City of design...and bicycles

When in Copenhagen, stay in a designer hotel they say. The city of design... and bicycles. :)

It was my first time in Copenhagen, or any country in Scandinavia actually. As a graphic designer and design lover I had so much to see and experience. Everything in CPH looks simply stunning. I can't say that I saw a shop or restaurant that had poor branding or interior.

Hotel Ottilia (one of the Brochner Hotels) was our home for the last 2 days in Copenhagen. Its brick facade is decorated by a majestic golden pattern and as you enter the hotel, the slightly industrial and minimalistic interior look takes over.

The fist day we arrived just in time for the free wine hour, so as the friendly receptionist worked on our reservation, we were able to sip an amazing Bordeaux. The lobby is located on the first floor, which is quite unusual. It has a bar and a cosy 'hygge' lounge area with a fire place, couches, gorgeous lights and a supporting industrial column here and there.

The source of light in the room comes from a huge circle shaped window, which is wide enough that they went and designed leather cushions for you to lay on. The room itself is a combination of raw industrial concrete and minimalistic modern furniture. The open bathroom was also interesting. Because it was placed in the middle of the room like an island, one could enjoy the view from the window while brushing its teeth.

I was planning to use the fitness area, but since we were riding bikes all day, I simply had no energy left. The restaurant / breakfast area is located on the top 5th floor (quite high for a building in CPH), so as you drink your morning coffee you can enjoy a lovely view of the park and CPH. What I loved the most about their breakfast was that everything was organic. Denmark is trying to improve their quality of food in general and this hotel is already embracing its upcoming regulations to its fullest. Smoothies, sandwiches, porridge, you name it. Hotel ottilia, thank you for having us!

I will be sharing many of my highlights of the Copenhagen trip. This is all for now, stay tuned.

p.s. (Also big thanks to W11 studio for the outfit in the first photo.)