Where to stay
Close to the bars and cafés of the meatpacking district, Urban House has postindustrial décor, and public spaces including a games room, cinema room, retro laundrette and tattoo parlour (bunk beds from £15; private double rooms from £63; meininger- hotels.com).
Recently remodelled, Hotel Danmark has a lobby/bar doubling up as a concept store, and digital check-in, so you use your phone instead of keys. But the restaurant is a timewarp, serving traditional smørrebrød among retro design (bunk beds from £73 per night via airbnb.com; private double rooms from £140 via brochner-hotels.com).
Located by the Royal Danish Playhouse, Hotel Sanders has been elegantly furnished with antiques, marble and velvet by its owner, a former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet. There’s a rooftop bar, and breakfast is served in a covered courtyard with a woodburning stove (from £260 per night; hotelsanders.com).