Copenhagen’s grandest hotel, and one of its oldest, the d’Angleterre originally opened in 1755 as a restaurant, the brainchild of Jean Marchal and Maria Coppy, who met and fell in love while working at the royal court. The current building, on Kongens Nytorv, next to the Royal Danish Theatre, was built in the 1870s and has hosted royalty, foreign dignitaries, luminaries, and celebrities throughout the years. The hotel reopened in 2013 after extensive renovations, restored to its original glory and luxury, with each room decked out in elegant Danish design intended to give the feeling of a stately private residence worthy of royalty. Antiques and historic works of art like a portrait of Queen Victoria by Winterhalter demonstrate the hotel’s dedication to its heritage, while modern touches like a Warhol portrait of Queen Margrethe II and the latest modern technology in all rooms keep it contemporary and accessible.
The insistence on luxury is also apparent in the eateries: a Michelin-starred restaurant and the city’s first champagne bar are both as popular with locals as with guests
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Located in bustling Nyhavn, overlooking the square and the picturesque canal popular with tourists, the d’Angleterre is ideally situated for exploring the city’s sights and historic neighborhoods. The Royal Danish Theatre is just next door, the iconic Bang & Olufsen store is just around the corner, and the surrounding streets are filled with memorable shops like Tage Andersen, a florist-cum–art-space that seems like something found only in Copenhagen. Before dinner at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, grab a drink nearby at 1105, a sleek cocktail bar popular with well-heeled Copenhageners.
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Rooms: 90 rooms, 60 suites. From $467. Check-in: 3 p.m.; Check-out: noon. Dining options: Inspired by the couple whose 18th-century restaurant became the d’Angleterre, the Michelin-starred Marchal offers guests and locals a fine-dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dishes are a fusion of French and Nordic, taking advantage of Copenhagen’s abundant fresh seafood, and they pair well with the extensive, French-leaning wine list. Brunch at the d’Angleterre has long been a Copenhagen event, and Marchal does not disappoint. Balthazar, the city’s first champagne bar, serves a list of 200 different kinds of bubbly alongside classically decadent pairings like caviar and oysters, as well as a more substantive food menu. On weekends, DJs take over the tunes, and the sultry atmosphere becomes more festive. Spa and gym details: Amazing Space d’Angleterre, the hotel’s 400-square-meter spa, offers a full menu of holistic and natural treatments and salon services amid a soothing, Nordic-inspired atmosphere that includes fresh juices, a modern fitness area, and an indoor pool.
Who's it best for: Luxury travelers with a sense of history. Our favorite rooms: Each of the d’Angleterre’s rooms is uniquely designed with classical decor, Bang & Olufsen televisions, marble bathrooms, and Nespresso machines, but the d’Angleterre Suites stand out for their corner views and floods of natural light. Good to know: The hotel is currently owned by the Remmen Foundation and is operated as a nonprofit, with all earnings going back into the foundation’s charity work.