Copenhagen rivals Stockholm as the coolest, most cosmopolitan city in Scandinavia. Excellent shopping, culture and nightlife can all be found here. It’s also drop dead gorgeous in that romantic European way, with it’s many canals, cobbled squares and copper spires. The metropolis of about 1 million people is easy to navigate and also very safe. The transportation system is ridiculously easy to use and most of the locals speak English. Price wise, Copenhagen is up there with London and Paris but tends to be slightly less expensive than other Scandinavian cities. The Danish Design Center, Danish National Gallery and the changing of the guards at Amalienborg should all be on your must-see list.
The Nimb is located in the famed Tivoli gardens. The fairytale location is worth it’s weight in gold. All but one of the fourteen suites has a view of the gardens (which is especially spectacular when they are lit up at night). Guests of the hotel also have free entrance to the gardens.
But as fabulous as they are, the gardens aren’t the only reason to stay here. The 1909 building was originally a grand banqueting hall, but was refurbished into the luxe hotel it is today in 2008. The white-washed exterior recalls the Taj Mahal and is bedecked with white lights year round. You might think that the hotel’s interiors would be totally Scandinavian-minimalist, but the Nimb is a pleasant surprise. The theme is a comfortable mix of antiques and Chinoiserie accents blended with sleek pieces for a totally one-of-a-kind aesthetic.
Many hotels have been inaccurately described as feeling like an (incredible) private home, but in this case those words ring totally true. It’s cool but definitely not over-the-top. Rooms sport genuine elegant antique furniture, such as armoires and secretaries and warm wood floors. The walls are mostly crisp clean white and most display some antique landscapes on the walls. All rooms also have four poster beds and all but one have wood-burning fireplaces. They also sport B&O soundsystems and flat screen TVs, and have B&O phones in every room (even the bathrooms). All rooms are also outfitted with an ample seating area and two comfortable sofas.
Bathrooms are also oversized, and sport double sinks, heated floors, free-standing bathtubs and huge shower stalls with rain shower heads. The toiletries are from luxe brand Molton Brown, so you might be forgiven if a few extras sneak into your luggage on your way out.
Gourmets will do well to stay here – or even just to visit here if you are not a guest. The focus on food is quite heavy and you will find something for every taste. The main draw is undoubtedly Restaurant Herman, which holds one Michelin star. Executive Chef Thomas Herman crafts radically re-imagined Danish dishes, with names such as Captains Stew and Burning Love.
If you are after something more casual the Brasserie, the Bar and Grill or the Terasse are your other options. The Brasserie showcases three kitchens in an open concept space, to show off the skills of the chefs and servers. The Scandinavian brasserie menu changes once a month to reflect seasonal changes. Breakfast here is usually included with your room rate and includes standard buffet items as well as cooked options. It can be taken in the restaurant or in your room.
The Bar and Grill occupies the former on-site Dairy and serves casual grilled dishes, such as seafood and steaks.
The Terasse is the former free-standing restaurant Divan 2, which opened in 1877. The Terasse serves french style bistro food and has separate banquet and meeting rooms, as well as a large outdoor seating area and wine bar.
The Nimb Bar occupies the old ballroom, which is still adorned with some amazing original chandeliers. There is a huge baronial fireplace at one end and a grand piano at the other. If you are looking for something more intimate, try the cellar wine bar – Vinotek – which spectacularly displays it’s 1200 bottle collection around a few communal style tables.
Service and attention to detail are first and foremost here. Check in takes place in your guest room, with a complimentary glass of champagne. Limousine service in an Audi A8 is available and there are even iPads available at reception for guest use. You will be unlikely to ever want to leave.
T: +45 88 70 00 00
Rooms from $346.