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Andersen Boutique Hotel: Copenhagen


The Andersen Boutique Hotel was on my radar early when I was planning my family’s recent visit to Copenhagen.  I had a conference presentation to do and this time I was bringing my husband, our daughter, and my sister/ nanny along for the extended work trip. The Andersen’s central location to the train station was key and the adorable aesthetic reminded me of a more subtle version of something from an Austin Powers movie. Yeah, Baby!   

After a long trek from the States, we were welcomed by the friendly front desk staff. The pink and purple lobby was immaculate and modern with it’s neat row of lucite chairs, yet cozy with a fireplace feature on the wall. We took the lift to our Wonderful Room which had been set up for the four of us.  Now, I have stayed in plenty of European hotel rooms (including the tiniest one I have ever seen in another Scandinavian country) and I did not have high expectations for our relatively large-party situation. The room was on the fourth floor and a sight for very sore and tired eyes.  It had a raised double bed and a large pink couch that converted into the comfiest sofa bed.  We had a picturesque view of the new up and coming Vesterbro area. The bathroom was also large by European accommodation standards, tiled nicely and equipped with a hairdryer and plenty of towels for all of us. 

Surprising amenities included a quaint courtyard with seating lined with potted succulents and bikes for rent, an “honor” alcohol bar in the lobby where you can fix yourself a drink, and treats waiting for you at each landing if you choose to take the stairs.  The dining room for breakfast was larger than expected for such a tiny property and housed one of the most impressive spreads I have ever experienced for the most important meal of the day.  Meats, cheeses, pancakes, eggs, a variety of croissants and breads, cereals, and yogurt with all the toppings greeted us each morning.  It felt like you were truly getting a steal for a complimentary breakfast. Sure, we took advantage of some great cafes in the late morning while strolling, but we didn’t have to spend an overpriced dime on breakfast out in the city.  

Originally we were going to only stay two nights at the Andersen in order to experience other properties in the city, however we quickly realized that our next location was not going to be a proper fit for us. If you are curious, feel free to read my Trip Advisor review here, but I am not going to muddy this post with their name.  Initially, the Andersen was unfortunately booked up for the following two nights, so we chose to leave our luggage with them until the last moment before moving to the next “hotel.” As we returned to collect our things, they had a cancellation and offered it to us right as we walked in the door. We were so grateful that they kept us in mind and we jumped on the opportunity.  Jonathan Clausen, the Guest Relations Manager, stated that he was even going to talk to the manager at the other property to see if we could get a partial refund.  

My family and I were put up in an Amazing Junior Suite on the third floor and we were in for a serious treat!  This room was decorated in a turquoise and lime palette and also faced the same bustling street.  It was significantly larger and even included a bathtub!  As someone who hates to sacrifice her nightly baths while on vacation outside of the States, I was thrilled! Our situation had taken a turn for the better and we were stoked to spend our remaining nights at the Andersen Boutique Hotel. 

Not only did Jonathan speak to the manager of the other location on the phone, he went there in person and sat down with the CEO for 20 minutes, attempting to get us some sort of refund.  But his efforts were stonewalled and we lost out.  However, we were in a clean, safe place and began to feel like part of the Andersen family.  The staff’s commitment to our well-being was something that I had never experienced and will remember forever.  

The Andersen is walking distance to the train station, Tivoli Gardens, Rosenborg Castle, The Round Tower, City Centre, and Stroget Street. There was plenty to eat in the area, including cafes and a hostel that had a clean restaurant and bar (the hubby and I grabbed a beer on their quiet patio the first night when we couldn’t sleep). A liquor store is situated across the street and there is a 7-11 near by.

The street below is a bit busy and there can be some loud folks out there pretty late at night.  Very few of these old buildings have air conditioning and the Andersen was no exception, so we had to keep our windows open for the warm summer nights. The Absalon Hotel is the Andersen’s sister location across the way and is host to a bar and a cafe in the morning hours.

Even though we were partially sponsored by The Andersen Boutique Hotel during our stay, all opinions in this post are my own and the result of a staff that went above and beyond to meet our needs and an overall comfortable, stylish stay. I would stay there again in a heartbeat and my heart indicates that we will return to Copenhagen one day.     


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