For an affordable yet stylish boutique hotel in Copenhagen’s trendiest district, the Andersen Hotel tops the list
Copenhagen, Denmark’s hidden secret, is not a place I or most of us would choose for a European city break. We’re more often drawn to the culture and nightlife of Amsterdam or Berlin, or the history and architecture of Rome. But this bustling, cosmopolitan city is building a reputation for its fun, easy-going atmosphere, New York-style streets and vivacious night life. And seeing as the Danes are happy people, if the UN World Happiness Report, which has rated Danes as the happiest people on earth several times, is anything to go by, it’s certainly an intriguing place to say the least.
And with that, it’s attracting a growing trend of hipsters on the look out for a few days of culture, food and shopping. There is still a lot of history to soak up if that’s more your thing. And for art lovers a modern design and innovation scene is thriving and celebrated here too. And with a great deal of green spaces and outdoor activities, it provides more than enough to see and do over a short break.
In-keeping with this trendy, youthful vibe, Copenhagen has become a haven for boutique accommodation that has an arty and playful design. And this is certainly true of the Andersen Hotel.
Located in what I could only describe as downtown Copenhagen in the hip ‘Meatpacking’ district, the hotel is excellently situated for exploring the city. Like in New York, the Vesterbro neighbourhood (as it’s actually known) was once the location of the meat manufacturers and warehouses, but now it is the liveliest place to be, where the young and trendy live and hang out. Sure, there are a few strip bars and sex shops dotted around like you would expect in any downtown area, but it never felt seedy or unsafe. In fact, we found it to have a really great atmosphere.
And don’t let that deter you if you have kids in tow. Its location is walking distance from great restaurants (much more reasonably priced than further into the business district) and the main shopping stretch of the city, so is ideal if you have little legs to think about, like we did. It’s also a 5-minute walk from the central train station giving you options to venture out of the city if you want to. There are also metro stations popping up everywhere which will make it even easier to move around from place to place.
But, if you do have a family and walking from place to place doesn’t appeal then the city bus tours are a great option, taking you around all the sights and allowing you to jump on or off where you please.
The Andersen Hotel has a truly distinguished design. A small but perfectly presented lobby and breakfast area welcomes you and on first impressions you are wowed by its contemporary yet quirky design. Bright colours merge with that distinctive Danish minimalist yet edgy style; it is uplifting and extremely inviting. Kids will love the family of giant teddy bears in the seating area and the fun vibe throughout. It’s a relaxing atmosphere, not stuffy and definitely not pretentious. But the Andersen still maintains a luxurious edge.
Bespoke Danish furniture with extravagant and creative designs fill the lobby and clever and innovative lighting provides an intimate setting at night. This is particularly great for wine hour which is served every evening both at the Andersen and its sister hotel the Absalon across the road.
The bedrooms are an extension of this style with vibrant colours and plenty of mod-cons, ample space and comfortable beds and seating areas. Bathrooms have walk in showers with industrial design accents.
Breakfast is varied and relaxed served in the lobby lounge. Plenty of choices both hot and cold will set you up for a day of sightseeing. For an evening meal there is a good choice of restaurants close-by, but you can also order room service light bites and pizzas if you feel like relaxing.
If the decor and design of the hotel hooks you in then a visit to the Designmuseum Danmark is a must. Here you can enjoy the great and the good of Danish design, which has one of Europe’s most distinguished design traditions, all in one place. Located by the harbour boats, design companies and galleries, the museum is a working archive and the entrance to Denmark as a leading design destination.
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 at the museum is a great place to try the local cuisine in a city that has a thriving international gastronomy scene. Enjoy yummy Danish open-face rye-bread sandwiches! Delicious!
We also loved visiting the Tivoli Gardens which is a huge inner-city resort with rides and entertainment. And the Copenhagen zoo is a must if you have children and just a short bus ride from the centre.
Hitting the right note
The hotel is a great base for exploring a city full of exciting attractions. And it seems to have got everything running just right, but as an independent family-run hotel group, you can understand why. If you are feeling adventurous, you can rent an Andersen bicycle from reception and view the city as the locals do.
Quirky little touches are at every corner in this hotel, like the knitting needles and yarn available to guests in the lobby to create scarves – these are then donated to the homeless throughout the winter.
Great city and great hotel. We’re looking forward to our next trip back!
Info and prices
Copenhagen airport is 20 minutes away (5 mins walk to central Station then a 15 minute train ride). Or taxis can be booked through the hotel reception.
B&B is priced from 1145 DKK (around £135) to 1925 DKK per room, per night.
Flight time is 1 hour 55 minutes from Manchester. Easy Jet has flights from £53 one way.
Currency is Danish Krone. Some places will accept Euro but it’s actually easier to just have DKK.
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