Q: What is it? A: Famed for its exterior design. Popular as a hang-out by locals. Which normally is a good sign for a hotel but here more soundproofing is needed.
It’s well designed but not really a design hotel.
Some hotels are trying to be too special and I must admit that I am not particularly fond of them. There’s a fine line between giving the guest a memorable experience and just being plain cheesy. If you know me, you also know that I often lash out at hotels that are trying to hard to be overly conceptual instead of focusing on their guests. With that in mind, the Skt Petri would easily qualify as a very good hotel; front desk are doing what a front desk should do. The concierge manages to get me at table at Umami without too much trouble. I even get a smile with my reservation. Not bad. Good start.
You’re staying in a former department store.
The lobby is spacious to say the least. The Skt Petri have managed to make the best of the former Daelss Varehus department store (affectionately known as Dalle Valle by the locals) designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen in 1933. The building is listed as protected and certain details, like the stairs pictured above, give it a unique touch. But I recognise one thing while checking in: This is a popular place among the locals. And that local crowd can be rather loud. That’s probably the reason why I get room #512, a healthy distance away from the public areas. Such measures are not enough. This hotel obviously attracts a few partygoers. Be smart when booking, and request a room where you won’t be disturbed (unless of course you are one of those loud-mouthed partygoers!).
Contemporary Scandinavian means not very special…
Rooms are modern and functional but, just as the rest of the hotel, they are not that special. Some international sites call the style ‘contemporary Scandinavian’, which means that if you are Scandinavian you won’t get that impressed. The most significant detail is the colored fabric above the headboard by Danish graphic artist Per Arnoldi. My room even had a little terrace which is a nice feature during the warmer month of the year. WiFi is free. The ironboard is there and the iron works. But… make sure that you get a clean room! The bathroom had a few traces of a former guest and that instantly ripped one star out of my book.
What to do when you have high expectations? Lower them?
– Have you stayed at the Skt Petri? people have asked me more than once. My expectations were high. Probably too high. Not that the Skt Petri is a bad hotel, but… with 268 rooms it gives you more function than fond memories. I will gladly stay here the next time I am in Copenhagen for work. I would probably not pick it for a romance. It’s not whimsy like the Fox or congested like the Front. It’s just good. My advice is to book yourself in during weekdays rather than weekdays. And if you’d get a filthy bathroom… just call front desk and be very, very loud.
Hotel Skt Petri