FIT FOR A KING
Way back in 1755, King Frederick V of Denmark financed the opening of a small guest house in Copenhagen for Maria Coppy, the beloved daughter of this favourite chef, and the French valet that she had fallen passionately in love with, Jean Marchel. Little did the king know that, two centuries later, this guest house would become one of Europe’s most luxurious establishments. Now known as Hotel d’Angleterre, it has welcomed dignitaries, celebrities and royalty from all over the world – from Winston Churchill and Bill Clinton to Madonna and David Beckham – and is the only hotel in Denmark to have a “five-star superior” rating.
Signe Thorup, PR and Communications Manager, believes it is this fairy-tale beginning that underpins the hotel’s longevity. “Our hotel was built on love and passion, and that still shines through,” she says. “Our history is such a special story, and the guests can feel that when they walk in. So much of Danish history has been celebrated here. If the walls could talk, what stories they would tell…”
The hotel re-opened its doors in 2013 following a multi-million pound, three-year long renovation where the architects and interior designers carefully balanced the hotel’s classical elegance as a “Grande Dame” of Denmark’s history with modern, airy Scandinavian style. The hotel comprises 92 rooms, with suites of various sizes to accommodate all travellers. Several of the suites have been designed as a tribute to famous Danes. The Hans Christian Andersen suite, for example, features a book of his classic fairy tales alongside a beautifully upholstered armchair specifically designed to transport the reader into the world of emperors and mermaids in luxurious style. State-of-the-art individual climate-control panels, Bang & Olufsen entertainment centres and Nespresso machines sit comfortably within the neoclassical architecture of each room.
Brunch at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Marchel, is a highlight of any visit, as is the “Krug Champagne High Tea” served at its sister establishment, Balthazar – as popular with locals as it is with visitors. “Our hotel is a Copenhagen institution,” says Signe. “We have visitors who come from all over the world to stay here, but the locals love it just as much. It is simply a beautiful, beautiful hotel and our history makes it an exceptional place to stay.”