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Hotel First Kong Frederik Hotel 4 star
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The First Hotel Kong Frederik is a sleek and stylish hotel with a townhouse atmosphere, situated right by Radhuspladsen in the city centre. The service is friendly and efficient and the hotel design is based on an old British library. The hotel is painted black inside and is built around a small atrium. The rooms are spacious enough for a city centre hotel and the hotel also has a gastro pub worth trying out, however try not to get an atrium-facing room as it can feel a little 'closed in' and the hotel gets very stuffy in the summer. The hotel makes for a perfect base to explore the rest of the city. This hotel is better-suited to couples than large groups due to its intimate atmosphere.

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    Location 7.95 /10

    The hotel is located on Vester Volgade, which leads right into the Town Hall square, Radhuspladsen. It sits on a busy road to the city centre surrounded by bars and restaurants. The area is one of tourist traps, so do try to venture out further into the city's back streets. Otherwise all the main attractions are within walking distance and Central Station.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    There are 110 rooms in total, making the hotel just that little bit too big to be described as a boutique hotel, but it does have that same intimate atmosphere. There are three categories of rooms: standard (including singles), deluxe and suites. There are also three distinct designs: 'library', 'romantic' and 'classic'. The library style is the most emblematic of the hotel's history. The rooms are on the whole spacious enough for a city hotel although some might be a little dark. The only tip we have when it comes to booking a room here is to decide whether or not you want a room facing the hotel atrium. This means that there is a bit more of closed-in feel, that your neighbours can see into your room and vice-versa, and that when you open the windows, sound from activity in the atrium carries; however the door to the atrium is supposed to be closed at 11:00pm. We would recommend trying to place a request for an exterior-facing room. Despite the renovation, the rooms could look a little more pristine and all some of the towels could do with being thrown away. Keep it in mind that as there is no air-conditioning, it can get extremely hot. Something else to keep in mind is the bed. In most hotels in the city double beds are made up of two single beds pushed together along with two single duvets, staying true to Scandinavian tradition. The rooms look a bit tattered in places, but this could be taken to reflect the style of the hotel and its ambience.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    The hotel has actually existed for the 120 years and became a First Hotel in 2009, when the hotel underwent a complete renovation. When you are in the lobby, pay attention to the name board to the right of the reception desk, and you'll see that some very famous celebrities have crossed this threshold in the hotel's time like, the Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and many more. Although the hotel has all the mod-cons one would expect of a four star establishment, the Kong Frederik has retained its authentic look. Completely lined in black wooden panelling, there is a soothing library atmosphere, which is the theme the hotel is built around. Past the reception you'll find a fireplace, lit in the winter, with cosy distressed leather armchairs. The corridor wraps around the atrium in the centre of the hotel. The atrium is the actual library stocked with mainly best sellers, like Tony Blair's autobiography - Tony Blair who stayed at the hotel last year in fact - but there are a few rare finds in there too. This area has seating and complimentary coffee all day long. You will also find a computer here - free for guest use. The atrium is light due to the glass roof and is lined with rooms on the upper floors. In terms of facilities, the hotel has a lovely gastro pub, The Public House Gastro Pub, serving a range of British fare.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The Public House Gastro Pub, serves a range of British fare, so if you like your Angus beef, beef Wellington and shepard's pie, this is a pretty good bet! And if that's not enough to tickle your taste buds, you can also taste the homemade puddings like sponge cake and all our regular favourites. The restaurant opens for dinner only, from 5:30pm to midnight Monday to Saturday and is closed on Sundays. One of the prettiest restaurants we've come across in the city, the Kong Frederik restaurant is well worth a stop even if you're not staying here. A dark and cosy atmosphere with quirky details like odd chairs and twenties' smoked glass chandeliers is what awaits here. Not the best place if you want to enjoy the sun, but on a cold winter's evening, it's perfect. The pub offers a choice of 3 course formulas for about 215 kroner, which change monthly.

    To know

    The hotel has a very strict no-smoking policy and will not hesitate on fining guests who smoke at the hotel. Also worth keeping in mind is that since the hotel is a listed building, alterations such as inputting air-conditioning is not permitted; it can therefore get fairly hot in the summer. There is complimentary internet throughout the hotel.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      Turkish bath, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      golf, tennis, fitness, mountain bike

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Central location.
    • Intimate atmosphere.
    • The original interiors and decor.

    disadvantages

    • The rooms with an atrium view feel closed in.
    • Can get very stuffy.

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    • Overall Score 6.88/10
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