A good hotel gives a true sense of place, but a hotel of great artistry borrows a few bits from somewhere else. Copenhagen’s boutique hideaway Coco Hotel might be as Danish as Mads Mikkelsen eating a piece of salty licorice – with its bold design choices and hygge attitude, oh-so-cool Vesterbro setting, and bikes to borrow – but it's cherry-picked Paris’s chicest traits, too. Its bistro has a striped awning and leafy interior courtyard, the bar has more than 150 cult and niche wines (largely French), and food has a Gallic feel. So, a stay here is like taking two cosmopolitan trips in one.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Late check-out is available till 1pm for DKK250.
Double rooms from £117.02 (DKK975), including tax at 25 per cent.
Rates don’t include the buffet breakfast, but guests get a free glass of wine each day during Cafe Coco’s happy hour (5pm to 6pm).
The hotel has a series of events from DJ nights, film screenings in the courtyard, wine tastings and more.
At the hotel
Leafy courtyard terrace, ping-pong room, bikes to borrow (DKK100 for four hours, DKK150 for the whole day), small boutique, free WiFi, plug adaptors available on request. In rooms: TV with Chromecast, writing desk, bathrobes on request and minibar. The Family Room has a Playstation 4 too.
Our favourite rooms
All rooms are dressed to impress – some bright with pattern and colour, others a touch more haute hygge – so whichever you book, you’ll feel like you’re sleeping in a fashion shoot. The Junior Suite is the stand-out for its terrace (if you’re on the ground floor) or panoramic view of Copenhagen’s skyline (if you’re on the top floor), and families will be very comfortable in the Triple or Family rooms.
There’s no spa on site, but Coco’s got your back… They’ve partnered with Ara'Kai beauty for face-focused preening, Aire Ancient Baths for Roman-style soaking (curiously housed in the former Carlsberg factory), Studio 41 Pilates for lengthening stretches and Vesterbronx Gym, where guests can get a day pass for a reduced DKK60.
While the Danes might tend to just-so minimalism in their style, your suitcase will be packed to the max once you’ve loaded up on exquisite tailoring, elegant homewares and chi-chi accessories.
There are no uncharismatic plastic cards here – you’ll get a real tassel-fobbed key for your door.
There’s a family suite and kids will love the ping-pong room, but this is really for hip young things of a different sort.
The Cofoco Group (Copenhagen Food Collective), which this – Green Key approved – hotel is part of, has its own solar park in the town of Nees on the northwest coast, which has helped it to become entirely carbon neutral. It also serves as an organic farm, where the vegetation is kept in check by grazing ducks and geese, and the panels don’t just generate energy for the group but contribute to the national grid. Food is sustainably sourced too and waste minimised, and only organic products from vetted farms are served; water is filtered and Danish, because, after all, the country has some of the purest in the world. The group is also heavily invested in the community. They support DFUNK, who work with young refugees; Projekt Q-Værk, who provide shelter for victims of domestic violence; and homeless charity Hus Forbi, as well as supporting local athletic and educational initiatives through donations. Further afield, the group has held reforestation efforts in Mexico and Tanzania. And on a smaller – but no less significant – scale, the hotel uses LED lighting, has banished single-use plastics, re-circulates heat and composts and sorts waste.
Ok, so it’s not exactly off the city’s social grid, but the tree-lined central courtyard feels like an in-the-know secret.
This fashion-week favourite requires keenly tailored minimalism or outlandish avant-gardism.
Café Coco is the hotel’s laidback ground-floor bistro, with terrazzo-flooring, industrial lighting, marbletop counters, and bentwood and cane chairs. In keeping with the hotel’s Parisian accent, the slight yet sophisticated menu has a French flavour (avocado with crab, charcuterie and sourdough, tuna crudo, a very popular ham, cheese and mustard toastie). Breakfast – breads with various toppings, pastries (for an extra charge) – is served here; but for chia puddings, waffles, bagels and eggs any way, cross over the road to sister eatery Restaurant Delphine.
Bar à Vin, which spills out into the courtyard, fittingly has more than 150 wines on offer, with some notable picks: say the Soft Inside pétillant from punk-rocker turned vintner Brendan Tracey, a Georgian tsolikouri, and an orange wine from Roussillon called Zeste Machine. And for cocktails, Café Coco’s yuzu and passionfruit spritzes, Raspberry Kiss with Diplomático rum, and espresso martini will kick start your night.
Cafe Coco’s open from 8am to midnight. Breakfast at Restaurant Delphine runs from 7am to 10am, Monday to Friday and 7.30am to 10am on weekends.
Drinks can be ordered to your room round the clock, and food can be delivered during café hours.
Coco Hotel is in lively Vesterbro, a reformed red-light district. Due north of the Kalvebod Brygge waterfront, it’s close to Tivoli Garden’s thrill rides and the Meatpacking District’s lively nightlife.
Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport is just a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Transfers can be arranged from DKK300 (the price varies depending on the time of day).
The historic Copenhagen Central Station is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Interrail services arrive here from Sweden and Germany, and there are connections with other major cities in Denmark. The closest Metro station is also here, serving the M3 and M4 lines, which cover a lot of ground.
Keep in step with the hotel, and the city at large, by going about greenly, either on foot or by bike. You’ll find you won’t really need a car, but if you do drive in, the hotel has partnered up with Q-Park CodanHus (a five-minute walk away); show your ticket at reception and they’ll exchange it for a voucher (worth DKK180) which you can use to pay – the final cost will be charged at check-out.
Worth getting out of bed for
Vesterbro, the hotel’s ‘hood, was once the city’s no-go red light district, but nowadays ‘Looking for a good time?’ means something very different here. There’s still the odd sex shop, but now they’re given some legitimacy by cute cafes, vintage shops, super-cool Scandi homeware stores, wine bars and coffee roasters. There’s days’ worth of ambling to be had in this too-cool enclave; and, krone are easily depleted, but oh, the things you can buy. Dansk is a who’s who of pan-global design (with literally an A-to-Z of respected brands) where you can pick up Le Corbusier lamps, Alessi kitchenware and Thanet seating. Dora offers a slightly more affordable array, plus vintage pieces, while Wood Wood peddle hyped sneakers, cult perfumes, avant-garde streetwear and more. Can is a trove of vinyl, Thiemers Magasin has an excellent book selection and wine-fuelled events, and I Blame Lulu has luxury pre-loved wearables for women. Once your wallet’s empty, head over to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, a cultural centre with concerts, art exhibitions and more, and a view-blessed rooftop where picnics and drinks are held. For Golden Age and contemporary artwork – and an extensive Matisse collection – stop by the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK); and Kunsthal Charlottenborg has uncompromising exhibitions that often tackle difficult subjects. Blow off steam in the Tivoli Gardens amusement park (it’s enchanting when lit up after dark), sail off on one of Hey Captain’s very sociable boat tours of the city’s best bits, or – if the sun’s out – dive into the lido at Islands Brygge. And, if you’ve booked a bike, cycle through Nyhavn, and Christianshavn to Freetown Christiania, a unique, largely self-governed arts commune, set close to the new iteration of legendary restaurant Noma. Back at the hotel, hit the ping-pong room for a few friendly rounds before taking a drink on the terrace.
Where do you start in the land that launched New Nordic cuisine, especially if you didn’t book Noma a year in advance? Well, you’re in luck, because the Copenhagen Food Collective (AKA Cofoco), which owns the hotel, has a baker’s dozen of eateries. There are five in Vesterbro alone; Italian Spuntino has 24-month-aged parmesan and truffled ham to snack on, high-end pizzas, a neat pasta edit and baked peaches with caramel and vanilla ice-cream for dessert. Cofoco, has more traditionally Nordic tasting menus, largely fish-leaning: trout tartare with garden sorrel; salted scallops with foamy mussel sauce, dill oil and apple; and elderflower-yoghurt ice-cream for dessert, with Mirabella plums. There’s one for vegetarians too. Family-style French is served at Les Trois Cochons, with potato-and-bacon tarte flambée, smoked-salmon rillettes and grilled chicken with tarragon; and Jah Izakaya and Sake Bar feels authentically Japanese with its wood-heavy, paper-lantern-lit interiors and choice of omakase menu or small plates that come out as soon as they’re ready. Try the panko-crusted steak, karaage chicken and ice-cream on a bed of roasted green tea. And, just across the road is Restaurant Delphine where breakfast is served, but it’s worth sticking around for dinner, because their classic Greek fare (watermelon and feta salad, tuna crudo with fava beans, and lots of dippy, snacky things) is affordable and filling.
There are plenty of places where coffee is taken very seriously close by, and also cute casual hangouts to brighten up your ‘gram. Prolog is one of the former – minimalist in blue and white, and with brew guides and staff on the tail of the next coffee trend – but you’re guaranteed a damn fine cup of joe here. La Banchina – in true Scandi style – is a café and sauna, with a small menu of tasty treats: grilled lobster salad on toasted milk bread, grilled leeks with wild-garlic pesto and cheese sauce, and an abundance of fresh pastries. And Lille is a sweet spot with bulging ice-cream sandwiches, sticky cinnamon buns and doughnuts, and fresh-out-the-oven loaves; but it also sells homemade butter, milled, flour, preserved lemons, chutneys and the likes, and becomes a bistro once a month serving a special seasonal meal.
It might not be the image you have in your head of a typical Copenhagen bar (perhaps white walls, edgy furnishings, model-beautiful crowd?), but more traditional bodega Palæ Bar feels wonderfully welcoming, with jazz melodiously wheedling away in the background, chessboards to borrow and a cultured crowd. And, Bottega Barlie has promisingly wine-lined walls, and great people-watching from the bar counter or terrace.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this fashion-forward hotel in Copenhagen’s voguish Vesterbro and unpacked their pair of UFO-like PH5 pendant lights and Chelsea boots from Ganni, a full account of their in-good-form break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Coco Hotel in Denmark…
Striped awnings to welcome you, a leafy terrasse for long lazy lunches, wines from unexpected sources, and a crowd of people who are just that bit too attractive and cool: Paris, nous t'adorons… But, y’see, Coco Hotel – whose name even evokes a moodily lit Gauloise – is actually in Copenhagen, something which becomes very apparent as you snoop around the rooms. Statement pieces abound: rattan cabinetry, wishbone seating, velveteen footstools; texture and print are playful yet expertly balanced; and the choice selection of photo prints, paintings, playbills and posters have the air of being assembled by an interior-design-capital resident. So you get the best of two very chic worlds, plus a ping-pong room on the upper level. Coco’s the first hotel from the extremely eco-conscious Cofoco restaurant group; so, while its own bistro has a slim selection of beautifully made plates, you’ll find five of its food-peddling brethren close by in its super-cool Vesterbro neighbourhood – also home to the Meatpacking’s nightlife and bijou indie boutiques, cafes and bars. Coco’s guaranteed to fulfil your hip hygge needs and it’s a proven hit with the fashion-week squad – whether you say pomme de terre or kartoffel – it’s that rare thing: a tasteful Euro mash-up.