At the start of March, Andrew and I both had an actual day off work. This, in itself, is a pretty rare occurrence… but what’s even more rare is that we were both off on the same day. I can literally count on one hand the number of times it has happened so far this year.
In celebration, we went full R&R mode and had a little two day Malmö staycation at Clarion Hotel Malmö Live.
Watch (for all of you visual people): Video Recap
Typically, when I have time off work (especially consecutive days), I’m the first one to hop on a bus, a train, or a plane and head off to another city. On this particular day, we had considered going across the bridge to Copenhagen for the day, but, in hindsight, it felt super nice to stay put here in Malmö.
We didn’t have the hassle of travel or the stress of packing that typically accompanies a holiday. Plus, we got to spend some quality time together out and about in Malmö - something we haven’t done nearly enough since I moved here.
Now, if you’ve never treated to yourself to a staycation (or if it’s been awhile), stop what you’re doing right now - Yes, you! Pick up your calendar and find an open date! Can’t find one?? Clear one!! Now… find yourself a nice, cozy room at one of your city’s best hotels and BOOK IT.
Done??? Perfect! - Now, here’s a little more about our staycation, and why, whether you’re a local or just visiting, I would 100% recommend checking in at the Clarion Hotel Malmö Live for yourself.
Clarion Hotel Malmö Live
Our staycation, (which started out as one day… and turned in to two), was the best start to our month. We got some much needed R&R, and, as you can see in the video, had a pretty great time. We could “go out” and “stay in” all at the same place, which was a pretty big win for us homebodies.
Even if you don’t stay the night at the hotel, you should absolutely still go by for a drink or a meal or a show… or just to lounge around in the Living Room… yes! Living Room! This place has a lot going for it, and there is always - and I mean ALWAYS - something going on.
Sleek decor + Epic Views
A couple of the many things this place has got going on are it's minimalistic, modern design and incredible city views. Basically the entire building consists of floor to ceiling windows, (which makes for some epic sunrises and even better sunsets over the Öresund Bridge).
You can’t really go wrong with any of the rooms here, but the corner rooms are phenomenal. We were in room 2000 and, aside from the couple of necessary walls, had a nearly panoramic view around the side of the building facing Central Station and the Turning Torso.
In House Dining + Bars
I was dying to go to the in-house Mexican restaurant, Eatery Social Taqueria, before staying here had even crossed my mind. I finally did… and now we can’t stay away. But that’s just one of the dining options you’ll find here.
For a more upscale dining experience, head up to the 25th floor to Kitchen and Table + SkyBar.
Both restaurants offer weekend brunches as well!
Read more: Eatery Social Taqueria
Read more: Kitchen and Table + SkyBar
And last, but certainly not least, the Living Room Bar… my personal favorite.
For casual drinks, check out this cozy bar, located just past the lobby. The comfy couches and decor will literally make you feel right at home.
These shots were taken in the morning, so it’s empty… but I promise that’s not what it usually looks like. After work and on the weekends, you’ll likely have a hard time finding a free seat!
Concerts + Exhibitions + Special Events
When we stayed here, we lucked out by being here on the same night as the premiere of Cirque Du Aw - Malmö Live’s free afterwork event.
This event is a great place to let off some after work, ready for the weekend steam. There were DJs and confetti and sparklers, and it was all very 0-60, out of the office and straight to the club vibes… so prepare yourself accordingly.
Cirque du Aw is set to take place monthly, but the hotel doesn’t just host party events. They frequently have ballets, orchestras, and other performances here as well. As we waited in line for Cirque Du Aw, a very… let us say… more mature crowd, was heading to a performance upstairs. See! - Something for everyone!
Not only do all of the in house dining options, events, and property perks make this a super convenient place to say… the property itself is also really well located.
It’s about a 5 minute walk from Central Station, a 30 minute commute to Copenhagen airport, and is near many of Malmö’s most beautiful scenes and attractions.
Affordablity + Amenities
Though a stay here may not fall within a backpacking budget, in my opinion, all things considered, it is well worth the money… especially if you’re planning to visit Denmark too.
Hotels in Malmö tend to be significantly cheaper than they are across the bridge in Copenhagen, and the Clarion Malmö Live is no exception. When you stay here, you can explore two cities and two countries in one go, (and save yourself a bit of money).
If all that isn’t enough to convince you to book a stay, here are a few more of my favorite photos from around the property. Peep that fitness center (and SAUNA)… and the lobby ping pong table… and the all you can eat buffet breakfast. Need I say more?
This little coastal city I’ve been calling home is so unique, and, in my opinion, a pretty underrated destination among travellers. So many people visit Copenhagen each year, but few cross the bridge over into Malmö.
I’m really glad I had the opportunity to relax and unwind for a bit, and found that it was nice to get out and about and be a bit of a tourist in my own town.
I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels in the past few years, but can honestly say that few compare to the Clarion Malmö Live. From the cozy lobby Living Room Bar to the roof top SkyBar and restaurant, the entire property is always buzzing… and not just with tourists.
With their special events and affordable restaurants, the Clarion Malmö Live is so much more than just a hotel. They cater to guests and locals of all ages, and have an authenticity that is undeniable.
Don’t believe me?
Come by and see for yourself.
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