The disappointment began when we turned the corner of the road after the roundabout and first glimpsed the Kro! It looks nothing like the lovely glossy, photo shopped pictures on their site. This is a tired, well-worn roadside motel. The room was so disappointing and upsetting we almost turned around and left - only we had nowhere else booked at time was getting late. The bedroom furniture is old and exceptionally cheap. The carpet is very worn, and doesn't even fit the room properly. As for being able to lock your room door, the signage telling customers how to lock the door is so well worn, it is only just possible to see where instructions once were.
On a positive note - yes, there is one, and it is only fair to give credit where credit is due - the Kro's restaurant provided delicious food. The menu choice is not extensive, however both meals we received were very good. I enjoyed the beef with onions, replacing the butter with a very delicious gravy ( brown sauce, in Danish) and my fiance chose the fish of the day. His meal was very colourful, with fresh real vegetables and a lovely accompanying sauce. Wine seems to come by the bottle, but staff happily point customers in the direction of their few options by the glass. Our young waiter serving in the evening was very polite and helpful, and the time to receive the meals was appropriate for what was ordered. One must look past the dirt on the wallpaper beside some of the tables - old food stains - past the clashing old decor, and 1970s pine ceiling with ill fitting light fittings.
The reception staff do not like it when customers checking out question their 1.4% charge levied upon people paying by credit card. We thought passing on bank charges to customers within Denmark was now illegal - will be checking the facts for ourselves.
All in all, the beds were reasonably comfortable, the food was good.
Walls of rooms are thin, and you can hear people beside you as well as people walking around above.
Stay here only if you dare.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aalbaek gl. Kro is a cozy Inn near Skagen. The Inn has 59 rooms with desk, Tv, and bath/toilet. The Inn is situated between Frederikshavn and Skagen and is the perfect base to your adventures in Northern Jutland. The beach is within walking distance from the Inn. ... more less
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