Miriam Braun
Nobis Hotel
Niels Brocks Gade 1, 1574 København V
1st January 2018

Copenhagen’s hotel scene has needed a revamp for quite some time now and 2017 was finally the year it all turned around. With numerous renovations and openings, there are more and more high-end properties to choose from. Is Nobis one of them? We went to find out.

On the one hand I love that the hotel is close to the train station (it's extremely easy to get around Copenhagen by train) and Tivoli Gardens, and it was a 7-minute walk from where my meetings were. On the other hand I felt a bit distant from the main shopping and dining areas and on a rainy night when I didn't want to go too far ended up eating at Wagamama (not very local....).
Who stays?
The hotel was quite quiet during my stay but there were mostly international business travellers, and a few locals too. Towards summer I'm sure there will be more families staying for leisure, considering the hotel is right across the street from Tivoli Gardens.
Style and Character
Elegant Nordic design with few yet striking design pieces in the public areas and warm natural colours in the rooms and throughout.
Upon arrival there was no one to help me up the 10-12 steps from the street and it took a bit of effort to carry my two large suitcases myself, in the rain. I was a bit frustrated but luckily the hotel quickly rectified this and the lovely bellboy helped me up to the room and was in the lobby with a smile on his face every time I came in and out from that point on. The front desk receptionist and waitresses at the restaurant were equally lovely and attentive and I felt very well looked after.
Rooms and Suites
At first glance the rooms look lovely, stylish, and sleek. I was in a Superior room and felt it was spacious enough for me and my two bags (although the closet space is limited), with a huge window overlooking the city. However, there were a few very serious design flaws that were extremely bothersome, making the room a lot less inviting than intended.

Firstly - the lighting (or lack of). There's not much light in Copenhagen in mid-December so the mornings and evenings are basically dark. The room felt constantly dimmed, making it difficult to get ready (or put on any makeup..). Secondly - the bed. For design reasons the fabulous Dux mattresses are left exposed, with the sheet only covering the pillow top. This wouldn't have bothered me much had it not been for the fact that every time I got into bed the sheets became untucked and a mess. Finally, and most importantly - the heated towel rail is located right behind (and on top of) the toilet. This means that every time you sit on the loo (sorry for oversharing) you get burnt by the heated knobs. Not fun.
Food and Drink
I only had breakfast during my stay and was very happy with it. The buffet was fairly small but there was more than enough to choose from - variety of bread, cheeses, fruit, fresh juice - and it was all extremely tasty. You could then order eggs à la carte.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
The hotel has a small fitness centre, sauna and hammam. I didn't try either but the facilities look nice and decent sized for a boutique hotel.
Perceived Value
In the low season you can get an entry-level Superior room for around EUR 270-300 per night, which is good value I think. However, prices for the same category can climb up to EUR 500-550 in high season which is a bit overpriced. With that said, 5* hotels in Copenhagen can get extremely expensive so all in all the rooms here are on par with what you'd pay elsewhere for the same level of service and product (it is brand new!). The Junior Suites and Penthouse Lofts on the other hand are very good value for money, even in high season, and worth experiencing.
Nobis is a much needed addition to the Copenhagen hotel scene and offers a good 5* product at a more affordable price than D'Angleterre or Sanders.