In October as the leaves hit that wondrous golden, crispy stage and the days were chilly yet not obscenely cold I visited Denmark for the very first time. The home of Hygge is so incredibly inviting that I walked around with a huge smile on my face for the entire duration of my stay. Copenhagen was my destination for this first visit and it captured my heart a little.
I managed to pack a lot into a fairly short stay with an indulgent stay at The Hilton Copenhagen as well as the most fun evening at the beautiful Tivoli Amusement park and gardens.
The Hilton at Copenhagen Airport is a stylish and modern hotel, 12 storeys high with rooms to suit all budgets. The first perk of staying here is that you can just casually stroll in via a walkway directly from the airport terminals, it makes ending your journey so much easier, but this is not your typical boring airport hotel. You see the usual Hilton attention to detail within the lobby and communal areas. The staff at the desk are friendly and courteous and check in is a breeze.
I stayed in an Executive room which allowed for use of the Executive Lounge for the duration of the stay. The lounge offers soft drinks, hot drinks and complimentary snacks throughout the day in an area which is just perfect for relaxation. At night there is a wide selection of alcoholic drinks to choose from also.
The executive rooms are large and airy with a huge comfy bed, desk, tv and sofa as well as floor to ceiling windows. The bathroom is stocked with Peter Roth toiletries and houses a shower AND a bath – an essential in my opinion.
I may have spent a little more time than necessary lazing on this bed and looking out of the window on my last day.
I was lucky enough to try the buffet dinner at the hotel on my first evening and as someone who is constantly disappointed by the quality of buffet food this was a pleasant surprise. All of the hot dishes I tried were excellent, particularly the veal and the pork. The bar staff also make a mean mojito! Breakfast at the hotel was excellent with a varied selection of hot and cold foods on offer. Bonus points go to the Hilton for not only having a separate table of Gluten Free breads and pastries but also a separate toaster – I was really impressed, although I don’t have to avoid gluten, some of my family members do so I am always looking at the ways hotels and restaurants deal with it. The Hilton always make a huge effort in each one I have visited so this was not surprising but impressive none the less.
Once in the city I tried my first Smørrebrød– that is the famous Danish open sandwich. It will not be my last! For those who need to know what is in the photo..its Rye Bread topped with avocado, chicken mayo, the crispiest bacon and asparagus. AHH can I return just for another one?
As the afternoon wore on sugar was needed, and I had the most delicious cinnamon pastry served with super creamy hot chocolate at The Andersen Bakery.
Next up was exploring the scenic Nyhavn area of Copenhagen. It is such a buzzing and vibrant area of the city and I would love to spend more time there just watching the world go by.
There is beautiful architecture everywhere you look, especially the government buildings which are particularly impressive.
On my second day in Copenhagen I spent some time at Tivoli Gardens, I think this may be one of the best parts of my visit. They really went out all out with the Halloween and Autumnal decor and there must have been a thousand pumpkins strewn around, it was by far the prettiest theme park I have been to. Lots of different rides for all ages and the most enticing smells of freshly popped corn, mulled wine and candy floss followed you around. As darkness fell, the park lit up with thousands of lights ( very cosy or hyggeligt I should say ) and I could have spent hours sat looking out onto the water – if it hadn’t been so cold that is!
Apologies for the quality of my photos, I managed to take the wrong lens for my camera and my current phone camera is a little sketchy!
I will be honest, I was a a little sad to leave this beautiful country. I would highly recommend a visit to Copenhagen and a stay at the Hilton Copenhagen Airport, I certainly hope to return at some point, there is so much still I want to see and do.
- My stay at The Hilton was complimentary for the purpose of this post. Thank you to The Hilton Copenhagen and Tivoli Gardens for hosting me during my stay.