My wife and I were celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary by spending ten days in Denmark…after four days in Copenhagen, we rented a car and spent the next three days in Fyn, focusing on castles and beauty.
Since Svendborg seemed to be a good base, we tracked the TA reviews, and elected to stay here at the Best Western, aka Hotel Svendborg.
We quickly figured that there are not that many American tourists passing through here, as suggested by the very infrequent TA reviews in this area of Denmark…truly a shame, since this is a beautiful part of the world.
When we drove into town, thank goodness for our GPS, we could not figure out where to park to address registration and luggage unloading. My wife ended up stopping in the circular public parking area in front of the hotel while I ran in and asked the front desk staff how this was going to work. The hotel DOES have parking, there are three parking areas on the street behind the hotel on Kedelsmedestraede, one of which is a two level option (street level and a narrow steep down ramp to a below ground parking area, and two others further down the street. We found plenty of spots in the underground area, which does access an elevator leading to reception. The front desk provides a slip of paper to put in the front of the dashboard to allow for the free parking.
The front desk was consistently friendly and helpful, including recommendations for travel routes as well as making change.
Our room was in the new wing, a long walk from the two elevators (one faces the outdoors a la Hilton, the other an interior one). The double bed was comfortable, the bathroom adequately spacious with plenty of shelf space, a walk in shower, which afforded adequate power as well as nice temperature. We arrived in the midst of an amazing hot spell, despite it being September, so we definitely had the fan running.
The hotel breakfasts are as comprehensive as others have noted, including several cheeses, scrambled eggs, streaky bacon, sausage, several types of breads and rolls and of course Danish….a cappuccino maker for those who want something beyond basic coffee…several Fyn specialties (pastry and cheese), smoked salmon, fruit bowl, on and on. We ate so much at breakfast, all so delicious, that we ended up needing little for lunch.
We did dine once at the hotel restaurant, on our first night, separately reviewed, was terrible. As we did not want to walk far at the end of touring each day, we took the five minute walk to Under Uit for dinner the final two nights, that was great, also separately reviewed.
The ferry to Aero is a short seven minute walk downhill, plus on one day we drove to Nyborg Slot and Valdemars Slot, enjoyed both, separately reviewed.
The bar staff was very accommodating in providing us ice for the room…not only because everyone from US loves ice, but because it was truly VERY unseasonably warm during our early September visit.
We are sorry to note that many visitors to Denmark apparently overlook this wonderful area of Denmark, we first learned of it per a Wall Street Journal article a year ago…it is gorgeous, the people are very very nice (their English is not as proficient as among the Danes in Copenhagen, but we communicated sufficiently well), and there is much to see.
As such, if you are willing to make the very rewarding effort to visit Fyn, we endorse the star rating of the hotel posted at the hotel entrance. It is not a luxury hotel by any means, but meets most of one's travel needs adequately. less
BettinaMB, Teamleader at BEST WESTERN Plus Hotel Svendborg, responded to this review
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We are pleased you liked our part of the country, and enjoyed your stay in the south of Funen.
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