[STAY] Hotel D’Angleterre, Copenhagen. Meet The Grand Old Lady Of Copenhagen
By Regitse Cecillie Rosenvinge
For many the grand old lady of Copenhagen, Hotel D’Angleterre, is a symbol of proud traditions and the extravagant lifestyle of the elite. This specific group of people has enjoyed life here for more than 250 years; from the noblemen, who arrived on horseback in the 18th Century to contemporary presidents and rock musicians from all over the world. If only walls could speak, one thinks, when entering the glamorous rooms, which really hasn’t changed much since the very beginning. Today the hotel also accommodates a spa and a well-attended champagne bar, which only ads new dimensions of luxury to the historical surroundings. Come join us for a tour at Denmark’s most beautiful hotel.
From then till now
The hotel was originally built as an eatery by a Frenchman and his lover in 1755, but after a change of ownership and the great fire of Copenhagen in 1795 there wasn’t much left of the original building. Therefore the German owner at that time, Gottfried Raue, bought the noble mansion at the corner of Østergade and Kgs. Nytorv in Copenhagen and furnished it as a hotel. The rest is history.
Ever since the 18th century the hotel has experienced many different owners and just as many renovations – last time in 2011, when The Remmen Foundation took over. They wanted to cut back on the number of rooms but heighten the level of comfort. On the 1st of May 2013 the doors to a brand “new” D’Angleterre could open. Memories linger, but the hotel has undoubtedly gone through a mighty face lift and many luxurious facilities has emerged.
By the arrival we’re greeted by a friendly smile from the porter. The top hat and the neat light grey clothing is distinctive and reveals a service level a cut above other nice places. The door is opened and another world appears; a world far away from the hectic everyday life and trivialities. A world with room for dreams and show off – and you instantly grasp why stars like Grace Kelly and Victor Borge felt at home here.
The reception and lounge is manned by smiling employees, busy bell boys and American tourist, who has settled down in the comfortable couches. One understands why they’ve chosen D’Angleterre, especially if things like comfort, a high service level and art are essentials. This is undoubtedly a hotel that meets high international standards.
The art plays, as mentioned before, an important role in the ‘new’ D’Angleterre. It’s scattered tastefully on the walls and throughout the interior – even the suites are furnished with beautiful pieces of art from great Danes like H.C. Andersen, Karen Blixen and Bertel Thorvaldsen. Here you can gambol on 95 m2, while the absolute luxury suite, The Royal Suite, offers astonishing 150 m2 of refined elegance and a great view of Copenhagen. There’s 35 rooms and suites in total – all furnished with large inviting bathrooms and many of them with a private balcony.
Michelin and champagne
Whether you’re staying at the hotel or just visiting we recommend that you pass by the restaurant Marchal. The roofed veranda in front has been re-opened and looks almost the same as it did hundreds of years ago. This obviously means that you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine or a snack outside even during Fall or Winter time.
Marchal has a refreshingly modern touch and combined with the popular Nordic kitchen it gives an impression of lightness and well-being. And it fits perfectly with the black lacquered wooden interior and heavy curtains, which is the perfect combination of exclusivity and cosiness. The chef, Ronny Emborg, is already quite well-known for his modern take on the French kitchen, which makes a dining experience here sublime – especially if it’s followed by a glass of vintage champagne from the champagne bar Balthazar.
Balthazar is the first of its kind in Denmark and any champagne enthusiast will instantly be in his or her right element when entering the room. There’s always an excuse for a glass of champagne, but if you fancy a cocktail once in a while you shouldn’t miss out on the ‘Downtown Abbey’, which is a perfect mix of passion fruit and licorice, Belvedere vodka and Brut Champagne. One of these and you’re assured an amazing night at one of the most historical places in Copenhagen!
Amazing Space is the name of the newly renovated spa area, which can be reached from both the hotel and the street. Their holistic approach to beauty and relaxation frames this experience of Nordic wellness. The tranquil atmosphere and the lovely scents filling the air comes off on even the most stressed out customers – and you actually tend to completely forget the world outside! We can recommend the ‘Nordic Space’ treatment, which includes a body wrap, lava stone massage and a facial. It will leave you in pure ecstasy of wellness!
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