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Copenhagen: Where to stay

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  • Many of Copenhagen's hotels show off the best in Danish interior design
  • The unique Hotel Fox is somewhere between a hotel and an art gallery
  • The Guldsmeden mini-chain of hotels offer a truly organic experience
  • Cheap accommodation is scare in the city but Cabinn City is a good option
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(CNN) -- Denmark has long been at the forefront of modern design and to see Danish design at its most iconic, check in at the Radisson SAS Royal (Hammerichsgade 1, doubles from 2,299 DKK a night).

There are a number of hotels, including the Radisson SAS Royal, near Rådhuspladsen.

There are a number of hotels, including the Radisson SAS Royal, near Rådhuspladsen.

It was designed entirely by the legendary Arne Jacobsen, from its skyscraper-style exterior down to its furniture, door handles, and even the cutlery in the restaurant. Since its opening in 1960, the rooms have been refurbished in contemporary Danish style, but classic chair designs such as the Egg and the Swan still grace the hotel where they made their first public appearance.

First Hotel Skt Petri (Krystalgade 22, doubles from 2,096 DKK) is another tribute to Scandinavian elegance, with an interior that is airy, light and very white. Rooms on the fifth and sixth floors have wonderful views across the medieval steeples and tiled rooftops of the Latin Quarter. It is worth noting that the hotel's funky Bar Rouge is open until 2am and can be noisy at the weekend.

For bold contemporary design that breaks away from the minimalist mould, Hotel Fox (Jarmers Plads 3, doubles from 1,250 DKK) is an eye-popping extravaganza of wild colors. It was opened in its present form in 2005 by Volkswagen, who invited 21 artists to design everything from the furniture to the décor in each room. The result is a unique combination of hotel and art gallery.

For something less challenging, and altogether more relaxing, try Carlton Hotel (Vesterbrogade 66, doubles from 1,290 DKK), Bertrams Hotel (Vesterbrogade 107, doubles from 1,455 DKK) or Axel Hotel (Helgolandsgade 11, doubles from 1,615 DKK). Part of the Guldsmeden mini-chain of boutique hotels, they offer four-star quality with an eco-friendly feel. Their organic policy starts with the breakfast buffet, includes the shampoos and lotions in the bathrooms, and even extends to organic cocktails in the bar.

Cheap accommodation is scarce in Copenhagen but one economical and stylish option is Danhostel Copenhagen City (H.C. Andersens Boulevard 50, doubles from 780 DKK), a huge hostel that has some private rooms for two to four people. Although the rooms are somewhat sparse, the whole place is spanking new and the interiors are undeniably smart. Cabinn City (Mitchellsgade 14, doubles from 1290 DKK) is another good budget option, offering simple, modern rooms and a great location near Tivoli Gardens.

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