(Photos courtesy of Hotel D'Angleterre)
Oh, you Scandinavians—you never let us down when it comes to good design. Case in point: the newly renovated Hotel D'Angleterre
in Copenhagen, a century-old landmark in the heart of the city's Kongens Nytorv Square. Though the pristine white façade remains in place, the building required a full restoration that would force the hotel to close for nearly two years while it was gutted. But the results prove that it was all worth the wait.
Gone are the gaudy red velvet and faux ceilings that were installed in the 1950s. Instead, the interiors feature a modern palette of grays, whites, and lilacs—the work of Denmark’s C.F. Møller and London’s GA Architects—and plenty of original detailing, from the gold domed entry and hundred-year-old lamps to Art Nouveau cornices and brick fireplaces. In the 30 guest rooms and 60 suites, plush carpeting, silk wall coverings, marble-and-stone baths, and starched linens create a cocoon of opulence that is both comfortable and luxurious. There are also themed suites based on Danish icons: the Karen Blixen Suite nails Out of Africa-chic with its Edwardian-style net curtains, zebra-inspired chair covers, and a leopard-printed sofa.
A nod to the hotel's former life—and the French barber who owned the place in 1755—Marchal restaurant echoes the same subdued color scheme of grays and purples as the rooms. Here, too, tactile elements figure prominently: embroidered chairs sit opposite rich velour banquettes, tables are made of lacquered black wood, and a thick gray carpet with subtle sheen sits underfoot. Instead of artwork, a glass wall reveals a hulking backlit wine cellar.
And while the stained-glass ceiling in the Palm Court ballroom oozes Old World charm, I'd hole myself up at Balthazar, the hotel's contemporary champagne bar. The elegant black-and-white hues, stylized wingback chairs, and concrete flooring are the perfect fit for a Scandi-mod New Yorker, don't you think?