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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.

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