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Updated: January 10, 2020
Manon les Suites – Creative 5-star eco-hotel with a spectacular jungle pool.
This strikingly attractive eco-hotel from the Guldsmeden group is its only five-star property in Copenhagen. The style is a vibrant blend of Bali-inspired tropical resort and raw urban textures, epitomized by the stunning jungle pool at its heart – black metal piping and walkways are softened with pretty tiles, lush green plants, and lovely lanterns and birdcages. The eighty-seven rooms, many of which open into this central atrium, are all suites; the look continues here, with concrete and slate balanced with luxurious wooden floors, bright artwork, and the signature Guldsmeden four-poster beds. Environmentally conscious travelers will love Manon; from reused materials in the rooms to organic toiletries, food, and even paint, Guldsmeden is a leader in sustainable eco-hotels. At the same time, Manon also promises a good time, hosting pool parties and DJ sets on the roof.
Manon les Suites – Location
- Address: Gyldenløvesgade 19, 1600 Copenhagen V.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Forum station is a 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Area: Convenient location just west of the city center on busy Gyldenløvesgade, which makes for easy access to the areas of Nørrebro, Vesterbro, and Frederiksberg as well. Plenty of tourist attractions are walkable – the scenic lakes are steps away, Tivoli Gardens is a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile), and Tycho Brahe Planetarium is also a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile). Nearby are great restaurants and shopping – Strøget, the main shopping street, is a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile), and the gourmet food market Torvehallerne is a 13-minute walk (0.6 mile). Good connections to the rest of the city from the nearby Metro stations at Forum and Nørreport, and Vesterport train station, which is 5 minutes (0.3 mile) away.
- How To Get There: From Copenhagen Airport, the best routes are via the Metro (M2) to Forum, a 7-minute walk (0.4 mile) from the hotel, or the train to København H and then a 12-minute walk (0.6 mile). The whole trip should take around 30 minutes. To minimize walking from København H, you can take the S-train to Vesterport, then walk for 5 minutes (0.3 mile).
- Handy To: Torvehallerne, Tivoli Gardens, the Lakes, Strøget.
Manon les Suites – The Basics
- Ages: Guests are independent traveler types and families in their 30s and up, looking for a stimulating, non-traditional 5-star hotel. Children are welcome, though there are no special amenities for them.
- View: Pretty views of the city skyline and the lakes from rooms high up at the front of the hotel.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: Laundry and dry cleaning services are available (additional charge).
- Parking: Parking is available in a neighboring garage at a discounted rate.
- Extras: 24-hour reception desk. Airport shuttle and bikes for rent (for an additional charge). Complimentary wine hour at 5 pm daily. Kiosk selling clothes and toiletries at reception. Kitchenette with well-stocked minibar, welcome fruit and nibbles, and organic cotton robes, tote bag, and yoga mat in the room. Generous complimentary toiletries from I Love Eco Essentials (Guldsmeden’s own brand) in the bathroom. Superb gym with personal trainers available. Roof terrace with comfy seating. The hotel hosts pool parties and concerts on the roof terrace regularly.
- When To Book: Book 3 to 4 months in advance for the summer high season.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +45 4570 0015
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: guldsmedenhotels.com
Manon les Suites – Amenities
- Pool: Beautiful pool in a central atrium with a glass roof and lush foliage around.
- Spa: Sauna, steam room, and bucket shower, all by the terrace on the rooftop.
- Fitness Center: Fantastic gym in the basement. It is fully equipped and even has a boxing ring. Sessions with personal trainers can be arranged.
- Laundry: No common laundry room.
- For Disabled Guests: There is elevator access to all rooms; however, the elevators are small, and there are frequent small steps in the building. Do call the hotel to discuss your needs in advance.
- For Families: Cots and extra beds are available for a charge (DKK 400/DKK 600 respectively).
- Activities: Bike rental, complimentary wine hour each evening, pool parties, and rooftop concerts. The friendly staff is more than happy to recommend and help organize activities during your stay.
- Other Facilities: Pets are allowed.
Manon les Suites – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Manon’s Restaurant – Laid-back, black-ceilinged bistro and bar on the roof, opening onto the terrace. The menu is bistro classics, with healthy and vegan options and the Guldsmeden emphasis on sustainability. The restaurant and bar hold the Danish Gold Ø-label for being at least 90% organic. Open 12–10 pm Mon–Fri, 12–11 pm weekends.
- Lounge/Bar: Sleek green-tiled bar in the restaurant. There is also a small poolside bar.
- Breakfast: Organic buffet including healthy, vegetarian, and vegan options at DKK 275 per person. Served in the restaurant 7-11 am daily.
- Room Service: Room service is available.
Manon les Suites – Rooms
- Room Types: Small Suite • Standard Suite • Small Suite with Private Terrace • Superior Suite • Family Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Manon les Suites is 100% Smoke free.
- Best Room: The Superior Suites located in the corners of the building are a generous 50m², with views in 2 directions, and can comfortably sleep 4 people each. The Small Suites with Private Terrace on the 6th floor are great if you enjoy a balcony.
- For Families: Standard and Superior Suites comfortably sleep 4 people, with 2 sofa beds and a separate bed room. Family Suites have 2 bedrooms and 3 sofa beds to sleep groups of up to 7.
Manon les Suites – Local Transport
- Walking: Manon les Suites’s location on the edge of Vesterbro makes it a good base for exploring the city on foot. Well located for exploring Tivoli Gardens (0.5 mile, 10-minute walk) and shopping on Strøget (0.5 mile, 10-minute walk) and at Torvehallerne (0.6 mile, 13-minute walk). Forum Metro station is the nearest Metro station, 7 minutes (0.4 mile) away, and Vesterport train station is 5 minutes (0.3 mile) away.
- Subway and Bus: Copenhagen has an excellent public transport network that includes a 24-hour Metro and buses, S-trains, and ferries known as ‘harbor buses’. A single ticket covers any combination of these within a time limit (usually 1.5 hours). You can download the handy DOT Tickets app to buy mobile tickets or multi-journey City Passes with a few keystrokes. The metro station at Forum is on the M1 and M2 lines, so you can get to most parts of the city easily. M2 offers a direct line to the airport, or take a train from København H (both routes take about 30 minutes). Bus routes have good coverage too. E.g. the 9A runs from Vesterport, 7 minutes (0.4 mile) away, to Christiania and north up the harbor to Refshaleøen, while the 6A will take you north from Rådhuspladsen to Rosenborg Slot and then northwest to Nørrebro.
- Bikes: Copenhagen is extremely bike-friendly, and on two wheels is one of the best ways to see the city. Bycyklen (city bikes for rent) are available at over 100 stations; the nearest is on Jarmers Plads (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk). However, for more than one quick trip, a more comfortable option is to rent from one of the many bike stores. Manon les Suites rents its own bikes to guests.
- Taxis: A taxi from Copenhagen Airport to the hotel will take around 25 minutes (5 miles) and cost around DKK 250-300. From København H station, a taxi will take around 7 minutes (0.8 mile) and cost around DKK 80. Uber has left Denmark, but many local taxi companies have apps and online booking, such as TAXA 4×35. It is often quicker to walk, cycle, or hop on the Metro.
Manon les Suites – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Bike Copenhagen with Mike – Engaging tours of the city from the saddle with friendly local guide Mike. Learn about the city and Danish life while enjoying this bike-friendly city. Booking online in advance is required; the price – DKK 300 – includes bike and helmet rental. Tours leave from Sankt Peders Stræde 47. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Canal Tours of Copenhagen – Discover the gorgeous harbor and canals of Copenhagen, and some of its most photogenic locations, from historic palaces to iconic modern architecture, by boat. The tour lasts around 1 hour, with knowledgeable guides telling the story of gems like Christiansborg, the Black Diamond, Operaen (the Opera House), and Skuespilhuset (the Royal Theater). Tickets start at DKK 95. Tours leave from Gammel Strand (1 mile, 19-minute walk); there is also a stop further away at Nyhavn (1.3 mile, 27-minute walk). An alternative is to rent your own solar-powered GoBoat, complete with picnic table; find them at Islands Brygge. 25-minute walk (1.2 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Restaurant Mes – Intimate, playful venue – check out the mossy feature wall – with equally creative, attractive market cuisine from top chef Mads Rye Magnusson. It’s good value too, at 5 courses for DKK 350. Open Mon-Sat for dinner only; book ahead. Sister Restaurant Meille is around the corner on Sankt Peders Stræde. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Vækst – Focusing on fresh local vegetables and herbs, though meat and fish can be found too, Vækst, or growth, is an ode to nature. The restaurant is filled with hanging plants and at its heart is a lovely greenhouse. Look out for the good value 3-course set menus which start at DKK 330 and go up to DKK 600, including aperitif and wine pairings. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Høst – Award-winning cool-yet-rustic style meets a Nordic kitchen that likewise embraces both in celebrating local ingredients. Expect delights such as birch-smoked scallops or rare ribeye with pickled trumpet and fried beech mushrooms. There’s a great value 3-course set menu for DKK 350, while 5 courses with wine pairings go for DKK 895. Very popular, so book ahead. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Palæo – Casual ‘Stone Age dining’ for health-food lovers at Torvehallerne and other central locations. It’s all about organic vegetables, berries and nuts, and local meat and fish, with no gluten, no dairy, and no added sugar allowed. The inventive menu includes breakfast bowls, wraps, and mains like vegetable spaghetti with spicy meat sauce and homemade parsley pesto. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- District Tonkin – Friendly, casual, and affordable Vietnamese favorite. Feast on salads, soups, or banh mi – warm baguettes crammed with fillings like marinated pork in 5 spice or steamed tofu and pickles. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile) to the Mikkel Bryggers Gade branch.
- Hija de Sanchez – Mind-bogglingly tasty, authentic tacos from Rosio Sanchez, who left legendary noma to start her own place, make this place one of the highlights at Torvehallerne. (It is open April to October, though fortunately, the branch in the Meatpacking District is open year-round.) The tacos are freshly made with corn imported from Mexico and the 3 fillings on offer change daily, so try everything. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- California Kitchen – Nutritious food bowls and salads that are organic and wallet-friendly make this a great lunch spot. This hip little chain brings some California sunshine to the city, and is so popular that it has already spread to other locations. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile) to the Nørrebro branch.
- Gemyse – High-end vegetable-focused restaurant from Nimb Hotel, housed in a beautiful conservatory-style space in the middle of Tivoli Gardens (note: you need to pay admission to Tivoli during park opening hours). Organic, seasonal vegetables with global spices is the star of the show. You can also have fun toasting your own dough twists and marshmallows on the fire in the restaurant’s garden. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- ØL & BRØD – This Vesterbro spot from local craft brewery Mikkeller offers cool modernist looks, mouthwatering smørrebrod for lunch, and creative takes on Danish food for dinner. Also, there is great beer courtesy of Mikkeller and a huge selection of akvavit. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- simpleRAW – Vegans of the world, rejoice. simpleRAW serves a varied menu that is fully vegan and gluten-free yet full of flavor. Drop in for a juice, generous brunch, vegan burger, or healthy lunch bowl. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Schønnemann – Open since 1877, this traditional Danish spot is a great place to track down some famous smørrebrod for lunch. Head in early, as there’s usually a line of locals and tourists out the door, order a couple of generous open-faced sandwiches, and finish with beer and/or snaps. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Marv & Ben – Contemporary Danish favorite ‘Marrow & Bone’ entices with its open kitchen, organic wines, and imaginative locally-sourced food – expect dishes like scallops with zucchini and fermented gooseberries. Order a la carte or go for a set menu (4 courses for DKK 400, 6 courses for DKK 600 without wine). 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Bibendum – Intimate bar/bistro Bibendum is a great place for wine lovers to share a quiet glass, delicious French and Spanish-inspired snacks, or dinner with friends. You can even buy bottles to take away from their shop next door. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- BrewPub Copenhagen – Microbrewery with a pub and restaurant in a 17th-century building by City Hall. Serves 11 of its own beers on tap as well as other selected craft beers. The lovely ochre-walled courtyard is a highlight. The restaurant develops dishes to complement the brews and tours with beer tasting included are on offer. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Taphouse – A beer lover’s paradise, with 61 taps serving an ever-changing selection from around the world. From porter to IPA, whatever you’re looking for, the friendly staff will help you find it. There are also beer tastings that you can join. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Vinhanen – Great wine shop/bar that delivers quality wine which is affordable. They buy eco wines direct from producers before bottling, and serve from huge steel vats. You can pick up a glass from DKK 50 to enjoy inside, though they also offer wine to take away. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Café Halvvejen – Old-school cozy Danish pub/restaurant by the Rundetårn (Round Tower). Mingle with locals and enjoy a beer or akvavit as you take in the traditional atmosphere. The food (served 12-3 pm only) is tasty and filling, with classic smørrebrod, herring, and meatballs on the menu. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Mikkeller Bar – Cool in white with gold pendant lights, Mikkeller is a classy beer bar from a star microbrewery. It draws the crowds with 20 creative craft beers on tap, including Mikkeller creations involving coffee, chili, or lychee, gourmet accompaniments, and a warm atmosphere. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- The Jane – The bar of choice if you want award-winning craft cocktails and the slinky chic air of a speakeasy. Later in the night, the Jane’s bookcases open up to reveal more bars and a dancefloor as it transforms into a hot club, with DJs spinning electro, deep house, or R&B. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Ruby – Intimate venue with classic style – low lighting and leather armchairs, laid out like a fancy apartment – known for some of the best cocktails in town. There is table service, making it a great choice for a special occasion. 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Lidkoeb – This sister bar to Ruby is located in a sprawling old apothecary’s shop, and is similarly great with seasonal craft cocktails. Take time to discover the different spaces, from the courtyard strung with lights to the whisky den on the top floor. 18-minute walk (0.9 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- The Living Room – Shabby-chic café/cocktail place with a fireplace for added ‘hygge’. Enjoy great coffee, smoothies, and organic brunch. Open late for stronger drinks. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Coffee Collective – Coffee shop with its own roastery, at Torvehallerne and other central locations. They roast their beans daily for freshness and the knowledgeable staff can help you choose from the blends and single-origin cups on offer. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Maduro – Cute, beautiful, and affordable gifts for everyone in your life. From arty posters, bags, and lamps to adorable toys, take away a fun piece of Scandi style. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Strøget – The main shopping artery in the city, stretching from Kongens Nytorv to Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square), and from luxury fashion houses to high street brands respectively. Highlights include the famous department store Illums Bolighus, Royal Copenhagen for elegant porcelain, and sleek Danish fashion at Mads Nørgaard. Starts a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile) away.
- Wood Wood MUSEUM – Wood Wood makes playful street fashion to stand out in for men and women. The MUSEUM branch includes items from previous collections from this label and the others carried in store. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Paludan Bog og Café – Sprawling, ever-popular bookshop/café in a historic building. You can combine browsing the shelves with a coffee or meal – the brunch is especially good – meet friends, or find a quiet space for yourself. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Time’s Up Vintage – Glamorous vintage boutique that deals in luxury European labels for both men and women. Find clothing and accessories from 1960s to 1990s, including couture items and big names like Chanel and Valentino. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- La Glace – The local grande dame of patisserie, an institution since 1870. Enjoy their beautiful creations – the layer cakes are a specialty – and the historic ambience. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Stilleben – Design store where smaller local designers rule – browse funky textiles, ceramics jewelry, bags, and much more. Great for unique gifts. 18-minute walk (0.9 mile).
- Henrik Vibskov – Edgy fashion boutique for the daring by artist and designer Vibskov. Expect bright colors, prints, and sculptural forms from his own line, as well as a selection of other brands. 20-minute walk (1 mile).
- Tycho Brahe Planetarium – Go on a cosmic journey at Northern Europe’s largest dome, with a unique domed screen. They also screen IMAX and 3D films, making this a great family day out. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Tivoli Gardens – One of the oldest theme parks in the world, delighting visitors since 1843, Tivoli is full of rides as well as quality restaurants, theaters, and exotic towers and pavilions set in beautiful grounds. The rides range from the gentle to the thrilling; an unlimited-ride wristband is good value for going on a few. On summer nights, the illuminations draw the crowds, as do the free concerts on Friday known as Fredagsrock, and the fireworks on Saturday. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek – This grand fine-art museum is home to the largest collection of ancient art and objects in Northern Europe, but also works from the Danish Golden Age and more than enough French art from 1800-1950 to delight fans of Rodin and the Impressionists. The building is graceful, with a lovely glass-domed conservatory and café at the center. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Rundetårn – The oldest working observatory in Europe, the Round Tower dates back to 1642. Today, it attracts visitors with its spiraling ramp up to an exhibition space and gorgeous views from the platform at the top. And yes, you can still stargaze (do call ahead). 15-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Nationalmuseet – Dive deep into Danish history at the National Museum. The collection spans from Danish Prehistory – featuring a 3,500-year-old Sun Chariot – through the Middle Ages and right up to the modern Welfare State. There are also finds from further afield, including ancient Mesopotamia. The website offers handy downloadable tour guides, including ones for children and families. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Rosenborg Slot – Spire-topped Rosenborg Castle, set in the lovely park of Kongens Have, was King Christian IV’s dreamy summer residence, now a royal treasury and museum. The rooms are set up to give you a picture of royal life from the 17th to the 19th centuries, and highlights include the Crown Jewels and the imposing Knights’ Hall with the coronation thrones. 19-minute walk (1 mile).
- Havnebadet Islands Brygge – On a hot summer day, swimming in the clear harbor water is a true Copenhagen experience. The harbor baths at Islands Brygge are well worth the trip; they are some of the nicest and free to boot, with 3 pools (one lap pool and 2 for children) and a platform like a ship’s prow for diving. Open May 15–September 15. 26-minute walk (1.3 mile) or take the 12 bus from Vester Farimagsgade (11-minute trip).
- Nyhavn – Once a busy port and now the most photographed location in town. Nyhavn is unmissable, filled with pretty and old gabled houses, cafés, bars, ships, and, of course, tourists. Check out nos. 18, 20, and 67, where Hans Christian Andersen once lived. Most of the bars and restaurants here are touristy, so you will be better off going a few blocks away, or grabbing your own bottle to enjoy on the quay. 27-minute walk (1.3 mile), or take the Metro from Forum to Kongens Nytorv (15-minute trip).
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Irma – Well-stocked branch of popular supermarket. Wide selection of groceries and essentials. Open daily till 12 am. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Tivoli Food Hall – ‘Fast gourmet’ food court on the edge of Tivoli (and accessible without entering the park). 15 stalls include burgers from Cock’s and Cows, baked delights from Brødflov and grilled ones from Bobbabella, which is run by the Michelin-starred Kadeau team. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Torvehallerne – A must for foodies, this ‘super market’ has 60 stalls, perfect for stocking up for a picnic or a sit-down meal. Seek out seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, artisanal coffee at Coffee Collective, gourmet porridge at GRØD, fresh pasta at Il Mattarello, superb ice cream at Is à Bella, and much more. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).