If we could date Copenhagen we would. Every time we visit this Scandinavian city we’re seduced by it. It’s a place that manages to be trendy and charming all at once. It’s cool, always happy and exudes artistic intensity. We love the city’s experimental nature and how it’s edgy enough to push us out of our comfort box, but always makes us feel safe.
Like us, Copenhagen loves food, craft beer and cosy nights in. With its clean lines and fetching designs, it’s not bad on the eye either. We’re not the only ones who think so, according to Trend reports it’s one of the most enticing destinations in the world.
If you’ve never fallen in love with a city, then you’ve never been to Copenhagen. It’s time to put yourself out there and pay it a visit. Oh, and if you want a place in it’s heart, here’s the ideal hotel to stay at.
Right in it’s heart, Hotel Kong Arthur is set in the ideal location to get under the skin of the city. Tucked at the back of a cobblestoned alley overlooking the city’s lovely lakes, Nørreport station is a short seven minute stroll away. Around the hotel there is plenty to do and see. It’s right next to the cosy neighborhood of Nansensgade where you’ll find little bohemian cafés, trendy designer shops and lots of wine bars – it’s so hard not to go into every place you see. Opposite the hotel, on the other side of Queen Louise’s Bridge you find Nørrebro which is one of Copenhagen’s coolest quarters.
Decor & Atmosphere
This family-run hotel was originally a boarding school for carpentry apprentices in the 1800s, however much has changed since then. Kong Arthur is now a luxury boutique hotel exuding Nordic cool.
When you enter the lobby, the first thing you notice is the crackling fire, the comfy looking sofas and the shining suit of armour standing in the corner (a nod to the hotel’s namesake.) It’s a space which instantly invites you to relax and put your feet up.
Staff are friendly and eager to please, but not in an annoying way. The hotel itself is grand and spacious, yet manages to be cosy and personal at the same time. There’s an ambiance of comfort, open conviviality and unpretentious elegance here which we love.
If we had a bit of extra cash spare to decorate, we’d copy the decor of the boudoirs at Kong Arthur. Each of the hotel’s 155 rooms is unique, with hardwood floors and contemporary art. Like the rest of the hotel they have an elegant understated decor about them and a ‘homey’ feel.
Copenhagen is of the world’s most eco-friendly cities. It’s a place that ‘sees further than the end of it’s nose’ and Kong Arthur stays true to its ethos. Impressively, the hotel is CO2-neutral on energy consumption and part of the world’s first CO2-neutral hotel chain.
Food and Drink
Inspired by New Nordic cuisine, the breakfast here is all about local organic ingredients and sustainability. Served in a light atrium overlooking the courtyard, it’s exactly how you’d imagine a Scandinavian breakfast to be; wholesome and fresh.
There’s a varied selection of breads made with organic flour from Bornholm and Nordic grains. Cold cuts and cheeses are provided by Knuthenlund, a highly acclaimed family run organic farm in Lolland, and jam is made from seasonal produce like sea buckthorn, rose hip and mirabelle. You can even cook up your own waffles if you fancy something a little more hearty.
We seriously suggest making time for this spread in the morning, but if you really can’t, you can get a ‘grab and go’ breakfast for 75 DKK. The hotel has three restaurants – Italian, Spanish and Japanese, however during our stay we were on a mission to sample as much Nordic fare as we could so can’t comment on the restaurants – but given the standard of everything at the hotel, we’re sure the food is good.
The hotel wholeheartedly embraces the Danish concept of hygge with their aptly named ‘Cozy Hour’. Every afternoon between 5 and 6pm, guests are invited to the lobby where they can have a free drink and lounge around in front of the fire.
The hotel’s spa, Ni’mat (which means luxury Indonesian) was inspired by the owners travels to the East. With authentic Asian decor, it could possibly be one of the most beautiful spas we’ve ever been to. Even if you don’t book a treatment, a visit to the hot tub is a must as it feels like your relaxing under hundreds of twinkling stars – you’ll see what we mean when you go.
If you find yourself having one-too-many Danish hotdogs, you can burn them off at the hotel’s small fitness room. Copenhagen is the city of bikes, so of course you can rent one from the hotel to explore further.
To stay right in the heart of Copenhagen in an elegant boutique hotel that you won’t want to leave.
Address: Nørre Søgade 11, 1370 København K, Denmark
Disclosure: IDEAL stayed as a guest of Kong Arthur