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The Radisson Blu Royal (or Radisson SAS as the tower still says) in the heart of the city centre is a classic. The hotel was integrated in the SAS House, built for the Scandinavian Airlines System. The hotel was the first high rise building in the city. Next to hosting a luxury hotel it also had an airline terminal where SAS guests could already check-in before hopping on the train to the airport. Remains of this terminal are still to be seen while standing on the treadmill or doing some yoga. In the gym, the ceiling is still the old, concrete one from in the sixties.
But time does not stand still; neither do the wrong kind of interior designers. 50 years later and the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel has unfortunately been completely redecorated. Only room 606 has been carefully preserved and remains identical to Jacobsenâ€™s original commission. The room can be seen as a microcosm, a compressed version of the whole building itself â€“ and a way to understand the underlying themes of Jacobsenâ€™s style and vision.
Our favourite room is the “Club Royal” corner room 1811 with views over Tivoli and the sea in the distance. Plenty of windows, even in the bathroom, Jacobsen lounge chairs and Vola fixtures are included.
If you are not booked into the hotel, hop in anyway and check out the spacious lobby with the marble staircase and the elegant Swan Chairs. For beautiful vistaâ€™s over the city, head for the Albert K restaurant, on top of the building. Fine dining, A Bocuse d’Or winner chef, Jacobsen crockery and of course Copenhagen in 360 degrees views.
Check out our full feature and photos of room 606 here.
Stay is on of our favourite hotels in Copenhagen located in Islands Brygge, a fast developing residential area five minutesâ€™ drive from the centre of the city.
Stay has 178 serviced apartments with 15 different layouts, ranging from one-bedroom 75 sq m spaces to an Atelier XL at almost 150 sq m. The design is typically minimal throughout. Although the rooms have kitchens, guests are served breakfast downstairs and can meet in the evening in the lounge to enjoy a glass of wine with views over the city. Stay is located in the old A House building which was once a hub for Copenhagenâ€™s creative elite. While Walls, the property developer behind the project, was waiting for a building permit, it rented out the space to local artists, designers and musicians. You can still find traces of this creative past in some of the apartments in the form of writing on the concrete walls or small splashes of colour in the black and white interiors.
We find Stay perfect for those not wanting to book a traditional hotel room with limited space and no views. You can really feel “at home” here and pretend you are a resident of this “most liveable city in the world”. Prices start around 200 euro in an 80 m2 “Atelier Park” room.
Check out our full feature and photos of STAY here.