From a cheap and cheerful hostel to a seaside escape, JAMES ELLIS shares his favourite places to stay
Hotel SP34, Copenhagen
In the Latin Quarter, this new boutique offering has a rooftop terrace with great city views, and rooms with smart TVs and posh smellies by REN. Hip eateries include a burger joint and a tapas bar, and there’s an ice-breakling wine social every evening from 5pm-6pm. Key attractions such as Tivoli Gardens are a few minutes walk away.
B&B doubles start from 1,022 DKK (£120) a night
00 45 3395 7777, brochnerhotels.dk
Absalon Hotel, Copenhagen
This hotel underwent a huge refurbishment and reopened this spring. Expect Designers Guild wallpapers and soft furnishings, and bathrooms by French design guru Philippe Starck.Rooms are colour-themed, with “ocean” and “berry” being the standard-bearers and “grass” in the superior rooms. There’s a cool bar and bike hire while the trendy Meatpacking District is near by.
B&B doubles are from 810 DKK (£95) a night
00 45 3324 2211, absalon-hotel.dk
Aarhus Guldsmeden, Aarhus
This lovely design hotel in Aarhus’s Latin Quarter is centred on a bijou garden with fruit trees. The rooms have French colon ial styling with dark wooden furniture, canopied beds and chiffon drapes. Statues and artworks line the corridors,and there’s a green ethos, too, with 90 per cent of products used being organic and ethically sourced. A couple of house bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
B&B doubles start from 895 DKK (£105)
00 45 8613 4550, guldsmedenhotels.com
Hotel Arctic, Greenland
The world’s most northerly four-star hotel clamped to the edge of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The acclaimed restaurant has views of icebergs travelling past.
Rooms start at 2,371 DKK (£284)
00 299 94 41 53, hotelarctic.com
Falsled Kro, Millinge
The island of Funen or Fyn is the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen and is known as the “garden of Denmark”. At this country hotel and restaurant in a former staging post in Millinge, they’re telling their own foodie stories. Salmon is smoked on site, razor clams are sourced locally, and vegetables and herbs are grown in the grounds. Upstairs, rooms have whitewashed brick walls and exposed wooden beams.
Room-only doubles are from 1,705 DKK (£200) a night
00 45 6268 1111, falsledkro.dk
Gásadalsgarður Guesthouse, Faroe Islands
A charming new-build with plenty of Faeroese character, this guesthouse sits right in the heart of the village of Gásadalur, surrounded by barren slopes and grass-topped homes. For an authentic taste of village life, this is certainly the place to stay.
Rooms start from 1,077 DKK (£129)
00 298 277 013, visitfaroeislands.com
JAMES ELLIS is a former travel editor for Metro.
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