Copenhagen Places to Stay in Denmark

Are you looking for Copenhagen places to stay in Denmark? I have two unique hotel recommendations in Copenhagen city center. One is a larger hotel that feels like a boutique, luxury experience. The other hotel is fun, funky and affordable. Both hotels are ideally situated in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen places to stay

What makes a 215 room hotel a boutique hotel? Boutique Hotel Kong Arthur is a Copenhagen delight because it gives that small hotel feel, while being relatively large. Independently owned by three women, Hotel Kong Arthur is popular with Copenhageners and travelers, alike. My husband and I loved the cozy vibe of this sophisticated hotel in Denmark. 

Junior suite with patterned wood floors at a Copenhagen boutique hotel

Centrally located in the Nansensgade neighborhood of Copenhagen, Hotel Kong Arthur was a short walk from Nørreport railway station. We traveled, via highspeed train, from Stockholm, Sweden to Copenhagen. After experiencing Hotel Gamla Stan’s complimentary breakfast, we were excited to try the Nordic breakfast in Copenhagen. 

But Copenhagen isn’t all about eating. Set back from the road, by the city’s old lakes, a stay at boutique Hotel Kong Arthur is like visiting your best friend’s private estate. We were warmly welcomed upon check-in at the front desk. I hesitate to call it a reception desk. Instead, several casual check-in stations are available on the ground level of the main building of the hotel. It is much better to welcome friend’s into your hotel than to make them que up and feel like one of many. 

The hotel lobby featured New Danish design with a cozy feeling. Indeed, guests felt at home reading the paper or checking emails from the comfortable furniture. Natural light streamed through the windows in the lobby. 

The lobby bar would prove a popular afternoon watering hole. Like animals in the desert, we were drawn to the bar to replenish our bodies and socialize. It didn’t hurt that Hotel Kong Arthur offered a daily Cozy Hour. Featuring apple juice, wine and beer, the first drink is on the house to registered hotel guests. 

Hotel Kong Arthur bar has Danish-designed wooden furniture. Seven wood chairs tuck under the granite countertop bar. Alcohol bottles line the two glass shelves behind the bar.

Opened in 1882 as a school, the eco-friendly, 4-star hotel has expanded greatly. Now composed of 5 wings, we stayed in the recently renovated building 1. This is the main building, where check-in takes place and the ground floor lobby bar is located.

Circling back to what makes a 215 room hotel fit in the boutique category. I struggled with the definition of boutique hotels and Hotel Kong Arthur’s fit. While far from a chain hotel, boutique hotels typically have less than 100 hotel rooms. For me, Hotel Kong Arthur ticks the box for one-of-a-kind hotel rooms, offering stylish lodging and personal experiences to each guest. 

Our Junior Suite featured large windows that opened onto the courtyard. We visited in June. I imagine these windows would be a welcome feature to let in light on a winter day. 

The room had a mini fridge, as well as coffee and tea area. The bathroom had a waterfall shower fixture and Nordic Amber bath amenities. 

Hotel Kong Arthur breakfast room with 2 brown leather sofas on either side of small, circular, low teak wood table. Four rows of tables and chairs line the gray draped curtains that separate the breakfast room from the breakfast buffet and more tables on the other side of the curtain. Chandeliers of wood strips hang from the ceiling. Area rugs are under the tables and sofa.

Nordic breakfast at Hotel Kong Arthur a Copenhagen delight

We actually learned of Hotel Kong Arthur while staying at a boutique hotel in Astoria Oregon, a city with strong Scandinavian connections. A fellow traveler had recently visited Copenhagen and raved about Hotel Kong Arthur’s Nordic breakfast. “You must pay extra for the breakfast, but it’s worth it,” she said.  I can picture myself returning to Copenhagen for the Christmas Markets and starting my day with this bountiful, organic breakfast. 

Exterior of Hotel Kong Arthur front entrance. Four story white hotel with name of hotel spelled out in black letters on exterior wall.


Ibsens Hotel – Arthur Hotels

If you are looking for a family-friendly hotel, consider Ibsens Hotel. The sister property of Kong Arthur, Ibsens Hotel is also owned by Arthur Hotels. I did not stay overnight at this hotel. However, I did pop into the lobby to chat with the front desk manager. He described Ibsens Hotel as a more affordable alternative to Hotel Kong Arthur. 

The Ibsens Hotel offers a complimentary breakfast buffet. Guests staying at this hotel have the option to purchase the Nordic Breakfast at Hotel Kong Arthur. They also have access to Spa Ni’mat and the bicycles for rent, for an additional fee.  


Five-story Ibsens Hotel exterior. White building with 8 rectangular windows. The ground floor of the hotel is painted gray with a front entrance. A rack of parked bicycles are across the street. Two bicyclists pass in front of the hotel.

Perhaps if I spy affordable flights from the USA, we’ll return for another Scandinavian holiday. Certainly, we are not short on Copenhagen places to stay in Denmark. Until then, I’ll be dreaming of that delightful Danish cheese.

Small hotel room with semi-double bed. Gray wall, light wood headboard. White duvet with 2 white pillows and 2 gray throw pillows. A beige carpet with brown pattern is under the bed and flat screen tv, mounted on the wall, across from the bed.

Hotel Kong Arthur room rates start at $180 – $550 depending on room category and season. Ibsens Hotel rates start at $169.72. Both hotels are owned by Arthur Hotels and neither hotel is pet-friendly. Wi-Fi is complimentary. Check to see if you can find a better rate.

Review and photos of Copenhagen Places to Stay in Denmark by Oregon Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown  Ibsens Hotel photos provided. As always, all opinions are her own. 



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