Surprise your beau with a night at the hotel
Valentine’s Day might just be the absolute coldest day of the year outside, but not necessarily inside. Celebrating the day of love at Copenhagen Marriott Hotel where the mood is set for romance, you get to spend quality time with your significant other in one of their luxurious and newly renovated rooms, and enjoy the four-course Valentine special with bubbles and wine in the restaurant.
There you are fidgeting with the mascara and considering trying on the skinny jeans you haven’t worn since last spring. After all, this is the one day a year you shouldn’t be thinking about the comfort of stretchy pants. Seconds later, you’re standing in the hall trying to decide whether to throw on a nice pair of heels or your favourite pair of worn-out winter boots, and the argument from before returns, but it seems less convincing the more you think about it. You hear steps outside. Your loved one comes home after a long day at work and expects just another night with spaghetti and meatballs in front of the TV, but you surprise him with a night at Marriott. Here you have already chosen a room with either a city or water view. Obviously, the water front provides a more relaxed atmosphere, but the city side gives you a more edgy view of Copenhagen, which is especially nice at nighttime.
After settling in the room – he checks out the TV channels and you the bathroom supplies – you go downstairs for the four-course meal at the Midtown Grill. Here the friendly waiters will get you started with a glass of bubbly that you enjoy with delicious hors d’oeuvres that consist of different tapenades in small glasses that unfortunately empty quickly. But otherwise the delicately picked ingredients in small portions throughout the courses definitely are enough to both satisfy your eyes and stomach. The courses consist of Oyster ravioli – an aphrodisiac to set the right mood – Gravid lax, Medallion of beef and, last but not least, the dessert is a lovely Chocolate fondant with berries, caramel and orange sorbet.
And then spend the night in one of the hotel’s newly refurbished rooms. Even though the hotel is only ten years old, it recently felt the need to update, which it has managed, still keeping the feeling of homely comfort that businessmen the world over have adopted as a second home. The new style is more Scandinavian than before with clean cut furniture and earth tones, but the American touch is conspicuous. And if you plan on getting lucky, the only protection you’ll find in the room is the Holy Bible, and the book of Mormons, both of which are placed in the drawers on the side of the bed – as they make handy weapons. If you aren’t a fan of bedtime reading, the TV is right where you left it, and full of entertaining programmes or films, some more expensive than others.
The morning after you might as well enjoy the huge breakfast buffet, before you pack up your personal belongings – and maybe a soap or two – and head back out in the cold. Valentine’s Day is over and it’s back to the spaghetti and stretchy pants.
Valentine’s Day at the Marriott
Marriott Hotel Copenhagen, Kalvebod Brygge 5, 1560 Cph V;
Tue night (February 14);
8833 9900; www.copenhagenmarriott.com
Family Valentine’s Day Bring the entire family for a day in the name of the heart. This day includes a lot of cutting and pasting to make fantasy hearts from a bunch of different materials and plenty of pearls and glitter.
Hvidovre Hovedbibliotek, Hvidovrevej 280, Hvidovre;
Tue 15:00-17:00; free adm
Valentine’s Starry, Starry Night The night includes several lectures about Mars and Venus, and romance and erotica, but there will also be romantic music by Dennis Flacheberg and a possibility to look at the stars. Buy a basket with champagne and heart-shaped chocolate to enjoy in the corridors or on the platform with a view of the rooftops.
Rundetårn, Købmagergade 52 A, Cph K;
Tue 19:00-22:30, music 19:00-19:45 and 21:00-22:15; tickets 50kr, 220kr for two people with a basket of champagne and chocolate, www.rundetaarn.dk or at the door.
Blind romantic date Throughout February you can go on a romantic blind date at the National Museum, where a route is marked out in hearts that takes you on your very own tour.
Nationalmuseet, Ny Vestergade 10, Cph K;
Tue-Thu throughout February, 10:00-17:00; free adm
Valentine’s Evening at Cap Horn For Valentine’s Day, Cap Horn restaurant, is collaborating with Hans Laurens to put together a sensuous four-course dinner, accompanied by the telling of the romantic story of Isabella that took place on the historic Nyhavn quayside.
Cap Horn, Nyhavn 21, Cph K;
Tue Feb 14, 18:00; tickets: 345kr for a four-course menu, 3312 8504;
My Funny Valentine – Tour de l’Amour Enjoy a romantic evening by the harbour filled with Bellinis, a Parisian-inspired dinner with the perfect wine to complement the menu, and a cocktail at the bar after.
Bar & Grill at Custom House, Havnegade 44, Cph K;
Tue Feb 14, 17:00;