This Copenhagen hotel will have you living like a local from the moment you arrive

The uber-cool Hotel Kong Arthur, Copenhagen will have you living like a local in no time.

I’m eating a soft, warm Danish pastry, flakes of golden crumbs falling onto my plate. Gentle music plays and the waft of coffee fills the air. Outside, a row of bikes line the path as far as the eye can see – two with our names on them.

It’s our first morning at Hotel Kong Arthur and we’re already feeling right at home, helped by this contemporary cool property with its herringbone parquet floors, grand piano and fireplace, and furnishings that ooze Scandinavian style.

The soothing interior of Copenhagen’s Kong Arthur Hotel

Biking the streets of Copenhagen

Outside, we grab our bikes and we’re barely 500 metres from the hotel when we reach our first stop, Coffee Collective at the Torvehallerne market.

Coffee is an institution here, so good it’s said some take the metro directly from their airport layover just to get their caffeine fix. But the pastries are close rivals, and they are plentiful, and we’re told not to miss the kanelstand, a traditional Danish cinnamon twist – and it tastes just like sugary heaven.

Ten minutes later we’re at Christiansborg Palace, which the Queen of Denmark still uses for official events, often attended by our very own Crown Princess Mary.

Of the rooms you can visit (it would take days to explore it all, so vast is this 800-year-old palace), my favourite is the library where the Queen’s private collection extends over three kilometres of shelving. Crystal chandeliers hang overhead and everywhere is gold, in the gilded bookcases and balustrades and balcony that wraps around the second storey of books.

Copenhagen’s striking Christiansborg Palace, which the Queen of Denmark still uses for official events

Time to wine and dine

We get back in time for cosy hour, a free drink and chance to mingle with other guests and staff, and then pop around the corner to dine at Japanese basement restaurant Sticks n Sushi – one of the first Japanese restaurants to open in Copenhagen.

Dishes are traditionally Japanese using locally sourced ingredients and presented like art on a plate.

If time permits, try the hotel’s Ni’mat Spa, the oldest and largest spa in Copenhagen for a deep tissue massage, or soak in the ‘water temple’ in the aroma steam bath; but regardless of what you do, this 19th-century charmer and its pretty neighbourhood will leave you feeling like you’ve been fully immersed in Danish life as if you were a local.