Beach hotels in Denmark

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Denmark's Best Bathing Hotel

In Denmark, we have a rich selection of beautiful bathing pensions, modern and classic, and to focus on the beautiful places and make it easier to find them, we do a poll every year, where we ask the Danes about which hotels they best can recommend.

Before the season really begins, we select the best so that you can find the places worth a visit.

2024

This year's vote has seen over 5,500 Danes vote for their favorite place for a classic Danish beach holiday in the period 22 - 29 April 2024. On 29 April, we will award Jutland's, Funen's, Zealand's and Denmark's Best Bathing Hotels

How to vote

  • Find your favorite in the list below when voting begins
  • Find the code and enter it in a text message to +45 52 51 09 87.
  • Send the sms. It only costs alm. sms rate.
  • When you receive a “Thank you for your vote SMS ”, is yours vote talked to. (If you do not receive an SMS return, we have not received yours vote. Please try again later)
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Congratulations to:

Knudhule Badehotel, Ry

DENMARK'S BEST SWIMMING HOTEL 2024

The regional winners were:

🏆 Jutland: Knudhule Badehotel, Ry

🏆 Funen & Islands: Lunds Hotel, Bogense

🏆 Zealand & Islands: Melsted Badehotel, Gudhjem

The top 10 finished as follows:

  1. Knudhule Badehotel, Ry
  2. Hotel Strandly, Skagen
  3. Hotel No, Fjerritslev
  4. Nymindegab Inn & Hotel
  5. Tambohus Kro & Badehotel
  6. Kallehavegaard Badehotel, Løkken
  7. Melsted Badehotel, Gudhjem
  8. Strandhotellet, Blokhus
  9. Lunds Hotel, Bogense
  10. Hages Badehotel, Rødby

The final position ended as follows:

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2023

While we wait for TV 2's last and 10th season of Badehotellet, it is time again to ask all of you where you think it is best to go if you want to have the most wonderful stay at one of the real-life beach hotels.

This year's program is as follows:

  • Nomination phase: Up to and including Monday 13 March
  • Voting: 14 March at 12.00 – 21 March at 1 p.m
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Congratulations to:

DENMARK'S BEST 2023

The regional winners were:

Jutland: Hotel No

Find: Lunds Hotel, Bogense

Zealand: Rødvig Kro & Badehotel

The vote ended as follows:

  1. Hotel No, Fjerritslev
  2. Rødvig Kro & Badehotel
  3. Melsted Badehotel, Gudhjem
  4. Knudhule Badehotel, Ry
  5. Lunds Hotel, Bogense
  6. Liseleje Badehotel
  7. Hotel Faaborg Fjord
  8. Hjerting Badehotel, Esbjerg
  9. Sandkaas Badehotel, Allinge
  10. Ballebro Ferry Inn, Sønderborg

2022

This year's vote took place between 21 February and 8 March, where over 4,400 Danes voted for their favorite hotel, after which we can say congratulations to the following hotels:

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Congratulations to:

DENMARK'S BEST 2022

2021

This year's vote took place between 15 February and 2 March, where more than 10,000 Danes voted for their favorite hotel. It was a close match to the last between Strandhotel Røsnæs and Knudhule, the winner from 2019. In the end, however, the Zealand bid from Kalundborg drew the most votes. In total, 12 of the beach hotels received over 250 votes, which gives a pin on our map of the country's best experiences.

strandhotel røsnæs wins in 2021
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Congratulations to:

Strandhotel Røsnæs, Kalundborg

WINNER 2021

The final position and beach hotels with over 250 votes:

  1. Strandhotel Røsnæs, Kalundborg Winner Zealand and Denmark
  2. Knudhule Badehotel, Ry - Winner in Jutland
  3. Rødvig Kro and Badehotel
  4. Villa Vest Badehotel, Lønstrup
  5. Hvidbjerg Strandhotel, Blåvand
  6. Strandhotellet, Blockhouse
  7. Lunds Hotel, Bogense – Funen wins
  8. Kallehavegaard Badehotel, Løkken
  9. Sandkaas Badehotel, Allinge
  10. Liseleje Badehotel
  11. Årøsund Badehotel
  12. Marienlyst Strandhotel, Elsinore

2020

This year's vote took place February 17 - March 3 and received over 11,000 votes. Thank you to all of you who have voted and made it possible for us to say congratulations to these places in 2020:

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Congratulations to:

Winner 2020

This year's top 10:

  1. Rødvig Kro and Badehotel Winner Zealand and Denmark
  2. Årøsund Badehotel - Winner Jutland
  3. Knudhule, Ry
  4. Lunds Hotel, Bogense – Funen wins
  5. Ballen, Samsø
  6. Strandgaarden, Læsø
  7. Deep, Nordborg
  8. Strandhotellet, Blockhouse
  9. Gilleleje Badehotel
  10. Villa Vest Badehotel, Lønstrup

2019

In connection with TV 2's viewing of season 6 of their popular TV series, we asked you again.

6,878 SMS votes have been received, and we can hereby present you to the top 10 of the year:

The overall position ended as following:

  1. Knudhule, Ry
  2. Brøndums Hotel, Skagen
  3. Strandhotellet, Blockhouse
  4. Ruth's Hotel, Skagen
  5. Well done, Nordals
  6. Hotel Bretagne, Hornbæk
  7. Ilse Made, Samsø
  8. Strandgaarden, Læsø
  9. Stammershalle, Bornholm
  10. Villa Vest, Lønstrup

2018

The first year of our vote, we ended up sending the award to North Jutland. The top 10 ended as follows:

  1. Løkken Badehotel
  2. Strandlyst, Samsø
  3. Strandgaarden on Læsø
  4. Ilse Made, Samsø
  5. Ruth's Hotel, Skagen
  6. Brøndums Hotel, Skagen
  7. Ballen, Samsø
  8. Villa Vest, Lønstrup
  9. Tannishus, Tversted
  10. Hotel Løkken Strand

If you don't trust the 5,880 Danes, you can also see the the hotels that the TV 2 experts selected:

The hotels with restaurants in the Michelin and White Guide

White Guide is a recognized guide and guide to the best restaurants in the Nordic region. More than 300 Danish restaurants are included in the guide, and there are also several bathing pensions. Are you a foodie or just looking for a stay with luxury all around, then the following hotels are worth going for:

The list is of the hotels that are or have been included in the White Guide. Did we forget someone? Write to OpdagDanmark on Facebook or via the comment field further down.

The list of TV 2's most beautiful sea side hotels in Denmark

After the big hit with the TV series, TV 2 shortly after brought Denmark's nicest beach hotels, where three experts at the beginning of 2015 went behind 16 of the real-life beach guesthouses to find the nicest ones of their kind. These 16 places were selected and visited:

The history of the bathing pensions

The first bathing pensions appeared in the late 19th century. This is where the finer citizenship begins to holiday and in Copenhagen it is no longer good enough to take a trip to Frederiksberg (which at this time is considered to be in the countryside). As physicians began to prescribe fresh air and sea baths against diseases, it became exotic for the wealthy families of Copenhagen to bring their servants with them and move into summer residences in the countryside or on the coasts.

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In the booklet "Skagen Badehotel on Grenen - Danmarks Healthcare Source" from 1912 the text reads:

"You get out of bed, go to the window and open it! The air from the sea flows in so fresh and salty that you can probably feel it on your tongue when you lick your mouth. "

The pamphlet did then what TV 2's TV series does today – makes us dream of the uncomplicated life and well-being by the water. That is probably also why you have come to this page. But where are the places where you can still experience the classic Danish beach holiday at a hotel on the water's edge? You can of course take one of the expensive ones, but the truth is that after TV 2's hit series took the country by storm, hotels have had a lot of 'baths' inserted in front of 'hotel' in the name or description.

The first bathing pensions

Fanø Vesterhavsbad opened as the first decidedly spa and bathing pension in the early 1890s. Watch video clips of the hotel and the old baths.

The spa hotel lived a tumultuous life with changing owners after the war and was finally closed in 1989.

Among the first bathing pensions was also Skagen Badehotel, which opened to bathers in 1898. The place was among the largest and finest and was visited by royals, rulers and wealthy people from home and abroad. The idyllic location on Grenen can be seen below in 1912. The hotel tragically burned as a result of a lightning strike in 1938. Read more about the fire at the sea side hotel in Skagen.

One of the first bath hotels in Denmark - Skagen Badehotel in 1912

The Holiday Act of 1938

In the beginning, only the rich and wealthy had the opportunity to vacation. However, industrialization in the late 1800s led to a separation between work and leisure. Together with the ban on Sunday work from 1891, it helped to start the allotment movement and in time the concept of weekend also found its way to Denmark.

In 1938 the Holiday Act happened, which secured employees holiday with pay. In 1939 the law gave you 9 days of paid holiday and from 1940 a full 12 days (!). Today, the Holiday Act guarantees you 5 weeks of holiday and many have the option of a sixth holiday week through their agreement.

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56 comments

  1. Kitt Palbjørn-Pedersen

    Kallehavegård bath hotel is the nicest bath hotel, with an original atmosphere and fantastic atmosphere. Great food and fantastic hosts. Can be recommended to everyone, both families with children and singles who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

  2. Birgit Pold Madsen

    After a stay at Knudhule Badehotel, I have no doubt that they should win. You feel so welcome. Incredibly friendly and accommodating staff.
    The food was so delicious and well prepared. It's cozy and so nicely decorated both outside and inside, It's clean and.... yes, quite simply, everything is fine +++++⬆️

  3. Erna Ernfeldt

    BATH 104. Lisle bed. Lovely place

  4. Berit Christensen

    I would like to nominate Villa Vest in Lønstrup. They deserve it so much. Lovely place delicious, delicious food

  5. Henriette Witt Hollenbach

    TOTALLY AGREE! The beach hotel Strandgaarden Læsø is FANTIASTIC

  6. Mogens Madsen

    Thanks Rikke, we are probably too small to be considered, smiles Kh Mogens

    1. Discover Denmark's editorial staff

      By no means, Mogens. There is room for everyone. We just need to get a nomination in the stage for this one before a bathing hotel comes on the list.

  7. Helle

    Knudhule I agree

  8. Marianne Birker

    I like to nominate car
    Ballebro, Southern Jutland.

  9. maibritt andersson

    reddish tavern
    we were to our 75th birthday in december and it was great food and service so they deserve to win

  10. holger ruppert

    Rødvig Kro

  11. kai søby

    LÄSØ is our favorite

  12. holger ruppert

    Rødvig is the most beautiful. Nice location, nice service

  13. Grete and Leif V. Nielsen

    We vote at Rødvig Kro, which is a beautifully located bathing hotel right out to the Baltic Sea and overlooking Stevns Klint.

  14. Lene Birk

    I nominate Tambohus Inn. Great location, the most delicious food, and the sweetest staff.

  15. Pia

    You are missing Havgaarden. Vejby Strand, a cozy and homely bathing hotel where time is a bit stalled.

  16. Stone Ole Slotsaa

    The best is Rødvig, which is 100 %

  17. Jane Berggreen

    Profound BAD 119

  18. Rebekka Nielsen

    I'm missing Fakkelgaarden in Kollund South Jutland on the list.
    TOTAL TOP CLASS.

  19. Anette Christensen

    Knudhule I agree

    1. TOVE IRENE ANDERSEN

      I also vote for Knudhule

      1. Inge Lise Elkjær

        Knudhole - better not found.

  20. The cozy newly renovated (2017) Hotel Gilleleje beach is missing from the list and is definitely a gem.

  21. Søren Willumsen

    Rødvig bathing hotel is a cozy place to stay, even in winter.
    The staff provide exceptional service in all respects and the food is extremely delicious without being flashy. I will be returning to the hotel with some friends as I have recommended the hotel so we look forward to 4 days in March.

  22. Hilde Hveding

    Hotel Tannishus at Tversted is not on TV2's list of "The most beautiful bathing hotels in Denmark". The hotel has everything. Nice apartments, tennis court, swimming pool, great restaurant and close to the beach and the blue ice kiosks.

  23. Sara

    Ilse Made on Samsø, is a wonderful gem. The surroundings fill the guests with renewed energy and the food is heavenly. A stay at Ilse Made is a conditioner for body and soul. The hosts Kasper and Thomas provide comfort, with a service that is top notch.

  24. Christina Christensen

    The small summer hotel, Ballen

  25. Per Kristensen

    Munchs Hotel, Tornby Strand, 9850 Hirtshals.
    If you have been there and experienced it, then you have no doubt.
    Not the greatest luxury, but the greatest experience when it comes to bathing hotels!

  26. Lise Rulffs

    I vote for Knudhule

  27. Henrik Madsen

    I would like to set up Tannishus in Tversted.
    It is a very nice building with lovely big holiday apartments.
    Many overlooking the sea and the dune landscape and the lovely beach.
    A fantastic fine restaurant with high gastronomy led by Åge.
    We have come there many times and must again have an extended weekend stay in
    week 12-2020 - Thursday to Sunday. There are opportunities for lovely walks.
    The hotel is approx. 35 km. from Skagen.

  28. Michael larsen

    Rødvig inn fantastic nice inn

  29. Heidi Pelsen

    Strandhotel Røsnæs is missing from the list, fantastic surroundings, and fantastic restaurant

  30. Mette Nøhr

    I would like to nominate Marienlyst Badehotel in Helsingør. There is a completed summer and bath hotel atmosphere throughout the hotel. The hotel's beach spa is nothing short of fantastic. The hotel is located right on the beach and despite the modern luxury, the hotel emits from its historical foundation in the history of Denmark. I think it is the most beautiful spot in Denmark.

    1. Discover Denmark's editorial staff

      Thanks, Mette! Marienlyst has now been added to the list.

  31. get scared

    Will nominate Ballen Badehotel, Samsø
    A fantastic island and am I the lucky winner my boyfriend needs to bring.

  32. sofia show

    Rødvig inn and bath hotel is full of soul, authenticity and presence and I love this beautiful place ..

  33. Pia

    Bandholmhotel.dk is probably DK's best hotel?

  34. Jan Grau Rasmussen

    I will definitely vote for Brøndum's hotel

  35. Niels Bjerg

    Hotel Tannishus gets my vote - great location and friendly and knowledgeable staff.

  36. Hanne Vestergaard

    Will vote for Knudhule, a mega lovely place, great food and service, cozy rooms and perfectly situated with woods and water nearby, perfect for a trip on MTB 🙂

  37. Mette Houmann

    I would like to nominate Brøndum's hotel

  38. per

    Knudhole in Ry is the top

  39. Anne Lise sorensen

    Knudhule

    1. Torben High

      Dive Bath Hotel is # 1

  40. Anne Lise sorensen

    My favorite is Knudhule

  41. Flemming

    Write your nominee without spaces

    1. The editors

      In fact, it is including spaces, Flemming. But when Tue says the message can't be delivered, it's a network error.

  42. Susanne Schunck

    I would like to nominate Hotel Hesselet - a fantastic hotel - beautiful scenery, lovely food - it has it all

  43. Michael Prip

    Great location. close to town and beach. Great facilitates

  44. Kirsten Kjær

    Clearly one of the best in the country and of course Bornholm in particular

  45. Susanna Greve

    Pension Vestergade 44 on Ærø

  46. Susanna Greve

    Pension Vestergade 44

  47. Anette Nielsen

    It certainly has to be DIVE on Als. No prettier location exists.
    A

  48. Trine the jorgensen

    Strandhotellet Blokhus. Fantastic experience. Service and gourmet food - top class.

  49. Helle Christensen

    The cozy Strandhotellet in Blokhus.

  50. Maj-Britt Skaarup Christensen

    Dyvig Badehotel is beautiful and quiet and in beautiful old design, Denmark's most beautiful sea side hotel with everything that belongs to it. I have been a guest of several occasions, Christmas party, several times eaten out there and once spent the night there. Simply the most beautiful location and I enjoy it every single time ..
    And coming there again simply cannot help but.
    Kh Maj-Britt

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