I've mentioned before that trying to find a great place to stay when your checklist is as nit-picky as mine AFTER having a child, is somewhat of a challenge.
Oh yes, there are zillions of bloody gorgeous hotels I can find in any given city but the reality is, it 'aint much of a holiday when it gets to 7pm, your toddler goes to bed and you're holed up in your hotel bedroom making manic signs at each other not to breath in case child awakens - there's a reason most sane parents want to shuffle their kids into their own bedrooms as soon as they are of reasonably non-newborn size (it only took us two months and I swear we all slept the better for it).
So when we decided on Copenhagen for our first holiday abroad with Mini B in tow last year, I was let loose on Google to find our accommodation.
I have to admit I hadn't a clue what my friend was on about when she suggested Airbnb but I'm now fully clued up on all that is the world of house-lending to strangers. And after narrowing down my criteria to, oh, only 400 odd properties (!), we settled on this two-bedroom gem in the district of Frederiksberg.
The apartment is roomy enough for toddlers to hurtle about in and outside is a giant shared backyard with a trikes and pushbikes aplenty. The owner, Marie, and her family have lovingly decked out the place with an eclectic and typically Danish array of furniture - much to Mr B's and my taste and helpfully there was a cot and highchair all ready and waiting for us (Stokke, naturally). And Mini B was in heaven - the child's bedroom has a mezzanine level play area and there are a great selection of books and toys for crucial indoor entertainment (there's no TV!).
There are things to do aplenty in Copenhagen. The National Aquarium is a must for adults and mini adults alike – it’s a short metro ride away from the centre and housed in a splendid new building inspired by the currents of a whirlpool with every surface reflecting the sunshine and the ripples of the water it is built next to. It’s a tranquil spot for a day out with a modern new child-friendly café and cool underwater tunnel of sea creatures great and small in which Mini B never tired of toddling beneath, enraptured by the starfish waving above his head.
Pop by The Royal Danish Theatre on the harbour for a decent lunch spot and a sneaky cocktail or head out of the city for a scenic stroll in the grounds of Frederiksborg Palace – a fairytale castle straight out of a Disney film.
The Design Museum was yet another yummy luncheon location (smoked salmon and rye bread and a cauldron of hot chocolate) with the added bonus of outdoor seating in the courtyard garden for Mini B to zip about.
( I realise I mention food a lot but let’s be clear that my entire day usually revolves around where, what and when I eat).
Bikes are big in Copenhagen. They win the road wars over there – the cycle lanes are five times the width of any we have in the UK and if you’re not bike savvy as a resident, I’m guessing you’re not with the In Crowd. This is all well and good except that I can’t ride a bike. People often mistake this statement for me downplaying my spinning capabilities but “no, no”, I have to correct them, “I actually never learnt to ride a bike”. At which point I’m usually met with a look which outwardly says “aw you poor thing” but inwardly I know they am thinking I’m a total loser.
However, biking, walking or metro-ing it, Marie’s apartment is within easy walking distance of all means of transport and just a mere twenty minute link from the airport too. It ticked all the boxes for our first jaunt abroad as parents – spacious, accessible, toy-laden and most crucially on the Little Beee criteria, it looks cool bananas too.
We stayed here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/970702