Hotel D'Angleterre, Copenhagen
Tel: 45 33 12 00 95
Concierge.com's insider take:
Editor's Note: Hotel D'Angleterre will close for renovations on June 1, 2011. It is expected to reopen in February 2012.
Opened in 1755, the Hotel D'Angleterre rebels against Copenhagen's democratic sensibility and prevailing modernism with white-glove service and high Victorian style. Onetime guest Hans Christian Andersen would still find himself right at home in any of the 123 stately rooms—perhaps penning a fairy tale at a black lacquered desk—and he'd likely be delighted by the heavily veined marble bathrooms. (We, however, could do without the wall-to-wall carpeting and chintz bedspreads.) Book a room at the front of the hotel for opera-box views of Kongens Nytorv (King's New Square), the Royal Theatre, and Nyhavn's sherbert-colored canal houses. Restaurant D'Angleterre, with its walls enveloped in gold foil, is an elegant setting for French-inflected international cuisine and the hotel's popular Champagne brunch. And despite the overall crusty patina, this grande dame is looking cautiously forward: Guests can decompress from modern life with a papaya gel massage or a dip in the indoor pool in the Arndal Spa and Fitness Center.