I don’t get to travel quite as much as I would like these days, so when I get the chance to pack a bag and make my escape from New York, I’m always looking for destinations that offer something new and different. Top of that list is accomodation that transforms the journey from a trip into a destination. After scoring a super cheap ticket to Copenhagen on Norwegian Air — highly recommended! — I set out looking for a place to call home during my stay in the city. After looking a few places, I decided on Hotel SP34. Opened in 2014, the hotel is an oasis of calm serenity, reflecting the Danish ethos of design and hospitality. My trip was in January, so there was a decidedly cool tone throughout the city, which made the welcoming fireplace in the hotel lobby that much more inviting. With a variety of sofas and chairs, the space was the perfect spot to chill out and relax, and even mingle with the other guests.
The hotel offers a “Wine Hour” from 5-6, where you can enjoy a glass (or two) on the house. This was a great welcoming gesture, and my friend and I indulged on our first night here. It was the perfect introduction to the city, and really showed off the hotel’s sense of quiet, understated hospitality. There were a couple of choices, and the bar tender was super friendly and chatted with us. Normally I’m not one to stay in the hotel too much, I’d rather be out exploring new places, but at Hotel SP34 the open concept bar/lobby was the perfect place to catch up with a friend who came to visit from Sweden. After a scheduling mishap — oops, my fault — we spent a few hours talking, catching up, and enjoying the beer on tap. We sat at the bar, and enjoyed views of the hotel lobby, which was full of people gathered around the fireplace in small conversation.
The rooms were super comfortable, and beautifully appointed. The rooms feature modern design that is still warm and welcoming — crisp white linens, blonde wood tones, and a bright and clean bathroom all added up to a very comfortable stay. Huge perk was the wall of windows that had views out into the streets — each morning we opened the curtains and were treated to a view of the medieval architecture around us.
I liked opening up the windows in the morning to let in some crisp, fresh air, and enjoyed a cup of tea — there are kettles and tea supplies in each room, compliments of the house. Also, of note, was the iron and ironing board in the room. In all of my travels throughout Europe I’ve never seen one in a room, and it was a really nice touch. There have been many times I’ve been maybe a bit too wrinkled, but didn’t want to spend a fortune having things dry cleaned or pressed. Another perk were the bathroom amenities, which are from REN Skincare, a luxury skincare line that uses only 100% percent plant- and mineral-derived actives and is free of synthetic ingredients. And it just so happens to be one of my favorite brands out there, which made my stay here feel like a total coup. And you know I’m obsessed with food, so when I had the option to book the included buffet breakfast, I of course went with it. The breakfast was a buffet style spread, with a variety of meats, cheeses, breads, fresh fruit, parfaits, and yogurt. Everything is local, and the hotel says it’s about 90-100% organic. There were carafes of juices — the apple was my favorite — as well as tea and coffee. The waitress asks which kind of tea you’d like, and then she brings over a cast iron tea kettle to the table. Perfect for one, and this kind of thing is one of my favorite little indulgences. I thought the breakfast was a great way to acclimate to the morning, and provided a nice entry point to the day’s adventures. If you stay here, you’ll be in the middle of everything in the Latin Quarter — the medieval heart of the city. From the airport, it was about 20 minutes from either the nearby metro stop, or the airport train. So simple, so easy — and it was only about $6 for the ticket. Cannot beat it. Overall this was one of my favorite hotels I’ve ever stayed in, and I can’t wait to go back. I’m looking into going back to Copenhagen for the summer, and I’m hoping Hotel SP34 will again be my home-away-from-home.