Clydesdale carriage rides, brewery tours and tastings, outdoor cafes and indoor bars—all as expected at Carlsberg Museum & Business Center, located 15 minutes from downtown Copenhagen. Unexpected, there’s a statuary garden and lawn for up to 1,000 guests, fine art and a range of elegant to functional conference rooms for 12-400 in a museum setting. It was here where Winston Churchill met his Danish counterpart.
Delegates will sample more than good beer in Denmark. Copenhagen is home to the impossible-to-book Noma, awarded San Pellegrino’s “World’s Best Restaurant” nod three years running. It put all of Scandinavia on the culinary map, where farm-to-table and fine dining mean the same thing.
Historic charm and beer culture infuses events throughout the brewery, museum, visitors center and cobblestone courtyard. For example, The Jacobsen Brewhouse & Bar hosts receptions up to 600 alongside giant copper brewery vats. The standard A/V and WiFi access are welcome inclusions to meeting packages.
Showcasing the original brewery owners’ extensive art collection, a dozen or so rooms configure for prefunction, reception and dining. Museum quality artworks suffuse each room with its own character and historical significance, like the stately Empress Hall, featuring exquisite sculptures, skylights, an intriguing winter garden and koi pond. It is particularly enchanting and perfectly suited for receptions up to 100 or dinners to 40. The larger 1,600-sf Dipylon Hall holds 170 for meetings, 400 for receptions. Use all rooms in the museum center for receptions to 12,000.
BELLA SKY: HOTEL OF THE FUTURE
A polar opposite to the historic Carlsberg setting, the 812-room Bella Sky Comwell is an ultramodern, V-shaped twin tower with a massive wind turbine planted out front. Next to the Bella Center convention facility, this is Scandinavia’s largest hotel and conference facility. With its own train station onsite, it’s only five minutes from the airport and eight minutes to the city center.
One of several fashionable restaurants, Sky Bar offers a lofty view 23 stories up. They have an iconic “PH Grand Piano” (designed by Poul Henningsen with a distinctive clear lid), excellent champagne vintages and a casually chic atmosphere. Lunch is the national dish Smørrebrød—open-face sandwiches with endless varieties of toppings from moose to mackerel.
The clean, stark whiteness of the Bella Sky’s interior is contrasted with a towering waterfall of greenery growing upward as an oxygen-enriching wall. Splashes of vivid colors punctuate the sleek Danish furniture pieces, which are modern reinterpretations of iconic 1960’s styles. The vibrant hues and living wall really energize the entire atmosphere.
The designer guestrooms with trapezoidal floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the golf course and countryside. And the 27 flexible meeting rooms totaling 11,800 sf are augmented by 1.3 million sf of conference space at Bella Center.
RADISSON BLU SCANDINAVIA
The 542-room Radisson Blu Scandinavia overlooks a tree-lined park, canal and popular bike route just outside the city’s historic district, about 10 minutes from the airport. The business hotel warmly welcomes guests with a hearty lobby and comfy red leather seating clustered around a big focal bar. And all of the guest rooms will have been completely renovated by the end of 2012.
Dine atop the hotel at The Dining Room 2.0 restaurant and Cocktailbar, each with spectacular views of the well-to-do Christianshavn neighborhood. Our top picks are the fresh, local and succulent crab claw meat with micro greens, and the creamy Scandinavian lobster bisque where you stir in the lobster chunks and fresh young peas yourself. Both are delectable starters before a juicy charred beef tenderloin with almond-accented beans, chanterelles and flavor-packed potatoes. This is another celebration of Danish simplicity and ingenuity bursting with the concentrated tastes and textures of the freshest ingredients.
For banquets, Radisson Blu’s “Brain Food” concept was developed by Danish nutrition expert Christian Bitz.
“Brain Food in principal means more fish, whole grains, fruits and vegetables without sacrificing good taste,” says Bitz. “I can say with certainty that all participants attending Radisson Blu meetings will feel more alert and focused.”
The hotel offers free WiFi for attendees in meeting space for 1,200 theater-style. Comfort and function, typically Danish, merge beautifully in this large venue.
Carlsberg Museum & Business Center
NIMB HOTEL & TERRACE
Nimb Terrace serves updated classic Danish dishes inside a French bistro setting. Tall, broad, curve-topped windows surround private alcoves and scattered tables alongside open air seating. Accommodating 180 inside/80 outdoors on the umbrella-shaded terrace (plus 35 at the outdoor wine bar), there’s space for another 80 in the exclusive meetings and banquet facilities.
Part of the pull of the restaurant is its inviting connection to the outdoors. There’s no overwhelming noise, no sense of feeling rushed. This place brims with an upscale informal atmosphere to enjoy the amazing, delicately roasted lemon sole with salty capers and beurre noisette.
Other private dining and event venues at Nimb include the 14-room Nimb Hotel—long regarded as the fanciest rooms in town. Host dinner for 80 in its spectacular Rotunden room or a fireside reception for 150 in the moody Nimb Bar. You will love the blonde pinewood floors, painted art on the walls, chocolate-colored tapestry, upholstered seating and cut-glass chandeliers suspended from high coffered ceilings.
For vinophile attendees, host 80 of them in the Vinotek cellar, with its rustic cobbled floors and unpretentious wood furnishings bordered by thousands of bottles of wine. Just a few of the appealing options that will introduce your guests to the Danish way—pure enjoyment spending time with others and savoring every moment in a natural setting—all with outstanding cuisine.