Copenhagen's Nimb Hotel embodies high-end hygge

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The Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens.
The Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens.

She was the Julia Child of Denmark, the doyenne of Danish cuisine, a celebrated 19th-century chef and restaurateur who compiled traditional recipes into one of Denmark's most popular cookbooks, "Fru Nimbs Kogbog," in 1888. Her name was Louise Nimb, and for more than a hundred years, her surname has symbolized the best in Copenhagen hospitality and Danish hygge -- which is why the Nimb, the five-star hotel nestled in Tivoli Gardens, bears her name.

Opened in 1843, Tivoli Gardens hosted the beau monde of Copenhagen, including Hans Christian Andersen, and the restaurant operated by Nimb became known as Copenhagen's veranda: the place to go for a heaping helping of hygge. Tivoli's expansion in 1909 offered a new home for the Nimb family establishment at the Moorish-inspired bazaar, where a fantastical palace has housed Nimb for the past century.

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Much like the peacocks who roam the grounds, Nimb Hotel reveals its resplendence with a fanlike opening onto the entirety of Tivoli Gardens. Just as a waterfront resort focuses on its maritime setting, so too does the Nimb embrace the wonderland beyond its portals -- and particularly with the hotel's recent expansion of its suites and the completion of Denmark's first rooftop hotel pool and terrace.

In honor of the property's pristine premises and superlative service, the Nimb was designated Small Luxury Hotels of the World's Hotel of the Year in 2015. Impeccable standards and hygienic protocols are maintained throughout the expansive hotel, which includes seven gourmet restaurants and bars. The addition of 21 new suites has more than doubled the Nimb's previous 17-room capacity, while keeping the high staff-to-guest ratio, thereby ensuring the personalized attention and immaculate housekeeping that has become a hallmark of the Nimb guest experience.

The spread at the Cakenhagen pastry shop at the Nimb Hotel.
The spread at the Cakenhagen pastry shop at the Nimb Hotel.

Throughout the hotel, the simplicity of Nordic design is complemented by curated antiques and classical art. Hardwood floors lead to sumptuous suites outfitted with black lacquer doors and working fireplaces. A cocktail cabinet is set with crystal decanters filled with artisanal spirits. Balconies overlooking the gardens are spacious enough to host private dinners, and the soaking tubs in the palatial bathrooms include toiletries by Danish lifestyle brand Meraki. Each suite is uniquely furnished, which furthers the illusion of a private home, albeit one with an attentive staff and seven dining rooms.

What was once the palace ballroom is now Nimb Bar, a magnificent domed space illuminated by crystal chandeliers, candles and a crackling birch wood fire in the six-foot fireplace. A grand piano and pianist provide musical accompaniment for the Nimb's monthly Afternoon Tea Extraordinaire served with truffles, caviar and Dom Perignon. Evening concerts are complemented by the hotel's signature florally-fragrant Nimb Gin and a cocktail menu inspired by Andersen's fairy tales.

A stroll about and beyond the Nimb

One of the pleasures of a respite at the Nimb is the ability to stroll through the gardens at leisure. All hotel guests are granted complimentary access to Tivoli and its restaurants, which includes Gemyse, housed in the same locale as the Nimb family's original restaurant. An urban garden in the heart of Tivoli, Gemyse focuses on vegetable-based gastronomy by utilizing 100% organic and seasonal produce. A new cafe called Creme by Nimb specializes in decadently-delicious baked goods.

A year-round resort, Tivoli transforms its landscape according to the season, segueing from summer into harvest Halloween and then into a magical winter wonderland. On summer evenings, Nimb hosts a series of special events on Nimb Roof, which includes seafood grills, live concerts and guest DJs. Tivoli Food Hall in the Tivoli Corner building features more than a dozen dining options.

Bestowed with an American Architecture Award in 2018, the Tivoli Corner building also houses Nimb Wellness, a pristine health club with Moroccan hammam, treatment rooms, a Technogym fitness studio and a hot cardio room. Equally alluring is the fact that the very accomplished therapists are the same ones who treat Copenhagen's most acclaimed (and stressed) chefs.

Gemyse restaurant is housed in the same location as the Nimb family’s original restaurant.
Gemyse restaurant is housed in the same location as the Nimb family’s original restaurant.

While it is entirely reasonable to remain on-property, further pleasures are to be found just beyond the gates of Tivoli at the Glyptotek, notable for its vast collection of Greek and Roman statuary -- and a remarkable Winter Garden with palm tree courtyard. Guests who yearn to wander farther afield might consider commissioning the Nimb's luxury Audi A8 L sedan for a daytrip to the Renaissance Holckenhavn Castle on the isle of Funen.

Conveniently located directly opposite Copenhagen's Central Station, the Nimb is accessible to the airport via high-speed train or private transfer. Scandinavian Airlines offers direct service to Copenhagen from seven U.S. cities. For those who seek further cosseting, the SAS Business experience includes SAS Lounge access and SAS Fast Track as well as a three-course New Nordic menu and a full-length massage bed dressed with Hastens linens. An amenity kit stocked with Scandinavian luxury skin-care products enables a seamless arrival at the Nimb, where room rates start at $600.

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