When it comes to important travel decisions, deciding where to stay is a close second behind the fundamental question of where to go. When Journy trip designers are providing hotel recommendations for travelers, they think holistically, with considerations for neighborhood, type of accommodation, budget, services/features, price, and aesthetic.
And now, safety will be an important consideration as well—with these eight hotels leading the way in Denmark's capital city of Copenhagen.
This five-star, luxury hotel fuses traditional Scandinavian design with Moorish aesthetics. The 38 unique guest rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and outfitted with antiquities from the Far East for a truly memorable stay in Copenhagen. And with strict COVID-19 measures in place, a safe one, too.
Hand sanitizer stations are distributed throughout the hotel, and restaurant tables are adequately spaced apart to enforce social distancing. What's more, Nimb is collaborating with a consulting firm that specializes in hygiene to have all of their procedures reviewed and optimized.
The Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, which is located in close proximity to Tivoli Gardens and the Central Station transport hub, has dominated Copenhagen's skyline since it was constructed in 1960. In addition to being the world's first design hotel, it's the only hotel by Arne Jacobsen, a renowned designer and architect celebrated for his modern Danish style.
But what might very well be the biggest draw in 2020 are their COVID-19 precautionary measures, including the implementation of social distancing in public spaces, improved circulation processes to increase air quality, protective barrier screens at the front desk, sanitizing stations near the front entrance and in all public areas, complimentary travel-sized hand sanitizer, routine team member temperature checks, contactless check-out to minimize physical contact, and ample grab-and-go food options.
You'll find Hotel d'Angleterre in the heart of Copenhagen, just a minute walk from the city center, Royal Theatre, King's Garden, and Strøget, Europe's longest shopping street. It's known as much for its stately Victorian architecture and contemporary design as for its food—the onsite, Michelin-starred restaurant, Marchal, is run by Danish chef Andreas Bagh.
To help keep guests safe, all hotel employees have completed enhanced COVID-19 awareness training. They are also increasing the cleaning and disinfecting frequency of highly-trafficked public areas, including the front desk, elevators/buttons, door handles, public restrooms, and electronic room keys.
They have also updated their cancellation policy to allow guests the flexibility of cancelling individual books by 12 noon 48 hours prior to arrival.
Hotel Ottilia of BRØCHNER Hotels is located in the local-favorite neighborhood of Carlsberg, which buzzes with shops, restaurants, cafés, quaint squares, and historic gardens. Its industrial-chic design features raw concrete walls, open bathrooms, unique lighting installations, and large, round panoramic windows overlooking Bryggernes Plads. Their current COVID-19 precautionary measures in place include contactless check-in with the app, Aeroguest, cash-free payment methods in the lobby bar, limited elevator capacity to enforce social distancing, and a two-person capacity in the fitness facilities (with the opportunity request a fitness kit sent directly to your room). They have also instituted a flexible cancellation policy until noon on arrival day.
5. Hotel SP34
Hotel SP34 is located in the heart of Copenhagen's bohemian Latin Quarter, just 500 meters from Tivoli and tucked away on a small, local street with a quaint pastry shop, bicycle shop, handful of restaurants restaurants, and design stores. Because it's in the same hotel group as Hotel Ottilia, its COVID-19 precautionary measures are equally as thorough (contactless check-in, cash-free payment methods, limited elevator capacity, etc).
Hotel Alexandra is a 61-room, design-oriented boutique property celebrated for its impressive collection of vintage furniture, including textiles, wallpaper, and other 50s-60s era period gems. It's just around the corner from the City Hall Square, the Latin Quarter, and Copenhagen's main shopping street, Strøget.
In addition to capacity limitations of common areas to enforce social distancing, they have also installed hand sanitizing stations on all floors and in common areas, in addition to increasing the frequency of highly-trafficked public areas (door handles, handrails, elevator buttons).
7. Avenue Hotel
Avenue Hotel is located in the heart of Copenhagen, with the clostest metro station just a five-minute walk away. Surrounding the hotel are small design boutiques, second-hand art stores, and restaurants. But if you're not in the mood to venture far, there's a quaint outdoor patio onsite with large lounge furniture, lanterns, and green plants—a bonafide "hygge" oasis in the middle of the city. Like Ottilia and SP34, Avenue is part of BRØCHNER Hotels, and as such has implemented similar COVID-19 precautionary measures (contactless check-in, cash-free payment methods, limited elevator capacity, etc).
Hotel Danmark neighbors some of Copenhagen's top attractions, including museums (National Museum, Thorvaldsen Museum, and Glyptoteket), small shops, cafés, restaurants, the City Hall Square, Tivoli Gardens, and the main shopping street, Strøget. The light and spacious rooms are outfitted with unique design elements and elegant marble floors. Don't miss the views of Tivoli and Christiansborg from The Rooftop, a sky-high urban oasis bar with lounge furniture and green plants.
Danmark, which is also part of BRØCHNER Hotels, has implemented similar COVID-19 precautionary measures (contactless check-in, cash-free payment methods, limited elevator capacity, etc), in addition to 100% flexible bookings until noon on arrival day.
To get a taste of Copenhagen culture without leaving home, hear what blogger Cecilia Fahlström had to say on how to "feel" hygge.