HOTEL REVIEW: 71 NYHAVN, COPENHAGEN
Two years ago I visited Copenhagen for the first time - and loved it.
Last week, I made a return visit and fell even more in love. I decided then and there that Copenhagen was my favourite European city (London aside, obviously) and for my next trip, I would most certainly be there for longer than 32 hours! Of course, being me, I still managed to fit in a heck of lot into my trip - which I'll be sharing with you shortly - but first, I wanted to share with you where I stayed.
Copenhagen is fairly small and relatively easy to get around so location is less crucial when staying in the city, but that doesn't mean it should be an afterthought. Located on the brightest waterfront in the world lies 71 Nyhavn Hotel, a gorgeous boutique hotel set in a converted brick warehouse dating back to 1805 overlooking the harbour.
Seeped in history, the building was constructed by Merchant Ole Bernt & Captain Just Ludvigsen and completed in 1805. The warehouse was kept in Ole Bernt's family until 1970 when it was sold to a Mr Alf Arp-Hansen, who saw the potential in the building to become a hotel, which it eventually did turn into, in 1971.
From the outside, the hotel has a very New York feel to it but there's something very Danish about it - blending two of my favourite cities together perfectly. I especially loved the pop of green on the shutters - fitting in wonderfully with the colours of the Nyhavn harbour front!
Inside, the lobby goes far back and adorned with sofas and artwork for guests to admire whilst they wait for their bags to be collected. Staff are extremely friendly and are happy to point you in any direction you need to go. The hotel also has bikes which you can rent to enjoy Copenhagen on wheels - it's completely safe to do so and if you're planning to cover a lot of ground, it might be a good option once you've got your bearings!
The hotel is split into two warehouses: the Red Warehouse and the Yellow Warehouse. From January, the Yellow Warehouse will be closed for refurbishment so The Red Warehouse is where you'll want to stay; the oldest of the two warehouses but whose rooms have recently undergone a refresh. There are 64 rooms within the Red Warehouse in total, featuring Suites, Junior Suites and Executive Rooms. I stayed in the Junior Suite Deluxe with a view overlooking the water. Complete with all the amenities, I especially loved the original exposed beams that have retained their glory and the beautiful bedside trunks which stored additional bedding should you need any. The bed was wonderfully comfortable too and I had absolutely no problem drifting off to sleep whatsoever. The lounge area was also a nice added space to relax in, if I'd have had more time I would have sat in the chair watching Copenhagen go by until the night creeped in - it was one of those comfortable rooms that you could have happily hibernated in. But it's always the case isn't it, in a city you're only visiting for a short time? There's just never enough moments to enjoy the room to its full potential!
I'm not usually one to recommend or rave about a hotel restaurant, but then, the restaurant within 71 Nyhavn isn't just a 'hotel restaurant'. SEA by Kiin Kiin is a Southeast Asian kitchen from the chef behind Michelin starred restaurant Kiin Kiin, serving up truly divine Asian-inspired dishes. I ordered the Lamb Shank Red Curry which was beautifully delicious (just thinking about it right now makes me drool!) - packed full of flavour and ready to fall right off the bone. I swerved on dessert and opted instead to head to bed for an early night after what was a very long day of travelling and exploring, but I would definitely return to SEA - guest of the hotel or not! It's also a beautiful space with a nod to 1930's Hong Kong. Sadly however spotlights aren't a camera's best friend so there wasn't many photos from me that evening!
Of course, you'll be hungry in the morning so there's breakfast to think about! Served in SEA from 6:30am every morning, there are options galore on the buffet but you can also order other dishes likes omelettes etc that the chef will cook up for you. I managed to get my fill of fresh fruit, danish pastries, pressed juice and yogurt which left me full and ready to go on with my day. Breakfast bliss!
Location is perfect for those wanting to tick off many of the Copenhagen sights. Of course, you're on the harbour so you've already ticked off one destination without stumbling far from home. The metro is under 10 minutes walk away and from there you can explore the rest of Copenhagen till your heart's content. You can also grab boat tours, water taxis and buses from the harbour so transport-wise, it's a linked up location! During the festive period, the harbour is filled with food & drink stalls and a Christmas Market just up the way so there's plenty to do on your doorstep.
There's also the Design Museum and the Amalienborg Palace both under 15 minutes walk away from the hotel - which I would thoroughly recommend checking out! And a little further afield is the main shopping district, the Rundetaarn and Rosenborg Castle - but I'll tell you more about these in my next Copenhagen post!
Thank you to 71 Nyhavn Hotel for a wonderful stay - as always, all opinions are my own.
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Nyhavn 71, 1051 Copenhagen K, Denmark