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Svinkløv Badehotel: The Reincarnation of a Beloved Seaside Hotel in Denmark

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Svinkløv Badehotel: The Reincarnation of a Beloved Seaside Hotel in Denmark

January 12, 2021

A perk of Instagram-stalking people whose style we admire is seeing where they stay on vacation. If we had to generalize, it’s usually a considered, smallish hotel that has design cred, a buzz-worthy restaurant, and a notable lack of amenities (no wi-fi, no televisions, and definitely no night clubs). The newish Svinkløv Badehotel, one of our favorite Insta-stumble discoveries ever, is all of these things and more.

The historical hotel, located on the coast of the North Sea in Denmark, is a beloved and popular summertime destination for Copenhagen residents. In 2016, it was destroyed by a fire, but owners Kenneth Toft-Hansen, a chef, and his wife, Louise, were undeterred and decided to rebuild the property from the ground up. With the help of architecture firm Praksis, the couple were able to do just that and reopened the hotel, bigger (just a bit) and better, last summer.

Here’s a peek. (Note: Svinkløv Badehotel is currently closed for the season but back in business starting April 19. The couple intentionally decided not to insulate the building and keep it a three-season business so that staff can recharge over winter.)

Photography by Jens Lindhe, courtesy of Praksis, unless otherwise noted.

svinkløv badehotel is surrounded by sand dunes that lead to the north sea. the 9
Above: Svinkløv Badehotel is surrounded by sand dunes that lead to the North Sea. The couple decided to rebuild the exterior to look the way it did before the fire.
the inside, though, while still homey, was modernized. here&#8\2\17;s the h 10
Above: The inside, though, while still homey, was modernized. Here’s the hotel’s simple reception area.
wood floors, walls, and ceilings are painted white throughout the hotel for a c 11
Above: Wood floors, walls, and ceilings are painted white throughout the hotel for a casual, beachy vibe. Its palette of whites, grays, and blues also reference the ocean just steps away.
dubbed the &#8\2\20;yellow room&#8\2\2\1; for its yellow curtains, this 12
Above: Dubbed the “yellow room” for its yellow curtains, this dining room, like many of the spaces in the hotel, features lighting by Louis Poulsen.
opposite the &#8\2\20;yellow room&#8\2\2\1; is the &#8\2\20;red roo 13
Above: Opposite the “yellow room” is the “red room.” The restaurant is a big draw, as it’s helmed by Kenneth, who last year won the Bocuse D’or, a worldwide chef competition that’s been likened to the Olympics of cooking.
the vester chairs, commissioned by the toft hansens, are by chris halstrøm for 14
Above: The Vester Chairs, commissioned by the Toft-Hansens, are by Chris Halstrøm for Skagerak.
the blue and white palette continues in the guestrooms. one of the main upgrade 15
Above: The blue and white palette continues in the guestrooms. One of the main upgrades of Svinkløv Badehotel 2.0 is the addition of private bathrooms for each guestroom.
shaker inspired oak coat racks designed by chris l. halstrøm pop up throughout 16
Above: Shaker-inspired oak coat racks designed by Chris L. Halstrøm pop up throughout the hotel. Photograph via Svinkløv Badehotel’s Instagram account.
a simple sisal runner pairs perfectly with the beautifully designed stair raili 17
Above: A simple sisal runner pairs perfectly with the beautifully designed stair railing.

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