Update: Just eight short months since posting this (November 2012 to July 2013), Andersen Hotel has climbed up to the No. 1 spot of Tripadvisor’s best hotels in Copenhagen. Congratulations, Andersen Hotel Copenhagen!
Copenhagen is a fairly small place compared to a lot of the major cities in Europe. We knew this the first time we visited in July of 2012, so we opted to stay in a centrally-located hotel with the intention to walk everywhere. Located right at Vesterbrogade, just 10 minutes walk from the station and very close to restaurants, our hopes were high for the Savoy Hotel Copenhagen. The hotel is also newly renovated—my next big reason to book it after being in a prime location. Unfortunately, an aromatic medley of sewer, mold and vinegar (yes, vinegar!) greeted us when we entered our newly renovated room. When we asked for a transfer, we were told that the hotel was fully booked. Fortunately, our weekend trip in July was packed with activities so we hardly spent any time in the hotel.
Coming back to Copenhagen in October for my birthday lunch in Noma, I knew finding a hotel will be a challenge. Afterall, I already weeded out bad location, extremely pricey and hideous coverlets from our options for our trip in July. So I went against one of my personal rules in choosing accommodations and booked with a brand spankin’ new hotel—hoping that there will be no traces of odours from days of yore. The hotel had just been opened for 6 months at the time of booking so there were not a lot of reviews online. I knew I was taking a gamble.
Well, it was a very lucky hand.
Andersen Hotel Copenhagen opened in April 2012 in the heart of Copenhagen’s Vesterbro district. It is a 4-minute walk from Central Station and therefore just steps from Tivoli and the rest of Copenhagen’s must-sees. The entire hotel reflects world-renowned Danish design complete with Samsung LED TVs, Philippe Starck pieces everywhere you look, and textile & wallpaper from Designers Guild. Service is warm, genuine and goes beyond what’s expected. Breakfast is complimentary and flavoured drinks are offered in the lobby for guests at all times. In addition, Andersen Hotel offers a very unique offer called Concept 24:
The rooms is yours for 24 hours from arrival time. Late check out at no additional cost.
This means that for our overnight stay, we had the option of staying until late in the evening on Wednesday since we arrived and checked in at 11pm on Tuesday. Very cool.
In less than a year, Andersen Hotel Copenhagen has climbed up Tripadvisor’s list and is now ranked #3 following Nimb Hotel (five-star hotel, €500+/night) and Crowne Plaza (four-star hotel, €200+/night). We paid €130 and got five-star design and service just the same.
Upon entering the lobby, we were greeted by an impressive lounge area that effortlessly combines modern light fixtures & Philippe Starck’s iconic lucite chairs, with the traditional tones of deep burgundy and bordeaux.
The rooms are categorized as Amazing (Junior Suite), Brilliant (Deluxe), Cool (Standard) and Wonderful (Superior). One you’ve selected your room size, there are two options of room design—Mermaid and Princess— clearly inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales. The Princess rooms have the royal colours of purple and fuchsia, whilst Mermaid rooms have vibrant aqua, turquoise and lime reminiscent of the water element. Can you guess which room we stayed in?
Perhaps my favourite feature in the entire hotel is the wall decal of city names from all over the world (header image). It reminds me that the hotel is named after one of the most traveled people ever to live. I once read that if we were to compare Hans Christian Andersen’s travel frequency to modern times, one will have to visit a different country every 11 days. He also said, “To travel is to live.” It is a philosophy that I have embraced and hope to continue to live by for as long as I can. And I encourage you to give it a shot, as well, and start planning for your next travel destination.