Copenhagen, October 10–12


Silent Knowledge


October 10–12, 2018



Copenhagen, Denmark


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Consistently measured among the world’s most livable cities, Copenhagen is an epicenter of innovative design, forward-thinking urbanism, and contemporary culture. Where better, then, to envision the future and look ahead at what’s to come for our community of creative hoteliers? This year’s Arena* is especially meaningful, because it marks the 25th anniversary of Design Hotels™—a quarter century of pioneering design and original experiences. What began in 1993 as a radical vision of what a hotel could be is now a remarkable global movement that’s changed the face of hospitality. How can we continue to blaze a trail, to think two steps ahead, to offer our community extraordinary new experiences and aesthetic environments? With these questions in mind, we present our theme for this year’s conference: Silent Knowledge.

In a sea of noise and data to be cultivated and mined, we celebrate intelligence that sings in silence—implicit wisdom that cannot be analyzed or replicated. As we look back on 25 years of Design Hotels™ and celebrate the future ahead, let’s consider the Silent Knowledge that has always been and will remain our animating force. With an eye to the future, we will explore the changing nature of our environment, teasing out various strategies and forms of understanding that can move us instinctively ahead.

We look forward to welcoming you to Copenhagen!

Speakers at Arena* 2018

This year’s inspiring panel of experts and speakers will explore the changing nature of our environment, teasing out various strategies and forms of understanding that can move us instinctively ahead.



On the Attribute of a Good City


Plan your travel now and benefit from special Arena* rates offered by our Copenhagen member and partner hotel!



Danish classicism meets Swedish sensibility at Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, a new locus for the prolific downtown social scene.


From DKK 2400 / per night

Rate includes: Breakfast, Free Wifi, Gym access (October 8-14, upon availability)


Rooms no longer available

further Information


For more recommendations on the best areas to stay in Copenhagen, centrally located hotels, and good restaurants or bars, please contact your designated Account Director or the Arena* team.





Amid art galleries and theaters, Hotel Sanders puts guests in the heart of Copenhagen’s historic quarter.


DKK 4800 / per night

Rate includes: Breakfast, Free Wifi (October 8-14, upon availability)


For reservations, please contact the hotel directly at using the code Arena 2018.



Review Arena* 2017

To explore the speakers, topics and impressions from Arena* 2017 in Lisbon, take a look at last year’s website.




October 10, 2018

Welcome Cocktail at

A museum, library, and research center, Copenhagen’s Glyptoteket is home to ancient objets d’art, as well as to a stunning central-courtyard Winter Garden covered in glass, with palms, fountains, sculptures, a café, and more.


October 11-12, 2018

Conference at the
Royal Danish Academy of Music

A powerhouse on the classical music world stage, RDAM presents concerts in a stunning setting, as well as offering study programs led by several of the greatest names in music.