Copenhagen has for many years been a key destination for design lovers, foodies and those with a sustainable conscious. This innovative, green city has grown in popularity whilst continuing to showcase leading results and ambitious goals. ‘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’. The city intends to be carbon-neutral by 2025. Today, 90% of Copenhageners can walk to a park, a beach, a natural area or sea swimming pool in around 15 minutes. Across the city there is a strong farm-to-table dining lifestyle using sustainable, organic and local produce.
And Danes are happy people, the UN World Happiness Report has rated Danes as the happiest people on earth several times.
Copenhagen has a busy agenda of events in 2019, open to all including:
• 29th January – 1st February: Copenhagen Fashion Week
• 1st February – 24th February: Winter wonderland in Tivoli Gardens
• 1st February – 24th February: Winter Jazz across Copenhagen
• 1st February – 24th February: Copenhagen Light Festival
• 29th May – 2nd June: Distortion music festival
• 6th June – 16th June: Copenhagen Photo Festival
• 5th July – 14th July: Copenhagen Jazz Festival
• 13th August – 18th August: Copenhagen Pride
• 23rd August – 1st September: Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival
The one place design fans must visit is the Design Museum Danmark which is home to one of the world's largest collections of Danish design including works by Arne Jacobsen. The museum is a national hub for research in design history with records dating back to 1890.
Two leading independent hotels in Copenhagen are the boutique Andersen Hotel and larger sister hotel The Absalon Hotel. These are family-run by Karen Nedergaard. The Andersen is named after her grandmother Erna Andersen who founded the Absalon Hotel Group 80 years ago.
The award-winning Andersen Hotel is home to 69 bedrooms and suites in the heart of Vesterbro. The hotel has just been refurbished and completely updated. The hotel features a Vauni designed bio fireplace in the lounge. The decor throughout is vibrant and includes textiles and wallpapers from the award-winning Designers Guild in the UK. There are four categories of room and the hotel's exterior retains its original features. The hotel features a daily 'Wine Hour' in the Lobby Lounge between 5pm and 6pm where guests can enjoy complimentary wine, meet fellow travellers and plan where they wish to dine in the evening. Guests can rent a “Jopo” Andersen bicycle from reception.
The hotel is 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. Then, The Andersen Hotel welcomes a new artist to this superb background to display work. Also, in the lobby, guests will find knitting needles and fabric to knit scarves which are donated to the homeless throughout the winter. In 2019 the hotel will showcase unique posters with gallery BidsArt and unveil them before general public exhibition.
The hotel operates a CONCEPT24 package which allows a late departure at no extra cost meaning the guest keeps the room for 24 hours, no matter what the time of arrival.
The hotel also recently unveiled CONCEPT GREEN. For guests staying for more than one night an option to decline housekeeping and opt for one of four experiences instead is available. The objective is to help further reduce the impact on the environment by declining the daily housekeeping. A door hanging form is placed on each door and asks the guest to use the form if they are declining housekeeping and instead want a gift. The options are – a bar voucher (worth DKK 100), a bike voucher (worth DKK 150), 10% saving on a guided bike tour (worth DKK 68) or a selection of almonds (worth DKK 50). The form is to then be handed to the front desk before 11am.
Vesterbro is also a hip location to both 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. The area is cosy and homely but welcomes visitors with its arms wide open. In the summer the flea market attracts people from across the city. The hip vibe isn’t in any way pretentious and the location is ideal to explore the rest of this magical city on foot or two wheels.
With a flight time of just 1 hour 30 minutes, Copenhagen should be in the 2019 diary!
www.andersen-hotel.dk Helgolandsgade 12, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 31 43 44
B&B is priced from 1145 DKK (around £135) to 1925 DKK per room, per night
Copenhagen airport is 20 minutes away (5 mins walk to central Station then a 15 mins train)