A stay at the Villa Copenhagen in Denmark brings you the best of happy Danish hospitality and responsible luxury.
The Nordic Choice Hotel Group has recently unveiled a new masterpiece. Villa Copenhagen, a 390-room colossus, occupies the city’s historic Central Post & Telegraph Head Office building which was built in 1912. While the exteriors have been lovingly restored to their former glory, the interiors are a happy meld of the majestic and the modern. You’ll see the gorgeous polished wooden banisters and traditional wall mouldings retained, even as the eye travels over some very neo-Nordic minimalistic design.
Despite its grand framework, Villa Copenhagen displays typical Danish unpretentiousness, a vibrant and friendly hotel that gives you the freedom and space to be. It prides itself on the diversity and wellbeing of its team, which is present and service-minded but never intrusive. As a responsible traveller, you’ll feel completely at home at this hotel, which has conscious luxury as its credo.
They say the interiors are inspired by majestic Copenhagen residences, with rooms and suites that bear the muted aesthetic of a Vilhelm Hammershøi painting. Picture clean lines in cream and chocolate, white and charcoal, with the opulence expressed more in fabrics and upholstery rather than colour.
The rooftop swimming pool is well worth the nominal fee they charge per use. Sustainably heated by the excess heat from hotel’s cooling systems, the 25-metre lap pool is one of the few outdoor pools in Copenhagen. The hotel also has a lovely sauna and state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Villa Copenhagen has five F&B options, all curated by Executive Chef Tore Gustafsson, who has brought his Swedish sensibilities to the design and zero-food waste and carbon-free dining concepts. Where possible, the outlets also use fresh ingredients obtained from local suppliers of sustainable produce. We loved the Local Villa Breakfast that’s served in the renovated avatar of the sorting room of the old post office. Homemade, local and seasonal fare gives this lavish breakfast buffet a sustainable side.
Their inhouse bakery Rug supplies the freshly baked bread and pastries, apart from specialising in pizza made on sourdough bread. A brasserie aptly named Kontrast has some cutting-edge cuisine that takes inspiration from so many cultures. And that breathtakingly beautiful Courtyard Bar under a glass ceiling that suffuses it with warm sunshine? We’re betting you won’t get enough of it. Especially as they plan to have live acts and other events here. At their design shop Passagen, you can expect local pop-ups as well as artisanal creations.
You won’t be short of entertainment anyway. Situated right next to the stunning Copenhagen Central Station and so close to the legendary Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still functioning amusement parks in the world, the hotel is at the centre of all the action in the City of Spires.