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Beach hotels in Denmark


Are you looking for a beach hotel for a wonderful and relaxed stay? Beach hotels in Denmark have had a proper renaissance with TV 2's popular TV series, and rarely has it been as popular to have a beach holiday as in the old days. But where do you actually find the best Danish beach hotels? We have done the processing and bring you here the definitive guide.

Scroll down to see:

  • The annual vote for Denmark's Best Bathing Hotel
  • The 16 selected in "Denmark's most beautiful beach hotels" on TV 2
  • The list of hotels that have restaurants listed in the White Guide (for those looking for a romantic getaway)
  • The history of the sea side holiday and the first bathing pensions in video and pictures

However, we begin with a small appetizer:

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, as TV 2's TV series does today - makes us dream of the uncomplicated life and well-being of the water. This is probably why you have come to this site as well. But where are the places where you can still experience the classic Danish beach holiday at a waterfront hotel? 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 galore been stuffed a 'bath' in front of 'hotel' in name or description. That is why we have created this overview, where with the help of experts and your votes (you can vote further down), we guide you to the best places. dan

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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.


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
On 21 March at At 1 p.m. we will choose the winners for Jutland, Funen, Zealand and of course the whole of Denmark.

How to vote

  • Find your favorite in the list below
  • Find the code and enter it in a text message to +45 52 51 09 87
  • Send the SMS

Congratulations to:

Hotel Nor, Fjerritslev


The regional winners were:

Jutland: Hotel Nor

Funen: Lunds Hotel, Bogense

Zealand: Rødvig Kro & Badehotel

The vote ended as follows:


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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:

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:


The regional winners were:

Jutland: Knudhule, Ry

Funen: Lunds Hotel, Bogense

Zealand: Rødvig Kro & Badehotel

The vote ended as follows:

  1. Rødvig Kro & Badehotel
  2. Knudhule, Ry
  3. Hjerting, Esbjerg
  4. Lunds Hotel Bogense
  5. Villa Vest, Lønstrup
  6. Kallehavegaard, Løkken
  7. Strandhotel Røsnæs, Kalundborg
  8. Strandhotellet, Blokhus
  9. Sandkaas Badehotel, Allinge
  10. Brøndums Hotel, Skagen


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 fight 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

Congratulations to:


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, Blokhus
  7. Lunds Hotel, Bogense - Winner Fun
  8. Kallehavegaard Badehotel, Løkken
  9. Sandkaas Badehotel, Allinge
  10. Liselängen, Liseleje
  11. Årøsund Badehotel
  12. Marienlyst Strandhotel, Elsinore


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:


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 - Winner Fun
  5. Ballen, Samsø
  6. Strandgaarden, Læsø
  7. Deep, Nordborg
  8. Strandhotellet, Blokhus
  9. Gilleleje Badehotel
  10. Villa Vest Badehotel, Lønstrup


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, Blokhus
  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


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 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:

  • Ruth's Hotel, Skagen
  • Brøndums Hotel, Skagen
  • Hjorths, Skagen
  • Villa Vest, Lønstrup
  • Strandgaarden, Læsø
  • Helenekilde, Tisvildeleje
  • Stammershalle, Bornholm
  • Kellers, Fanø
  • Molskroen, Ebeltoft
  • Strandhotel Røsnæs, Kalundborg

The list is of the hotels that are or have been included in the White Guide. Have we forgotten anyone? Write to OpdagDanmark on Facebook or via the comment box 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 brought shortly after Denmark's most delightful beach hotels, where three experts at the beginning of 2015 went behind 16 of the reality bathing pensions to find the most beautiful of its kind. The following 16 sites were selected and visited:

  • Helenekilde
  • Gilleleje
  • Hotel Hornbækhus
  • Molskroen
  • Pension Vestergade 44
  • The small summer hotel
  • Brøndums Hotel
  • Villa Vest
  • Ballebro Færgekro
  • Hotel Vejlefjord
  • Ruth's Hotel
  • Henne Mølle Å
  • Hjorths Hotel
  • Klithjem, Vejers
  • Melsted, Bornholm
  • Stammershalle, Bornholm

The history of bathing holidays

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.

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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  1. Erna Ernfeldt

    BATH 104. Lisle bed. Lovely place

  2. I want to nominate Knud hule badehotel in Ry

    1. 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. Poul Erik Madsen

    I would like to nominate Knudhule bathing hotel at Ry

  4. Annie Poulsen

    Knudhule Bath Hotel

  5. Berit Christensen

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

  6. Marianne Birker

    I like to nominate car
    Ballebro, Southern Jutland.

  7. maibritt andersson

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

  8. holger ruppert

    Rødvig Kro

  9. kai søby

    LÄSØ is our favorite

  10. holger ruppert

    Rødvig is the most beautiful. Nice location, nice service

  11. 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.

  12. Lene Birk

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

  13. Pia

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

  14. Pia

    I would like to nominate Havgaarden Badehotel, roadside beach Unfortunately can not see them on the list. A homely and cozy bath hotel with charm.

  15. Stone Ole Slotsaa

    The best is Rødvig, which is 100 %

  16. Birgitte

    Rødvig Kro and Badehotel, really nice place, good food and super service, would like to come again

  17. Jane Berggreen

    Profound BAD 119

  18. Rebekka Nielsen

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

  19. Hanne Kjærulff

    Knudhule bathing hotel is clearly number 1 in Denmark

    1. Knudhule I agree

  20. Anette Christensen

    Knudhule I agree


      I also vote for Knudhule

      1. Inge Lise Elkjær

        Knudhole - better not found.

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

  22. You are missing the Næsbydale Badehotel. The nicest little butter hole.

    1. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. Inger and Tommy Larsen

    Rødvig inn and bath hotel are super cozy, good food and cute and talented staff.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. Ole Jepsen

    Knudhule Badehotel gets my vote, they are the best!

  28. Christina Christensen

    The small summer hotel, Ballen

  29. Fredensborg Badehotel on Bornholm is the most beautiful place with delicious French food and a fantastic fish buffet

  30. 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!

  31. Lise Rulffs

    I vote for Knudhule

  32. 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.

  33. Michael larsen

    Rødvig inn fantastic nice inn

  34. Heidi Pelsen

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

    1. Discover Denmark's editorial staff

      Received, Heidi. Røsnæs is hereby added to the list. Thanks for your nomination!

  35. Michael Adrian

    Rødvigkro and bath hotel are just the best

  36. Peter Mouritzen

    "Nature" may be Knudhule Badehotel

  37. Steen Ejrup

    Rødvig inn and bath hotel

  38. Jette nielsen

    The ball bathing hotel on Samsø gets my vote

  39. 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.

  40. get scared

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

  41. sofia show

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

    1. Birgit Jakobsen

      The most beautiful beach hotel ever the nicest rooms

      1. Årøsund Badehotel is very unique, with food, dining rooms and views. Thanks.

  42. Jan Grau Rasmussen

    I will definitely vote for Brøndum's hotel

  43. Niels Bjerg

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

  44. 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 🙂

  45. Mette Houmann

    I would like to nominate Brøndum's hotel

  46. per

    Knudhole in Ry is the top

  47. Anne Lise sorensen


    1. Torben High

      Dive Bath Hotel is # 1

  48. Anne Lise sorensen

    My favorite is Knudhule

  49. Susanne Schunck

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

  50. Michael Prip

    Great location. close to town and beach. Great facilitates

  51. Tenna Petersen

    My vote goes to Strandhotellet Blokhus, where we had a super good experience in the summer 2018.

  52. Tue Nyegaard

    I could not be allowed to send SMS for the vote of this year's bath hotels 2019 when SMS to phone number 92452404 reported that message could not be delivered.


    1. The editors

      Hi Tue. Please try again. When a message cannot be delivered, it is due to network outages or your own phone's connection to it. We have no trouble receiving votes.

    2. 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.

  53. Kirsten Kjær

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

  54. Susanna Greve

    Pension Vestergade 44 on Ærø

  55. Susanna Greve

    Pension Vestergade 44

  56. Anette Nielsen

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

  57. Jonna Lykke Sørensen

    I vote for Strandhotellet Blokhus.

  58. Derek Banner

    I vote for Strandhotellet in Blokhus

  59. Allan Thomsen

    Beautiful seaside hotel in Denmark's most beautiful seaside resort ..

    1. Pia is probably DK's best hotel?

  60. Trine the jorgensen

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

  61. Jytte Helbo

    Strandhotellet Blokhus

  62. Lisbet Have

    I can't find the list of nominees.

    1. The editors

      Hi Lisbet. It may be difficult to say why the list does not appear to you. We can see at the amount of votes that the majority can see it. Try accessing the page from another machine.

  63. Rita Salling

    Strandhotellet Blokhus

  64. Alice Weensgaard

    Strandhotellet Blokhus

  65. Mie Agerholm Christensen

    I will definitely vote for Strandhotellet Blokhus. The french fries-town of Blokhus has really been given a gem, which contrasts with all the trash that have always been in town. SO delicious facilities. Rooms, food, service, atmosphere - everything is just the best.
    On the other hand, I do not understand at all that Løkken Badehotel scores so many votes .. You eat well, but that is also the best. The rooms aren't cozy and there is too much carnival just outside the door.
    Price and quality are related.

  66. Helle Christensen

    The cozy Strandhotellet in Blokhus.

  67. Strandhotellet Blokhus

  68. Kurt Langkjær

    Badehotellet Blokhus

  69. Lisbeth Veller

    I vote for Strandhotellet Blokhus - A GREAT and BEAUTIFUL place

  70. Annamarie Andersen

    Strandhotellet Blokhus

  71. Inge Ostersen

    I vote for Strandhotellet Blokhus

  72. jens Chr. Raven

    I vote for Strandhotellet in Blokhus.

  73. Jørgen Moth

    I would like to vote for Strandhotellet in Blokhus where I stayed on July 2, 2017 (opening day) and have visited several times with guests

  74. Keld Hasle Jakobsen

    Votes for Strandhotellet Blokhus

  75. Kim Rosenkilde

    Votes for Klithjem in Vejers. Fantastic place

  76. Myrna Jensen

    I would like to nominate hotel Bretagne in Hornbæk. It is fantastic, the city is lovely and the food and service are fantastic

  77. Bodil Agerskov

    I'm missing Henne Mølle Å Badehotel, Henne Strand.

  78. E. Schultz

    It will definitely be Knudhule Badehotel in Ry, where delicious food is served in cozy rooms by a very service-minded wait staff. And not to forget the magnificent nature right by Knud Lake. The place is an absolute must to visit.

  79. Karine Scheel

    If Svinkløv Badehotel isn't in the poll, I vote for Villa Vest in Lønstrup

    1. The editors

      Hi Karine
      Both Svinkløv and Villa Vest are already on thethe list. You can vote for both of them as you have up to 3 votes 🙂

  80. Why is the Bretagne Badehotel not included?

  81. Sofie slippery

    I would like to nominate Hotel Bretagne in Hornbæk

  82. Where is Hotel Bretagne in Hornbæk?
    An original sea side hotel with history dating back to 1939

  83. Lone Christian

    I would like to vote for Dyvig Badehotel on Als. Most beautiful sea side hotel and exquisite service.

  84. 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

  85. Lisbet Have

    Knudhule Badehotel by Knudsø in Ry is to be included in the list.

  86. Ulla Bjerregaard

    Knudhule Badehotel, Ry

  87. The old sea side hotel / bathing pension Sommerhjemmet in Gl. Skagen.
    Now called Skagenklit A / S. The place is without a restaurant, but has 20 fantastic apartments for rent / own only 100 meters from the beach and with sea views from most apartments.

  88. Susanne Schmidt

    I would like to nominate Rødvig inn and sea side hotel.
    Great food and service. Located beautifully and is truly an upcomming place.
    Very knowledgeable owners.

    1. The editors

      Rødvig Kro and Badehotel is added to the list, Susanne. Thanks for your nomination!

  89. Claus

    The Danish islands with Bornholm and Samsø at the forefront are just fantastic.

    Strandlyst on Samsø is our favorite - the food is fantastic and definitely White Guide level if they are going to visit and the hosts at Anette and Lasse are great people.

    The small summer hotel and Ballen Badehotel are also worth a visit during the Danish summer.

  90. Birgit Hansen

    I love the sun and the beach and a nice relaxing holiday

  91. Else panum Cortes

    Strandgården on Læsø is a great place

    1. Henriette Witt Hollenbach

      TOTALLY AGREE! The beach hotel Strandgaarden Læsø is FANTIASTIC

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