Denmark has one of Europe’s most distinguished design traditions so it was with great excitement that we checked into the award winning Andersen Hotel in the heart of Vesterbro, Copenhagen’s hip area. A fast and warm check in became warmer with an invitation to join the daily complimentary wine hour between 5pm and 6pm!
After that, we checked into our room which faced out to a peaceful courtyard. While only a 5-minute walk from Copenhagen Central Station, the hotel’s location is calming and a good nights sleep is guaranteed. Make sure you wake up in time for a Scandanavian breakfast which is vast.
The entire hotel features stunning Designers Guild fabrics adapted in a unique manner by the hotel’s owner/manager Karen Nedergaard. Our bedroom features the ‘Princess’ colour tone – a bit of vibrant purple and striking fuchsia which contrasts with the Scandi chic minimalistic vibe we expected. But it works. The warmth is felt across the hotel. If you opt to take the stairs and not the lifts you are rewarded with treats at each level – Danish biscuits and Danish candy. Not sure that helps with the calorie count but…the stairs seemed more appealing.
The Andersen Hotel genuinely encourages everyone to be more green. 56% of Copenhageners who work or study in the city commute by bike every day. Since 2009, Denmark has invested at least €373 million in cycle projects. You can hire bikes at the hotel reception and explore this magical city with ease.
You can also be rewarded for being green. Tell reception by 10am if you wish to decline housekeeping and opt for a gift instead. These gifts currently include: a bar voucher, bike, almonds or a sparkling surprise. Finally, there are cute signs in the bedroom encouraging us all to drink more water…tap water in fact.
Overall, this is a perfect place for couples. We really liked that we were allowed a late departure at no extra cost meaning we can keep the room for 24 hours, no matter the time of arrival. Handy to explore Copenhagen.
Top 5 Copenhagen Experiences within walking distance of The Andersen Hotel:
1 – The Designmuseum Danmark is housed in one of Copenhagen’s finest rococo buildings, the former Royal Frederik’s Hospital. Today, it is a modern and active place and in 2020 it will celebrate its 130th anniversary. In the middle of the museum lies the open museum garden, a bit of breathing space in the heart of the city. The garden is used as an exhibition space and in the warmer months the museum café extends outside. Klint Café is where good design meets tasty Danish food! Danish open-face sandwiches, hot meals, freshly roasted coffee, organic soda and wine are all available. https://designmuseum.dk/en/
2 – A great place to get an overall feel for Copenhagen is from ‘The View’ at The Tower. For almost 100 years, there was a secret room at the top of Christiansborg Palace. ‘The View’ is now open to the public and the impressive views of the city are truly unique as this is the highest tower in Copenhagen. Admission is free. https://taarnet.dk/taarnet
3 – Vesterbro is a hip location both to be based in and to explore. The former Meat Packing District has evolved beautifully making use of former vast spaces which today feature galleries, independent boutiques, bars and restaurants with plenty of outdoor space. https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/guide-vesterbro
4 – Set in one of Copenhagen’s most beautiful royal gardens is Mielcke & Hurtigkarl restaurant. The Royal Danish Horticultural Garden Society provides a stunning backdrop for some innovative cooking. The restaurant is a treat for all the senses starting with the design and art on display including unique works by some of the most prominent artists and designers from Denmark. The menu is seasonal and offers a gastronomic experience of five or seven dishes. Owner and Executive Chef Jakob Mielcke is famous across the world and has developed a strong foodie following. He originally trained at Pierre Gagnaire in Paris and later at the Lecture Room & Library at Sketch in London. Jakob has been part of Masterchef for four consecutive seasons from 2014-2017 as both a judge and host. A meal here is memorable and will stay in the mind of the diner for some time. http://www.mhcph.com/
5 – While in the foodie capital a more casual but still hip option is Uformel restaurant. The informal sister of Formel B, with gold tabletops, black cutlery, a smart open kitchen and a cocktail bar (a lively spot!) Dishes are tasting plates and all are the same price; 4-6 is about the right amount. https://uformel.dk
To discover more, visit: www.andersen-hotel.dk
By Peter Sousa