What do you get when you cross business with leisure? Bleisure, of course! Business travel is a lifestyle for many of our guests. But why settle for a business trip when you can make it a bleisure trip? Just about any business stay-over can be turned into a pleasant getaway. And Copenhagen is particularly well suited to the bleisure model. But don’t take our word for it. We’ve asked expert business traveler Mattias Storm to share all his secrets on combining work and play when staying in Copenhagen.
As a young entrepreneur and co-founder of BlogLovin', Mattias travels several months per year (from New York to London, and Paris to Copenhagen). During a recent stay at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, we asked him how he makes the best of a business trip. Learn from the pro below.
Don’t be one of those people who only see the city through the cab window. If you can, plan to have your meetings somewhere you want to visit…
Top 3 business travel tips
If you could give our guests your top tips, what would they be?
- Pack light - if it doesn’t fit your carry on, you’re probably over-doing it
- Get on the local schedule - if you’re jetlagged, skip the nap and force yourself to stay on the local time. Sleep when the locals sleep. Eat when the locals eat. It will make you feel much better faster.
- Enjoy where you’re going - don’t be one of those people who only see the city through the cab window. If you can, plan to have your meetings somewhere you want to visit…
Blend with the locals
Did you get to experience Copenhagen ‘like a local’?
I’m a huge Copenhagen fan I and did get to visit some of my favorite places, including Glyptoteket (beautiful museum right around the corner), Ved Stranden 10 (one of my favorite wine bars in the world) and Geist (amazing restaurant that serves cotton candy with your coffee).
Location, location, location
What things are important to you when you travel for business?
One thing that is very important for me is location. I was happy to see that Royal Copenhagen is extremely central, only two minutes walk from the central train station, making it very easy to get to the airport or any train to Stockholm. It’s also a short walk away from my favorite museum in Copenhagen, the Glyptoteket.
The rooms were very modern, but you could feel Arne Jacobsen’s spirit in every design decision.
Choose design AND comfort
The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen is known for its stunning design, architecture, and history. What did you think?
It was a pleasure to stay at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen and I was delighted to hear about its rich design history. This really manifested during my tour of the Arne Jacobsen suite (room 606) where you could see how he wanted the rooms to be an extension of nature and how deliberate he had been with everything, from doorknobs to what kind of wood is used in the rooms.
What top 3 design elements stood out during your stay?
1. Brightness - there were windows everywhere
2. Modernity (with a twist) - the rooms were very modern, but you could feel Arne Jacobsen’s spirit in every design decision
3. Comfort - you could tell that everything was designed to provide a great experience to the guests
There’s no better way to experience a city than by combining work and leisure.
Getting the best of both worlds
How do you manage to combine business and leisure as you travel?
There’s no better way to experience a city than by combining work and leisure. When traveling for leisure, it’s great to meet with local people to learn more about what they enjoy doing in the city and what you shouldn’t miss. While when you’re traveling for work, it’s great to reserve time to just enjoy where you are. Even if that’s just going out for a jog in the morning or having a drink somewhere you’ve always wanted to go.
Anything you find often missing in hotels when you travel for business that you’d love to see?
Really really fast wifi 🙂