Walking around Copenhagen, you'll find plenty of charming old buildings and delightful exteriors, but one in particular catches the attention of nearly every passerby. On a quiet street in the neighborhood of Vesterbro, a miniature hotel sits neatly tucked in between two much larger structures and draws in travelers looking for an authentic experience of total peace and relaxation.
At Central Hotel, guests don't have to worry about common annoyances like long check-in lines and noisy neighbors. That's because it offers exactly one room, effectively claiming the title of Denmark's smallest hotel. Due to this limited availability, dates tend to sell out quickly. If you're able to book the room, it's well worth it for the satisfaction of having an entire hotel to yourself. One night will cost you 2100 DKK, or approximately $335, but you can't truly put a price on such a unique experience.
The atypical reception area of the hotel is a tiny coffee shop on the ground floor, with just a few seats and a takeout window for those who can't fit inside. It's a popular spot for locals who want to get cozy with a latte on a chilly day. Upon entering the hotel room itself, you'll find that it's no bigger than the café, with most of the space occupied by the bed.
While the room may be small, it's certainly not lacking in comfort or amenities. There's a fully stocked minibar, and breakfast is included at nearby Granola (dinner can be added to your package upon request). Guests are provided with an iPhone they can use to call the downstairs café with questions or to help them navigate their way around Copenhagen. And, as a bonus, the iPhone is filled with a selection of music. The room also comes with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen television, and two bicycles.
Stepping into the room feels a little bit like transporting back in time. The building is over 100 years old, originally housing a shoemaker's workshop. In 1920, the second floor was added as an apartment for the shoemaker. Leif Thingfeld, the co-owner of the hotel and a former set designer, payed homage to the building's history with the vintage decor of the room. He spent a year and a half fussing over every last detail, transforming the room into the snuggest of hideaways.
As a result, the space is so cozy that you may never want to leave, opting to spend your stay in Copenhagen embracing the Danish concept of "hygge." "Hygge" involves the state of feeling comfortable and at home, and Central Hotel is undoubtedly the perfect place to experience it. Just soak in the sun under the skylight with a good book, and listen to the faint sounds of the café below you.
But should you want to explore the area, Central Hotel is located, well, centrally in one of Copenhagen's trendiest neighborhoods. The streets of Vesterbro are filled with restaurants, cafés, and bars and absent of any tourists traps. You'll almost feel like a local, spending your days eating traditional Danish breakfasts at Granola and drinking Mikkeller-brand craft beers in the Meatpacking District.
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