It’s all about the food at the Nimb. This new Copenhagen hotel is housed in a dramatically-restored building with two restaurants, two bars, a dairy, a food store and a hot dog stand. And that explains the quirky charms of the hotel: it’s not really a hotel with great food, it’s a great gastronomic space that has become a hotel, too.
During our stay we ate in one of the two restaurants (we skipped the Michelin-starred Hermann because their prix fixe menus didn’t really work for vegetarians), spent time in the bar and the wine bar and bought food (and chocolate) in the food store. The wine bar is located in the basement of the building and the cozy ambiance is contrasted with long, almost German-Biergarten-style tables and rows and rows of wine bottles on the wall. We visited on a weeknight and had the place to ourselves, but the friendly wine steward told us that on some nights the place can be jammed.
As a hotel, the Nimb is unique. It has only 13 rooms in two wings with a cavernous bar in between them (a former ballroom) that connects the two wings of the hotel where the rooms are located. The bar has hardwood floors and comfortable, small-scaled furniture, which adds a slightly odd sense to the large scale of the room, but we enjoyed having breakfast there in the morning and drinks there at night. The staff was friendly, even if we were only walking through the bar to our room: the bar serves as kind of a hallway too, because if you’re staying in the far wing, you have to walk through it to get to the rooms.
And those rooms. We had a lovely junior suite with a fantastic bathroom and even more wonderful view of Tivoli Gardens. The platform bed was comfortable, but not the best we’ve slept in. Each room blends antique furnishings and modern style (they all have Bang and Olufsen TVs, for example). The rooms are charming, but they do take some getting used to - they have armoires instead of closets and the floors are hardwood instead of carpet.
We visited the Nimb in late May, so it was bright in Copenhagen for much of the day. It was odd that the skylight in our room had no shade - we got used to sleeping through the sunlight in the early morning, but if you’re a sleeper who likes the dark, make sure to ask for a room with no skylight.
We also found the lack of air conditioning a bit of a surprise in a hotel of this caliber. Yes, Copenhagen is a northern European city, but it does get warm in the summer. Fortunately, the hotel brought us a fan to use at night, but it was odd to be staying in a such a high-end hotel and having to rely on a portable room fan to be comfortable.
The service in the Nimb is uniquely Danish and quite good once you get used to the different rhythms of life in this country. Copenhagen is not known for good hotels (there are surprisingly few very good high-end hotels there although that is slowly changing) and we had the feeling that the Nimb is probably the best of the new breed of hotels that have been opened in Copenhagen in the past few years. It’s very expensive, but if you can get a good deal, it’s a worthwhile, and enjoyable experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ONCE UPON A TIME AT NIMB HOTEL. Fairy tale is ever present in Nimb's 38 uniquely decorated rooms and suites. An exclusive boutique hotel like no other in the world and yet homely, intimate and magnificent all at the same time, where you will dream of staying at the end of your day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nimb Hotel Copenhagen