A leafy and comfy hotel with a gorgeous central courtyard, Kong Arthur has some cute touches, like a daily 'cozy hour' with free wine, and a running club with staff. It has a peaceful but fairly central location, a clutch of international restaurants, and a good onsite spa.
Most of the 155 rooms are bright and inviting, if a little small. All are slightly different as a result of the age of the Kong Arthur buildings, but mainly have crisp white walls and a mixture of classic and modern furniture in dark wood tones.
Guests who book a 'spa package' stay on the spa floor, where the rooms are all spa-inspired, with dark, soothing colours, scents, and gentle music.
Bathrooms are in the process of being updated. The older versions are a little cramped and the showers can get the rest of the room wet, but the newer incarnations are white and glistening, with slate-walled showers and a more modern feel.
Bright and inviting, with very friendly and competent staff and nice views into the courtyard. A nice break from pounding the city streets.
The hotel's Bali-inspired Ni'mat spa is large and relaxing, with a 'water temple' featuring a hot tub, a sauna, an aroma steam bath and a cold water plunge, and plenty of treatment rooms.
YOU SHOULD KNOW A one-time free entry pass to the spa is included for guests who book direct; otherwise, it's 250 DK.
The hotel has a small fitness room with dumbells and treadmills. Access for guests is free.
You're spoilt for choice at the Kong Arthur: as well as having the city's new food market and a number of great restaurants nearby, the hotel itself has a pleasant, busy Italian joint, La Rocca, a tapas-style Spanish restaurant and a branch of the Japanese eatery, Sticks'n'Sushi. Breakfast is served in the conservatory, and focuses on organic Nordic-style hams and cheeses, as well as local jams made from seasonal ingredients (from strawberry to sea buckthorn).
The lobby bar is a considerably more pleasant place to grab a drink than many hotel bars, with comfortable cushions, books, and a fireplace (oh, and a suit of armor and some shields. The clue's in the hotel's name). Cocktails use Nordic ingredients and the beer is from the local Nørrebro Bryghus, just across the lake.
The Kong Arthur is still pretty central, despite its secluded feel. In the livable Nansensgade district, it's also an easy walk to the main sights, and Nørreport metro station is a 7-minute walk.
Stylish contemporary Nordic restaurant Höst (6-minute walk) dishes up tasty and not too pricey seasonal food - its name means 'harvest' in Danish. Or there's traditional French on offer at La Petanque (6-minute walk).
Barkowski (5-minute walk) is a relaxed, welcoming local bar with little pretension and a reasonable beer selection. Or Mikropolis (3-minute walk) is a cool, petite cocktail and beer bar run by the local brewery, Mikkeller.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Friendly staff, a good bar area and a relaxed vibe, staying at the Kong Arthur feels like staying at a Danish friend of a friend's place. The spa is great too, and prices are reasonable.