With just 12 rooms, unique hotel CPH Living provides a very different experience from those to be had at other Scandinavian hotels, which for all the timeless, functional design, can start to seem a bit same-old, same-old.
Better than a porthole: The large windows of CPH Living's rooms provide a harbor view of Copenhagen that's hard to beat. — Photo courtesy of Hotel CPH Living
Hotel CPH Living is certainly different; not just inspired architecturally by boats, it is a boat, gently rocking in Copenhagen’s harbor close to the Langebro Bridge and moored off Christianshavn. This location gives the select few guests here one of the best views of the city, enjoyed not only from the hotel’s exclusive sun deck but also from its stylish rooms, each with floor to ceiling windows.
Despite being a boat, CPH Living is very much a hotel, with ensuite facilities and WiFi access, flat screen TVs and under floor heating in all of its 12 double rooms. As a boutique hotel, it's been furnished using maritime materials and a mix of specially-designed furniture and Danish design classics.
With open, spiral stairs leading to the upper deck and a vending machine and guest’s fridge by the reception (no breakfast), a stay at Hotel CPH Living is certainly quirky – but definitely memorable. Internet rates start at DKK 1,000 a night for a double room (just under USD 175).
While we’re on the subject of small, personal hotels, also worth mentioning in Copenhagen – though in another price class from CPH Living - is the luxurious Nimb Hotel, with 14 rooms, nine of which are suites. Holding the title of the world’s smallest hotel, the 12 square meter Central Hotel and Cafe opened in April 2012 and offers just one room from its location on Tullinsgade in Vesterbro – directly above the world’s smallest coffee shop, with seating for five if you count the window.