The hotel's history
In 1770, Brigadier Von Halling returned home to Denmark from India. He brought both fortune and slaves, whom he held trapped in the hotel’s cellar. He was a nuisance to his surroundings, maltreating his peasants and slaves as well as his wife. The brigadier had both the money and the imagination to build their residence in 1783 in Aalborg. The place is now known as the Brigades of Halling Mansion.
In 1853 the palace became Hotel Phønix. The hotel was named after the mythological phoenix, a marvelous bird said to have been resurrected in the temple of Soliopolis, only for it to leave Egypt again.
Helnan Phønix Hotel has played a major part in the history of Aalborg city over the years. It has been the venue for many important events, just as several heads of state have visited the place.
The hotel has been moved with Brigader Halling’s Palace, as the well-preserved core, which contains many valuable works of art from the brigadier’s time, just as many of the hotel’s halls are named after him. The hotel has a furnished historical museum and the art academy with many valuable things.
Just 200 years after Brigader Von Halling built his palace, the hotel was taken over by Enan Galaly, born in the Heliopolis town, where the phoenix was reborn.