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Featured Journeys: Luxury Scandinavian Adventure

The newest edition of Featured Journeys takes us to Scandinavia. Land of the Midnight Sun, home of the Vikings, birthplace of Nordic cuisine, and recognized for modern design, the region offers a treasure trove of museums, historic sites, outdoor adventures, and cultural attractions. Recently, I had the opportunity to go on a 10-day excursion to Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. In this Featured Journeys: Luxury Scandinavian Adventure, I'll share a Luxury Hotel Insider's perspective with details on where I stayed along with highlights in each city.

Easily connected via high speed rail, venturing between Scandinavia's capital cities takes about 5.5 hours between Oslo and Stockholm, as well as Stockholm and Copenhagen. Trains are modern and clean, with on-board meal options. If you prefer to fly, there's a variety of direct flight options as well, but traveling by train provides an ideal way to see the landscapes while en route to the next stop. If time allows, I'd recommend at least four nights in each city, perhaps additional nights if you'd like to venture out of the city to explore all of the outdoor adventures each country offers.

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Oslo, Norway

As Norway's capital city, Oslo is a walkable city with a mix of modern design, such as the Norwegian National Opera House & Ballet where visitors can walk on the roof, and historical sites like the Akerhus Castle. Within the past decade the harborfront has been revitalized, providing a lovely pedestrian-only waterfront area with the Nobel Peace Center, and a variety of restaurants offering plenty of outdoor dining options. From the harbor, visitors can take a short ferry boat ride to Bygdøy, the island of Oslo museums. Home to the royal family's summer palace, the island of museums offers a wide variety of options including the Viking Ship Museum, Fram Museum with the actual ship that traveled to the Artic, Kon-Tiki Museum, and the Norwegian Folk Museum with an open-air setting and 150 historic buildings on display from various times in the country's history. For art enthusiasts, there's the Edvard Munch Museum, the National Gallery with a nice selection of works by well-known artists, including Norway's own Edvard Munch's "The Scream", and the 63-acre Ekeberg Sculpture Park. Along Karl Johans Gate there's the Royal Palace, as well as upscale shopping and sidewalk cafes (during the summer months), and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Ski Museum is a must-visit on a clear day for panoramic views of the city and surrounding area. 

Interested in seeing the famous fjords? From Oslo it is possible to take a "Norway in a Nutshell" trip from Oslo to the fjords with a visit to Bergen, and a ride on the famous Flam Railway. 

Hotel Continental Oslo

Hotel Continental Oslo

During my visit, I enjoyed an Idyllic Stay at Hotel Continental Oslo. Providing a centralized location, the historic luxury hotel was a short walk to the harborfront, and just steps away from the National Theater, Karl Johans Gate, subway, and light rail stations. Since opening in 1900, Theatercaféen offers upscale dining and a bar, while Eik Annen Etage serves classic dishes in a Baroque-infused atmosphere. There's also the seasonal Steamen sidewalk cafe, and a recently revitalized fitness center. 

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Stockholm, Sweden

Set along the Baltic Sea behind a natural fortification, Sweden's capital city consists of 14 islands connected via 54 bridges. In the Gamla Stan (Old Town), the Royal Palace has a daily military parade and changing of the guard along with four museums and a chapel, the Nobel Museum tells the story of the prestigious award, there's Parliament tours, and guests can meander about the island filled with Medieval architecture. Stockholm's Djurgården, offers gardens and a variety of museums including the Vasa Museum, which showcases a 17th century warship raised from the seafloor after it sunk minutes after its first departure, the Skansen open-air folk museum, and the Nordic Museum. For relaxation, there are a variety of canal tours where visitors can see the city via the canals, as well as trendy sidewalk cafes ideal for people watching and trying Toast Skagen, a local delicacy with a mixture of prawns and shrimp mingled with mayonnaise and herbs. Not to be missed is the Swedish Fika, a traditional coffee break to mingle with friends and enjoy coffee with a sweet roll such as the Vetebullar with cinnamon and cardamon. 

Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Sea View Room at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

During my Springtime Stay at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm, I was able to easily explore the city on foot. Set along the Strandvägen, the hotel is a short walk along the boardwalk past cafes and boats to the Djurgården. Overlooking the Nybroviken, Deluxe Sea View Rooms offer exquisite views of the water, and the hotel's restaurant and bar provide a stylish setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Afternoon Tea. Built as a private residence in 1911, the boutique hotel was transformed into a luxury property in the 1960s, and features an extensive collection of art by Swedish artists, as well as the Hotel Diplomat Retreat--an exclusive and tranquil space for guests with a sauna, showers, and loungers available by appointment. 

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Across the Oresund Bridge from Sweden, Copenhagen is Denmark's capital city. Featuring a walkable core, the city offers historic points of interest like the Nyhavn with waterfront cafes and bars, Amalienborg Palace and Square with a changing of the guard, and Kastellet Park with an Anglican Church built of flint, and The Little Mermaid statue in honor of local author Hans Christian Andersen, as well as the Rosenborg Castle of Christian IV. Biking is the preferred method of transit, with biking lanes throughout the city and many hotels offering bicycles for guests to use during their stay. There are cafes and Michelin-rated restaurants scattered throughout the capital of Nordic cuisine, Tivoli Gardens is a seasonal playground for Danes of all ages with gardens, rides, and performances, and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek showcases Egyptian, French, Greek, and Etruscan art under glass domes with indoor gardens. For shopping, the Strøget--Europe's longest pedestrian-only shopping street offers the finest brands interspersed with kitchy boutiques and local designers. While visiting, be sure to try the Danish art of Hygge, which is the idea of taking a moment either alone or with someone to be present in something cozy, charming, or special. 

Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen

One Bedroom Suite at Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen

While in Denmark, my stay in a Deluxe Suite at Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen provided an ideal location for exploring the city. Right on Kongens Nytorv (King's New Square), the hotel was next to the National Theater, and adjacent to the famous Strøget lined with department stores and upscale boutiques. Within the hotel there was the Amazing Space Spa with an indoor pool, saunas, and treatments utilizing exclusive natural products, as well as the Michelin-awarded Restaurant Marchal with fine dining and Kongens Nytorv views. Plus, the Balthazar Champagne bar with a chic setting, Champagne-focused cocktails, and exclusive entry for guests.

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Posted in: Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm

Set in the heart of Copenhagen, Hotel D'Angleterre provides an ultra-luxe setting adjacent to the Strøget--Europe's longest pedestrian-only shopping street. Recently I had the opportunity to spend two nights in room 405, a Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite. 

Featuring a grand facade and opulent lobby, guests are greeted with the scent of fresh flowers exquisitely arranged at the hotel's Flower Atelier Creations. Next to the reception desk, there's an illuminated Lego replica of the hotel, a gift from the Danish company that provides a whimsical conversation piece. Read more below the photos.

Entrance of the Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen

Upon entering the suite, I was wowed by a walk-in closet on the right, elegant powder room on the left, and a spacious living room with a well-appointed seating area, bottle of chilled champagne, exquisite art pieces, Bang & Olufsen entertainment system, and windows with views of Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn. Continue reading below the photo. 

Hotel D'Angleterre Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite

Within the living area, there was an executive desk with a control panel to connect laptops and other devices to the 42-inch Bang & Olufsen TV, ideal for in-room meetings or entertainment. There was also a well-stocked in-room minibar with a Nespresso machine, array of wines, beverages, and snacks. 

The suite's bedroom offered a welcoming space with a DUX King Bed furnished with exclusive bed linens (which can be purchased at the D'Angleterre Creations boutique). There was also an additional sitting area with a large TV and plush lounge chair. Read more below the photo. 

Deluxe Suite Bedroom at Hotel D'Angleterre

The suite's master bathroom provided a relaxing retreat with a glass-walled shower, separate soaking tub, lighted makeup mirror, and sumptuous bathrobes. Plus, an array of exclusive organic bath amenities from the hotel's own Amazing Space Spa, perfect for pampering oneself after a day of traveling or exploring. Read more below the bathroom photos. 

Deluxe Suite Bathroom at Hotel D'Angleterre

Amazing Spa Products at Hotel D'Angleterre

Restaurant Marchal (named after the hotel's founder) turns evening meals into one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Awarded one Michelin Star, the elegant space serves Nordic-inspired cuisine infused with French style and preparation techniques, resulting in an artful presentation of flavors. The restaurant also offers a lavish morning breakfast, as well as gourmet lunches. Continue below the Restaurant Marchal photo. 

Restaurant Marchal at Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen

Throughout the entire hotel the furnishings blend historic fixtures and accents with classic styling and modern design, creating an upscale and welcoming atmosphere. Within the event cooridor there are historical photographs of the hotel, and the Palm Court, Louis XVI, Gallery, and Salons feature exquisite chandeliers and ornamental fixtures demonstrating the hotel's gilded history. 

Not to be missed is the hotel's Amazing Space Spa, with an exclusive line of natural spa products and 15 specially trained therapists for a variety of pampering services. The spa is also home to central Copenhagen's only heated indoor swimming pool, plus locker rooms with saunas, and steam rooms. Continue reading below the Amazing Space photos.

Amazing Space at Hotel D'Angleterre

Across from the spa, the D'Angleterre Creations boutique offers exquisite floral arrangements, and exclusive products such as the DUX beds and fine linens available for guests to purchase as a way to continue the D'Angleterre experience in their own homes. 

Hotel D'Angleterre Creations Boutique

Ready for some champagne? The hotel's Balthazar Champagne Bar offers a fashionable setting for Champagne by the glass as well as Champagne-focused cocktails. And, there's an exclusive entrance for hotel guests. Read more below the Balthazar photo.

Balthazar Champagne Bar at Hotel D'Angleterre

For guests arriving early in the morning or departing late, Hotel D'Angleterre provides a posh lounge for guests. Continue below the lounge photo.

Guest Lounge at Hotel D'Angleterre

The Hotel D'Angleterre offers a centralized location on Kongens Nytorv. Founded in the 1700's by Mr. and Mrs. Marchal, the historic hotel has welcomed presidents, dignitaries, royalty, and celebrities for generations. The regal hotel is close to the Royal Theater, the Royal Palace, the Little Mermaid Statue, and numerous upscale shops and restaurants. 

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Offering a grand balcony with panoramic views of old Kongens Nytorv square, the Royal Suite at Hotel D'Angleterre provides a palatial setting in the heart of Copenhagen. The legendary suite has welcomed political icons, Hollywood legends, and pop stars to its opulent space with gilded paneling and gleaming chandeliers. Read more below the balcony photo.

Royal Suite Balcony at Hotel D'Angleterre

Within the suite there is a master bedroom with a DUX king bed and en-suite marble bathroom featuring a bathtub with TV, separate shower, douche toilet, and Amazing Space Spa bathroom amenities. Continue reading below the photos of the master bedroom and bathroom. 

Royal Suite Master Bedroom at the Hotel D'Angleterre

Royal Suite Bathroom at Hotel D'Angleterre

There's a spacious living room with a 42-inch B&O LED TV and media hub, a private dining room, and a minibar with a Nespresso machine. Guests of the Royal Suite are welcomed with fresh fruit, homemade gourmet chocolates, and a bottle of champagne. Plus, complimentary airport transfers are available. For additional space, the Royal Suite can be combined with the rest of the first floor, making it the largest presidential suite in Copenhagen. Read more below the photo. 

Royal Suite Dining Room at  Hotel D'Angleterre

The Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen is a neoclassic palace fully refurbished in 2013, which maintained its 1870s historical aspects while blending in the latest technology and modern elegance. Offering an iconic setting in the heart of Copenhagen, the property has a Michelin star restaurant, spa, fitness center, and indoor swimming pool. Situated next to the Royal Danish Theatre on the Kongens Nytorv Square, the hotel offers a centralized location connected to the Strøget pedestrian shopping street. 

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First Hotel Skt Petri is named after Saint Peter, who holds the keys to Paradise. Only 20 minutes away from the Airport by metro, Skt. Petri is located at the very heart of Copenhagen’s lively Latin Quarter.

First Hotel Copenhagen

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In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Occupying the #29 spot on our list is FRONT hotel, which is located in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:
 

- Located in Copenhagen's popular Nyhavn area, 17th century waterfront, canal and entertainment district.

- The Scandic Front is set opposite Copenhagen's contemporary Opera House.

- The Danish design mixes luxury with comfort.

- Front Diner serves classic dishes in a trendy environment. In the summer months, you can dine al fresco.

- The lobby and restaurant offer a rotating display of local artists' work.

 
 

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Posted in: Copenhagen