If you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen, don’t forget to include Tivoli in your itinerary. It is the place where kids and kids-at-heart come to enjoy the rides, take in the scenery or just to simply to stroll around. Regardless of what you decide to do in the park, it would be hard to miss Nimb Hotel with it’s gleaming white marble façade. Its many spires despite their Moorish influence, fit in well in Copenhagen also known as the “City of Spires.”
Originally built in 1909, it was renovated and re-opened in 2008 to guests as a five-star small luxury hotel. The hotel made it to Conde Nast’s Hot List in 2009 and Gold List in 2011.
Our trip landed us in the beginning of the Christmas season. The hotel’s contemporary and sleek lobby juxtaposes the rustic winter décor and the smell of freshly cut pine. This is a cornerstone of Nordic design; simple, functional with an awareness of location.
If Disneyland has the Cinderella Palace, Tivoli has the Nimb Hotel, that you can actually stay in and be treated like royalty. The hotel staff’s attention to its guests was unparalleled. We were immediately shown to our room several hours earlier than our check-in time.
With only 17 rooms, you feel a certain sense of exclusiveness and intimacy with the hotel and Tivoli garden. Our footsteps filled the quiet hallway as we were being shown to our room. Each individually inspired room is decorated with Danish bespoke interiors. According to Rene Jasper Thomsen, Nimb’s creative designer, “At Nimb, most design elements are bespoke and therefore completely unique, which suffuses Nimb with a special kind of magic,”
Room #2 is a deluxe guestroom. It features this charming four-post bed. A Geismer duvet, covered by intricately embroidered fabric, keeps you cozy in the chilly Copenhagen evening. Or if you wish to stay up later in the evening, an antique study table is at your service.
Rounding things out, were a sizable bathroom warmed by a heated floor and a spacious sitting area with bird’s-eye views of Tivoli Garden.
Nimb’s hotel bar, Baren, serves a wide array of drinks from cocktails to grappa to hot cider. The pine-floored ballroom is uniquely embellished with pastel-colored doors and delicately adorned Christmas trees and wreaths. Guaranteed to spark a conversation are the avant-garde sketches on the walls, the beautiful embossed ceilings and the magnificent crystal chandeliers. After a couple drinks, it is nice to listen to the soothing sounds of the grand piano in one of the plush armchairs and sofas. The bar atmosphere is warm and friendly; wonderful for socializing or unwinding after a long day in the city.
A smaller yet another beautiful common area within the hotel is the Rotunda. Its metallic silver wallpaper elegantly gilded by illustrations of tree branches seem to have come straight out of a fairytale book. It’s no surprise that this captivating element of the room has continuously drawn the crowd’s attention.
It's okay to break out into spontaneous Christmas caroling when walking around the hotel. Everything is so festive and harkens back to simpler candle lit times. I remember actually wanting a rocking horse when I was a kid; we can only imagine what kind of 3-D printed contraptions our own children will be wishing for!
Like when we were kids, we couldn’t sleep either. Because just down the stairs and outside, a wintery wonderland beckoned. After bundling up like Ralphie and Randy Parker we were ready to see Tivoli’s Christmas Market!