A small charming and cosy floating hotel that doesn't have much to offer in terms of facilities, but that is ideal for a different experience of the city. This 'boat-el' is one of a kind in the city and sits immobile on the bank close to the Islands Brygge harbour. Down on the water, the hotel is ideally placed for romantic sunset views over the water and if you like the idea of sleeping over the water, then this is the place to stay. It has two floors and a beautiful sundeck, which is the highlight of the hotel. CPH Living is close to the city centre and to the quieter Islands Brygge, which makes it a great base to explore the rest of the city from.
The boat is located on the canal close to Amager Bridge that links the city centre to the other side of the canal. Islands Brygge harbour is a five minute walk away and is a great place to hang out in the summer - it is the only place where the water is treated in order for people to have a quick (and very cold!) dip in the warmer months. During the Copenhagen Jazz Festival (first ten days of July) there are also lots of free events taking place in this area. If you explore the area, you will also find a handful of bohemian shops, restaurants and cafés. The other, busier, side of the city is a ten minute walk away. The nearest landmarks are Central Station, the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek (one of the city best art museums) and Tivoli Gardens.
It's worth noting that there isn't very much here, which is ideal if you are keen on spending little time at the hotel. There are no safes in the rooms, but you can leave valuables at reception - however the safe here in tiny so forget cramming a laptop in there.
CPH Living is a compact little hotel that makes for a great place to explore the city from in the day and a romantic hangout for two at night on the deck overlooking the water. The owners have done a great job of concerting the boat into a hotel in 2007-9, which has a pleasing finish despite being very simple. There isn't much to this hotel, but liked spending time here. The atmosphere is relaxed and you will be well away from the madding crowds here; ideal if you're look for some down-time. There are two floors with 6 rooms on each corridor and a third floor, which is an open sun deck. To the front of the boat is the breakfast room, where you will find a spiral staircase leading up to the deck. The boat looks great in the sunshine, but can feel a little grim on a rainy day, especially when you can't use the sun deck. However, rainy days here are a great excuse to cuddle up to your loved one on one of the contemporary and well-appointed rooms that line the water.
There are 12 rooms in total, 6 on each floor. Each has a similar decor - white walls, blue soft furnishings and well designed space-saving furniture. The sliding wardrobes make plenty of space for storing away clothes during your stay and also hide a flat screen television. There is no mini-bar. The rooms all have the typical Scandinavian double beds made up of two single mattresses and two single duvets. The rooms are comfortable even if they are on the small side as you have everything you need. However, if you are a light sleeper, bring an eye mask as the pull-up blinds still let in quite a lot of sunlight, so to ensure a good night's sleep, make sure you are well-equipped. A sliding door to the side of the entrance leads to a small compact and very pleasant bathroom. All have showers and soap dispensers (which can be used for hands, hair and body). Make sure you share the room with a very close friend if you are female, as the bathroom has a 'strategically-placed' window in the shower, giving full upper body view to whomever might be in the bedroom. The blue mosaic bathrooms with small round glass sinks have a fresh look and make you feel like in a conventional hotel.
The breakfast room is located at the front of the boat and has a lovely view onto the water. The breakfast isn't too elaborate; with a few high tables and stools and a small buffet of muesli, breads and cheeses is what is on offer. Coffee is served out of a vending machine, which we found to be a bit of shame. There are also other types of vending machines selling snack food, which is convenient if you don't fancy heading outside to satisfy the urge for something sweet. The spiral staircase adds to the cosy atmosphere; it leads up to the deck, where guests are welcome to have breakfast in the summer.
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