Hotel d’Angleterre and Kommandanten – Copenhagen, Denmark

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Visiting celebs and seasoned sybarites have always headed straight for Copenhagen’s main square to the Hotel d’Angleterre for grand-style Danish hospitality. Step into a world of sparkling chandeliers, marble floors, and an aristocratic air that reflect the hotel’s origin as a 1594 manor house.

A recent renovation has helped it reclaim the preeminent status it held for decades after its opening in 1775, and it is again the premier address in Copenhagen, impeccably run, old-world elegant, and exuding a sense of restrained warmth.

Much of the hotel’s appeal is its excellent location, steps from the Stroget, the capital’s famous miles-long pedestrian shopping boule­vard (the longest and oldest in Europe), and at the top of the Nyhavn harbor area with its café- and restaurant-lined canal. Here tall ships, working fishing boats, and pleasure craft creak and bob in the city’s most pictur­esque corner. Try the afternoon tea in the hotel’s glass-domed Palm Court.

At night, you needn’t go far for the best meal in town. The Kommandanten is Copenhagen’s, perhaps Denmark’s, loveliest restaurant. The imprint of Denmark’s acclaimed floral and home furnishings visionary, Tage Anderson, is visible everywhere here.

Stop in his magical multistory gallery across the street first for a visual hors d’oeuvre before your meal. Set in the 1698 home of the city’s military com­mander (hence the restaurant’s name), the Kommandanten is warmed by the light of silver Christofle candelabras and gleaming Royal Copenhagen china.

A number of small rooms on several levels with no more than five or six tables each evoke the experience of dining in a cozy but faultlessly stylish private townhouse. The atmosphere is lightened by Andy Warhol’s portraits of Queen Margrethe II.

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