On our recent visit, all four of us were visiting a new city and were full of wonder and excitement, not knowing what this part of the trip had in store for us. When our taxi pulled up to the hotel, we were all immediately in awe of its exterior. The hotel was constructed as a neoclassic palace, and it has maintained its 1870s historical aspects and is truly stunning from both the outside and the inside. It was obvious this was going to be a special place for us with the instantly obvious fact that it had so much to offer a traveling family like ours: the rooms cozy, the location ideally central and the restaurant spectacular. While we were there, we would be treated to a meal in a Michelin star restaurant called Marchal. Needless to say, this hotel had our names written all over it from the get go.
D’Angleterre is situated next to the Royal Danish Theatre on the Kongens Nytorv Square in the heart of Copenhagen and connected to the famous Strøget pedestrian shopping street. We were able to basically able to walk everywhere that we needed to get to, bar a few bus rides. It’s also just 2.5 km from both Tivoli Gardens and the Little Mermaid statue. The Nyhavn Canal is just in front of the hotel, with boat rides, markets and a modern art museum, all worth a visit.
Our Visit to Hotel D’Angleterre
Right upon entering, the hotel felt special. Its lobby is opulent yet very inviting, and the staff and concierge welcomed us regally. The hotel itself has 90 suites, all sophisticated and elegant, with comfort being of utmost importance. The curtains are made of silk, the linens of the best thread quality. All the rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, spacious marble bathrooms, the latest technology and individually controlled climate systems. My kids loved the space, and the room really made our visit to Copenhagen special as we were there three nights and didn’t run from hotel to hotel. It was truly a home base, and we liked it so much that we wanted to eat in the room in the evenings. We had a table to dine on, so it wasn’t a far fetched option. They also loved the that the TV had hundreds of free films for kids and adults of all ages. The newly designed 36-foot indoor pool was a treat. Equipped with a sauna and steam room, it was the ultimate dose of relaxation for every single one of us. And the view from our room? So good that we even saw the marching band of the changing of the guard. Granted, the city is building a new train station in the square in front of the hotel, but it is truly in the center of all the action.
Marchal is the hotel’s famous, upscale restaurant located on the hotel’s main level. It was founded by the hotel’s founders, Jean Marchal and Maria Coppy. Head chef Ronny Emborg comes fresh from Michelin-starred AOC, and the upscale, lavish cuisine of Marchal is described as Nordic and French classics with a contemporary twist. In its three years of being open, it has already been awarded three Michelin stars. The menu is a la carte and generally on the lavish, extravagant side but you can easily go in and order a few things without breaking the bank. We had a lovely buffet breakfast there daily. There were so many beautiful options from eight different juices, yogurts, herring smoke salmon pastries, cooked items, fresh coffee and best of all, Champagne in a bucket on ice.
Lunch at Marchal
Then there was lunch, an event that was truly anticipated by my kids due to the Michelin connection (I used to work for Michelin, so there is a basic knowledge amongst them about the importance of the stars). All of their items can be ordered a la carte. My husband and I sampled their caviar tasting, violet carrots with langoustine, mushroom toast with egg yolk, lingonberries and sherry, turbot with fennel and lemon tart with long pepper ice cream and burned meringue for dessert. The kids, much pickier, each had a special meat dish made with potato puree and truffle gravy that the kitchen made special for them. The food was divine, particularly the turbo and dessert, and as luxurious as you would expect. The meal took us two hours to consume and none of us asked for it to end early.
Our visit to the D’Angleterre was exemplary. My kids may be spoiled forever and ever and ever, and it will be hard to compare anywhere we stay ever again. It was a treat and one that will be remembered.
Disclosure: My visit to the D’Angleterre was partially complimentary and partially a media rate to facilitate this review and others, however all opinions are my own.