Boutique Hotel Series: Stay Hotel, Copenhagen

I have some good news and great news for you this week. Good news: I leave for Sao Paulo, Brazil this evening, so you can expect some fabulous coverage on the blog next week. Great news: I have lined up some of my favorite bloggers to guest post for you while I am away. These lovely and talented women have agreed to participate in this week’s Boutique Hotels Series. I asked each writer to share a boutique hotel in their city or surrounding area, and discuss it’s design, ambiance and culture.  Everyday this week you will get to travel to a different city, in five different countries. While I’m traveling this week, you will be traveling too! How exciting is that? I hope you enjoy this week’s series of guest posts. Please leave some comment love for these ladies, they have worked really hard for you!

Hi, I’m Charlotte and I normally blog over at Espresso Moments, but not today. I’ve got an exciting task at hand. When Tina asked me to write a guest post on her blog, I was really honored. Tina is such an inspiration. I met Tina through my very first Blogging Your Way course, and I’ve been a regular reader of Life in Sketch ever since.

I live with my husband and two kids in the northern part of Denmark, in the city called Aalborg. I’ve got a 6 year old girl and a 3 year old boy. We recently moved into our very own house. I enjoy life in the city, and wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m addicted to interior design and city living with kids and that’s why I started blogging at Espresso Moments.

I was pretty excited, when Tina told me what she wanted the topic for this guest post to be. Boutique hotels have always been a great source of inspiration for me – and it didn’t take me long to decide which one to focus on in this post.

I want to write about STAY Copenhagen, because there is something rather special about this place. I haven’t had the pleasure of staying there yet, but I feel really drawn to this place. Of course one of the main reasons is that STAY Copenhagen has been decorated by HAY and of course it’s filled with lots and lots of HAY products. But one thing I find even more interesting about this place, is its history.

The history

The building was once called the A-house – and back in the early 2000s it became a hub for Copenhagen’s creative elite. Around the turn of the millennium, old properties around Copenhagen’s canals were left in a state of decay. They were either to be rebuilt or demolished. A group of entrepreneurs took it upon themselves to create something unique with this place. Therefore, from 2003 to 2006, hundreds of painters, musicians and designers moved into the A-house. They were all offered a place to explore their creativity, and walls and ceilings were turned into major pieces of art. They all knew that one day they would have to move out again, because the house was to be transformed into STAY Copenhagen.

The creative history of the building has been brought directly into the new STAY concept, and local artists have left their mark on the different apartments. I love the fact that its creative past emanates from the artistic decorations on the walls and ceilings of the hotel. It would have been so easy to just paint it all over – but the fact that it’s still there is rather commendable.

The top of the  building has been used for various shows, exhibitions and events. The Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov even held his first Danish fashion show on the rooftop waterfront terrace. And I’m pretty sure it’ll become the center of a lot more creative events in the future.

HAY design

In my opinion HAY is the perfect match when it comes to decorating such a place. The combination of the amazing history and the simplicity of HAY’s design philosophy is what makes this a perfect match. The Scandinavian minimalism, which HAY represents, gives STAY Copenhagen a very cool and different feeling and makes it stand out. The simple steel frames and rawness of HAY’s furniture makes sure that the history of this place is not forgotten.

I hope that one day I’ll be saying at STAY Copenhagen. I hope you enjoyed reading about one of my favourite Danish interior design brands as well as the history and the new beginning of one of the many buildings on Islands Brygge in lovely Copenhagen.


STAY Apartment Hotel

Islands Brygge 79A

2300 Copenhagen S



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  1. says

    Tina & Charlotte – what a pleasure to read about somewhere from my home town. :O)
    Such a lovely review of a rather cool place.
    Take care and have a great day
    Hugs from Copenhagen
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