Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
Tel: 45 3342 6000
Tel: 800 333 3333 (toll-free)
Concierge.com's insider take:
Arne Jacobsen would have turned 105 in 2007 but is looking better each year. In the 1960s, toward the end of his life, he designed this hotel—all of it, from the once-controversial modernist building itself to the cutlery to the beyond-iconic Swan and Egg chairs. These still adorn the lobby, and all but the tiniest rooms have their own Swans coexisting merrily with a cool redesign by German-Iranian Yasmine Mahmoudieh, who has used lots of maple, mirrors, and ice cream–colored glass. Thanks to horizontal blocks of window, these rooms are bright, but none more so than the corner Royal Club rooms with wraparound windows and spectacular views (of nearby Tivoli Gardens, if you scored one on the front). Jacobsen groupies need to book Room 606, which has been preserved exactly as the master did it, complete with the very rare Drop chair, also designed for the hotel. On the top floor is the restaurant Alberto K, with one of the best views in town. Chef Bettina Repstock prepares Italo-Dansk fusion food: Parma ham sits with Løgumkloster smoked ham; gnocchi with anchovy-sage tapenade. The check is not small, but the house Akvavit-prosecco cocktail softens the blow.