Last month, Brittany Bathgate and I made a trip out to Copenhagen for the weekend. It’s a city we each have quite an obsession with; we’ve both been previously, on separate occasions. This time around we stayed at STAY Copenhagen, an apartment hotel in the Islands Brygge area of the city. They have 172 apartments, ranging in size from studio apartments to penthouses, that have all been designed by HAY (one of my favourite Danish brands) in a minimal monochrome palette. Each feels bright and open with huge windows on either side. As the sun set, the light in our apartment flooded in, casting beautiful shadows across the floor and furniture. We stayed in one of their top floor penthouse apartments, each with our own double bedroom and bathroom. My bathroom was partitioned from my room with a dramatic clear glass wall. We had a large balcony, that on warmer days would have been lovely to use. And if that’s not enough, there’s a huge rooftop terrace for everyone to use. The block looks like an ‘A’ from above, creating an inner terrace which some of the ground floor apartments back on to. On the other side a mix of cafés and restaurants, including Scarpetto, WabiWabi, Le Marché and Emmerys. It’s a beautiful decked space with raised geometric flower beds dotted around.
Previously known as the ‘A-House’, the block once housed some Copenhagen’s top creatives. Some of the apartments are still adorned with remnants of their previous owners; a scribble on a wall, a print on a ceiling. The building still reflects its artistic past with the apartments and rooftop being used for all sorts of things like pop-up restaurants, recording studios and photoshoots.
Just across the harbour from Islands Brygge is Dybbølsbro station where you can get a train to Nørreport in about 10 minutes. There’s also Kødbyen (the meatpacking district) just beyond Dybbølsbro station where you can find lots of cool bars and restaurants, including Kødbyens Fiskebar.