STAY Copenhagen (read the full review here) is a one-of-a-kind, innovative high-end apartment-hotel whose design is branded on Manhattan's iconic lofts. More of a residence than a hotel, guests stay in a luxury open-plan loft apartment equipped with kitchen, bathroom with shower and cleaning products, as well as a washing machine and dryer for longer visits. Holidaymakers have the choice between a large room sized at 153m≤ or 65m≤. In either case, the rooms have more than enough space for two people, as it was intended. The hotel sports a minimalist, contemporary and monochrome design; rooms are either entirely black or white. However, the space is surprisingly unsterile and comfortable, although the plain colouring does make it difficult to keep clean. A distinctive feature is the futuristic window setup, which offers impressive views over lakes and the city on the opposite bank. Likewise, modern Danish furniture produced by the likes of Hay gives the impression of a showroom and is an apt reflection of Copenhagen's flair for design.
The hotel is fully fitted with Wi-Fi access to the internet, a well-being area, a pool, sports equipment, an astounding white skylounge with a sun deck overlooking the canal. However the hotel is lacking in air-conditioning, which for the city's couple of summer months can be a little hard. With regards to dining, the full kitchen in the rooms is very basic unless visitors request supplementary amenities from reception. As STAY is supposed to work like a residence of serviced flats, there is no room service. The hotel's breakfast room is spacious and serves a healthy organic option. However, for lunch and dinner, holidaymakers have to go further afield as there is no restaurant at the hotel. The nearest main food outlets, as well as shops, can be reached in a 10 minute walk; a taxi is required to explore further or to get to the other side of the canal if in a bit of a hurry. Nonetheless, the 'off the beaten track' location (the hotel is situated in an area called Islands Brygge, somewhat removed from central Copenhagen) does ensure idyllic privacy and an escape from bustling crowds of tourists cramming into Tivoli. Visitors are simply warned not to leave lights on at night without closing the blinds, as the neighbours will be able to see everything going on in the room.
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