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Finally! The first post in my Copenhagen mini series! Today I’m sharing my Airbnb experience (beware: dreamy Scandinavian decor ahead). I have so much to share with you from my trip (I just got back about 2 weeks ago). Honestly, the biggest challenge has been whittling it down into bite-sized chunks. Let it be known that I fell completely head over heels in love with Denmark: the people, the city, the food…everything. It’s an easy place to be happy – everything feels smooth and simple there, and pretty much everyone has a smile on their face. I’m sure not ALL Danes are walking around grinning constantly, but through my tourist lens during the week I spent there, it seemed like everyone was genuinely happy to me!
My Airbnb Experience
The cherry on top of this lovely trip was, hands down, my incredible Airbnb (bonus – it was also super affordable!) More on my favorite Airbnbs in Europe in an upcoming post (I have so many). I wanted to be sure and write about this place ASAP because my hosts are actually moving to a different part of town in the fall of this year. So, if you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen soon, I highly recommend hopping on Airbnb to see what availability they have left before they move and this gorgeous listing disappears.
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Now on to the Scandinavian decor – good luck not drooling on your keyboard.
As you can tell, the apartment itself is absolutely gorgeous. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it on Airbnb, and figured it would be pretty nice in person, but it was even better than expected! Everything was exactly as pictured, super clean and tidy, minimalist and stylish. The hosts run a design agency, and it’s obvious that their eye for design is impeccable. This two floor apartment is located in Østerbro, in a townhouse with a couple other apartments (whose occupants I never even saw or heard, everyone was very respectful and quiet), and the room I stayed in was private and cozy. The hosts’ bedroom is upstairs (how cute is that spiral staircase?!) so it really does feel like you have your own little “wing” of the apartment. The bathroom, which is right next to the bedroom, is beautifully done and their shower is A+ (yes, I am a serious shower snob). The bed itself (a comfy futon-type setup) was a little bit on the small side, but then again, I am 5’10” and used to sprawling out on a queen sized mattress like a wild animal every night. I slept incredibly well regardless of the bed size, and felt very at home. The room is lightly and tastefully decorated, with a bookshelf full of vintage Tin Tin comics, travel and design books, and a few fun knick knacks.
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As I mentioned earlier, the hosts are very respectful of their guests’ personal space, and I felt very comfortable (not to mention safe) in their home. The apartment itself is so simple, elegant and cozy that your only struggle is leaving it to go explore the city!
Cecilie and Christian have fresh fruit and simple breakfast fixings available for their guests (yogurt, muesli, milk, coffee and tea, etc.) which I didn’t end up taking advantage of because I was so eager to get out and eat some local Danish food! However, if you do want to save some extra money and eat breakfast at home, it’s easy to find (they set it out for you on the counter each day) and nice and healthy.
The apartment is located in one of Copenhagen’s charming old red-stone townhouse neighborhoods in the residential area of Østerbro, which is super easy to access via bus. Their buses run so frequently it will make you want to move there immediately. (I don’t think I ever waited longer than 3 minutes maximum for a bus, no kidding.) It was very easy to travel via metro from the Copenhagen Airport, pick up the keys from Cecilie at her office downtown, and hop on the bus to get to the apartment. The surrounding residential neighborhood was quiet and peaceful, full of families, and I didn’t have any qualms about walking home late at night solo.
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My Airbnb Hosts
Cecilie and Christian are an incredibly kind, stylish couple who run the Airbnb (and live upstairs) with their adorable French bulldog, Sonja. Now, let’s take a minute to appreciate Sonja (pictured at the top of this post), because she was a true delight. I’ve never met a more non-instrusive, well-behaved pup in my life! She never barked, was very relaxed whether Cecilie and Christian were home or at work (and they often brought her with them to the office), and was an overall wonderful furry presence in the apartment. Back to the humans though. I didn’t interact with my hosts a lot, simply because I was usually gone when they were home and home when they were out! But whenever we did chat, they were so friendly and sweet. I didn’t have to ask for a single thing the entire time I was there, because they’d already thought of everything!
*One thing that I was completely unprepared for was the whole “Midnight Sun” thing that happens in the Nordic countries! Duh. Not sure why I didn’t think of that, but it was a rough first couple of days as my body tried to adjust to the fact that it was basically always bright out. I did eventually get used to it, but that (and the horrific jetlag which was made worse by the fact that I took a red eye over from NYC and didn’t sleep more than 30 minutes) made me a bit of a zombie the first couple of days.
I highly recommend booking Cecilie and Christian’s Airbnb if you’re traveling to Copenhagen in the near future – I have nothing but good things to say about the entire experience! Also, make sure you use the $40 off promo code to save some dough if you’re booking any Airbnb trips soon.
As always, thank you for reading! If you enjoyed it, please share! Lots more Copenhagen content coming soon, including my favorite places in the city, what I ate while I was there, and a whirlwind 48 hour itinerary for hitting the high points (there’s your sneak peek reward for making it all the way to the bottom of this post). You are wonderful.
If you’ve been to Copenhagen, let me know in the comments!
Where did you stay? What was your favorite bit?