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Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
Originally built for Scandinavian Airlines System (hence the giant SAS sign on the top of the building), this city-centre hotel stands testament to the glamour of the early Jet Age. When it opened in 1960 (the first skyscraper on the Copenhagen skyline), it included not just a hotel but also a large air terminal and lounge, with a fleet of buses shuttling passengers to and from the airport. The design throughout was down to the creative vision of Danish architect Arne Jacobsen and much of that original vision remains intact today - but with new life breathed into it, following a recent renovation that saw the hotel completely refurbished from top to bottom. If you're looking for stylish surroundings in a central location, it definitely ticks the right boxes
Particularly convenient for first-time visitors is the fact that the very helpful main tourist information office is just across the road.
The hotel is next to the popular Tivoli Gardens. It's a five-minute walk to the shopping street, Strøget.
By plane: direct flights to Copenhagen from London, Manchester and Edinburgh (1 hour 45 minutes). It's a 20-minute drive to the hotel. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
It's a natural choice for lovers of Danish Modernism plus Mad Men fans who took a shine to the series' retro backdrops. The hotel sometimes runs tours of Room 606 - the only room to remain intact in its original 1950s and '60s glory.
Service & Facilities
Little name plaques on the wall record famous former guests - everyone from Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama to Oasis, Sting and Rihanna.
- Fitness centre
- Bike hire
- Free Wi-Fi
All higher-floor rooms have great views over the city but for maximum wow factor, book a corner room facing Tivoli. Bands of windows run right the way around the building, so all rooms get an abundance of natural light.
Individual, Collection, Collection Superior, Collection Premium Corner, Family, Suite, Corner Suite, Signature Suite, Presidential Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, Nespresso machine, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
There's a very popular brunch at weekends. Meat dishes cooked on the Josper grill are particularly good, including the Iberico pork, beef bavette and poussin.
ISSEI: Japanese and Peruvian fusion cuisine. Dishes include chicken tonkatsu and wild shrimp tempura. Open daily for brunch and dinner. Four-course menu from DKK 545.