Radisson SAS Royal
I've always been drawn to Scandinavian design, be it in cookware, furniture or architecture. Much of the symbolic style of the northern region has its roots in the post-war era of the 50s and with the recent obsession with retro, the jet-set, modern looks of the time is back with a vengeance. In fact some of the designs that shaped the era have never left, at least not in the in Copenhagen. l
Designed by one Denmark's fathers of modern design and architecture, Arne Jacobsen, stepping into the Radisson SAS Hotel Royal is akin to leaving the contemporary world and taking a trip back in time. Jacobsen's famous future-esque swan and egg chairs grace the lobby, and with his original designed Suite 606 you almost expect to be served an afternoon martini while a black and white television set flickers in the corner.
The rest of the hotel's rooms pay homage to the design great, combining the sleek aesthetic of contemporary Scandinavian design with classic Jacobsen, creating a space that is ideal for lovers of the simple shapes and lines of the era. Above and beyond the iconic design, the hotel also boasts the city's first skyscraper.
The views of Copenhagen are stunning, and if you're in the mood, you can even request to have a lookout over the famous Tivoli Gardens. Located on the 20th floor, the hotel's Alberto K restaurant might just be the ideal spot to get a bird's eye view of the city as well as indulge in some of the best in Danish cuisine.
Stepping into the lobby is almost like entering a time machine, putting you right in the heart of the Danish Modern design style. Yet with free broadband and a 2,000 square meter fitness center complete with sauna, the Radisson is truly contemporary. A classic hotel that is sure to stick to its roots for decades to come. AB