Nimb, Copenhagen, Denmark *****

Q: What is it? A: Hands down, the best small hotel in Scandinavia, that’s what it is.

It doesn’t look like your ordinary boutique hotel. It doesn’t even look like a hotel.

It doesn’t look like your ordinary boutique hotel. It doesn’t even look like a hotel.

Room 12 is located at the very end of the Eastern Wing at the Nimb. And it has a fireplace!

Room 12 is located at the very end of the Eastern Wing at the Nimb. And it has a fireplace!

Personal hygiene, room 12 style. Not visible in this picture: The bathtub.

Personal hygiene, room 12 style. Not visible in this picture: The stylish bathtub.

The Nimb, Bernstorffsgade 5. On the other side of the street you will find the Central Station, or Hovedbanegården, if you happen to speak the local Jiddish.

The Nimb, Bernstorffsgade 5. On the other side of the street you will find the Central Station, or Hovedbanegården, if you happen to speak the local Jiddish.

Is there a hotel on the inside?
From the outside it doesn’t exactly look like the quintessential hotel. First of all, it’s located in the Tivoli amusement park of Copenhagen. And the building from 1909 has a rather… exotic, Moorish look. The outside will give you no indication whatsoever of what to expect when you arrive at the Nimb. To the eye it is a very pleasant surprise. Also, being greeted by Jeanette is a bonus. Somehow she made me feel like the entire hotel belonged to me.

First of all: What is a Nimb?
The correct question would be: Who are the Nimbs? The correct answer: The family that first leased the ‘Divan 2’ restaurant in Tivoli. They opened their doors in 1877. Since then the Nimb developed into a Moorish dreamworld of gold, bronze and brass that lasted exactly 130 years. Then in 2007 it happened: Renovation. And today there is not one single gold coloured item in the building. Today, you walk the corridors on Douglas timber and on the doorstep outside every room you will find a large chunk of Ölands stone. I believe that this is what Americans refer to when they shout Wow Lou, it looks so goshdarned Scandinavian!

It’s very tasteful but it’s the staff that will keep you coming back.
Architect Matteo Thun has made a fine job with the Nimb. When renovating the hotel, the management had one thing in mind: Quality. But the raison d’etre of this hotel is not about oiled oak floors in the rooms, nor is it the bed linens by Geismars. It is the staff. Everybody – from Jeanette at the front desk to housekeeping and room service – are textbook examples of how a discreet, helpful, friendly and efficient hotel staff should be. I may as well spell it out: I’m very impressed!

This might just be Scandinavia’s best small hotel.
It’s still a well kept secret and with only 13 rooms it will probably remain as such. It doesn’t look totally unique but it has a quiet confidence that copycats find very hard to beat. Then there’s the two restaurants; Herman is a Michelin-starred, very ambitious dining room. The Brasserie is a more casual and relaxed place with an open kitchen, (it’s obviously quite unnecessary to leave once you’ve checked in). I’d say that the Nimb would not be the best of choices if you want your hotel to be a scene. It’s simply not the place if you want to flash your cash. Go there if you want to stay in a very secluded place located in the very centre of Copenhagen. And yes, the Nimb comes with a price tag but Jeanette and the rest of the staff sure as hell deliver.

Nimb
Bernstorffsgade 5,
1577 Copenhagen V
Copenhagen, Denmark

+45 88 70 00 00

Click here to book the Nimb through TabletHotels.com!

Have your say