From the flecked carpet, to the sky blue of the blind pulls, everything is as it was when the hotel opened. Taking cues from the Copenhagen skyline, the dark wood paneling was chosen by Jacobsen to echo the traditional brick much of the city is built from, while the pale blue of the furniture and green walls are a nod to the oxidised copper church steeples and greenery that surround the hotel.  

One feature of the room that may be overlooked today are the orchids. Chosen by Jacobsen himself, they were unheard of in Denmark when the hotel opened, and gave guests a taste of international travel. These orchids also took center place in a double height winter garden in the lobby.

The devil is in the detail

Given free reign by SAS–whose logo still crowns the building today–every element of the hotel’s aesthetics were carefully thought out. From the net curtains with a special edging designed to evoke the flowing water that surrounds the city, to the integrated bathroom soap dish, nothing was left to chance. This even extended to the pillows on the bed, or lack thereof. Jacobsen believed they would spoil the overall look, so guests arrived in a pillowless room, only to have them delivered by a member of staff before bedtime.

Not only did he carefully consider the aesthetics of his design, but also its functionality. The built-in bedside tables have two heights and the desk and bedside lamps are all positioned on tracks that allow guests to move them to where they need them most. At the other end of the room, illuminated dressing mirrors open up from the desk, ensuring the room’s clean lines are maintained while not in use.   

Hailed by many as Jacobsen’s greatest masterpiece, room 606 is easily one of the most iconic hotel rooms in the world. This isn’t just a museum piece however, it’s available to view and offers guests a chance to step back in time and experience a bygone glamor the jet age ushered in.

Discover more about the Radisson Collection Royal Copenhagen here.

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