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October 11, 2013

A Hotel Re-emerges in Copenhagen

By Jay Cheshes | Hotels

A Hotel Re-emerges in Copenhagen
Courtesy of Hotel d'Angleterre

For two years, starting in June 2011, Denmark was deprived of its most storied hotel—Copenhagen’s 250-year-old d’Angleterre. But after the completion of a massive overhaul this summer, the White Lady, as she’s sometimes known, is back.

The renovation, originally scheduled to last a year, stretched to two when engineers realized the edifice itself was no longer stable. “The building was swaying,” says hotel spokeswoman Pia Rosenkilde. “They found chicken wire, hay and straw in the walls.”

Five hundred tons of steel were added. Ceilings rose to their original heights and walls were stripped away, resulting in 90 rooms versus the original 123. Color palettes changed (the Parisian-style façade going from light cream to gray-white); rooms received new linens, Dux beds and Bang & Olufsen TVs.

Else Marie Remmen—who did the flowers at d’Angleterre before marrying into the Remmen family, who owns it—is the creative force behind the new look. (The Remmens sold the hotel to a group of Icelandic investors in 2007, then bought it back in 2011.) She replaced an old-fashioned portrait of the Queen of Denmark that once hung above the front desk with an Andy Warhol print of her royal highness, and a massive collection of Danish contemporary art, borrowed from a local collector, is displayed throughout.

The hotel has never looked better. Other updates include the new flagship spa for Amazing Space, a top Danish brand, with an indoor pool scheduled to open in December. Ronny Emborg, a rising star on the Danish food scene (he cooked for the Queen before earning a Michelin star at nearby AOC), runs the restaurant, Marchal, and a staff-changing room on the ground floor was transformed into the luxe new Balthazar Champagne bar. Cheers, indeed. Rooms, from $455; 34 Kongens Nytorv; 45-33/120-095; dangleterre.dk.

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