Words by Isabelle Hopewell
Synonymous with Hans Christian Anderson, pioneering design, retro flair, galleries to die for (Louisiana Museum of Modern Art springs to mind) and gastronomic haunts that change the way people understand food, Copenhagen is a city like no other. There is so much to lure you to this northern wonderland - and so many reasons to stay - yet a particular gem, a welcoming abode that offers old world luxury with character, is Nimb Hotel. Part fairy-tale, this is where you venture when seeking a decadently blissful Danish escape.
Found in the Tivoli Gardens (the world's second oldest amusement park - and one hotel guests are given private access to), this domed, light-festooned hotel somehow manages to be simultaneously gallery-esque, vintage and playful. The palatial structure, built in 1909, comes to life the moment you step through its doors; the interiors combining soft lighting, antique furnishing and objet d'art, an abundance of rich wooden detailing, glittering chandeliers, bird motifs, natural tones and flower arrangements more akin to blooming works of art.
In the rooms - of which there are 38, some of which come with their own fireplaces (making a winter visit seem rather delicious) - the focus is on the minute. There are vintage cocktail cabinets filled with Alice in Wonderland-worthy jars of spirits, ornate writing desks and thriving house plants. My four poster bed was at least part cloud, while the tub, which I filled to the brim with bubbles, proved almost impossible to leave. Although, with dinner and drinks calling, I somehow found to will to depart this opulent, comforting space - an homage to the best of Scandi design. It's worth noting too that spa treatments can be carried out in the bedrooms upon request. To learn more about The Nimb's other wellness offerings click here.
Food is another area where The Nimb excels. There is an assortment of restaurants and bars on site, meaning all tastes can be catered for - whether it's fine French fare, cocktails or afternoon teas complete with all the Danish staples that you hanker for. As it was summer, and everything was suitably relaxed, I made for Fru Nimb, renowned for its open sandwiches and view over the Tivoli Gardens - their summer herring, elderflower, horseradish and radish is a thing of beauty. Light-filled and glorious, this restaurant only opened in 2015 and is named for Louise Nimb - restauranteur extraordinaire of the 1800s. Vegetarians will delight in the creations of Gemyse while wine connoisseurs will fall for the wonders of Vinotek - the hotel's wine cellar. Clearly in this charming, pioneering Copenhagen abode, there is something for everyone.
To find out more about the hotel - or indulge, escape and book a room - click here.