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Exciting new hostel by Brøchner Hotels opens in Aarhus, Denmark

Brochner Design Hostel bar

Brøchner Hotels has announced the name and concept of their new design hostel, which will open in March 2020 in the Danish city of Aarhus.

BOOK1 Design Hostel will be located in the iconic building of the city's former main library – a historic building from 1934 that has been empty and abandoned since 2015.

The rejuvenation and restoration of the building will offer a unique experience for overnight guests – as well as locals, who will be able to use the building once more by visiting the hostel's bars, food court and events.

“The name of our new design hostel almost says it all,” says Nickolas Krabbe Bjerg, CEO of Brøchner Hotels.

“First of all, BOOK is a reference to the former library that used to be in the building until 2015. Second, BOOK and 1 also refers to booking one bed, an entire dorm or perhaps one of the rooms or suites, which will also be available.

“BOOK1 Design Hostel will be a new hostel concept, focusing on contributing to the local community by giving new life to the building that has been abandoned since 2015.”

The new hostel is the latest addition to Brøchner's portfolio of aesthetic boutique hotels, and the first property to be opened outside Copenhagen.

The company is experienced at developing new projects in unexploited and iconic buildings – giving these buildings new life and contributing positively to the city.

Two examples are the five-star Hotel Herman K, which was created in a former transformer station, and Hotel Ottilia, in the former Carlsberg brewery buildings in Copenhagen.

As with other Brøchner Hotels projects, BOOK1 Design Hostel will be developed with respect for the original architecture, which will tell an exceptional story in every detail of the new design.

At BOOK1, guests will be able to choose between one of the 452 beds in a dorm, private double rooms, or one of the suites – with all options offering excellent design paired with digital hospitality innovation.

“Design plays an essential role at BOOK1 Design Hostel. With cool and functional design, guests will get a feeling of being 'private together' when they are in the social areas as well as in the different room types,” said Nickolas Krabbe Bjerg.

“Privacy follows automatically when booking a standard double room or a suite, but it is also possible to be private when booking a bed in one of the new pod dorms or bunk dorms.”

The hotel chain has found inspiration for pod dorms from international pod and capsule hotels, where guests sleeping in a dorm have privacy in their own bed. Booking a bed in the pod dorms at BOOK1, guests will get a queen size bed, which can be made private by pulling a curtain in front of the bed.

Guests can use an app to skip the key card and use their mobile phone to check in and out, go directly to the room or dorm, and unlock the door or private locker – as well as using the app to pay the final bill.

Inside the dorms, intelligent lighting with sensors will make sure that even light sleepers will not wake up when other guests enter the dorm during the night.

Alongside a good night's sleep, BOOK1 Design Hostel will offer a healthy, organic breakfast, sauna, bars and social spaces, self-service laundry facilities, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

The hostel will be located in Mølleparken, in the centre of the beautiful city of Aarhus, with excellent access to nature.

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