An old shoemaker’s garret hidden above a tiny café has been transformed into what Copenhageners call the world’s smallest hotel—a 12-square-meter room outfitted in vintage-inspired decor and the highest quality gadgets. It feels like a hideaway from reality, on the border of two of Copenhagen’s coolest, undiscovered-by-tourists neighborhoods. With a Royal Eden bed, hidden flat-screen TV, iPhone with stereo dock, and free Wi-Fi, Central Hotel & Café has thought of every requisite modern convenience. The 1950s-style decor even feels straight out of a movie—not surprising, actually, since one of the owners previously worked as a television set designer.
Downstairs, the café feels like your own, even if just for a day, with its sounds and smells wafting up through the windows and vents. Why not pop your head out the flower-framed window and order your coffee before you head down? This is Danish hospitality, after all.
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Located off the beaten tourist path on the northwestern edge of lively and gritty Vesterbro, practically in trendy Frederiksberg, Central Hotel & Café is ideally situated for those looking to get away from Copenhagen’s traditional sights in favor of a more local experience. Værnedamsvej, touted as the “coziest” street in the city, is just around the corner with its charming cafés and gourmet food shops. Funky spots like Sort Kaffe og Vinyl—a coffee and record shop—are de rigueur. One of Copenhagen’s many lakes, Sankt Jørgens Sø, is just a few blocks away—perfect for a morning run to complete the local experience.
Need to Know
Rooms: One room. From $280. Check-in: 1 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The hotel’s single room sits above a tiny café with just a few outdoor and indoor seats that serves locally roasted coffee, pastries, sandwiches, organic ice cream, and banana splits. Wake up to the sounds and smells of grinding coffee beans and espresso shots being pulled. A free, more substantial breakfast is served around the corner at its sister café, the almost painfully cute Granola, although you can also order and have it delivered to your room. The room also comes with a fully stocked gourmet minibar. Spa and gym details: As a one-room hotel, Central Hotel & Café has neither a spa nor a gym.
Who's it best for: Hipster couples and other independent travelers. Our favorite rooms: The hotel only has one room, a 12-square-meter restored shoemaker’s garret that feels like a private oasis in one of Copenhagen’s trendiest neighborhoods. Welcome upstairs: The team behind the Central Hotel & Café will go above and beyond to make your stay feel unique and personalized; when you make your booking, talk to the team about having champagne, chocolates, or other treats in your room upon arrival.