Seeking flawless Scandinavian style in an elegant historic city stay? Stick the Nobis Hotel Copenhagen straight at the top of your wish list. With its first-class service, suave restaurant and unbeatable location opposite Tivoli Gardens, Nobis is the hotel of your Scandi-design dreams.
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A selection of local sweets in your room, and daily free bike rental throughout your stay (usually worth DKK250 a bike, each day)
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £231.56 (DKK2,040), including tax at 25 per cent.
Rates don’t usually include breakfast, from DKK235 a person (DKK118 each for children aged 2-12).
At the hotel
Sauna, gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: air-conditioning, minibar.
Our favourite rooms
Rooms on every side of the building overlook atmospheric city rooftops, but our favourites are those on the higher floors, for a little more seclusion and distance from the lobby. (We particularly love the Penthouse rooms for their vast windows.)
Don’t forget your camera/pastels/paints, or whatever other visual medium you prefer: Nobis is all clean lines, high ceilings and natural light, and you’ll want to document every glorious angle.
Public areas are wheelchair accessible, and two Superior rooms have been adapted for wheelchair users.
Accepted, but not particularly catered to. Extra beds are 450DKK a night (free for under-12s), breakfast is 118DKK (for children 12-and-under); a limited number of free cots for under-2s are available on request.
Nab a spot by the window to gaze out over the courtyard. At breakfast, park yourself as close to the buffet as possible: the food is just that good.
To fit in with the decor, go for something sleek and slinky. Pull your coolest, most classic pieces, and ditch anything even vaguely fussy.
Stylish restaurant Noi is in the 1960s annexe, which Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh has encased in glass and copper plates. Inside, a deep-blue floor and black marble bar are offset by pale-wood Danish tables, which are lit from above by dangling pendant lights. Helmed by Frederik Sandberg, the kitchen team prepare a range of large and small plates that span the full breadth of European cuisine. The menu changes seasonally, but past favourites have included monkfish with lemon thyme and baked swede, mussels with leek and oyster mayonnaise, and roast duck. Noi is closed on Sunday and Monday, but you'll be able to order from the bar menu instead, which is influenced by the restaurant's cuisine.
Sip pre-dinner cocktails or enjoy a nightcap at the suave Marble Bar, which shares the space with restaurant. In spring and summer, order your drink to the terrace.
Breakfast is served from 6.30am to 10.30am (8am to 11am on weekends). Noi serves dinner from 6pm Tuesday to Saturday; the kitchen closes at 10pm from Tuesday to Thursday and 11pm on Friday and Saturday. The bar is open daily from 4pm to midnight.
Have snacks or full meals from the restaurant menu delivered to your room whenever you like, day or night.
Nobis is right opposite Tivoli Gardens, in possibly the most visitor-convenient location in the city.
Touch down at Copenhagen International Airport, 20 minutes from Nobis by car. On request, the Smith24 team can help to arrange international flights.
Trains Copenhagen’s Central Train Station is just a three-minute car ride away, and has connections throughout Europe.
Strolling, biking and boating are more leisurely ways to get around town, but if you do plan on doing lots of driving, contact the Smith team to rent a car. Metered street parking is available and the BLOX car park is a five-minute walk from the hotel, where there's a daily rate of DKK350.
Worth getting out of bed for
You’re in Scandinavia, so a trip to the in-house sauna is a must. But once you’re done getting steamy, Copenhagen’s coolest spots are nearby. If you can drag yourself back across Nobis’ elegant threshold you’ll find plenty to explore outside; avail yourselves of the hotel’s rental bikes to get around. (There’s a bike trail that starts by the Fisketorvet mall.) Prefer to see the city from the water? Rent a Go Boat and hit the canal (stop off at Reffen Copenhagen Street Food at Refshalevej 167, for lunch). If you’ve packed your wallet full of plenty of kroner, The Apartment – overlooking the canal – is an incredible showroom bursting with Danish design delights. Make an appointment in advance. And, after sundown, the rides in Tivoli Gardens (just a short stroll from the hotel) light up and look all the more magical.
Hungry? Try some Danish tapas at Paté Paté in the meatpacking district, where both the food and wine are excellent. Or, Almanak serves truly delicious open sandwiches by the harbour. For artful new-Nordic cuisine without the Noma-sized bill, try Høst, where dishes are served atop piles of stones or beds of pine, adorned with sprigs and wildflowers. Ibu in Vesterbro pulls off a similar fine-dining feat with Asian-fusion fare. And, if Nomais your MO, pick your preferred seasonal menu ('vegetable', 'game and forest', 'seafood') and book well in advance.
At night, Noho is an achingly cool bar with an underground dance floor (reserve your table in advance). For something a bit more classic, pay homage to Nobis’ building’s history as the former Royal Danish Conservatory of Music by visiting RDAM in its current home, where more than 200 concerts are produced each year, many of them free. Duck and Cover is a Vesterbro bar that's Scandi in style and flavour: interiors are wood-lined and drinks are laced with dill, schnapps and other Nordic fixings. For more outré sippers, swing by Balderdash; housed in an 18th-century building, the barkeeps aren't afraid to experiement, resulting in curiosities such as a truffle daiquiri or strawberry and foie-gras Old Fashioned.
Copenhagen is easily one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. With grand old buildings contrasted with modern Scandinavian design, cobbled streets, colourblock houses, and repurposed industrial areas by the water’s edge, a walk around Copenhagen produces as many ‘wow’ moments as Paris or Barcelona. Even so, as we approached the Nobis Hotel, a brief walk away from Central Station, we couldn’t help but be especially stunned by its beautiful neoclassical façade – having only stayed in hostels on previous trips, it was clear we were in for a serious upgrade.
Above the huge entrance door we noticed an old sign written in Danish, a clue as to the building’s original function as the Royal Danish Academy of Music; since then, it was used as offices before being opened as a hotel by the stylish Nobis group in September 2017. The original central marble staircase, now illuminated by modern mobile-style lighting that fills the central atrium, provided yet another ‘wow’ moment as we climbed the stairs to our room, stopping for several photoshoots and selfies along the way of course.
Our room was cosy, size-wise, but with high ceilings (good for musical acoustics, you see) and huge windows, so it still felt light and airy. The design was Scandi-cool, with deep-blue walls, parquet wooden floors, a black iron-frame four-poster bed and a long marble window ledge big enough to sit on. Our window actually looked right out onto the famous Tivoli Gardens, filled with fairground rides that flung tourists up into the air at regular intervals. Our rollercoaster days are behind us now, but the view was a good alternative to Netflix.
Speaking of Netflix… Each room does boast important mod-cons that the discerning traveller has become accustomed to. There was a big flatscreen TV on the wall with built-in Chromecast, allowing you to stream your latest binge-watch from your phone or laptop. There’s also Bluetooth speakers, local soaps and shower gels in the bathroom and everything else you could need on a city break.
We decided to check out the sauna in the basement and were afforded an altogether different ‘wow’ moment – a carefree couple sat in a state of complete undress. We can only imagine this is par for the course in mainland Europe, but – being typically English – we quickly retreated to the room and waited patiently. After much discussion about how long one could possibly spend in a sauna, we settled on 15 minutes and returned in full swimming gear to find an empty room decked out in sleek black marble, with a (freezing) cold plunge pool and a vacated sauna. It’s a basic facility by luxury-hotel-spa standards but unusual to have in Copenhagen and it was a welcome and relaxing respite after a day pounding the pavements.
It’s easy to walk almost everywhere in Copenhagen, but it’s a city best seen by bike. The Nobis Hotel does have its own fleet of bright red bikes for hire, but we have to say they are rather trumped by the city’s own bike-hire scheme, which is cheaper and includes e-bikes, and built-in navigation screens. You can whizz around town easily and go for longer rides up the coast thanks to the battery boosting your pedal power. There’s an even longer trip to the Louisiana Gallery of Modern Art, but save your legs and take this trip by train for a great day out. Watch out for the quiet cars – a fellow passenger screamed ‘This is the quiet car!’ at us, ironically – so play by the rules. Danes love the rules. Except when it comes to sauna etiquette, it seems.
The Nobis Hotel’s dedication to having everything look just right could even be found in the presentation of breakfast items, which are served every morning in a lovely light-filled conservatory space, with a glass roof and adjoining outdoor terrace (for the summer months only). The avocado was adorned with pretty flowers and seeds, the fruit artfully sliced, and even the soft-boiled eggs came in a little basket of hay, as if fresh from the farm.
The Nobis Hotel, along with the rest of Copenhagen, has oodles of style. And here it’s backed up with substance: impressive attention to detail and friendly service. But, well, sometimes looks do matter: in a city where beautiful buildings are one of the main attractions, it only seems right to stay in one.