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Hotel Scandic Front Hotel 4 star
21 SANKT ANNAE PLADS 1250 COPENHAGEN Danemark Copenhagen, Denmark -
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The colourful funky Scandic Frontis a small young contemporary hotel that is part of the largest Scandinavian hotel chain, Scandic. It is the most urban of the group, with street art works hanging in various places. The hotel is in a prime location right on the canal in Nyhaven, from where pretty much everything is accessible on foot. The area is extremely busy but if you need a quiet retreat the hotel is calm. The hotel has an urban edge to it, from the reception to the rooms. The hotel often hosts street art exhibitions in its lobby, near the washrooms downstairs and in the bar area. The water-front restaurant is a bit more neutral and welcomes a varied clientele. The Scandic Front is ideal for young couples and groups of friends.

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    Location 5.38 /10

    The Scandic Front is located in the heart of Nyhavn, literally meaning 'new harbour' in Danish. The area is ideal as it is easy to get to most place of interest on foot, including the Little Mermaid, the castle park and ruins, Bredgade, where you'll find the Design Museum and various furniture stores. The picturesque Nyhavn is worth exploring, although do brace yourself for the hordes of tourists and don't fall into the tourist-traps - most restaurants on the harbour are expensive and not as good quality as those you'll find further back.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    There are 132 rooms in total with a range of categories varying in size and view. The duplex rooms on the higher floors are the latest to have been refurbished to a modern and colourful Danish standard. The rooms on the 6th floor have complimentary coffee-making facilities as well as bathrobes. All rooms have a mini-bar and safe. All rooms also have balconies or French windows that open onto a lovely view of the 'Black diamond', as the theatre is nicknamed. The rooms have original urban art hanging on the walls, adding a personal touch. Some rooms are decorated in neutral browns and beiges whereas elementary colours have been used in others. The rooms have black Wenge stained furniture and large flat-screen televisions. Unlike most hotels in the city, the Scandic Front actually has real double beds and a single double duvet - whereas most hotels tend to follow Scandinavian tradition and have two mattresses put together along with two single duvets. All rooms have showers and no bathtubs, save one, the Harbour Suite, which has a Jacuzzi. The bathrooms all have soap dispensers, so if you like your toiletries, bring your own. Every room has a bin with several compartments for litter-sorting, which shows the hotel's green values. The hotel doesn't guarantee rooms, but you can always place a request at the time of booking.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The hotel opened in 2009 and has 6 floors. The hotel was actually renovated last year (2010), to give it that extra contemporary edge it was lacking before. The entrance is on a quiet street just off the busy canal. Inside the modern lobby you'll find a small shop to the left, the bar area further on and to the right is a seating area with colourful modular furniture - here you'll find lots of arty magazines, brochures as well as free newspapers. This space also serves as a street art gallery. Further to the right, through the lobby seating area is the hotel water-front restaurant. Just outside is the 'Beach', where there is a tiny vintage-looking playground for adults, which is ideal in the summer. The hotel has some fun touches, like the colourful art pieces and the blackboard at reception, where guests are welcome to leave notes and comments. There is also a pleasant gym (open 24hours) to the left of the restaurant with a lovely view of the canal (free of use for guests) and a massage room - on demand only. Guests also have access to a multisport ground adjoined to the gym area. The hotel is young and the staff is dynamic but the atmosphere tends to be calm despite the young clientele. The seating area in the lobby is rarely used and the bar area, although pleasant, is also quiet on most evenings, which is ideal for a quiet drink. The waterfront restaurant is extremely pleasant all day round, especially in the summer, when the French doors open onto the canal.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    We liked the bar to the left of reception, which also doubles up as a breakfast bar. Dark and moody with contemporary designer furniture and paintings of skulls hanging on the walls, the atmosphere remains cosy. It's a little dark for breakfast though. The main restaurant at the water side is extremely pleasant, especially in the summer, when the French doors open onto the canal. All Scandic hotels have the same menu, so you will find pretty much the same selection of Mediterranean fare here as any other Scandic hotel in the city. The restaurant has dark carpets, but the crisp white table cloths give it a more sophisticated edge. Room service operates on par with the main restaurant kitchen.

    To know

    The hotel does not have family rooms but does have a small indoor kids' play area just outside the restaurant. Wi-Fi access is complimentary throughout the hotel. The hotel has no designated parking but there is a parking lot three blocks away. Remember that parking in the city is free at weekends.


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

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

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room


    • The contemporary urban interiors.
    • Location - within walking distance of most attractions.
    • Water-front restaurant.
    • Lovely harbour views.
    • Environment-conscious efforts.


    • Located in a busy area.
    • Doesn't particularly cater for families.

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