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Three Copenhagen Hotels that do Christmas Best


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The Best of Danish Tradition

WHAT IT IS: Opened in 1755, Hotel D’Angleterre is a Copenhagen institution. Following a refurbishment in 2013, the landmark hotel is now the most luxurious address in town. Saturated with history and dripping in old-world glamour, D’Angleterre is the place to go for grandeur, gourmet dining and god jul in abundance.

WHEN IT STARTS: On November 14, D’Angleterre turns on its Christmas lighting in an elaborate cermony ushered in by carolers accompanied by Royal Guard musicians.

HOW THEY DO CHRISTMAS: A cup of gløgg (mulled wine) in the hotel bar has become something of a tradition among the smart set in Copenhagen. This year the bar will also be offering a “snow queen” variant made with white wine. Served alongside the festive drink will be peppernoder (spiced Christmas biscuits) and “snowballs” (marzipan balls dipped in white chocolate). Those looking for something more substantial can make their way to Marchal, the house restaurant, where the chef has devised a Christmas menu for the occasion. D’Angleterre is now taking bookings for Christmas Eve—the main event in Denmark—and New Year’s Eve: think six-course dinner, fireworks and plenty of champagne.

SANTA CENTRAL: There are special events for children staying at D’Angleterre during the holiday season, and the elves have it on good authority that Santa Claus himself will be visiting the hotel December 21–24.

BOOK IT: Rooms start from DK 2,500 (about $430 / ƒ270 / €335)


Kongens Nytorv 34, 1050 Copenhagen | 45-7879-5000

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Contemporary Style in Tivoli Gardens

WHAT IT IS: Looking like a miniature Taj Mahal, this five-star boutique hotel nestled between the gardens of Tivoli and the city’s main train station offers a master class in cool. The historic Moorish-inspired building dates to1909, and is the design of architect and Tivoli director Knud Arne Petersen. It takes its name from Wilhelm and Louise Nimb, founders of a Copenhagen restaurant dynasty, who gave it its gastronomic reputation, exclusive bar, and no small measure of éclat. It has since undergone a number of renovations, the most recent of which, in 2007, was quite transformative. With its solid Dinesen wooden floors, granite interiors and designer touches, Nimb has been nudged toward a modern Nordic sensibility.

HOW THEY DO CHRISTMAS: Under the old ballroom's crystal chandeliers, diners can sample a festive five-course menu, including lobster and squab dishes, followed by a trip around the magical Tivoli Gardens [] to experience the essence of Christmas in Copenhagen.

BOOK IT: Each of the 17 rooms has been decorated differently and filled with designer touches ranging from wall-mounted rocking horses to iconic Danish lamps, making a stay at Nimb a special occasion indeed. We love the corner suite for its two-person bathtub, cozy fireplace and spectacular views of Tivoli Gardens.

BOOK IT: Rooms start from DKK 2,800 (about $480/ƒ300/€375)


Bernstorffsgade 5, 1577 Copenhagen | 45-8870-0000



Get away from it all—and get pampered

WHAT IT IS: Escape the Christmas crowds with a visit to Kokkedal Castle, just 30 minutes from the city center. The stately 18th-century residence is set amid acres of parkland on what is termed the Danish Riviera. The Renaissance castle was designed by architect Johan Gottfried Rosenberg in 1746 and converted into a 45-room luxury hotel in 2011. It is now home to Scandinavia’s only Sodashi spa specializing in 100 percent natural and chemical-free Sodashi products from Australia designed to impart wholeness, purity and radiance. After you’ve been groomed and pampered, you can enjoy gourmet dining in the castle’s former cellar—and explore secret underground passages connecting it to the old castle lodge.

HOW THEY DO CHRISTMAS: Starting November 20, Kokkedal’s chef prepares traditional Danish seasonal delicacies such as fried pickled herring with red onion and dill, crisp fried North Sea plaice, duck with apples and prunes, and the classic Christmas dessert risalamande, a rice pudding made with cream and chopped almonds. Guests can celebrate New Year’s Eve in style in the stunning historic setting against a winter seascape with a six-course banquet menu followed by dancing, cocktails, and champagne at midnight—when the skies will light up with a spectacular firework display.

BOOK IT: Rooms start from DKK 1,250. (about $215/ƒ133/€168)


Kokkedal Allé 6, DK - 2970 Hørsholm | 45-4422-8000

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—Helen Russell is a British journalist and Scandinavia correspondent based in Denmark. Her book, The Year of Living Danishly, comes out in January 2015.