First Hotel Skt. Petri, Copenhagen

The location

The hotel is located near a pedestrian area, with lots of shops, restaurants and cafes. On a Friday night, the area does not feel as genteel as on the other side of town near the old port, with lots of drunken and raucous Danes.

Staff are efficient and friendly: a receptionist asked about the correct pronunciation of my French name.

The room

My room was on the top floor of the hotel, offering a very nice, towering view of Copenhagen. It was quite good to be able to read in bed while enjoying the clear sky at sunset. The bed, a proper double this time, was very comfortable although adorned with the now infamous two single duvets. The room itself was fairly quiet, despite occasionnal drunken noise from the street. Wifi was free and easy to use. I enjoyed the bathroom equally, despite the absence of a shower curtain. I also had to try quite hard to find out how to operate the shower.

The breakfast

Breakfast is served in the brasserie on the first floor, next to the spectacular entrance hall. Although there is no cooked breakfast as such, I still found the selection to be of a good standard. On the day of my visit, I enjoyed: scrambled eggs with bacon (a bit salty), muesli with goji berries, good orange juice, pastries, bread and jam. There is also decent espresso coffee on offer, although it could come out hotter.

The price

At 180 euros a night including breakfast, this was not a cheap option. If I compare it with my previous stay in Copenhagen however, it is actually not this bad value for money.

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Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel, Tallinn

The locationImage

The hotel is located just outside the old town of Tallinn. It offers easy access to the historic centre and is within a short taxi ride from the city’s small airport. The architecture is a mix of influences and locals seem mostly friendly with a very good command of English.

The room

In this season, and this far north, the nights are very short. Thanks to the thick curtains, I was nonetheless able to sleep until a reasonable time in the morning. The bed wasn’t very comfortable though, and it was a fake double bed. Thankfully duvets were provided, although they each covered one side of the bed. On a more positive side, wifi is free and easy to access while the room is spacious and very quiet. I also liked the bathroom with its underfloor heating.

The breakfast

It gives me great sadness to say that the food was never a match for the locals’ friendliness. I had not tasted orange juice this bad since a stay in an overrated hotel near Reims.

The price

At about 80 euros a night, this is a very decent offering. Because of the breakfast, I will however search for other options if I have to return.

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