Sometimes a bit of me-time is all you need. And where better than in Denmark, where a new trend is emerging around one-room hotels. You heard that right: all the joys of a hotel with none of your fellow guests. Here are a few of our very best offerings.
The Darling is the newest addition to the selection of single-residency hotels in Copenhagen. Created by the Danish interiors agency Darling Creative Studio, their love for great interiors clearly shows in the beautifully curated selection of modern Danish design classics like Wegner, Jacobsen and Mogensen as well as contemporary art. If you want to bring home a souvenir, every item in The Darling – from the furniture to the tea selection – is for sale.
Located in the industrially cool area of Nordhavn, THEKRANE is an intimate one-room retreat in the old engineer room of an industrial coal crane. The crane has stunning panoramic views of Copenhagen’s harbour and the interior is all black minimalism based on high-quality Danish design. Guests also have exclusive access to the two adjacent terraces (one for sunrise and one for sunset) as well as a lounge located in the crane operator compartment and a lush spa on the lower floor. Post-industrial luxury on Copenhagen harbour? We're in.
In Copenhagen you are never far from the water, but when staying in KAJ Hotel, you are literally on it. The owners lived in a houseboat for years, and the interest in renting their home lead them to opening KAJ Hotel. The place is primarily built from recycled and surplus materials, and the breakfast menu features cozy porridge creations that change every week with recipes made specifically for the hotel.
For years, Copenhageners have referred to Central Hotel & Café as the world’s smallest hotel and it is a classic in the single-residency hotel category. The single hotel room is located on top of the coffee shop in the appropriately tiny street of Tullinsgade in Vesterbro. The interior style is old-school with lots of quirky details, and the breakfast is of course served downstairs in Central Café.
If size is your biggest reservation when it comes to hotel rooms, you will be delighted with a stay in the 200m2 Vipp Chimney House. The house dates back to 1902 where it was built as a pumping station with a towering chimney. It its current open-plan form, the original space has been decorated for all the modern needs with products from the Danish design brand Vipp as well as a selection of art pieces. Located in the modern Nordhavn district, it's well placed for a morning dip in the harbour, a shopping trip to chi-chi Hellerup and is well equipped with haute couture design and a bottle of award-winning Stauning whisky to enjoy at the end of the day.
This beautiful cabin for two, called Fyrhytten in Danish, overlooks the cliffs at Møns Klint, south of Copenhagen, and has sea views by day and star views at night. Every booking at this cabin, set next to a lighthouse, comes with a bottle of sparkling wine to drink in its classic and historic rooms. One of the biggest quirks is the outdoor bathtub and shower, set on the cliffs with a view of the sea.
Løvtag, in north Jutland, is a collection of three luxury treehouse cabins, each with room for two to four. Designed by Sigurd Larsen, the expression is pure Scandinavian minimalism, with modern and comfortable interior design and a living tree running right through the centre. Large windows let in lots of natural light and you really couldn't be closer to nature if you tried.