The area around Copenhagen’s Central Train Station, Hovedbanegården, has never been amongst the city’s most exclusive stretches. A decade of urban renewal, however, has meant a makeover for the dozens of budget hotels that congregate around the two streets Helgolandsgade and Colbjørnsgade. These days, cheap and cheerful is the name of the game and bright and breezy is the design ideal.
Andersen Hotel's 'Mermaid' rooms are decorated in water tones of rich turquoise and lime. — Photo courtesy of Andersen Hotel
After being bought by the group responsible for the nearby Absalon Hotel, the former Hotel Selandia on Helgolandsgade reopened in April 2012 as Andersen Hotel, a boutique hotel for the budget-conscious.
A relatively small hotel, all of Andersen’s 73 rooms have been furnished by the UK company Designers Guild, voted Best British Design Brand by Elle Decoration in 2011.
The Andersen offers a number of price categories, the names of which (‘Cool’, ‘Brilliant’, ‘Wonderful’) emphasize the focus on bright, vibrant colors at the hotel. You can also opt for ‘Amazing’ suites and the ‘Mermaid’ or ‘Princess’ themed family rooms.
Along with its partner hotel Absalon, Andersen offers late risers the chance of a free lie-in with Concept 24 – a late check-out concept that allows hotel guests a full 24 hours after check-in.
Other facilities include a buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi Internet throughout the hotel, a 24-hour reception and bicycle hire for DKK a day: Prices start at around $200 for the standard Brilliant double room.
The Andersen is not the only boutique hotel on the street; eco-friendly design hotel Axel Guldsmeden, with its Balinese-inspired decor, spa and steam baths, provides an urban oasis across the road at no.7.