A Former Aarhus Public Library Is Transformed into a Luxury Design Hostel

Brøchner Hotels’ first hotel outside of Copenhagen is actually not a hotel, nor is it a typical hostel. The brand is creating a hybrid hospitality concept that sits right in the middle. The new BOOK1 Design Hostel in Aarhus has all the classic hostel elements like bunk beds, laundry facilities and ping pong tables, as well as luxury hotel elements such as private rooms and suites, a sauna and unique design details. BOOK1 is perfect for the modern traveler who is looking for extraordinary experiences in hospitality and gastronomy without sacrificing budget.

hostel bunk beds

hostel bunk beds

BOOK1 is located in the city’s former main library from 1934, and the design hostel maintains the original architecture. Inside, guests can choose from “pod dorms” inspired by the luxury capsule hotels in Japan or private rooms that feature a sitting area separate from the sleeping area.

moody hotel room

moody hotel room

hostel lockers

hostel lobby bar

The food court is led by MIB, a local food entrepreneur, and offers a mix of food concepts to delight the traveling foodie, such as Nordic pizza, Danish smørrebrød and bakery goods. Additionally, the hostel’s “GO LOCAL” concept provides special treats and local offerings from shops, cafes and restaurants in Aarhus.

The lobby bar offers drinks in plus size versions and a “Bottoms Up” happy hour every day, making it a great place to meet for drinks, coffees and casual meetings.

trio of crostini

hotel lobby bar

aerial view of hotel seating area

hanging swings

ping pong table

sauna in hostel hotel

hostel bathroom

hostel bunk beds

hostel bunk beds

hostel bunk beds

hostel bunk beds

hostel bunk beds

What: BOOK1 Design Hostel
Where: Møllegade 3A, Mølleparken, 8000 Aarhus
How much? $25/night for a pod reservation
Highlights: This unique hybrid concept between a hostel and a hotel is located in a former main library from the 1930s in Aarhus.
Design draw: Guests can choose from shared living quarters called “pod dorms” or more private rooms, making it a flexible options for travelers who travel alone or with family and friends.
Book it: Visit BOOK1 Design Hostel

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