I concur with previous reviews. This hotel is resting on its laurels and is in dire need of a good shake up.
With the exception of the evening meal, which was pretty good, everything else was a disappointment.
Our welcome at reception was sweet enough, but to arrive at 5.15 in the evening and be told that your room isn't going to be ready for another half hour didn't bode well.
Our first impression of this hotel is that it needs a good clean! From the public areas, to the reception, bar and our miniscule bedroom, everything seemed a little grubby. Our 'double room' (12) was a small queen bed, with a mattress that had seen better days. The bathroom was functional, but again, didn't look or feel particularly clean.
Whilst the staff were friendly enough, there seemed to be a bad case of 'saisonnaires fatigue' kicking around. Everyone looked a bit fed up and did their job with little enthusiasm or real concern as to whether their guests were enjoying their stay. An example: after enjoying our main course, the waitress sauntered over and said "Do you want a dessert, or something, or...". I'm presuming that the second 'or' was "....or will you just hurry up and leave so I can get back to my Facebook" (there were very few of us left in the restaurant and most employees seemed more interested in their iPhones than telling us that the bottle of wine we had requested wasn't in stock. We didn't actually get anything to drink until we we were well into our main course.
After a fairly cramped and uncomfortable night's sleep, we woke to the noise of our neighbour brushing his teeth - a good indication of the level of soundproofing between rooms. The self-service breakfast was like something out of Fawlty Towers, although I would at least give Manuel credit for trying to help his guests. The staff were on-hand, but anything we asked them for (butter, coffee, bread) was met with an indifferent response.
I wouldn't want other readers to think that I am a particularly fussy guest or difficult to please. It was clear from the outset that the fundamental problem with this hotel isn't with the staff, it is with the management. You can't blame gap year students for doing as little as they think they get away with. But you CAN blame the hotel manager who, last night, seemed more interested in socialising with a hen party, than ensuring that his hotel is run to the standard that one would expect when paying top dollar.
Apart from the near-perfect location, I'm afraid that The Christiania doesn't have much else going for it. It is a shame to see such a nice property (with so much potential) delivering so little.
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