, and room service is available 24 hours a day. Spa and gym details: The hotel doesn’t have a gym, but it is located right on the waterfront jogging track. Bicycles are also available for rent, and the hotel has an arrangement with a local gym that guests can go to for a fee. There’s also a Private Wellness Room, with a sauna and steam room, that can be rented; massages can be arranged upon request.
Who's it best for: Classic travelers who want to be in the thick of it. Our favorite rooms: Each of the Copenhagen Admiral Hotel’s rooms is individually designed, with its own charm and style, but those on the eastern side of the building have impressive harbor views. Expansive service: The concierge team regularly gets tickets for guests to performances at the surrounding theaters and pairs them with dinner or drinks at SALT for a themed evening.