Nimb is not just a beautiful hotel, it has a rather special location too – as part of the renowned 19th century Tivoli Gardens amusement park in the centre of Copenhagen. In fact the hotel occupies the historic Moorish style building from 1909.
With just 38 bedrooms the boutique hotel has a charming personal feel. There are stunning floral displays everywhere which visually link the hotel to the magical (peacock patrolled) landscaped gardens of Tivoli.
As you’d expect in a design capital, our room was beautifully decorated and also brilliantly appointed – apple TV, coffee machine, sound system all come as standard. We opted for a deluxe suite with terrace. All rooms but one overlook the gardens – but having a terrace is a lovely bonus, especially during the warmer months. We sat out in the sunshine, enjoying coffee and watching the marching band in the gardens below (accompanied by the screams of the roller coaster and other horrific rides!).
We arrived the day before Store Bededag (Great Prayer Day) when its a Danish tradition to eat “varme hveder” or wheat rolls with melted butter and jam. The hotel brought warm rolls to our room as a special treat which were absolutely divine!
The fruit plate and snacks were also a nice touch.
Hotels guests are given free daily passes to the gardens and rides. I’m not a fan of rollercoasters etc but Matt and our friend Gary made the most of the rides. Although some of them looked sweet and innocent, they were in fact quite exhilarating (one is called The Demon… say no more)! If rollercoasters aren’t your thing either, there are tamer rides, boating lakes, coffee shops and a range of gift shops to browse, as well as theatres and entertainers. Its easy to spend a whole day there.
Nimb has a rooftop bar and pool which come alive at night! Every Friday there is a concert in the Tivoli gardens – followed by a firework display – so the roof is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a cocktail or two.
The hotel has a number of dining options – all of which look lovely – but we already had a range of incredible restaurants booked, courtesy of our friends who had visited before:
- I can recommend Pescatarian for an absolutely divine tasting menu – some of the best fish dishes I’ve ever had. It has a cool, buzzy atmosphere and was packed when we visited on a Thursday night, so advance booking is a must. A note of warning – Copenhagen is not a cheap city and the wine list can be VERY expensive, so ask for recommendations within your price range.
- Kong Hans Kælder is a Michelin starred restaurant in the King’s old cellars. Its hard to put into words quite how phenomenal the food in this restaurant was… some of our party opted for two courses, whilst others went for five. We were given so many nibbles – both before and after our food – that two courses really are more than adequate! Some of the best classical food I have ever tasted…. wonderful ingredients and flavours – I’ll be dreaming of this place for years to come!
- And finally Peder Oxe offers delicious smørrebrød (open sandwiches) in a beautiful rustic setting. I loved this place so much I wrote a separate post – read more about it here.
The shopping areas of Copenhagen have much to offer, especially if you are a fan of fashion and interiors as I am. We visited Ganni, Gestuz, Samsoe + Samsoe, Baum + Pfergarten, Maline Birger, Beck Sondergaard, Stine Goya… all the best Danish brands. The department store Illum also stocks Sandro, Maje alongside the Danish brands.
I don’t think its much cheaper to buy Danish brands than in the UK, but its lovely to be shopping in a Scandi environment – and to take inspiration from the stylish Danish women.
On the day we arrived it was glorious sunshine so we headed to the old harbour of Nyhavn for a one hour boat trip of the city’s canals. This was the perfect way to orient ourselves and gain a brief understanding of the city’s history and key buildings.
We had three nights in Copenhagen but we needed more! There are so many museums and galleries to visit, we’re already planning our next trip 🙂
Link: Hotel Nimb