Andersen Hotel Copenhagen

Prologue

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Having given the world names such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans J. Wegner, Finn Juhl and Georg Jensen amongst others, Denmark is often regarded as a country with a huge passion for design. Following an extensive renovation and rebranding exercise in 2012, the Andersen family transformed a once tired property into the eponymous Andersen Hotel that has quickly garnered international attention for its fresh and quirky interior design and service concepts. Join us as we review the property on a recent visit to Copenhagen.

 

Location / Accessibility

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Set in the heart of Copenhagen’s trendy Vesterbro district, the hotel is conveniently located for exploring the Danish capital with the central station just 200 meters away. The local area itself is an attraction in its own right, a mix of hip restaurants, bars and designer boutiques (as well as being the city’s red light district).

 

Arrival Experience

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Arriving by foot from the nearby Kobehavn H station after a train ride from the airport, we walked into the warm comfort of the Andersen Hotel Copenhagen’s reception. We were greeted cheerfully by the sole front desk on duty, who immediately made us feel welcome for our 2-night stay.

 

Due to the early arrival, we were unsure if the rooms would be ready for check-in. These turned out to be unfounded as our booking was quickly retrieved and an available room (which was in a higher category) was assigned to us. Wanting to let us catch some rest after a long flight, the friendly receptionist had the entire registration process completed in under 5 minutes and shown us to the waiting elevator to our floor.

 

Guestrooms

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We were assigned a room on the second floor of the hotel near the staircase and elevator. Decorated and furnished in Scandinavian style, the space was smart-looking with turquoise against white colours that gave a modern and cozy feel. Complemented by ample lighting from the dual windows, it felt almost as if we were entering our own apartment rather than a hotel room.

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The bed was a good Queen-sized, with a firm mattress and pillows from the UK’s Designers Guild. We were particularly intrigued by the thoughtful provision of 2 separate single duvets, eliminating any instance of duvet-snatching. 6 pillows of varying firmness were provided, offering more choices than we expected from a 73-room boutique hotel. Given the small room size, there was no space for a sofa or lounger commonly seen in larger chain hotels, but the owners have placed a stylish armchair in its place.

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The brightly lit bathroom was compact and provided all the essentials of a washbasin, toilet and shower. We felt that the bathtub was not necessary and the space could have been better utilized with a walk-in cubicle and that a shaving mirror could also be fitted. That said, it was not lacking in key amenities with Molten Brown bath products and a wall-mounted hairdryer.

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A large wall-mounted flatscreen television provided entertainment with a selection of Danish and regional television channels. English-speaking guests may wish to consider bringing their own content as there is no movie channel and most of the channels were in the native language, with the exception of the BBC. Being a smaller hotel, there was also no connectivity panel for us to plug in our own devices and in-room telephone, while electrical sockets were also limited. This was an area we felt could be improved, given the growing importance of technology in travel.

 

Dining

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Our rate included breakfast, which was served at the small dining area to the side of the reception desk. Andersen Hotel Copenhagen offers an organic continental buffet, with a good choice of yoghurts and cereals, cheeses and cold cuts, breads and pastries. While the spread was not as extensive as a larger property, we found the food quality to be high and flavoursome, paired with good quality coffee and tea.

 

The hotel also hosts a daily cocktail hour in the evening with complimentary wine for guests. While we were not able to partake in it during our stay, we felt this was a nice touch as it allows the staff and guests to mingle and this would normally be available in other hotels to guests staying in a higher category room only.

 

Facilities

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Being a 73-room establishment, facilities were limited to a small lounge with reading materials and board games together with a computer area beside the reception desk where an iMac was available for use. Bicycles were also available for loan to guests (although these were too cold to be used in winter). What it lacks in hardware, Andersen Hotel Copenhagen makes up for with software. A meditation class is held on weekdays afternoons and open to all guests and the hotel regularly hosts events on its premises. We are also impressed by the CONCEPT24 programme that effectively grants late-arriving guests a late check-out at no extra charge, something the bigger chains are only beginning to catch-on.

 

Service / Staff

We were very pleased with the staff and service at the hotel, with every member friendly and eager to help. Unlike a bigger property, the atmosphere was much more comforting and we were made to feel very much at home during our stay.

 

Verdict

A central location, cool design, innovative concepts and friendly service – Andersen Hotel Copenhagen has a winning formula in its hands. We did find its limited facilities may not be suitable for corporate travellers conducting business, but the property is full of character and offers fantastic value for leisure visitors to the city.

 

Andersen Hotel Copenhagen

Helgolandsgade 12

1653 København V, Denmark

+45 3331 4344

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