Hotel SKT. Annæ

Copenhagen, Denmark

This family-owned hotel is very well situated on a central street near Nyhavn, and has 147 rooms (many of them recently refurbished) spread over two neighbouring townhouses. The jewel in its crown is the excellent in-house restaurant, Format, serving inventive modern Nordic food.

Location

9 / 10

The location, on attractively landscaped Sankt Annæ Plads, is excellent, midway between Nyhavn and Amalienborg (both a couple of minutes away), with plenty of restaurants and bars close to hand. Most city-centre attractions (including the Little Mermaid, Rosenborg Castle and main shopping streets) are within a 20-minute walk, and the hotel is well placed for bus, Metro and boat connections, or for crossing the harbour bridge to explore Christianshavn and Christiania.

Style & character

8 / 10

As you enter, there’s a cosy, low-lit lounge to the right, small bar to the left and smoked oak floors leading to an internal courtyard dominated by a long table made from recycled timbers and sheltered by a glass ceiling several storeys up. Colours are subdued: design studio SPACE Copenhagen (who did the interiors at the original noma) took inspiration from late 19th/early 20th-century artist Vilhelm Hammershøi, using his signature greys and browns on walls and soft furnishings.

Service & facilities

7 / 10

Staff are friendly and helpful, especially in the restaurant, where they’ve got the right blend of slick service and easy-going charm. The front desk are happy to recommend restaurants and running routes; they also rent out bikes for 150 Danish Kroner (£18) per day and sell discounted day passes (250 Danish Kroner/£30) for the nearby public car park. On the sixth floor is a roof terrace with potted plants and plenty of tables and chairs.  

  • Wi-Fi
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant
  • Room service

Rooms

7 / 10

Rooms are a bit of a mixture. Around two-thirds (the deluxe rooms) have been recently renovated and look suitably contemporary, featuring Danish design elements such as GUBI lamps and HAY bedspreads, while their smart new bathrooms have Italian-patterned floor tiles, smoked glass shower screens and matt gold Dornbracht fittings. The remaining (standard) rooms will eventually follow suit. But for now, although they share the same restrained colour palette and facilities (including a minibar and White Company toiletries), they look dated by comparison.

Food & drink

7 / 10

The hotel restaurant, Tempo, serves modern Italian food and the seasonal menu, though small, should cover most tastes. Highlights on a recent visit included tasty homemade sourdough and a nicely cooked piece of turbot with braised artichokes, black garlic and parsley, all served up by cheerful staff to an amiable soundtrack of Sinatra, Martin and other classic crooners. Other typical dishes might include salmon crudo with samphire and chive oil or gnocchi with pumpkin, kale and parmesan. You can also eat in the bar, The Club, with a menu of classic faves such as club sandwich, cheeseburger and Caesar salad.

The breakfast buffet, laid out in the kitchen, includes cereals, cold meats, cheeses, yogurts, fruit and cakes, along with eggs, sausages and (at weekends) bacon. 

Value for money

7 / 10

Double rooms from 1,095 Danish Kroner (£130) in low season; and from 1,395 Danish Kroner (£166) in high. Breakfast excluded, costs 175 Danish Kroner (£21). Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

With narrow corridors and odd steps here and there, it’s not really suitable, although there is one adapted room and a lift to all floors.

Family-friendly?

Families are welcome but they’re not the target market and there are no special facilities. Some superior rooms can take an extra bed at a cost of 495 Danish Kroner (£59) excluding breakfast.

Sankt Annæ Place 18, 1250 Copenhagen, Denmark.
00 45 33 96 20 00
Rooms from £ 159
per night
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