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Hotel First Skt Petri Hotel 4 star
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KRYSTALGADE 22, COPENHAGEN K, DENMARK Copenhagen, Denmark -
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The First Hotel Skt Petri is one of the most contemporary design hotels in the city buy doesn't it know it. Staff here is aware of the hotel's reputation and for some reason aren't as friendly or warm as staff we have come across at other hotels in the city. Otherwise the hotel looks great, despite feeling a little bit like a shopping centre complete with escalators at the front door. Its location just behind the university library is however a lovely area to explore with lots of trendy bars, restaurants and shops. The hotel is well-suited to guests who are looking for a design hotel without an intimate atmosphere.

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      First Skt Petri   -   © M. Challe / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 5.68 /10

    Located opposite Krystalgade, behind the university library, the surrounding cobbled streets of the Latin Quarter will be sure to charm you, even if the hotel doesn't. There are lots of funky shops and bars in the area, which are worth exploring. Next to the hotel is a Joe and Juice bar, a popular trendy place to hang out for a drink or two at the weekends. As the city centre is fairly small, most sites are accessible on foot if you like walking, or by bike. Central Station is a 20 minute walk away, as is Tivli Gardens.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The hotel has 268 rooms split into four categories: standard, superior, deluxe and suites. Room sizes vary from 24-66m². The rooms are simply furnished and have a design that is likely to please most people - nothing to write home about. The wooden floors and large bay windows give the rooms a spacious and airy feel. The black wenge stained furniture wasn't our favourite aspect of the rooms. Some rooms have balconies overlooking the terracotta roof tiles of neighbouring houses, which we liked a s it acts as a reminder of the destination. All rooms have king size beds, although true to Scandinavian tradition, the beds are composed of two single beds and two single duvets. The rooms all look the same except for the coloured lacquered panelled wall backing the bed, which comes in yellow, red or blue. The larger rooms have Scandinavian-designed suedette arm chairs. The suites were our favourite rooms due to their size, but mainly due to the large private decked terrace and private sauna adjoined to the bathroom. Otherwise, other categories have either showers or bathtubs. Overall we found the decor very ordinary and quite tacky. There is room service from 6:00am until 10:00pm. All rooms have a safe and mini-bar.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The hotel looks great but feels like it operates like a large resort in that service is impersonal. We were slightly taken aback by some of the reception's staff lack of care for guests in the way that they respond to queries. From the exterior, the hotel looks extremely modern, which is what you get once you enter. The entrance is often quite hectic, with bell-boys carrying luggage to and from cars. Escalators take you up into the open-plan lobby, where you will find reception on your left, the brasserie on your right, and the hotel bar behind you. Ahead is the outdoor terrace and upstairs are all the rooms. The hotel has seven floors in total, including its conference facilities.

    The white interiors are sectioned off with bright flamboyant colours. We liked the sleek brasserie restaurant, which is located in the lobby space, but is cordoned off with beaded curtains. Based on a French bistro, its Art-Deco undertones work well with the few contemporary touches. This space is light and bright due to the floor to ceiling windows to the far side of the space, which also gives the hotel its shopping centre feel. Bar Rouge, the evening lounge, is located to the left of the reception desk, and has some beautiful clean lines juxtaposed with repeated circular shapes. The bar itself is a little tacky and nothing that really stands out with its black leather seating and black circular bar. Outside the terrace is mostly in the shade due to the surrounding buildings, but the circular tower-deck is pleasant in summer. Back downstairs at street level, is the Café Skt Petri, which looks like a lovely place to have a quiet drink in the evenings - it has lots of terrace seating, which again, is great in summer. Our overall experience of the hotel wasn't a great one - it lacked personal service and atmosphere.

    In terms of other facilities, Wi-Fi access is complimentary and there is a business centre open 24 hours and free for guests. For exercise aficionados, there is also a well-equipped gym, also open for 24 hours and free.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The hotel has three food and beverage outlets: the French Brasserie, Café Skt Petri at ground level and Bar Rouge at reception level. The brasserie, open all day from 6:00am-10:00pm, serves buffets and à la carte options and the food is a mix between Italian, French and Danish specialities. Despite the tacky black leather seating, we liked this area and its European Art-Deco undertones that you mind find at Parisian restaurants like 'Chartier'. Otherwise Bar Rouge left us unimpressed. The bar opens at 5:00Pm everyday and closes at 1:00am and 2:00am at the weekends. However Café Skt Petri, eopn from 10:00am-10:00pm, with its black and white photography of famous jazz musicians, hanging on the walls was a pleasant relaxing experience, despite most of the guests hanging out here to be seen wearing the latest design by Ray-Ban by others. The advantage of the café is that there is lovely outdoor seating, which is great in the summer, especially as the surrounding area is very pretty.

    To know

    The hotel is part of the First Hotels group; which currently has 43 properties in Scandinavia. The group was established in 1993 and is seen as one of the top hotel chains for its hotels' contemporary designs. In Copenhagen, the group has two other hotels: First Hotel Vesterbro and First Hotel Kong Arthur. The group has recently merged with First Choice Hotels, which includes Hotel Twenty Seven.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, aerobics, fitness, sports

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

    advantage

    • The attractive interiors.
    • The Brasserie Petri looks great and is open all day.
    • Central location.

    disadvantages

    • The flaky service.
    • The shopping centre atmosphere.
    • The sales-based atmosphere.

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