Keri reviews her stay at The Andersen, a boutique hotel in the heart of Copenhagen.
Copenhagen’s been on my radar for a long time. I actually had a trip to the city booked back in 2010 but the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano scuppered that trip as our flights got cancelled.
Since then Emma’s visited the Danish capital a couple of times (including Christmas – so jealous!) and only had good things to say about the city. Therefore I jumped at the chance to finally get to Copenhagen myself when I was invited to stay at the Andersen Hotel in the heart of the city.
About The Andersen
The Andersen and its larger sister hotel The Absalon (which Emma reviewed on her last trip) are two of the city’s leading independent hotels. Run by ceo Karen Nedergaard, The Andersen is named after her grandmother Erna Andersen who founded the Absalon Hotel Group 80 years ago.
Where is The Andersen?
The Andersen is perfectly placed for a Copenhagen city break. Located in the heart of the funky, gentrified district of Vesterbro, it’s really easy to walk to all the city’s main attractions. And it’s only a three-minute walk from the Copenhagen Central Station, where a train to the airport takes just 12 minutes and only costs 36kDKK (around £4) each.
The area was once known as the city’s red light area, but (most) of the erotic shops have now been replaced by bars, restaurants and hotels. At Vesterbro’s hipster heart is the old meatpacking district, which has seen its whitewashed industrial buildings turned into funky eateries, art galleries and independent stores. In the summer it’s here where you’ll also find a hugely popular flea market, visited by locals and tourists alike.
The Andersen Hotel’s welcoming vibe
The Andersen Hotel has 69 bedrooms and suites and has just been completely refurbished and updated. When we walked through its sliding doors we were welcomed by the friendly folk at reception, who checked us in and showed us around.
The lobby is essentially a large, inviting lounge area, decorated vibrantly with furniture, textiles and wallpaper from the UK’s award-winning Designers Guild, a Vauni-designed bio fireplace and a couple of giant teddy bears.
The hotel is also a keen supporter of local art. The walls of the lobby lounge are filled with installations by local artists who can showcase and sell their works here. The hotel hosts art events every two months to introduce the works and the artist and to sell pieces over a ‘Meet the artist’ evening.
As the hotel has no restaurant (although you can order food to be delivered to your room) the long space to the left of the reception desk is used for breakfast in the mornings. However, throughout the day and into the evening guests are welcome to grab a seat anywhere in the lobby lounge, relax on the velveteen sofas and help themselves to drinks from the upmarket coffee machine.
I often grabbed a hot chocolate from the machine after a long day exploring and J and I would often pop down and play a quick board game or two while we rested our tired legs. Oh and if knitting’s your thing, you’ll also find needles and wool in the lobby lounge for guests to knit scarves. These are donated to the homeless during winter. Isn’t that a sweet idea?
I loved the cute little honesty bar that’s laid out in the evenings, but fully embracing the country’s Hygge vibe, one of the best things had to be the hotel’s wine hour. Everyday between 5-6pm guests are invited to enjoy a free glass of wine (or two) with each other in the lobby lounge. We took part in this little custom several times during our stay, and I felt like it was a great way to bring guests together and make new travel-loving friends.
Wonderful Rooms at The Andersen Hotel
The hotel has four different rooms categories: Cool, Brilliant, Wonderful and Amazing. Ours was a Wonderful room, which on average is supposed to be 23 m2 in size. We actually had an end room, number 27, which I think may have given us even more space – well we did have two bathrooms!
As in reception, the bedroom décor is from the Designer’s Guild, and our room was decorated in the ‘mermaid’ colour scheme of vivid turquoise and lime. On paper that doesn’t sound particularly appealing but I have to say I did like the bold colours of the room.
We had a lot of space, a rarity in a city hotel, so felt spoilt with the fact that we had a sofa, coffee table and desk – all without feeling cramped.
Rather than overlooking the main street our room was courtyard-side. This meant it was pretty darn quiet, but a little odd as the rooms had no net curtains so we could look into other people’s homes – and vice versa – that make up other parts of the building.
The bed itself was the best thing about our room – I had such a great night’s sleep! Made up Scandi-style with two separate duvets for each side of the bed, J particularly liked the fact that I couldn’t hog the entire duvet!
Amenity-wise the room featured a Nespresso coffee maker, a nice flat-screen TV mounted to the wall with a swivel arm so you can properly aim it at the bed and all the usual, such as mini-fridge, snacks, safe, Wi-FI etc. The room also comes with a Handy Smartphone – as well as giving you free local and international calls and free internet access, it also has a number of city guides loaded up ready to help you explore the city. If there’s anything else you need but can’t find in your room you can simply call or pop down to reception and they’ll do what they can to help out.
The bathrooms in our room were both quite small, but managed to fit everything you need – both had showers, toilets and sinks. The shower pressure was fine but nothing amazing, but I loved the thick and fluffy towels and bathrobes and the gorgeous Moulton Brown toiletries. Oh and the piece de resistance? The cute little Andersen rubber ducks you can take home as a memento!
Breakfast at The Andersen
Breakfast at The Anderson is a huge buffet spread with lots of continental-style treats. There’s a really extensive range of breads, pastries, cereals, fruits cold meats and cheeses. Plus there are a variety of hot choices too, such as a mini sausages and an egg cooker, so you can choose whether you want them soft or hard-boiled.
You can grab hot drinks from the snazzy coffee machine, but there’s also a selection of fruit juices, milk and water available from mega Kilner jars.
Embracing Copenhagen’s sustainable vibe
Bicycles are a big part of Copenhagen’s sustainable lifestyle, and if you want to get into the spirit then you can hire a ‘Jopo’ Andersen bicycle from reception.
But one of the things I liked the most about The Andersen was its CONCEPT GREEN idea. This is designed to reduce the hotel’s impact on the environment by reducing unnecessary housekeeping tasks like daily washing of sheets and towels. If you’re staying more than one night you can choose to decline housekeeping, but in return you’re offered a free gift. You can choose from a bar voucher worth 100DKK, a bike hire voucher worth 150DKK, a 10% discount on a guided bike tour or a selection of almonds worth 50DKK.
Many hotels ask guests to only request housekeeping if necessary, but I liked that here guests were rewarded for being ‘green’.
I really enjoyed my time at The Andersen and would definitely think about staying here again if I return to the city. Not only are the beds comfy, the staff friendly and the vibe oh so hygge, it’s just perfectly placed for a city break. If boutique hotels are your thing, then I highly recommend The Andersen as a hotel to consider when you plan a trip to Copenhagen.
- Wonderful rooms at The Andersen start from 1665DKK per night (around £197 at the time of writing).
- Cool rooms (the basic category) rooms start at 1125 DKK (around £133 at the time of writing).