The 260 rooms were last reno’ed in 2001 and are clad in maple, with tons of light coming in from vast expanses of windows. All have features that tie back to the original design, but if you’re a true modernist design freak embrace the urge to stay in Room 606. This room is an untouched-for-decades shrine to the great and powerful design wizard himself (well, housekeeping’s been in but you get the point). This is the only room in the hotel where Jacobsen’s original design has been fully maintained. The space age makeup mirror, radio and intercom are all built into the furniture and one of Jacobsen’s most rare of chair designs, the Drop, is in this room.
The Radisson SAS Royal Copenhagen has a lush cherry red lounge and a casual cafe on the main floor but worth a special note is the top-floor Alberto K restaurant. Once housing the original GM, Alberto Kappenberger (and, incidentally, the current GM – Roy Al Kappenberger – is the son of Alberto and grew up in the hotel and, let’s say it again: ROY AL grew up in the ROYAL Copenhagen), the 20th floor now houses the restaurant named after him.
The food scene in Copenhagen is pretty steamy and the chef at Alberto K is one of the reasons it’s so hot. At the Bocuse d’Or awards this year, twenty-seven-year-old Chef Jeppe Foldager, as the silver medalist, nipped at the heels of Copenhagen’s Noma restaurant, the world champ for years. In April he and his 24-year-old Sous Chef, Daniel Ditman, joined Alberto K and have formed a formidable creative team. Our five-course set dinner consisted of lobster, turbot, roasted quail, and – get this – two dessert courses. Only in paradise.
We recommend you stay in a Royal Club Room rather than the Standard if you can unless you’re only staying a night or two, as the Standard can be quite small. We saw a “Stay 3 nights and save 10%” package offered in October at 1,816.50 Krones ($322) for a Royal Club Room, including breakfast at the sweet Alberto K (the Standard Room is 1,276.50 Krones [$226] with breakfast at the cafe). Room 606 is always 5,500 DKK or $975.
A five-course dinner at Alberto K will set you back 695 Krones ($123) and a seven-course meal can be had for 850 Krones ($150).
[Top photo: Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen / Photo gallery: Janice Tober]