The hotel is a landmark in the city due to its avant-garde architecture; if however you don't know what you're looking for, then you may dismiss it as just another hotel. For its time, the Royal was ahead, and while everyone else was building out of stone and cement, this hotel was one of the first examples of more modern architecture for 1960s Denmark. The hotel has changed hands several times since its opening, but management has always made sure its design heritage has been preserved. The hotel building as well as its interiors was entirely designed by Arne Jacobsen. This was the start of the designer's legacy. It is worth reading up about the hotel before your stay as you will miss subtle aspects of the interiors, like the cell-like shapes repeated in the rooms and corridors, as an homage to Jacobsen by the designer, Yasmine Mahmoud, who was in charge of the last refurbishment in 2001.
The main lobby, restaurants and other seating areas are completely kitted out in Jacobsen furniture. You will notice his Drop, Swan, Seven and Egg chairs upholstered in various fabrics. The range is now continued exclusively by designer Fritz Hansen, hence the availability of pieces from the Jacobsen range. Design aside, the hotel has a history of itself and has welcomed a great many famous guests from royalty to presidents and stars. There are photographs chronicling its history in the lobby opposite the elevators. In fact, it will show you that part of the lobby used to be a stunning orchid garden, which is now a spiral staircase and lobby bar.
The hotel is extremely well kitted out with one of the largest gyms in the city (2000m²). Guests can also have a massage with enough advance warning. Otherwise, apart from the lobby, there is the Alberto K (after the architect of the hotel, Alberto Kappenberger) restaurant on the top floor, as well as the breakfast room at the Café Royal, which is on the ground floor. The hotel also has large conference facilities, meaning that the lobby area may be fairly hectic at times, which, for a leisure guest, may be off-putting. There is no spa or leisure pool, although you will find a small interior lap pool in the gym.