When the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve my family and I celebrated the arrival of 2020 watching a barrage of fireworks light up the Copenhagen skyline. Safe to say we had planned to visit our favourite city several times this year by now.
So, until we once again feel confident enough to travel, I’m keeping my wanderlust fuelled with another new discovery, the Kaj Hotel.
Described as a, ‘floating pod of Danish hygge’, the Kaj is a unique combination of houseboat and hotel room, and for me it looks quite simply, heavenly.
Tucked away in the northern area of Copenhagen, its historical Holmen harbour location simply adds to its charm.
Working in collaboration with Norwegian architect Karl Meyer, owners Barbara von Haffner and Toke Larsen, built the Kaj Hotel in the same distinctive style as their own houseboat, using primarily recycled and surplus materials.
Just 16m2, the small raised wooden house rests on two floating pontoons and incorporates original windows from the former Danish naval command building, iron works taken from disused railway poles, as well as a staircase and a balcony made from old ship parts.
Unlike most hotels I’ve stayed in, the inside of the Kaj, definitely has plenty of home comforts too. There’s a cute yet stylish kitchenette and bathroom, a welcoming king size bed and additional single beds in a super cosy mezzanine loft.
Guest staying more than one night also receive room service, with Barbara and Toke providing fresh coffee and an organic porridge mix, as well as fully stocked mini bar with locally produced tipples.
With unique experiences such as these meaning more than ever, who wouldn’t want to drink their morning coffee with direct views of Copenhagen’s Royal Playhouse and Bjarke Ingels infamous Copenhill or take a soothing dip in the clear water after an exciting day exploring all the Danish capital has to offer.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of anything better right now.
To find out more and make a booking visit the Kaj Hotel website. Rates start at 2500 kr. per night, sleeps up to four, with breakfast and daily cleaning included in the price.
Photography courtesy of Barbara von Haffner and Toke Larsen, the Kaj Hotel.
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