The latest venture from the family-run Absalon Hotel Group, which has been operating hotels in Copenhagen for 75 years, Andersen Hotel breaks the classic Danish mold with a retro 1970s feel, Philippe Starck furnishings, and bold patterns and pops of color. It’s only fitting, really, considering the neighborhood. Vesterbro was Copenhagen’s meatpacking district and is now a trendy, gritty, up-all-night hot spot, with acclaimed restaurants and chic boutiques sitting side by side with sex shops. With its 24-hour concierge and vibrant decor, the Andersen fits right in, even offering guests the choice between street-facing rooms that feel right in the thick of it and courtyard-facing rooms that offer a quieter night. As far as hotels go, it isn’t flush with amenities, but that suits the neighborhood just fine. Everything you need is right on your doorstep.
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Trendy, lively Vesterbro is packed with restaurants, shops, and bars. The area is also within walking distance of most of Copenhagen’s sights. The main train station is two blocks away, and the vintage Tivoli amusement park is just beyond that. Some of the city’s best seafood is served nearby at Kodbyens Fiskebar, and two of the coolest bars—1656, known for its cocktails, and Vesterbro Vinstue, where atmosphere and wine come first—are within walking distance. By day, pay a visit to Skydebanen Park, a former shooting range converted into a walled park.
Need to Know
Rooms: 73 rooms, 9 suites. From $209. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Though the hotel does not have a restaurant, it does serve an extensive and hearty buffet breakfast each morning in the colorful dining room. Wine, coffee, and tea are also served throughout the day in the lobby lounge. Spa and gym details: The hotel has neither a spa nor a gym, but it does have bicycles available to rent from the front desk.
Who's it best for: Independent travelers wanting to be in a trendy neighborhood in central Copenhagen. Our favorite rooms: Staying in lively Vesterbro usually means taking advantage of being out and about as much as possible. Thus the Andersen’s Brilliant and Wonderful rooms are the perfect compromise, with more space than the standard Cool rooms—and, in the case of the Wonderful rooms, a separate sitting area—and the option of either street or courtyard views. Stay a full day: Upon check-in, ask for the hotel’s signature CONCEPT24 service, which lets you check out 24 hours after you check in, no matter when that is.