How a Shoemaker’s Workshop Became One of Copenhagen’s Coolest Hotels
Vesterbro, the area the hotel is located in, is nowadays one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Copenhagen, but it hasn’t always been that way. In the late 19th century and in the early 1900s, the area attracted many workers due to the low rents and the district’s raw atmosphere. In fact, the ground floor that nowadays houses a cozy café used to be a shoemaker’s workshop, and the apartment on the first floor that the shoemaker built for his family in 1920 now houses the hotel’s stylish bedroom.
Inspired by the history of the place, its great location and the idea of creating a one-room hotel, Leif Thingtved, a set designer, and Jacob Kampp, an indie entrepreneur, bought the place in 2011 and for a year and a half worked hard to refurbish and decorate the hotel’s room and the café.
Not Typical Scandinavian Design
What makes Central Hotel og Café so special (aside from the fact that is one of the quirkiest hotels in town, located in one of the city’s greatest spots, on the border between Vesterbro and Frederiksberg) is its retro decoration that creates a warm, homely environment. In an interview at iGNANT the designer of the room, Leif Thingtved, says that for him, design isn’t just white and simple, so contrary to the norms of Scandinavian design he decided to fill the room with old things fitting to the age and history of the house. The result is a cozy boutique hotel with a room ideal for some hyggelig moments.
Due to its size, Central Hotel can only accommodate two people who are willing to share a big double bed. Even though the building dates back to the early 20th century, its amenities are super-modern. A flat-screen television, a stereo where guests can connect their iPhone and listen to their favourite music, and of course free wifi, are included in the price. The room has also a minibar stocked with the necessary beverages, while visitors will also find a bottle of chilled Champagne and chocolate waiting for them if they request it in advance. Finally, Café Granola, a stone’s throw away from the hotel, serves free breakfast to the hotel’s guests.
The price for one night in your own hotel is 2100 DKK (US$327).