Very close to the main shopping drag, about five minutes walk from the main station and close to the town square, the Kong Fred is very central. It's set back from the town square's big main road, although cars and buses do go one way up the street that the hotel fronts onto.
Many of the rooms are done in a similar style, apart from the lighter 'romance' styled rooms, which have attractive splashes of red and are lighter in tone. The fixings and furnishings are solid and the beds and linen are firm and soft respectively. I like them an awful lot.
The room sizes are markedly smaller than the Kong Fred's sister hotel, the [node:120782] - (20sq m for the standard doubles), but somehow they didn't feel cramped to me.
The complimentary mini-bar with juices and beers is a nice touch. There's also WiFi and a bathtub in every room (although some are on the small side).
The public areas are fine, if a little limited. The light, bright atrium is a pleasant and peaceful place to sit.
Eating and drinking
I haven't tried the food here yet, but many guests report that the breakfast buffet is good. The British-style gastropub serves classic hearty British dishes, though when I visited it was disconcertingly empty. It is run by the people from Cofoco, who operate some excellent, good-value restuarants in town so I will aim to give it a go before too long. It does close early though (9.30pm), bad news for travellers wanting food later in the evening and pretty disappointing considering the quality of the rest of the hotel.
There are no leisure facilities to speak of here but the central location makes this less of a deal breaker.
The service is smart and professional if not actually up to the standards of sister hotel the Skt Petri. One potential issue around service is that you won't be able to get food in the hotel very late, disappointing for a four star place like this.
Who stays there
Mostly business travellers or couples seeking a bit of decorative flare.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Comfortable, stylish, recently redone rooms
- Limited leisure facilities