Where to stay in Copenhagen

A 1960s hotel created by 'the godfather of Danish design' and creator of the Egg chair, versus a stylish shoestring hotel in a great central location.

Radisson Blu Royal

This hotel was designed in the 1960s by the godfather of Danish design and creator of the Egg chair, Arne Jacobsen. A refurbishment in 2000 means that many bedrooms now have a more contemporary feel, but for a true Jacobsen experience stay in room 606, which contains all the original decor.

Jacobsen designed everything from the light fittings to the chairs in the original hotel, but later refurbishments mean only some of his features remain. However, the marble lobby is "still furnished with Jacobsen's Egg and Swan chairs, as are the bedrooms", says Francesca Syz in The Daily Telegraph. The top-floor Alberto K restaurant contains "unadulterated tributes to his Danish Modern' vision", says Tam Leach in The Independent.

The hotel's restaurant is regularly voted one of Copenhagen's best, says James Ellis in The Times. Dishes include langoustine with smoked marrow, or lamb with wild mushrooms. The seven-course tasting menu costs £93.

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Rates start from £150 for a standard double. For more information, visit www.radissonblu.com/royalhotel-copenhagen, or call 00 45 33 42 60 00.

Wakeup Hotel


Budget hotels in Copenhagen are few and far between, but if you want style on a shoestring, check in to the Wakeup Hotel. It enjoys a great location in central Copenhagen and the rooms are small but perfectly formed. This is an excellent option for anyone looking for a comfortable hotel room on the cheap. Do be warned that all the rooms are identically furnished: you can pay more for a Sky or Heaven room, but you will still be in a small room, just one that's higher up in the hotel so that you have a slightly better view.

"In a city that can test the deepest pockets, the Wakeup is a welcome option," says James Ellis in The Times. "Basic yet stylish, it is what a hotel created by Ikea might look like." There are space-saving ideas, such as shower cubicles that also act as hanging rails. "It is similar to London's Hoxton Hotel, and the reception sells everything from toothbrushes to cans of Carlsberg."

The hotel only serves breakfast. So take the money you saved on your accommodation and dine at Noma, which last year was named the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine.

A double room costs from £60. Find out more at www.wakeupcopenhagen.com, or call 00 45 4480 0000.

What the travel writers are saying

If you want to stay in a London pub, which should you choose? Here are The Independent's top four.

The Grazing Goat in Marylebone takes its name from the first Lady Portman, "who was allergic to cow's milk and so kept goats on the land on which the pub now stands". It's a "sleek gastopub" decorated in muted blues and greys with oak panelling and mounted deer heads. The eight bedrooms have wi-fi and flat-screen TVs. Double rooms start from £175, room only.

Gordon Ramsay's "foray into the hotel business" has resulted in this restored coaching inn overlooking Regent's Park. The ten Regency-styled bedrooms sit above a restaurant, bar and deli. Doubles from £186, room only (Gordonramsay.com/yorkandalbanyhotel).

The Alma in Wandsworth "has been a favoured local for years", but has recently added to its appeal with 23 "stylish" bedrooms. "Lavishly decorated with vivid Osborne & Little wallpapers and free-standing baths, the rooms also share the use of a walled garden." Prices start at £119 for a double room, including breakfast.

The Orange in Pimlico is a mid-19th-century pub that has been recently restored. It has an "elegant Victorian interior", with the designers going for a "shabby chateau" look in the four en-suite bedrooms with "rattan headboards and dusky hues". A double room costs from £185, room only.