In 1872 the Nimb family took over a restaurant in the famous Tivoli Gardens called Divan 2, and that is where the journey began. In 1909, inspired by Moorish architecture and built by architect and managing director Knud Arne-Petersen himself, they opened the white palace like hotel that we can still see today.
Nimb Hotel, attached to Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks reopened in May 2008 following extensive renovations. Each room was refurbished with the best of Danish design and the ‘hygge’ (feel like home) concept.
The Nimb underwent a total re-haul, both internally and externally where the facade was restored in Italian marble and stucco to create a simpler more exclusive feel. Solid Douglas wooden floors were installed and interior elements of Øland granite were integrated in the design. Natural materials of the highest quality were used to give Nimb a breath of modern Scandinavian architecture, while still preserving its original Moorish inspiration.
In November 2017 a new wing was added, expanding its 17 rooms to 38 luxurious rooms and suites. The timeline between the hotel’s new and old wings is 108 years, but New York based architects Pei Cobb Freed and Partners have integrated the hotel beautifully to read in one fantastical design language. Expanding the hotel by 2,000 square metres, the extension included a new roof terrace featuring a pool and bar, individually designed suites with balconies, a wellness-centre and basement level training facilities.
Besides being attached to Tivoli Gardens, the hotel also includes Tivoli Corner that houses several restaurants and the Tivoli Food Hall, which features 16 different food stands and recently received the American Architecture Award, given to an American architect in or outside the United States. Nimb Hotel is also known worldwide as the hotel with the most gourmet restaurants under one roof!
Nimb’s chief designer René Jasper Thomsen has planned the new spaces in a contemporary style, where simple Nordic design has been combined with classical art and beautiful antiquities. Open fireplaces and spacious bathrooms are just a few new elements added to pamper guests, while all the rooms except one face Tivoli’s lush greenery.
The new Nimb Roof has been designed as a private sanctuary with great attention to detail. The lounge furniture has been painted black to echo the Nimb style, while the pool has been clad in Italian mosaic, hand-sorted and selected to create the perfect underwater interplay.
The pool also has a counter-flow feature, allowing guests to swim on the spot. “Our mantra has always been ‘time and space are luxuries’. From the large rooms and suites to the Nimb Bar with its high ceilings and now the Nimb Roof, with plenty of space to enjoy your time and the unique views,” proudly explains René Jasper Thomsen.
Dining at the Nimb is a gourmand’s fantasy. From the traditional Nimb Brasserie with its French favourites, the intimate Nimb Bar’n’Grill, the heritage ballroom bar like no other that also serves afternoon tea, to the Vinotek with up to 1100 different wines to choose from and Fru Nimb, a classic Danish open sandwich restaurant serving gourmet beer and homemade aquavit with ingredients collected from Tivoli Gardens.
The pièce de résistance though is Gemyse – an urban garden restaurant with a greenhouse outdoorsy feel situated in the heart of Tivoli Gardens. The newest member of the Nimb family, it serves fresh seasonal dishes with organic greens from its own garden.
No trip to Copenhagen is complete without a visit to Cakenhagen – a classic Danish pastry shop with an enchanting French twist. From French macaroons to Danish cream cakes – “It has to be worth the calories,” is Head Pastry
Chef Torben Bang’s motto.
In 2015, Nimb Hotel was named the world’s best hotel by Small Luxury Hotels, picked among 520 properties from 82 countries. Guests staying in this ultramodern haven will feel like they’re in a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, complete with amazing design, superb service and every home comfort thrown in for good measure.
Text By Natalie Pedder-Bajaj
Photographs Courtesy The Hotel