Distinguished Design and Happiness: Discover design traditions across Copenhagen and at the uplifting Andersen Hotel

June 12, 2019

Andersen Hotel in the Vesterbro neighbourhood of Copenhagen continues to innovate. It recently unveiled a new look across its Lobby Lounge and bar areas featuring bespoke Danish furniture. The hotel already operates a CONCEPT24 package which allows a late departure at no extra cost meaning the guest can keep the room for 24 hours, no matter 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 several experiences instead is available.


Denmark has one of Europe’s most distinguished design traditions and this can be seen at the Designmuseum Danmark. 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 is where good design meets tasty Danish food! Danish open-face sandwiches, hot meals, freshly roasted coffee, organic soda and wine are all available.


Current exhibitions include the permanent exhibitions:

  • The 20th Century; from the avant-garde to functionalism to environmentalism and recycling.

  • Danish Design Now; contemporary Danish design, including furniture, product design, graphic design, fashion and design for public spaces.

  • The Danish Chair, An International Affair; the wonderful and diverse world of chairs and how Danish design became an international brand.

Temporary exhibitions include: Bauhaus; a celebration of 100 years of Bauhaus and Crème de la Crème; an opportunity to dive into a selection of top pieces from the museum’s older collections.


Along with design, Copenhagen is all about light, water, open spaces and sustainability. The cityscape in the centre of the city is dominated by four to six-storey buildings instead of typical glass and steel skyscrapers. The emphasis is on contemporary architectural additions to the city blending with historic buildings and palaces. Some wonderful modern places to discover with a bike from Andersen Hotel include the Royal Danish Opera House, the Royal Danish Playhouse and BLOX.


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.


Two leading independent hotels in Copenhagen are the boutique hotel, Andersen Hotel and its larger sister hotel, Absalon Hotel. These are family-run by Karen Nedergaard. Andersen Hotel is named after her grandmother Erna Andersen who founded Absalon Hotel Group 80 years ago.


Award-winning Andersen Hotel is home to 69 bedrooms and suites in the heart of Vesterbro. The hotel offers 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 an Andersen bicycle from reception. In the lobby, guests will find knitting needles and yarn to knit scarves which are donated to the homeless throughout the winter.


The new Lobby Lounge and bar areas feature furniture from Gubi upholstered with Designers Guild fabrics. The entire hotel uses Designers Guild fabrics adapted in a unique manner.


CONCEPT GREEN’s objective is to help further reduce the impact on the environment by declining the daily housekeeping.  Guests need to notify the reception desk by 10am if they wish to decline housekeeping and opt for a gift instead. These gifts currently include: a bar voucher (100 DKK), Bike (130 DKK for Andersen, 150 DKK for Absalon), Almonds (50 DKK), a sparkling surprise (sparkling wine 100 DKK at Andersen) and Karmameju handwash (129 DKK at Absalon). 


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. The area is cosy and homely but welcomes visitors with its arms wide open. Danes are happy people and the UN World Happiness Report has rated Danes as the happiest people on earth several times.


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)

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