Classic Copenhagen center stage at Sanders Hotel

A suite at the Sanders Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. The hotel, housed in a 19th-century building, opened in 2017.

There is a remarkable sense of arrival upon parting the moss-green velvet curtain in the vestibule of the Sanders Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, as if one were waiting in the wings to make an entrance onto a sumptuous stage set.

The sensation is understandable, given that Sanders owner Alexander Kolpin, a former ballet dancer and director at the neighboring Royal Danish Theatre, has cultivated the illusion of onstage life with a series of theatrical spaces and curated interiors.

Suffused by lighting that casts a warm glow on the players, the atmosphere at the Sanders is akin to living within the patrician splendor of a drama by Henrik Ibsen.  

As the founder of Kolpin Hotels, Kolpin collaborated with London design studio Lind + Almond to create an environment reflective of Copenhagen's relaxed cosmopolitan spirit and fused with the rattan and bamboo of British colonial travel.

Throughout the 53-room luxury property, guests come and go, wandering from the Living Room to the Conservatory and out into the Courtyard. A late afternoon meal in the Kitchen might be followed by a cocktail at Bar Tata, which in keeping with the theatrical allusions is named for the red velvet curtain that has hung at the Royal Danish Theatre since 1932.

All the public spaces at the Sanders are listed in uppercase, furthering the impression of partaking in a series of scenes from the Robert Altman film "Gosford Park" or playing a live-action game of Clue.  

Nestled in the cultural district a few steps from Staerekassen (aka The Starling Nest Box), with its resplendent glass mosaic archway, the Sanders opened in late 2017 after the complete transformation of a 19th-century property well known as a watering hole for Copenhagen's glitterati.

The buzz and energy of that earlier epoch has been perpetuated by Kolpin's comprehensive design vision, which encompasses commissioned artworks; vintage chandeliers; custom, handmade furniture; and French fashion for the staff. All this attention to atmospheric detail complements the hotel's curated evenings that include family-style Sunday dinners and monthly rooftop DJ parties.

Guestrooms and suites at the Sanders are showcases of bespoke period design details -- from the light switches to the telephones, armoires and sideboards and the accents in marble, leather and velvet -- to the point that the TV seems almost anachronistic.

Hardwood pocket doors slide open to reveal a marble bath with walk-in shower and separate water closet. Toiletries are by Ortigia from Sicily, and the complimentary minibar offers sweet and savory temptations for late-night snacking.

In the early evening, the Sanders observes Wine O'Clock in the Conservatory, which segues easily into a late supper in the Courtyard, all of which makes it very tempting to remain within the Sanders' embrace.

That said, the hotel's signature Pelago bicycles are available to borrow, although it's equally easy to arrange for a Mercedes S-Class sedan with driver for cruising Copenhagen in style.

From the U.S., Scandinavian Airlines offers seven gateways to Scandinavia with various nonstop flights to Copenhagen.

The SAS Business experience features SAS Lounge access and SAS Fast Track as well as a three-course New Nordic menu, Hastens bed linens on a fully reclining massage bed and an amenity kit filled with Scandinavian luxury brands.

Room rates at the Sanders start at $640 with a 10% commission. 

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