Wonderful Copenhagen has a jungle of hotels so how do you know which one to pick? One of my favourites right now is the SP34, just a stone’s throw from the City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen). You may find the name a bit odd, but it is simply an abbreviation of its address, Sankt Peders Stræde 34.
I once stayed in a hotel called Fox for a girls weekend. A place which was quirky to bits with rooms decorated as art installations, it became one of Copenhagen’s most well known hotels. One of our rooms had an inflatable dinosaur reminding us of Toy Story, and there were various themes wherever you looked in public areas as well. This was a bit too quirky for many, and the hotel never did as well as expected even if the cocktail bar was popular with locals. The Brøchner family which owned it decided to focus on boutique hotels, and closed the place down to transform it. They also took the opportunity to buy the neighbouring property to create the hotel of their dreams, and the result was SP34.
While Fox had 60 rooms, SP34 now has 118, but nowhere does it feel big and impersonal. Instead it has an air of Copenhagen intimacy. The narrow corridors have little lamps over the doors to make it feel as if you are simply entering your apartment at home. If the corridors are dark and cozy, the rooms themselves are a Scandinavian delight, with a lot of light even in the smallest of rooms, but of course you can make them dark at night. The smallest room really is compact living, but has a huge bathroom to compensate, and has been cleverly designed so that you sleep in an alcove. Should you want something bigger instead, opt for a loft room with both bathtub and separate shower in the classy bathroom, living area and wooden beams – a real Copenhagen feel. When you wake up in the morning, you can get an all organic breakfast.
There is hardly a hotel in Copenhagen which does not have bicycles to lend the visitor as this is a cycle city, and SP34 is no exception. The inner yard where they are parked is also used for social events in summer, or just to bring your drink outside on a sunny evening. Then, the very Danish orange colour of the facades around you make you feel almost by the Mediterranean.
Food and facilities
A hotel gym, and conference facilities are perhaps not that unusual, but SP34 also has a hotel cinema. The classic seat rows have been taken from an old cinema close to the airport, whilst the screen is modern. The idea behind the cinema is that a single traveller who perhaps is here for business for a while might not want to go out every night, but also not want to spend a lonely evening in his or her room. I love this way of thinking!
Did you know there are port wine cocktails? I had no idea until I visited SP34 which has a pleasant bar with not only this, but a great selection of port in general for those of you who want to keep it pure. The Brøchner Hotels also have a “Daily wine hour” which is between 17-18, and where they offer you a glass of wine to start the evening with. The bar also serves their own beer label, brewed by a small brewery from the island of Bornholm.
There are plenty of restaurants just a few steps from the hotel, but it also has three in house ones. They are external and not run by the hotel, but of course cooperate so that you can get a table. At Cocks and Cows meat is the thing, with one of the most famous burgers found in Copenhagen, and I guarantee it is delicious. They also have a lovely and secluded terrace bar on one of the low roofs of the hotel where you can enjoy a glass of cava before hitting city nightlife. Around the corner is Din Nye Ven (“Your new friend”) where you can get breakfast until late, lunch in the form of Danish specialities with a modern and healthy twist, and lighter evening meals. Should you want something more unusual, why not try Väkst – the restaurant with a greenhouse in the middle of it, just behind the hotel bar. Dine on Nordic food in an atmosphere of summer garden with plants and garden lights.