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Copenhagen is a great place for an easy-going break but its hotels have not, until recently attempted to match the charm and freshness of Denmark's capital city.
There are few "character" hotels; most of the best places to stay in Copenhagen are contemporary and stylish, though you may find, as we did, that some of them display a bit too much style and not quite enough substance.
Two restaurants to try: Amalie, in Amaliegade and Cofoco in Abel Catherinesgade. The famous statue of the Little Mermaid who sits at Langelinje Pier welcoming visitors to Copenhagen Harbour is one of Copenhagen's most visited tourist attractions and worth a boat trip.
After exploring the city a great day trip can be made to the Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, stunningly set by the sea, and on to Helsingor, site of Hamlet's castle.
If you don't mind being away from the centre of the action, some five miles outside Copenhagen you'll find the Skovshoved Hotel. Romantic and elegant with a hip twist, it has sea views and bedrooms with wooden floors and four poster beds.
Come in the summer and make use of the private bathing jetty, or book one of the bikes and get to know the area on two wheels! The restaurant here is also a good reason to visit - head chef Rasmus Kjær serves classic brasserie dishes inspired by traditional dishes from France, Italy and Spain.
Fifteen minutes from the centre in residential Frederiksberg The Avenue is spacious, modern and great value for money for families with some rooms that sleep four people.
You may not be erxpecting to find a Moorish-inspired palace in Denmark's capital city but the Nimb Hotel is one of our top places to stay in Copenhagen. Right next to the Tivoli amusement park it is definitely Danish in its interior decoration with warm wood floors, modern pieces of furniture and tasteful calm colour schemes. The 13 suites are kitted out with every comfort and the bedlinen is super-luxurious.
A smart luxurious choice would be the Hotel Scandic Front. A less minimalist hotel than some in the city and children stay free. Pink armchairs in the lobby give a clear hint at the kind of comfort within.
CPH Living is a hip hotel on a converted barge moored on the river in the lively dynamic area of Christianshavn. Floor to ceiling windows and minimalist interiors make for a unique experience. Handy for the nearby alternative village of Christiania, a social experiment in self rule independent of the Danish Government set up in the seventies. Go with a broad minded friend.
The First Hotel Skt Petri is a huge contemporary design hotel in a former department store building. The hotel bar, Bar Rouge is noisy and busy at weekends but the beds are hugely comfortable to fall into after a big night out. Breakfast is a Scandanavian buffet.
The unusual Hotel Fox has rooms all individually designed by young artists and modern art is the theme throughout. Inexpensive and memorable.
Guldsmeden Bertrams just outside the centre is decorated in similar style and has a delightful open plan kitchen cafe. Many bedrooms have balconies overlooking the gardens.
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Early 20th-century Moorish-inspired palace becomes a sleek new design hotel. The exteriors carry a fairytale appeal, but the inside is all smart sophistication with antiques, warm wood floors and bold modern pieces. Sumptuous bedrooms and gastronomic feasts in all of the great restaurants.
International design and a personal touch in a relaxing, good value hotel. Clean, modern, well-equipped rooms in a central location. The family rooms sleep four. A great choice for city visitors and families.
Large contemporary design hotel in a one-time department store. Centrally located in the Latin quarter near to all the cafes, restaurants, galleries and museums. Intimate or characterful it is not. Urban anonymity in this uber trendy hotel with the necessary bars, restaurants, and roof terrace.
A converted barge set in the hip area of Christianshavn and moments from museums, galleries, and nightlife. Its slick minimalist interiors and floor to ceiling windows enhance the dazzling river views. A unique hotel for city explorers.
Elegantly restored old building on the coast outside Copenhagen. It oozes romance and elegance, but with a hip twist. Ethereal bedrooms with white washed walls, four poster beds, wooden floors and sea views. Plus, fantastic cuisine at the Michelin recommended French/Italian restaurant.
Balinese decoration, an organic restaurant, and all the high-techery. A fabulously stylish spot for couples and spa breaks. Beautiful rooms and suites in whites, pale woods, Persian rugs, teak four posters, and some with private balconies. Luxurious roof top spa and perfect terrace to relax.
Fresh decoration and garden views just outside the centre. Beautiful white on white rooms with four poster beds and drapes, some with balconies over-hanging the lovely garden. Teak clad lounge areas and a delightful open plan kitchen-cafe make welcome spot to relax in.
Bargain prices at this unusual hotel. The rooms convey every inch of the fact that they have been given a makeover by young artists in just a few days. All individually decorated - modern art is the theme of the day here. A youthful and inexpensive city spot.
Stylish, ultra-contemporary and luxurious hotel with five different types of room. Beautifully designed lobby with cerise pink armchairs and a languorous bar. Modern and not too minimalist rooms and suites with the odd splash of colour. Children stay for free.