Dubbed the first design hotel in the world, Copenhagen's Royal Hotel was designed by legendary Danish architect Arne Jacobsen who was responsible for every detail, from the custom furniture (his famous Egg and Swan chairs were both designed with this project in mind) to the building’s bold high-rise profile, inspired by the glass face of New York’s Lever House.
The hotel has since undergone several renovations, but the swan and egg chairs still hold court in the lobby and room 606 remains completely untouched, just as Jacobsen designed it, a little shrine to the spirit of the 60s. The latest renovation is again closer to Jacobsen's designs but also sees rooms designed by Fritz Hansen. All rooms have an abundance of natural light (and top floors fabulous views) and come with an Apple TV, a minibar, a safe and coffee and tea making facilities. Selected rooms also have a Nespresso machine and complimentary Pay TV. 24-hour room service available.
The revamped Café Royal on the ground floor is open for breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner and brunch on weekends. The Royal Bar is a relatively old fashioned hotel cocktail lounge with its poetic lighting, solid oak counter, beautiful copper details, and plush, red velvet lounge chairs. 2,000m2 wellness and fitness centre.
• 260 rooms & suites (14-151m2)
• Hotel opened: 1960
• Architecture: Arne Jacobsen
• Interiors: various
• Copenhagen Central Station: opposite
• Tivoli: 3-minute walk
• Danish Design Centre: 4-minute walk
• Meatpacking District Copenhagen: 8-minute walk
• Nyhavn: 16-minute walk
• Copenhagen Airport: 7 km / 4.3 miles
The Radisson Blu is indeed one if not THE world's first designer hotel. A great experience, both in terms of style and comfort.
the grande dame of design hotels
by styletraveller, on 2011-11-14 23:19:32
Now over 50 years old the Royal in Copenhagen claims to be the world´s first design hotel. And although much have been changed (but gladly not all!) this still is very much the first of a breed of modern hotels.
Everything runs smoothly here, a case of experience and good management by parent company Rezidor, who developed the successful Radisson Blu Hotels.
Sadly the famous Arne Jacobsen designed -and still in its original stage- was taken, but the club room on the 15th floor was no punishment either. Killer views (the Royal is still one of the city centre´s high rises), you can even see the Swedish coast from here. If your room is lacking a view (hard here..) you can always book a table at the hotel´s 20th floor Alberto K restaurant where every table is at the window.
Always enjoying a classic hotel bar, the lobby lounge one fits the bill. Breakfast was great too, good choice and again smoothly operating service, with the Danish relaxed attitude you can´t go wrong.
Would consider staying here again, maybe then opt for the famous 606 room or a corner room at the upper floors.