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Skt. Petri, Copenhagen, Denmark
This modernist building in the central shopping district was originally a department store, designed by Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen and opened in 1928. Three-quarters of a century later, discount shoppers gave way to well-heeled guests, as the building was transformed into an upscale design hotel. There's an instant wow factor as the escalator from street level delivers you into a vast atrium lobby, flooded with light from a wall of glass on the far side. Rooms, too, are decidedly handsome, especially since a recent revamp injected new warmth and glamour. There's a relaxed vibe in the restaurant and bar if you fancy hanging out there, but it's just as handy for exploring - with sightseeing, shopping and entertainment options all within easy walking distance.
Torvehallerne - five minutes' walk up the road - is a great indoor-outdoor food market, mixing fresh produce counters with eat-in food stalls.
A 10-minute walk north will take you to Rosenborg Castle, the Botanical Gardens and the Natural History Museum.
By plane: direct flights to Copenhagen from London, Manchester and Edinburgh (1 hour 45 minutes). It's a 25-minute drive to the hotel. Parking costs DKK 500 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
The mix of sleek good looks and laid-back vibe means it appeals to a wide range of both business and leisure guests. The hotel has striking light fittings - highlights in the atrium include giant illuminated rings and a fabulous frond-covered number.
Service & Facilities
Behind-the-scenes sustainability efforts include not using palm oil, running on 100% offshore wind power and recycling food waste for biogas.
- Fitness centre
- Bike hire
- Free Wi-Fi
55 rooms have private balconies but the Panoramic Suite (510) goes one better, with a balcony that wraps round two sides of the room. The bathroom toiletries are part of the St Paul's Apothecary Collection, a natural range from cool Danish design house Frama.
Petri, Courtyard, City, Skyline, Junior Suite, One-bedroom Suite, Panoramic Suite, Penthouse Suite, Presidential Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, gym and sauna access, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
In summer, the courtyard is a lovely place to eat out, with an al fresco kitchen cooking sourdough pizzas in a wood-fired oven. The Petri kitchen turns out a very fine burger and the bartenders know how to mix up a decent cocktail.
Petri Restaurant & Bar: bistro, serving modern cuisine and wine pairings. Main dishes include Danish rib-eye, moules frites and pizzas. Open daily from 12pm.
Breakfast: buffet breakfast, with cooked to order options available. Served daily 6:30-10am (7-11am at weekends).