The base of the hotel was originally a barge built in Germany. Much work has been put into transforming it into a hotel of a high standard. First, the barge was towed from Germany to Poland, where it was extended by several meters. Then the barge was towed to the Loksa shipyard in Estonia, where the rooms and the rest of the hotel were constructed. The final tour over the Baltic Sea took place in the spring of 2008, after which the boat was placed at its current position at the quay in Copenhagen's city centre. One year later, Hotel CPHLIVING was completed as it appears now, and it was opened in 2009. The hotel has reduced its CO2 emissions considerably through the use of a geothermal heating system – a heat pump extracting heat from sea water.
Denmark's first floating hotel is privatly owned by Lasse, Marianne, and Michael – who run the hotel as part of their family business - together with Henrik and Hans Henrik, who run the hotel alongside their daily occupation. Guests will meet us when we operate CPHLIVING on weekends. Morten is the daily manager of CPHLIVING. He is married to Rose, and they run the hotel on weekdays. Hotel CPHLIVING is intended to provide a unique hotel experience for the guests. As owners, we have a common wish and a dream to make this unusual small hotel boat a place where our guests will feel relaxed in a stylish maritime atmosphere in the middle of Copenhagen.