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Historical Traveler Reviews Scandic Front Copenhagen
Great Hotel...but not without some flaws...
We stayed here for 5 nights in early September. We picked this hotel based on the location, the reviews we saw here, and the great price we got on Expedia. The expedia price was $248 a night...much better than the hotel was offering.
Loved our room. We were able to get our room at 8 am. Plasma TV...multiple closets and plenty of storage to un pack in. King sized bed and as advertised, free mini bar. We had french doors and a decent view from our window. The bathroom was very nice. It has heated floors and was very "danish modern".
Location was wonderful. Easy walk to most attractions. Nyhaven just 2 blocks away. Hotel sent us to some good restaurants but all were pretty expensive.
Here are the downsides....ran out of body wash and mini bar had not been replenished with sparkling water. Requested both from front dest and took almost an hour to get.
Also, never hard to find our room. Always between the bins of laundry in the hall that was there for most of our stay.
Breakfast was good but expensive...
Despite any flaws I would definately stay here again and recommend to others.
WOW. If you are going to Copenhagen, this is the place to stay. It's away from the crazy tourist-heavy areas and is on the water, only a block from picturesque Nyhavn and near the canal boat tours. It's a little pricey, but the rooms are modern and well done. I would definitely go back.
Very very average
Having booked a deluxe seaview room at the Front and guaranteed the reservation with a credit card, my wife and I arrived on a Friday evening at about 10pm only to be informed that no rooms were available. No hint of an apology or explanation as to how this had happened was offered; simply a statement that we would have to go to the Hotel d'Angleterre, the Front's sister hotel.
Left with no option, we reluctantly agreed. While we were waiting, an interesting combination of Russian chap in his 50s together with Swedish blonde in her 30s came down to reception to complain about their rooms being too small and were told that no alternatives were available. About 30mins later a taxi arrived to take us the 5min journey to the Hotel d'Angleterre, which resembled an old-style, previously glamorous old people's home. The room was large but frankly visually insulting to anyone below the age of 35.
The next morning, breakfast was impressive, but we were keen to get back to the more modern surroundings of the Front. We flagged down a taxi and headed over to the Front having asked the receptionist at d'Angleterre to check with Front that our room was ready for us. We arrived at Front, queued for 15mins, only to be told that our room was not yet ready. We were moved to the bar, offered drinks and then waited a further 35mins while our prospective room was cleaned. If we'd been told that it would take this long we would have left our bags and checked in later.
The Front room was medium-sized, simpy furnished, with a view onto some construction work by the river. The bathroom was absolutely tiny, but had a great shower. Overall it resembled a tidy 3 star room with the added extra of an LCD tv on the wall, which was not enough to make it seem in any way luxurious.
Overall, Front is not particularly well located. Quite a walk to the central areas and taxis are not that readily available. Overall ambience of the hotel is contemporary, but with an unusually quiet bar and restaurant, even on Saturday night. Staff are varied in their helpfulness and friendliness. Rooms on balance are disappointingly 3 star rather than the 4 stars implied by the pricing. Would stick with Hotel Petri Ski, which is well-designed, better located and more lively.
What a boutique hotel should be
We very much enjoyed our stay at the hotel. I can only reiterate the positive reviews expressed by other guests. The rooms were funky, great lighting and nice detailing. It was very nice to shower using the complimentary REN products. The free mini-bar was a great idea, but ours only contained 4 items! I guess expecting a full complement would be too much!!! The staff were very helpful, friendly and welcoming. I would reccomend this hotel to anybody who likes contemporary design in a young friendly setting. If you like your chintz and doormen go elsewhere. If I were to make any criticisms (and these are minor) I would say that it was often quite difficult to attract attention of bar staff or breakfast waiters.... 0nce you did they were great!) Also there was some building work being done on some rooms on our floor (5), so I would not rule out the possibility that not all rooms were upto the standard of ours.... check ahead is the advice I would give. It is not the most spacious hotel in the world but it is very well formed and I would definitely go back!!!
Super getaway spot, freshly renovated
Just spent a long weekend at the Front and was impressed by:
1. the extremely friendly and helpful staff, who helped us with restaurant bookings, taxi calls, and advice on walking and shopping in the central district
2. the nice rooms, nice and big by European standards. Brand new.
3. great location -- everything seemed to be walking distance
I would recommend this hotel for families as well as adults traveling alone.
Completely loved it!
I stayed at the Front for 4 nights -- and I could not possibly be more delighted with my hotel choice. I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Copenhagen. I arrived at the Front at 10:30 from an overnight flight from the US, and my room was ready. The double bed had a feather bed, and two duvets individually wrapped in what felt like 300+ thread count covers. The feather pillows were wonderful. My room had a juliette balcony and in the morning I could open the door, assess the weather, and watch the folks in the small park out front. The 144-jet rainmaker showerhead was exquisite, the bathrobe was great, and so were the bath amenities. My room had two individual closets, and one double closet for more than enough storage room. The turn-down service each evening was lovely. The in-room mini-bar was free, and the staff was friendly and helpful.
The hotel is located just one block from Nyhaven, with the old ships, outdoor cafes and wonderful people-watching. From there, walking to the square and across and along the Stroget was easy and enjoyable. I would recommend this hotel to anyone for their next visit to Copenhagen.
I absolutely loved it!
I absolutely loved the 4 day stay. The hotel looks great and it feels even better. They have the best bed, the best shower, the best toiletries and wonderful robes. I just had to buy one for home. I loved the free minibar and internet connection and by all means do take advantage of the bicycle rental at the hotel. We bicycled all over Copenhagen 2 days in row. It's really easy to get around on a bike and much less tiring than walking. It is a wonderful hotel for couples. We are going to Copenhagen again in July and I just booked again. It is my favorite in Copenhagen. Only thing I would like to change is the breakfast - my husband missed the manly bacon and eggs feeling in more tradititional hotel (although you can order some), but I loved the fresh fruit.
Great new looks!
WOW...what a difference....I visited this hotel last year when it was Sophie Amalia - and it's a totally new experience!
The design is cool, contemporary and stylish. Service in the reception and bar/restaurant is great, though the food was a bit pricy - still very good!
The Bar was worth a few drinks, nice music and super cocktails - great for warming up for a night out. The rooms was classy, great beds and a shower I would die to have at home! The view overlooking the Opera was magnificient!
FRONT is in Front - no doubt about that!
Checked into this allegedly newly refurbished hotel but only a limited number of floors were finished when I arrived with a lot of noise and dust to follow.
Knowing that Danish hotel rooms generally are small, I booked a large room as I like my space and as I needed to do a lot of work on site.
Imagine my despair when I checked into a 18 square metre (194 square foot) LARGE room!?!
Furthermore, the refurbishment was only of surfaces and soft furnishings. Wardrobe, window panes etc were very only and in dire need of being changed. A bit of fresh paint would even have helped.
The staff are very courteous but obviously fully aware of their trouble with the extremely small room.
Sorry but never again!
My new favourite place in CPH
I found a new favourite place in Copenhagen. It is the FRONT hotel, located between Nyhavn and Amalienborg Slot directly on the waterfront.
The hotel is a brand new desing property. The combination of well known scandinavian designers and the young and very friendly and professional staff made me feel at home at once. The beds are heavenly and you wake up seeing the new opera house in front of the big panorama window. The bathroom is big and the shower a welcome to the new born day - marvellous.
Great extra was the free of charge Minibar and the free use of the broadband internet access.
The restaurant is offering a modern scandinavian cuisine with international influences. If the waiter recommands a "Sweet Tooth" together with the after-dinner espresso, don't be shy to try hommade sweets, like "green tea fudge" - it's delicious!!!
The city centre is in walking distance (5min to Koggens Nytorv and the beginning of the shopping area around Streget) Nyhavn with all its' bars and restaurants is just round the corner and even the Royal family lives within 2min by foot (if they are in Amalienborg ;-)
I LOVE that hotel and will for sure come back.
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