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Nimb Hotel, Copenhagen 

5 Bernstorffsgade
Denmark 1577
Tel: 45 88 70 00 00
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An ongoing sensation in understated Copenhagen, Nimb catapulted to the top of the city's hotel scene when it opened in May 2008 in Tivoli Gardens. Nothing in Copenhagen comes close to matching its 13 gorgeous rooms: All but one overlook the amusement park, and each is decorated with Sotheby's-worthy antiques (elegant secretaries, landscape paintings, rustic armoires), has a wood-burning fireplace, and sports glossy tech amenities such as Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TVs. (The room rates, between $355 and $1,330, are breathtaking as well.) The theatrical design continues in the public spaces—there's a baronial fireplace and fairy-tale murals in the lounge—and the over-the-top Moorish facade (a Tivoli landmark) wouldn't be out of place on the Vegas strip. Since Nimb is co-owned by Tivoli Gardens and the Grønlykkes, owners of the Michelin-starred Falsled Inn and one of Denmark's culinary first families, the hotel doubles as a well-stocked food court. In addition to the Løgismose deli and a small working dairy that produces milk, cream, butter, yogurt, and fresh cheese, Nimb's three restaurants are standouts. More than 1,300 bottles are cellared in the Vinotek wine bar; casual Restaurant Nimb redefines the open kitchen concept with chefs preparing herring plates, fish cakes, and the like at counters situated throughout the dining room; and in the more serious Herman Restaurant, chef Thomas Herman revives country Danish dishes with a haute twist. The chef's Jerusalem artichoke bisque with eel-filled donuts reflects the exuberant but thoughtful Nimb style that brings a grown-up edge to Tivoli itself.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
With only 13 rooms, the Nimb is more a guesthouse than a hotel—and arguably the finest place to stay in Copenhagen. Named after the family who owned the building in the nineteenth century, it has antiques-filled rooms and wood-and-stone interiors that emanate a sense of heritage, despite the thorough renovation. The location is both practical and magical: One side faces the railway station, but step out the other side, through the white marble Moorish facade covered with glowing lights, and you're in Tivoli Gardens (don't worry, windows have airport-standard triple-glazing). If you can drag yourself away from the comfort of your room, with its open fire and huge bathroom with freestanding tub, the hotel's bar resembles a banquet hall, and with a fireplace at one end and a grand piano at the other, it's the perfect place for afternoon tea. Downstairs is a wine cellar, two restaurants, a deli with a glass wall overlooking the Nimb's dairy (the hotel churns its own butter and cream), and a gourmet sausage stand— a nice nod to the adjacent Tivoli's fun fair. Food, service, and design are pitch-perfect, right down to the Bottega Veneta key rings. —2009 Hot List

When to go: Before Christmas, when Tivoli is in full swing and you can enjoy the comfort of your room beside a blazing fire.

Which room to book: Any except No. 14, which overlooks the railway station rather than Tivoli Gardens.

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