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Front, Copenhagen

Editor's Pick
Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe: A guest room at the Front Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark
Skt. Anne Plads 21
Denmark 1022
Tel: 45 33 13 34 00's insider take:

An offspring of Copenhagen's frostiest grande dame, Hotel D'Angleterre, the Front feels less like a lady-in-waiting than a parody of the pandering boutique hotel. The inevitable bowl of apples sits next to the obligatory hotel house-mix CD (for sale) on the reception desk. A distinct, bubble gum–pink palette unites the adjoining reception area, lounge, and restaurant. Personal shoppers and yoga trainers are on call if the small basement wellness center and 24-hour room service aren't quite enough. But once Front settles in and relinquishes some of its pretensions, it should get by on its very real charms. It's the only style-conscious hotel directly on the harbor (and thankfully, there's not a knotty pine beam or nautical gewgaw in sight). Some guest rooms have waterfront views, and all are tranquil and punctuated by knockoff Barcelona chairs, steel-gray shag carpeting, long—and actually functional—work desks, and the tech essentials (flat-screen cable TV, free high-speed Internet). The minibar is stocked with (free) soda, mineral water, and local Tuborg beer. And REN toiletries, including an almost edible apricot conditioner, almost make up for the bathroom's overheated floor and unfortunate size—barely big enough to accommodate two fluffy towels, let alone a bathtub.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

The first thing you notice is the Guest Wall, a floor-to-ceiling blackboard on which previous visitors have scribbled messages in colored chalk. It's a sign that while Front may have the same owners as the Hotel D'Angleterre, the city's grande dame property, it's more lighthearted, mixing traditional with trendy. In the lobby bar you can browse books by authors ranging from A. A. Milne to Bret Easton Ellis while lounging on a hot-pink sofa under a portrait of Queen Margrethe. The compact guest rooms are designed in a palette of granite and slate with black leather chairs, while bathrooms have rustic cobbled floors. The menu in the dining room even takes a classic like fish-and-chips and updates it by using tuna. Guests can enjoy welcome touches like free Wi-Fi and complimentary beer in the minibar, then grumble about the old-fashioned problem of poor soundproofing.

—2007 Hot List

Which room to book: Nos. 402 and 502 are Medium Seaview rooms that overlook the Opera House.

Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym

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