Luxury Hotels

COPENHAGEN – 4

Having Private Luxury Copenhagen in town meant there was an awful lot of bubbly to be poured. In the last few days. At Hotel d’Angleterre the first night; at Axelborg Hall, part of Tivoli Gardens and run by the Nimb Hotel the second night, and, for the gala, Moltkes Palae.

All three evenings were different. Hotel d’Angleterre, a Leading property, was super-swish, with one elegant room leading to another. It hasn’t always been so elegant. Originally built by Jean and Maria Marechal in 1755, it was gutted by fire 40 years later and rebuilt in the 1870s, It has variously been headquarters of Copenhagen’s English Club, and of White Russians (WWI) and of occupying Germans (WWII). The fact that the Remmen-owned hotel has its own inhouse florist says a lot for its culture. It also has a chef who is so passionate that apparently he insisted on trialling his finger-food menu beforehand. It was, by the way, delicious.

Axelborg Hall, a seven minutes’ walk from Private Luxury Copenhagen’s base at Villa Copenhagen, also did finger-food – or rather the chefs at the Nimb did (the Nimb has an extraordinary all-white exterior, looking like the Turkish bazaar which was its raison d’etre when it was designed by Knud Arne-Petersen in 1903). The Private Luxury evening, introduced by Nimb GM Maria Oldenbjerg, was memorable for a great jazz band, and lots of dancing.

And finally to the finale, a seated dinner at Moltkes Palae by Evenues. This is another unusual building, often known as Christian VII’s Palace.  It was put up 1750–54 by Lord High Steward Adam Gottlob Moltke. He was a busy guy. Between his two wives, Moltke is said to have had 22 sons, five of whom became cabinet ministers, four who became ambassadors, two who became generals. All went into public service. This is one of four mid-18 th century palaces here, and today its stately public rooms are a blend of Buckingham Palace and Boston’s Museum of Fine Art.

Many of the distaff Private Luxuriants had dressed to the nines for this occasion – PLE MD Christy Kuplic shimmered in floor-length gold (see the video at the very bottom of this story). After relaxed seafood hors d’oeuvres and yet more Champagne a curtain was pulled back to reveal steps down into one of Denmark’s finest Baroque ballrooms. Four long tables ran its length, seating 300 in all.

The meal was simple. Simply superb. Two plated courses. Already on the table were shallow bowls. Roast cauliflower, almond-butter bean compote. This was followed by flat plates holding Danish beef with lingonberry-salsify- horseradish ‘smoke’. The two wines were both 2022 Perlage, a Venetian followed by a Sangiovese Marche.

And next came two awards. At the end of every pre-fixed exhibitor-buyer meeting, both participants are supposed to rate the other on PLE’s Wyred app. Was the other prepared, with relevant enthusiasm and so on. Top buyer was Nagsri Sashidhar, NAGSRI Creating Special Memories, India. Top exhibitor was that eternally jovial Georgian, Max Tchanturia from Bulgari London. Below.