Originally built as luxury apartments near Tivoli and City Hall, in central Copenhagen, the historic building now housing Hotel Alexandra has been a hotel since 1910. Over 100 years later, when it became the Hotel Alexandra, each of the rooms was painstakingly reimagined using exclusively Danish mid-century modern design, from the colors and fabrics to the furniture and art. Stepping into the lobby feels like stepping back in time to the Copenhagen of the 1950s and '60s, when the designers whose work fills the hotel were in the prime of their careers. Taking this dedication to Danish design a step further, each of the seven deluxe rooms and suites has been decorated exclusively with the work of one of the most famous Danish designers of the era: Finn Juhl, Verner Panton, Hans J. Wegner, Ole Wanscher, Børge Mogensen, Nanna Ditzel, or Arne Jacobsen.
But the hotel doesn’t live only in the past. Its dedication to environmental responsibility is evident throughout, and nowhere more so than in its carbon-neutral status, a laudable feat even in eco-conscious Denmark.
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Not far from Copenhagen Central Station, the 19th-century Tivoli Gardens amusement park, and the imposing Copenhagen City Hall, Hotel Alexandra puts central Copenhagen, and its sights and winding streets, at guests’ feet. Charming Studiestræde runs north from the hotel, straight to the impressive Vor Frue Kirke, the 19th-century cathedral known as the National Cathedral of Denmark; stop in at the design shops and cozy cafés en route.
Need to Know
Rooms: 61 rooms, two suites. From $190. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The hotel is home to an outpost of Copenhagen favorite LêLê Street Kitchen, a family-run collection of Vietnamese street-food restaurants that serve authentic dishes like spicy soups, fresh rolls, and spiced-meat salads in a lively, atmospheric dining room for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is also served for guests in the restaurant. Spa and gym details: Hotel Alexandra has a partnership with Mirage Spa, and can arrange for spa treatments upon request.
Who's it best for: Danish-design aficionados. Our favorite rooms: Room 338, the Finn Juhl Suite, is a tribute to the famous Danish furniture designer, filled with a carefully curated selection of his pieces. To top it off, the spacious suite has both courtyard and street views. At your fingertips: The team created an app for both iPhones and Androids that gives guests (or anyone who wants to download it) insider tips for all their favorite spots in the hotel’s immediate neighborhood as well as greater Copenhagen.