Nobis Hotel Copenhagen – Scandinavian splendour with a view of Tivoli



The Nobis Hotel Copenhagen is a beautiful contradiction. It’s housed in a palatially grand former music academy building on the corner of one of the city’s busiest boulevards, yet is unstuffy and somehow very quiet. It’s decorated in a contemporary fashion, in blacks, greenish-blues and greys, yet somehow it’s warm and inviting. It’s a luxury hotel, that you might associate with systems, streamlining and excess. But no, it’s efficiently friendly, it’s personalised, it’s comfortable.


Designed by Gert Wingårdh of Swedish architecture firm Wingårdhs, the interior is about “authenticity, honesty, quality, care and richness in detail,” with materials such as wood, glass and stones that will age gracefully. There’s lovely paint applications to the richly detailed period cornicing, a sweeping original marble staircase that’s echoed in the solid grey Italian Bardiglio marble bathrooms, and a striking yet unostentatious light fitting that hangs like falling stars from the top floor to ground, down through middle of the staircase’s wide spiral.


There are 75 rooms at the Nobis, and service and amenities are, rather than being standardised, designed around each and every guest. For families, this means the front desk checks each week to see what family groups are arriving within the next month, reaches out to them and asks them what they need – from nappies to a child’s favourite teddybear. They also offer to make up itineraries for your first couple of days.


Families tend to take either a corner Junior Suite if travelling as a group of three, or one of the two Penthouse Suites, which are romantically tucked into the building’s eaves, complete with white-washed rafters. These are like small apartments, with two double beds, one set on the main floor and with views from the roof windows over the towers and spirals and whirligig rides of Tivoli, a five minute walk away – whose gently pulsing lights will have your kids in a thrall of wonder at night – and the roof dome of the neighbouring Glyptoteket, which also softly glows at night. The second bed is down a fairly precarious staircase/ladder, meaning the hotel recommends this one for parents (and I would too). There’s an ensuite shower for this bed, and a stairgate is available to place across the top. The bed on the main floor also has its own bathroom, with a freestanding bathtub. The penthouses begin at DKK8,000 per night.


There’s also the Nobis Suite on the second floor, an absolutely stunning room where up to five can sleep, although the children will be in extra beds set up according to need as there aren’t separate bedrooms additional to the main sleeping area. For this wonderful privilege, the price is DKK 25,000 per night. All rooms throughout the hotel feature Byredo products in the bathroom, rain showers and air conditioners. There’s little noise from H. C. Andersens Boulevard considering the location.


Downstairs is a lovely restaurant in pale woods and light tan leather, with plenty of light and a terrace. The food here was recently converted from fine dining to more bistro, so it’s a better fit for families and always includes a burger and a pasta dish. I’m told the chefs are extremely flexible and always have a bolognaise on the bubble in the kitchen, even though it’s not written into the menu. Breakfast is a buffet and the stuff of children’s dreams, with mini croissants, fresh juice, little sausages, bacon and two types of eggs, as well as pancakes and a huge tub of Nutella standing nearby. There are chia puddings, yogurt and granola, smoked salmon and avocado too – but that may be of more interest to parents than their offspring.

A fitness centre and small wellness room with cold plungepool, hammam stone and sauna are nice add-ons.

The Nobis is a truly special place: grand and beautiful, yet full of softness, soul and a very warm and friendly welcome.


Niels Brocks Gade 1
1574 København V

T: +45 78 74 14 00

All images copyright Søren Kristensen.


Comments (1)

May 30, 2019

Bumbed into this post looking for travel inspiration in Europe. This hotel looks amazing and all that open space means it would work well with kids!

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