At a Copenhagen Hotel, Scandinavian Style and Seasonal Seafood


From 2,400 Danish kroner (about $394).

The Basics

Opened in September 2017, the Nobis Hotel Copenhagen is a stylish 77-room property in a landmark neoclassical building from 1903 that formerly housed the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. Handsomely renovated interiors were designed by the in-demand Swedish firm Wingardhs, known for mixing materials — concrete, marble, oak, leather — with furnishings both midcentury and modern. The result is a visually stunning mash-up of styles, from the concrete reception desk in the polished marble lobby to the grand central staircase with ornate moldings and a glittering cascade of pendant lamps. This is also the first international property from Sweden’s Nobis Hospitality Group, which has earned acclaim for its buzzy boutique hotels in and around Stockholm.

The Location

Next to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum and a block away from Tivoli Gardens, the hotel is less than 10 minutes on foot from Copenhagen’s Central Station.

A Superior room at Nobis Hotel Copenhagen.CreditSoren Kristensen

The Room

After check-in, a receptionist escorted me to my Superior room, the cheapest category, and provided detailed instructions on how to control the lights and temperature. Located on the ground floor, a half-flight up from street level, the airy room had chevron oak floors, greenish-gray walls, a custom desk and wardrobe along one wall, and a steel four-poster bed with crisp white sheets and a firm king-size Dux mattress. A large arched window with a deep niche faced a busy road — noisy at night but an inviting perch for people watching. In typical Scandinavian style, the restrained décor incorporated a few eye-catching accents, including a modern, mobile-like ceiling lamp and a lounge chair designed in 1950 by Hans Wegner.

The Bathroom

What the bathroom lacked in space, it made up for in drama. Tiled floor-to-ceiling in beautiful dark-gray Bardiglio marble, the compact room had a large round heated mirror that remained fog-free even when steam billowed from the adjacent, glass-enclosed shower stall (there was no bathtub). Generously sized bath products from the cult Swedish perfume house Byredo — in the rich Bal d’Afrique scent — were arrayed on a polished countertop. One hiccup: the unfortunate placement of a heated towel rack behind the toilet resulted in a scalded shoulder.


A sauna and a small fitness room were located in the basement, the latter with weights and a few cardio machines (during my rainy stay, the single treadmill was in perpetual use). There’s also a fleet of cherry-red bikes guests can rent (for a fee) to properly explore this cycling-centric city. Valet and limousine services can be arranged. Wi-Fi is fast and free.

Restaurant Niels at Nobis Hotel Copenhagen.CreditSoren Kristensen


From the lobby, the elegant central staircase descends to Restaurant Niels, located in a somewhat hidden glass-walled annex with navy floors, blush-pink banquettes and amber pendant lamps. Though service was uneven, the restaurant offered an excellent breakfast buffet (from 295 kroner; included in my rate), including hearty loaves of Danish rye, poached eggs with tender greens, halved avocados drizzled with spice mix, and thick curls of cured salmon. In the evening, menus focus on seasonal Nordic products — Norwegian scallops, Danish lobster, hay cheese — while cocktails and a bar menu are served in a nearby bar nook. A limited menu is available for room service.

The Bottom Line

A good-looking splurge suited to the design connoisseur who values a comfortable, central location and can overlook the occasional choice to favor form over function.

Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, Niels Brocks Gade 1, Copenhagen;