First Hotel Skt Petri
Krystalgade 22, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1172
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Sporty types, Nightlife, People watching, Relaxation, Romance, Sightseeing
Best for Trendiness - Expert review of First Hotel Skt Petri
This lavishly-converted former department store is an excellent choice for travellers seeking five star comfort with most of the services and facilities you'd expect of a larger hotel. With some spacious, stylish rooms, large comfy beds and a largely quiet, central location.
Occupying a corner of the city centre's Latin Quarter, the Skt Petri is in an atmospheric spot, overlooking the handsome red brick church of the same name and close to the quarter's narrow alleyways packed with independent bars, shops and restaurants. You're a five-minute stroll from the main shopping drag. Although there's some road traffic, it's very limited.
First the caveats: It pays to check the kind of room you're getting at the Skt Petri. The ones facing into the lobby lack natural light, which I found gloomy. At weekends when the hotel bar hosts DJ nights I would fancy one of these rooms even less. Although this is not something I've experienced first hand, there have been a couple of traveller complaints about noise from the bar when the DJs are in residence.
Some of the standard rooms are also pretty basic. Although king size or large twin beds are standard, some of the small (24 sq m) rooms lack storage and have pretty poky bathrooms - so it's worth upgrading here. Many of the street facing rooms have balconies. I would try and bag a room facing the church. A few guests have complained of street noise (a perennial problem in Copenhagen's city centre hotels generally) but this only tends to be a problem in warm weather and happily the Skt Petri has air conditioning.
If you do upgrade you should be rewarded with spacious (29sq m-46sq m) rooms, large comfy Jensen beds and all the essentials including a bathtub or shower (the extra large rooms have both), free WiFi, hairdryer, bathrobes and mini-bar. In-room yoga and message sessions are nice optional extras.
The large, contemporary lobby is striking and colourful with the bar, restaurant and a very pleasant terrace all leading off it. It's very sleek and designery. All in all the public areas are fun to spend time in. The busy DJ nights at weekends may not be to everyone's liking though.
The breakfast buffet is above average in the Skt Petri but while the other food outlets are fine, none of them are really destination places. Cafe Petri, arguably the best of them, is a comfortable place to catch up on the papers or on email. Bar Rouge serves a decent cocktail, even if they aren't the very best in town.
There's a decent gym downstairs.
I found the service crisp and efficient here and the reports of the concierge service are generally good.
Business travellers, cosmopolitan couples, rapper 50 Cent.
If you're on a budget beware of false economies on some of the cheaper rooms - there's a surprising and disappointing disparity between the best and worst here. The hotel does offer some packages but they are of dubious merit, better just to try to book ahead as far as possible for the best prices.
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- Krystalgade 22, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1172
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service
- City Centre