Explore Tricia Guild’s Copenhagen at The Andersen Hotel and The Absalon Hotel featuring Designers Guild Designs
11 Dec 2017
- Both The Andersen Hotel and The Absalon Hotel feature designs by the Designers Guild
- Tricia Guild introduces her Copenhagen itinerary
- Located in Vesterbro, the meatpacking district, The Andersen Hotel unveiled a new look this year and won ‘Best Boutique Hotel’ at the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards
- Also in Vesterbro, the larger Absalon Hotel recently won ‘Best Design Hotel – Europe’ at the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards
- Dine at Mielcke & Hurtigkarl located at The Royal Danish Horticultural Garden Society
The Andersen Hotel and The Absalon Hotel are both located in Vesterbro in the heart of Copenhagen. Both remain family-run and independent. Both hotels feature extensive designs from the Designers Guild. Established in 1970 by Tricia Guild, Designers Guild designs and wholesales furnishing fabrics, wallcoverings, upholstery and bed and bath collections worldwide. Here Tricia Guild introduces her Copenhagen itinerary:
Copenhagen is such a beautiful city – it always feels so welcoming, a home away from home almost. I feel so refreshed after a trip there and always look forward to going back. I would advise staying at the Andersen or the Absalon hotels – both are wonderfully welcoming.
I especially love to visit Nyhavn, it’s wonderful to see such vividly coloured architecture juxtaposed against the serenity of the waterfront. I find it a hugely inspiring place just to sit with a coffee and watch the world go by.
Much of my inspiration is garnered from nature and so the Botanical Garden in the very heart of the city is always a lovely place to visit. The beautiful old Palm House dating back to 1874 is truly astonishing, as are the gardens themselves.
The Rundetaarn is another of my must-sees, an absolutely stunning 17th century tower and observatory with incredible views over the entire city.
Copenhagen has some gorgeous galleries; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the Arken and the Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art are great for the both art and architecture.
At our Homestores in King’s Road and Marylebone, we stock a number of Danish brands including Hay, Huebsch and various vintage Danish furniture, so it is always interesting to visit their shops and showrooms in the city, to see what’s going on.
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 both The Andersen Hotel and The Absalon Hotel. The Andersen 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.
The Absalon Hotel re-launched in mid-2015 following a complete refurbishment which included the conservation of the stunning exterior classical architecture which dominates the street. The hotel is home to 161 suites and bedrooms and plays a large role in bringing locals together with visitors to this city.
The hotel includes designs from the Designers Guild with three colour themes. From the ‘Grass’ theme on the top floor with great views of the city, to the ‘Ocean’ and ‘Berry’ themes for the standard rooms on all other floors. In total, there is six room types including a beautiful uniquely designed suite. All suites and bedrooms at the Absalon Hotel are modern in design maintaining the classic foundations of this iconic building.
The Absalon Hotel offer guests “Velorbis” bikes to rent to further explore this magical city and its fashion boutiques. 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.
Both hotels were recent winners at the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards 2017. The Absalon Hotel was awarded ‘Best Design Hotel – Europe’ and ‘Best Family Hotel – Denmark’, whilst The Andersen Hotel also picked up two awards; ‘Best Boutique Hotel – Denmark’ and ‘Best City Hotel – Denmark’. The awards
Copenhagen is an inspiring design city. ‘New Nordic’ is often used to describe the current design movement in Copenhagen, but this city has showcased distinguished design traditions since the 1950s. From the moment visitors land at arguably the world’s finest airport, it feels like Copenhagen is leading the way in all things design.
The Design Museum Danmark is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Danish design including works by Arne Jacobsen. The museum is a national hub for research in design history with records dating back to 1890. The collections cover applied art and design from Art Nouveau to contemporary Danish design including glass, ceramics, textile, fashion and poster art. A current exhibition hall celebrates ‘The Danish Chair – an international affair’. The chair is one of the strongest representatives of the development of Danish design and a reason why furniture design has made Denmark famous worldwide. The building that houses the museum today was originally built as the former King Frederik’s Hospital in 1757. The museum is also home to the delightful Klint Cafe with simple Danish dishes served with a twist. Entrance is DKK 100.
Set in one of Copenhagen’s most beautiful royal gardens is Mielcke & Hurtigkarl restaurant. The Royal Danish Horticultural Garden Society provides a stunning backdrop for some innovative cooking. The restaurant is a treat for all the senses starting with the design and art on display including unique works by some of the most prominent artists and designers from Denmark. The menu is seasonal and offers a gastronomic experience of five or seven dishes. Owner and Executive Chef Jakob Mielcke is famous across the world and has developed a strong foodie following. He originally trained at Pierre Gagnaire in Paris and later at the Lecture Room & Library at Sketch in London. Jakob has been part of Masterchef for four consecutive seasons from 2014-2017 as both a judge and host. A meal here is memorable and will stay in the mind of the diner for some time.
Enjoy a design inspired break in 2018 in Copenhagen.
Andersen Hotel: Helgolandsgade 12, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 31 46 10
B&B is priced from 1145 DKK (around £130) to 1925 DKK per room, per night
Absalon Hotel: Helgolandsgade 15, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 33 24 22 11
B&B is priced from 1125 DKK (around £132)
Copenhagen airport is 25 minutes away (10 mins walk to central Station then a 15 mins train