Touting itself as the world’s first design hotel, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel was designed by world-renowned Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen, in the 1960s, for Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). A sleek, 20-story skyscraper, the building towers over central Copenhagen’s modest, historic buildings, an emblem of Denmark’s cutting-edge status in mid-century design. Thanks to its unusual height, too, most rooms have exceptional views of the city—a rarity in this short city.
Almost all of the rooms have been entirely updated, though the hotel still maintains the spirit of Jacobsen’s original design, with mid-century lines and colorful Egg and Swan chairs throughout. One original room has been preserved, and it's an attraction in itself, as is the rooftop restaurant Alberto K, whose New Nordic cuisine attracts gourmands from around the world.
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Set on busy Hammerichsgade, just down the road from Central Station and the 19th-century Tivoli Gardens amusement park, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is well located for exploring Copenhagen on foot. The Copenhagen City Hall, with its murals of historic Copenhagen, is just a few minutes away, as is Ørsteds Parken, a lake-filled park perfect for an afternoon stroll.
Need to Know
Rooms: 260 rooms, 4 suites. From $264. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Radisson’s top-floor, 20th-story restaurant, Alberto K, has long been renowned not just for its exceptional views over the city, but also for its excellent New Nordic cuisine made from fresh, local ingredients. Downstairs, looking out on the street, the Café Royal serves classic and elegant lunches, and an extensive wine list is available well into the evening. The sultry Royal Bar serves wine, beer, cocktails, and coffee, along with desserts and bar snacks, throughout the day. Spa and gym details: Fitness dk Royal, the hotel’s 2,000-square-meter fitness center, has a full range of modern workout equipment, as well as a schedule of classes, personal trainers with whom guests can make appointments, and a sauna and steam room. Massages can be arranged through the gym upon request. Bicycles are also available to rent at the front desk.
Who's it best for: Design gurus, business travelers, and families. Our favorite rooms: Room 606, known as the Arne Jacobsen Suite, is the only room in the hotel to still have the original 1960s decor, as designed by Jacobsen himself. When it’s not booked, guests in other rooms are welcome to tour it. If bringing the kids: Children are especially taken care of at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, with babysitting available, and a special children’s menu at the Café Royal.