Although the Hotel d'Angleterre is well into its third century, with all the rich stories and long heritage that brings such a grande dame hotel, the interior is still in its first decade, so those seeking luxury and esteem will be well served. The hotel just emerged from an extensive gut renovation that increased the size of the rooms; nothing is smaller than 376 square feet/35 square meters. This is the upper class escape—fresh flowers, gourmet restaurant, and fawning staff downstairs; soft towels, quilted bedspreads, marbled bathrooms upstairs. One gently African-themed suite is named for Isak Denisen (Karen Blixen), who stayed here. Another is named for Hans Christian Andersen, who also stayed here—you get the picture. This has been the place to stay (and to get married, and to honeymoon) for longer than our lifetimes. The location on the central Kongens Nytorv puts you within a few minutes' walk of just about everything, but bear in mind the square will be torn up for Metro construction until 2018. Windows are very well insulated against noise, but if you're worried, there are plenty of rooms along the side streets and courtyard instead.

—Jason Cochran