NileGuide Expert Says:
The most famous hotel in the city
34, København K, Danmark
33 12 00 95
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To Danes, this historic five-star hotel epitomizes luxury and opulence much as the Ritz does to Londoners; known for its classiness and discretion, its legendary Royal suite has been a home from home to everyone from Grace Kelly to Bill Clinton, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Cameron Diaz. The story of Michael Jackson taking over one entire floor of the hotel is part of national folklore, while, decades earlier, silent comedy legends Laurel & Hardy greeted fans from the Kongens Nytorv balcony. With room rates starting at DKK 1900kr for a double room however, the nearest most of us will ever get to staying here is a walk across the red carpet leading out onto Kongens Nytorv
—or at best a meal in the hotel's snooty restaurant.
The hotel dates from 1755—making it one of the oldest in the world—and although its thorough modernization includes the luxurious Arndal Spa, these days its pomp all seems a little stuffy and old-fashioned, and state-of-the-art design is better found elsewhere in the city.