For old-fashioned holiday warmth, head for Denmark, where two affordable Copenhagen hotels boost your gift-buying budget at classic shopping areas like the Royal Copenhagen and the Tivoli Gardens holiday market. Check in to the recently opened, minimalist-designed The Square Hotel, offering 192 centrally located guest quarters on Town Hall Square (rooms from $144, 011-45-3338-1200, www.thesquare.dk
). Or visit its sister property, Copenhagen Strand, a former warehouse with waterfront views from many of its 174 rooms (from $234, 011-45-3348-9900, www.copenhagenstrand.dk
). At these prices, you’ll be able to afford a mandatory nightcap of glögg.
— Elaine Glusac