Copenhagen: The Top City to visit in 2019

Copenhagen prepares to welcome more visitors following its recognition by Lonely Planet as the number one city to visit in 2019. It responded with a boom in affordable hotels and new hotel rooms across the city. A further 8,500 rooms will be added over the next four years. Beyond the capital, there’s a new Castle Hotel for LEGOLAND Billund Resort opening in 2019. There are also more hotels and rooms opening in Aarhus, Aalborg, Sønderborg, and along the Danish coast.


The latest addition to the Danish capital’s hotel scene launched in early December when Dutch chain Citizen M, added to its global footprint with the opening of its first Nordic hotel at Rådhuspladsen (Town Hall Square) in Copenhagen. The new 4-star hotel will be within walking distance of Copenhagen Central Station, Tivoli Gardens, and the main shopping streets. Featuring a top-floor living-room lobby overlooking the historic city centre.

Copenhagen’s biggest hotel group Arp-Hansen launched its latest addition to the cool, budget WakeUp Hotel concept in October. With 585 rooms the hotel has minimalistic, high quality features designed by renowned Danish architect Kim Utzon. It has a great location on Bernstorffsgade, close to the harbor and the city center’s main attractions.

A further new addition in September saw the opening of the 370 bedroom at the Scandic Hotel in Kødbyen, the trendy meatpacking district of Copenhagen. The centrally located, contemporary hotel is a creative and culinary hot-spot in the city.

Meanwhile, the Scandic Falkoner, in the Frederiksberg district will reopen in August 2019 with 440 rooms and conference facilities.

The fun and youthful Marriott franchise ‘Moxy’ is also set to open in March 2019 with a cool new 3-star  Moxy Copenhagen Hotel in Scandiagade, south of the city centre. The Moxy experience will begin with a complimentary Got Moxy cocktail on arrival in the “bright and buzzing” lobby. The 228 millennial-focused bedrooms will combine bold design and affordable style in a collaboration with IKEA.

Adding to its choice of five existing Copenhagen properties Guldsmeden Hotel is opening its sixth and largest hotel at Copenhagen’s Islands Brygge in 2019. In keeping with the rest of the eco-conscious group, it will follow sustainable principles with a maritime theme.

The Brøchner hotel group will also include to its property portfolio with the opening of Hotel Ottilia in January 2019. Located on the site of the iconic Carlsberg brewery, the new 4-star hotel has 156 rooms and a restaurant with a rooftop terrace.


Beyond the Danish capital the Brøchner hotel chain is also set to open its very first boutique hostel in the centre of Aarhus in 2019. Located in a former library in Mølleparken 560-bed hostel will have an outdoor area, social spaces and a food court.

In late 2019 Radisson Red Aarhus, the new creative brand from the Radisson Hotel Group inspired by music, art, and fashion, will open with 78 rooms, a restaurant, gym, and a meeting space. Located in the center of the city, it is near the retail street, main attractions, and the historic Latin quarter. The main railway station is within walking distance and there will be easy access to the airport.

Families should visit the original home of LEGO. The brand new fairy-tale themed hotel opens at LELGOLAND Billund Resort at the end of March 2019. The new Castle Hotel will feature 142 bedrooms with space to 710 would-be Dragon Knights, Wizards and Princesses to live out their dreams in specially themed rooms spread out over two buildings.  In addition, there will be a family restaurant with seating for 300 diners; an indoor play area in the restaurant; and a large outdoor playground.


Meanwhile in January 2019 the new budget chain Zleep Hotel is opening a 126-bedroom hotel right next door to the train station in the centre of Aalborg. With great value rates and good quality rooms the hotel is perfect for tourists and business travelers alike.


May 2019 will see the opening of the new Hotel Alsik in Sønderborg’s old industrial harbour district. Canadian born architect, Frank Gehry, transformed the whole site into a new city quarter with unique architecture. Initiated in 2009, the majority of the project has been realized with the new quarter known as Byens Havn (City Harbour). Henning Larsen Architects designed the Alsik Hotel with two towers, respectively 19 and 70 meters high. There will be three restaurants and conference facilities for up to 400 people.


Away from the city on the North Sealand coast in Hornbaek the hotel Hornbækhus reopened earlier this summer (June 2018) following an extensive renovation and is seeing both locals and guests coming together over dinner for a shared meal served on its long wooden tables.

The hotel’s little sister Villa Strand has also reopened following a complete renovation. The white villa offers 15 en suite rooms with breakfast served at Hornbækhus. It’s perfectly located on the sand dunes at Hornbaek with direct access from the garden to the beach.

Meanwhile Svinkløv Badehotel on the North Jutland coast near Blokhus is one of Denmark’s most iconic seaside hotel. The large wooden structure has been completely restored following a devastating fire in 2016. Now back to its former glory, the 36-bedrooms (now all en-suite) will reopen in spring 2019.

Looking ahead to 2020 there is news of the Hilton group returning to Copenhagen with a prominent quayside location for a new upmarket hotel; the first hotel in the Danish capital for the Comwell group with a new 484 bedroom in Nordhavn; a new 12-storey hotel in Viborg; and the old police station in the genteel north Jutland seaside town of Skagen will transform into a 150-bedroom hotel.

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