First Hotel Skt. Petri, Copenhagen
Tel: 800 337 4685 (toll-free)
Tel: 45 33 45 91 00
Concierge.com's insider take:
Situated in the Latin Quarter (a five-minute walk from Strøget), this functionalist landmark, built as a department store in the late 1920s and remodeled as a hotel in 2003, is a show-offy place to stay. While the burnt-orange facade is visible for miles, Danish artist Per Arnoldi's interiors are more serene, done up in his signature palette of blues or reds on white, offset with natural wood and neutral upholstery. The 268 rooms come in seven sizes (literally—they're called S, M, L, XL, plus three suite types); we recommend paying an additional 50 bucks for a balcony. Wi-Fi, international cable channels, conference facilities, and a fitness room keep business travelers occupied, but the Skt. Petri is best enjoyed while lollygagging with the locals in Bar Rouge listening (on weekends) to DJ "Bob Lovestuff and his DJs on Fire" or noshing in Brasserie Petri. One caveat: All that socializing and the thumping soundtrack in the ground floor atrium can echo in the guest rooms. Book a room on the top floor, especially for weekend stays.