Discover Vesterbro, Copenhagen, one of the World’s Coolest Neighbourhoods, staying at the Andersen Hotel
21 Sep 2017
- Lonely Planet selected the world’s coolest 10 neighbourhoods featuring Vesterbro
- The meatpacking district is home to some of the best street art and street food
- Family-run Andersen Hotel recently unveiled a new vibrant look with bold colours
- Hop on a bike from the Andersen Hotel and explore the world’s most cycle friendly city
- Copenhagen plans to become the world’s first CO2 neutral capital by 2025
Lonely Planet recently unveiled its list of 10 of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods[i]. These must-see neighbourhoods include Vesterbro in Copenhagen. Vesterbro is on the way up, Copenhagen’s meatpacking district is now an art and foodie hub with plenty to explore on foot and two wheels.
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.
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.
Karen Nedergaard owns and runs the hotel and the hotel is named after her grandmother Erna Andersen who founded the Absalon Hotel Group over 75 years ago. This family has seen Vesterbro transform as an area. Here Karen offers her must-visit addresses around the hotel in around 24 hours including:
11 am (Coffee) – Risteriet on the same street – great coffee at any time of the day
11.30am (Activity) – Rent a bike and explore this whole neighbourhood
1.30pm (Lunch) – Brød & Øl by Mikkeller – best smørrebrød in Copenhagen
3pm (Art) – Galleri Bo Bjerregaard Meatpacking Area – one of the first Galleries and very contemporary
4pm (Fashion) – Kyoto men & women’s clothes
8pm (Dinner) – West Market – fun food stalls with a great selection of produce
The Andersen Hotel offer guests “Jopo” bikes to rent to further explore this magical city. From Vesterbro the colourful elevated bike bridge connects cyclists to Islands Brygge. Cyclists cross the harbour 7 meters above the water and ‘The Bicycle Snake’ allows cyclists to arrive in style and with the most wonderful views of Copenhagen’s harbour and towers.
Photo: Kim Wyon / Visit Denmark
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.[ii] With this in mind, visitors are actively encouraged to get on a bike and The Andersen Hotel provides guests with bikes. Copenhageners are actively engaged in green initiatives across the city. The city intends to be carbon-neutral by 2025. Today, 90% of Copenhageners are able to 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.
The Andersen Hotel operate a CONCEPT24 package which allows a late departure at no extra cost when booked directly and in advance, meaning the guest keeps the room for 24 hours, no matter what the time of arrival.
Get a real feeling for Copenhagen staying in one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods.
Helgolandsgade 12, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 31 43 44
B&B is priced from 1145 DKK (around £130) to 1925 DKK per room, per night
Copenhagen airport is 25 minutes away (10 mins walk to central Station then a 15 mins train)
[i] Lonely Planet / 10 of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods to visit right now
[ii] Cycling Embassy of Denmark / Images of Copenhagen from Visit Denmark