We have excellent news for fans of The Apartment, the shoppable interiors showroom and darling of the design cognoscenti: owner Tina Seidenfaden Busck has added a bijou homestay on the top floor. Now, you can spend the night in unparalleled style (even if you can’t afford to take each hand-stitched quilt and rare lithograph home with you). The two bedrooms, light-flooded living areas, kitchenette and marble-clad bathroom are each packed with curated pieces and hung with Busck’s personal art collection, making for a uniquely soulful stay near the charming canals of Christianshavn.
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A visit to the shop, a hand-picked present and coffee with owner Tina; GoldSmiths also get a bottle of champagne
11am; check-in from 3pm. Check-in can be flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £502.48 (DKK4,200), including tax at 25 per cent.
The kitchenette is stocked with all-organic tea, coffee, milk, bread, cured ham, eggs, cheese and bread so you can fix breakfast and simple snacks yourself.
The original Apartment showroom came about from owner Busck’s need for a space to demonstrate how seemingly clashing textures, colours and references could mix and match. Her design clients couldn’t visualise the disparate pieces in dialogue with each other, so the ‘shoppable showroom’ or ‘livable gallery’ was born.
At the hotel
Concierge service (pre-arrival and throughout your stay), courtyard, bicycles to borrow, Green Egg barbecue, a kitchenette stocked with free snacks and drinks, juice press, Nespresso coffee machine, fresh flowers, a selection of novels, design books and magazines, Sonos speakers, Bang & Olufsen TV, free WiFi, plug adaptors. For longer stays, you’ll get housekeeping and a change of linens after your third night. In rooms: black-out curtains.
Our favourite rooms
You really can't go wrong, as both bedrooms were meticulously decorated by Busck with antique iron beds, Geismars Egyptian cotton bedding and artwork from her personal collection.
Massage and beauty treatments, as well as personal training or Pilates sessions, can be arranged in the Apartment Residence with advance notice.
It’s impossible not to feel inspired by Busck's fun and fearless aesthetic to do a little interiors hunting of your own – leave extra room in your suitcase for conversation-starting souvenirs.
As there’s no lift, the Apartment Residence is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users.
Ages four and above are welcome, but this design-forward flat is better suited to older children. Babysitting can be arranged with advance notice for DKK450 an hour (a minimum of three hours a booking) and an extra bed can be added to the living room.
There’s just one – a blue lacquered dining table surrounded by vibrant green rattan chairs.
The Apartment Residence is only available for exclusive hire (meaning there’s no-one to impress but Mr or Mrs Smith), but the decor does up the ante, so pack your silkiest smalls.
The kitchenette is stocked with breakfast items (like fresh bread, cheeses and meat) but, for more elaborate cooking, you’ll need to head out. Luckily, Copenhagen’s stellar culinary scene never disappoints. A private chef can also be arranged to prepare breakfast or cook cosy meals at home.
There’s a selection of beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks in the fridge. If you run out, just canter to the Corner 108 wine bar to browse its selection of over 600 boutique bottles.
You’ll make your own hours at this home from home, though rowdy parties are a no-no.
There’s no room service, so pick up some pastries from Christianshavn’s bakeries in case hunger strikes at night. Or, order delivery from Copenhagen's best restaurants, using the RoomService website (www.roomservice.dk).
Overlooking the canals in charming Christianshavn, the Apartment occupies the top floor of an 18th-century building painted buttercup yellow.
Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport is just under 20 minutes’ drive away. Private car transfers can be arranged for DKK1,250 each way. Or, take the speedy metro that runs into central Copenhagen every four minutes – it’s 11 stops to the Christianshavn Station just opposite the residence.
Copenhagen Central Station is 15 minutes away by car and has good connections to other Danish destinations, as well as to Sweden and Germany via National Danish Rail.
You won’t need a car in cosy Copenhagen – all the Danes zoom about on bicycles instead. If you do decide to drive, there’s metered public parking on the surrounding streets.
Worth getting out of bed for
When every item in the apartment has been chosen specially to soothe, educate or make you smile, it seems silly to rush out. Lounge in the light-filled living room getting lost in one of the novels (the selection was provided by a local bookshop), browsing the design books or flipping through a vintage issue of House & Garden.
When you’re ready to conquer Copenhagen, head out for a stroll along the canals of Christianshavn – the picturesque harbourside district is sometimes referred to as ‘mini Amsterdam’. Take one of the hotel’s free-to-borrow bicycles (wear a helmet; Danes don’t dally in the cycle lane) to Bredgade, one of the best streets in the city for antique stores and art galleries, like Andersen Contemporary, V1 and Studio Oliver Gustav.
In the summer months, rent a boat (no licence required) at Goboat for a romantic ride around the harbour. And, if you’re in need of a true Copenhagen connoisseur, just call on the Apartment’s concierge to create all manner of city experiences.
René Redzepi’s Noma needs no introduction, but if you can’t get a reservation at one of the best restaurants in the world, don’t despair – you can still find new Nordic nosh in a cool, urban setting at 108, Noma’s more affordable little sister. Also in Christianshavn is the unpronounceable Bådudlejning, a locally loved spot that’s great for all-day dining and watery views. Vegetarians will love the café Morgenstedet in nearby Christiania.
Just over the canal, head to Havfruen in Nyhavn if you’re in search of delicious seafood with a biodynamic wine list to boot, or amble to Undici for classic Italian and a lively atmosphere.
The Corner 108 is a coffee shop by day and a bar by night, serving boutique wines by the glass alongside moreish snacks like potato croquettes and pickled mushrooms. Stop by Rosforth & Rosforth, a chic waterfront wine shop to pick up an organic bottle (or two) to take home.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this folksy flat in Christianshavn and unpacked their Ilse Crawford textiles and traditional Fante flags, a full account of their Danish design break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Apartment in Copenhagen…
Not so long ago, The Apartment was an international design destination whose mid-century treasures could only be glimpsed if you had an appointment. But now owner Tina Seidenfaden Busck has answered our prayers and created the ravishing Apartment Residence above the ‘shoppable home’ of decorating dreams, so you can sleep, eat and play amid an eclectic interiors emporium. Though Danish by birth, Busck bucks the purist Scandi thing in favour of layering colours, textures, decades and designers to create a kind of cultivated chaos. After spending a weekend in the warm and light-flooded spaces, admiring the artwork and wallowing in the roll-top bath, we came to the conclusion that Tina’s inimitable eye could never be taught – only maestros can throw out the rulebook with such aplomb. But, thankfully, it can be bought; if you ask nicely, that vintage quilt, hand-sewn tablecloth or rare Hockney print just might be for sale.
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