Copenhagen is a well-known city for most Norwegians, it is a popular city to travel to enjoy both shopping and pleasure. I’ve lost count of how many cozy cafes and restaurants I have been recommended in this city. Another thing they are known for are their numerous Christmas markets, where they really deliver in both setting the mood and offering delish products – not to mention, Copenhagen is notoriously well known for their sense of design and fashion. I therefore thought finding a proper spa hotel in this city would be a breeze.
One of my sisters had last year received a gift certificate from me for Christmas, the idea was that we would experience an evening at Wallmans Cirkusbygningen and combine this with both relaxation and maybe some shopping. I was eager and excited when I started to search for hotels, it has to be abundance of spa hotels in Copenhagen! But no. To my great surprise, there is disappointingly little to choose from and I would strictly speaking, not call any of them for a proper spa hotel. I thought there was a natural explanation; I had not searched well enough (and by all means, this may remain a truth). Having asked around and searched google like mad, I came to the conclusion that they simply are not as enthusiastic about spa’s in Copenhagen. It did not seem like (and still does not) it has become a relevant part of their culture. It must be mentioned that I found a few hotels with a pool, such as Manon Les Suites Guldsmeden as well as a handful of boutique hotels popping up in every “spa hotel copenhagen” search. The latter you would usually have to pay extra for using their spa facilites, despite the fact that you’re staying at their hotel, in addition; their spa’s is of a considerable small area – in other words not something I would say falls under the category spa hotel.
Having seen King Arthur repeatedly, and with the promise that this was Copenhagen’s oldest and largest Spa, I booked at last at this hotel. I wanted to spoil my sister a little, thus I booked one of their “Spa Rooms” with a jacuzzi in the room and a package where 80 minutes treatment were included – all for the friendly amount of 1995 DKK per night. I can admit right away that I was disappointed with the room, they had recently renovated several rooms at his hotel and the spa rooms were not one of those. Also the hot tub I had been looking forward to – and actually felt a little crazy for ordering – was a miserable and worn jacuzzi inside the bathroom, with barely enough space to fit one adult. However this is also where the disappointments ended.
As we were to be in Copenhagen for three nights I had planned it that day that fell “in the middle” should be the one we pampered ourselves with relaxation and therapy. It was really quite fully booked that day, but the service minded receptionists managed to arrange it so that we got treatments in the afternoon – and believe me it was quite delicious, after a day of sightseeing plus some semi worn “day after” bodies!
Their spa is rather small considering it’s Copenhagen’s biggest, they promise 800 sqm of pure pleasure but in reality there’s a sauna, steam room as well as a jewel of a jacuzzi that accommodates this space. The size didn’t really bother us, and we had what we needed and more, we loved lying in the warm bubbles with a glass of prosecco after many eager steps in Copenhagen city.
When it was time for the treatment we were picked up by two smiling therapists, they took us to a small area reserved for footbaths where we were served fruit and two glasses of prosecco (which by the way is included in the package price). Here our tired feet recieved delish treatment, with both scrub, cream and a stimulating massage all whilst we could savor the bubbles in the glass and each other’s company. This was a good warm up for what was to come – which was a full hour with body massage! We got to be next to each other in a relatively large room with soft lighting and pleasing scents. Warm gentle hands took their time to loosen up and calm down – and it all ended with a delicious neck and scalp massage. Furthermore, they followed us back to the reception, where they also have a little relaxation area, and we were served a lovely spiced tea.
One thing I really have to brag up in the clouds when it comes to King Arthur is their breakfast, the dining room is newly renovated with trendy items, and here you will find something to suit all tastes. All of eggs, bacon, yogurt, etc were placed in small bowls, in order to limit the amount of food you take away from the buffet – what a clever and wonderful idea!
I would gladly return to this hotel, it is centrally located in Copenhagen city, walking distance to the shopping streets and a small taxi ride away to Wallmans. And is it not wonderful to be able to combine sightseeing and adventures with a little relaxing wellness?
PS have you visited a proper spa hotel in Copenhagen? Tell me about it!