HOME AND AWAY
THE light-flooded lobby of Copenhagen’s First Hotel Skt Petri makes a spectacular first impression. But it’s not the only pleasant surprise at this former department store reimagined as a Scandinavian-chic city centre hotel. Off my seventh-floor suite is a large private balcony offering wonderful views over the city’s Latin Quarter. Of the Skt Petri’s 268 guestrooms, 55 have a private terrace or balcony from which to soak up the sights and sounds of the Danish capital, which has been experiencing a surge in popularity among Australians riveted by popular ‘‘Nordic noir’’ television crime series such as The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge. And there could be few better locations from which to explore the streets frequented by The
fictional detective inspector Sarah Lund and her ilk. The Skt Petri, also with a gym and a buzzing bar and restaurant, is within walking distance of now-familiar settings such as Christiansborg Palace and City Hall, plus some of the city’s best shopping spots, including the high-end boutique selling those Sarah Lund sweaters. Rooms from DK1090 ($210) a night. More: sktpetri.com; visitcopenhagen.com.