Sometimes you just can’t bear the thought of airports, trains, passport controls – for times like these, a staycation is the solution.
Being a Copenhagener, I sought out the local grande dame, D’Angleterre – who, incidentally, may be more of a “senior lady” than a grande dame; a cultivated, elderly lady who, following some extensive self-improvement work, is now in better shape than ever.
It's only some 20 minutes on the metro from the airport - it's faster and arguably more convenient than taking a taxi.
In contrary to other hotels of this sort elsewhere, the clientele is quite mixed here at D'Angleterre. I find this to be a good thing, by the way, as I enjoy to feel that a hotel is catering to many different kinds of people, and as much as I love grandes dames, and the sometimes slightly staid atmosphere of such dames, it's refreshing that a hotel is not only for old farts, but also for the creatives.
I noticed both the old and the young, and those with, well-behaved, kids staying here.
Being an art aficionado, I took particular note of the hotel's substantial modern art collection, and of how it infuses the public areas, as well as every room and suite, with a little something extra. The omnipresent art, juxtaposed with the antique interiors, create a wonderful contrast which is uncommon in most other grand hotels.
Unlike in some Parisian palaces, there are plenty of contrasts here - contrasts which make the hotel feel very unique and personal (such as the special "Danish" Andy Warhol piece of Queen Margrethe in the lobby, the H.C. Andersen paper cuts, and the Per Kirkeby oils).
Another stunning feature which adds a lot of character are the incredible flower decorations made from fresh, beautiful flowers. Not a plastic flower in sight. The flower arrangements are not limited to the gorgeous decorations in the reception area, and are grand and chic at the same time - I loved the orchids and the new colours.
I felt that there was a genuine effort to put the guest's needs in focus.
Side note: I just looove having my shoes shined!
The Junior Suite had a gorgeous view to Kongens Nytorv - three doors to the terrace. Big writing desk and armchair. Despite its relatively big size, it still felt cosy.
I liked the slight division between the sleeping and living area, and everything felt just right. I also adored the bathroom - with bath tub and plenty of Amazing Space amenities.
For dinner, we cosied up in a corner sofa at Marchal - and all food and drink were most enjoyable. As with everywhere else in the hotel, the service was exemplary.
We of course also had to try out the famous D'Angleterre Sunday Brunch. It was officially fully booked, but - of course - the staff managed to sort out a table for us (the "yes attitude" was highly appreciated here...) Although I'm not usually a buffet person, I couldn't resist the cornucopia of food and drink; it's three hours of indulgence - not to be missed.
The wellness area, Amazing Space, also includes a steam room and sauna; all new and gorgeous. My massage was heavenly. The spa used to be the best in town, but with Laura Bonén at the helm here at the revitalised spa it's now even better. Fabulous.