For families seeking a luxe home base in Copenhagen, Hotel d’Angleterre is the answer. The hotel was constructed as a palace 250 years ago, and still looks it — the interior retains shiny, beautiful top notes like gilt mirrors, sparkling chandeliers and lavish sitting areas. From the minute we entered the hotel, my kids felt its regal heritage, from the portraits lining the hallways to the Art Nouveau touches. Yet against this storied backdrop, Hotel d’Angleterre delivers thoughtful luxury with a modern twist.
The d’Angleterre has 90 luxurious guest rooms and suites, with comfort being of utmost importance. The curtains are made of silk; the linens are of the best thread quality. Layers of soft color, furnished living areas and spacious marble bathrooms with walk-in showers add to the sense of quiet opulence. Larger families might opt for the d’Angleterre suite — a bit pricier, but worth it for its space, comfort and over-the-top luxury.
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Standout amenities include individually controlled climate systems, complimentary WIFI and hundreds of in-room movies. A state-of-the-art entertainment system allows everyone in the family to connect to their personal media libraries as well.
The hotel’s beautiful 2,000-square-foot tile and marble pool is a great way to top off a day of sightseeing in Copenhagen (note, children can swim only until 5p). It’s part of the hotel’s spa, which includes a sauna and steam room as well as a full menu of treatments.
Marchal, the hotel’s famous, upscale restaurant, is the brainchild of the hotel’s founders, Jean Marchal and Maria Coppy. Head chef Ronny Emborg came from the acclaimed local restaurant AOC, and the upscale, lavish cuisine blends Nordic and French classics with a contemporary twist. Within its three years of being open, Marchal has already earned three Michelin stars.
The daily buffet breakfast includes eight different juices, yogurts, herring and smoked salmon, pastries, and, best of all, Champagne in a bucket on ice. Lunch is equally spectacular, but it’s best for kids with adventurous palates and the ability to linger, as the experience takes time to savor. Menu items range from mushroom toast with egg yolk, lingonberries and sherry to a lemon tart with long pepper ice cream and burnt meringue.
The hotel also offers a Champagne bar, worth a visit for parents whose kids are old enough to stay in the rooms by themselves at night.
The d’Angleterre’s location is a great upside. It’s situated in the center of the city opposite the Royal Opera and the waterfront Nyhavn district, where you can catch a boat for a canal cruise or roam around Strøget, Copenhagen’s famed shopping street. From here, we were able to explore much of the city on foot. The hotel is also an easy walk from Copenhagen’s nostalgic amusement park, Tivoli Gardens — a don’t-miss highlight with kids.
TIP: Ask for a room with a balcony facing the Kongens Nytorv public square for the best views. You might get a glimpse of the Royal Guard as they march through en route to Amalienborg Palace for the Changing of the Guard.
Editor’s Note: Holly received a media package to review the d’Angleterre for families. As always, our opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino. Photos by Holly Rosen Fink and Hotel d’Angleterre.
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