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Where To Stay in Copenhagen by a Local: Best Hotels & Hostels

Are you planning a trip and wondering where to stay in Copenhagen? We’ve made a list of the best hotels to stay in Copenhagen. We moved to Copenhagen in 2017 and have gotten to know the city pretty well in the time since. Jacky has even had the chance to work at some of the properties on our list! Hopefully, this guide will assist you in finding the best hotels in Copenhagen depending on your needs.

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Where to Stay in Copenhagen

The first thing to know is that Copenhagen is a very compact city and most hotels and hostels lie within the inner city (or Indre By) and the Vesterbro district. There aren’t too many hotels in the other districts. This is fine since the inner city is where most of the major attractions are to be found. For those coming for a short stay, the inner city is a good option since all the main sights are within a comfortable walking distance. Of course, the further away you are from the inner city the cheaper the prices are.

How Much Do Hotels Cost in Copenhagen?

Before we begin, I would like to point out that Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in Europe and naturally hotel prices are very high, especially during the high season when they are double that of the amount during the low season. So don’t be too shocked with the amount of dough you’re going to have to shell out here. The table below gives an overview of the approximate price range of the various categories. We’ve categorized the properties according to the price range viz. hostels, budget hotels, mid-range hotels, and finally some splurge options. We’ve quoted high season prices in the table below, so if you’re traveling in the off-season the prices will be a bit lower.

CategoryPrice Range
Hostels25-45€ per night for one
Budget Hotels85-140€ per night for two
Mid-Range Hotels140-300€ per night for two
Luxury Hotels300€+ per night for two

We’ve tried to space out the properties area wise so that you can have more of a choice choosing the best option. In listing these properties we’ve factored into account their location, proximity to the main sights, proximity to public transport, and price to quality ratio. We’ve also provided a map at the bottom marking the locations of these properties.

Best Hostels in Copenhagen

Urban House

Best Hostels in Copenhagen: Urban House Hostel in Copenhagen is only a 5-minute walk from Copenhagen Central Station.

Urban House Copenhagen is a funky hostel in the lively Vesterbro district. The location couldn’t be better as it is only a 2 minutes’ walk from Copenhagen Central Station and only a short stroll away from Tivoli Gardens, the main shopping street Strøget, and City Hall Square. There’s a horde of bars, restaurants, and cafes in the vicinity. It is located on Istedgade which is one of the coolest streets in Copenhagen.

Generator Copenhagen

Best hotels in Copenhagen: Generator Hostel is a popular hostel in Copenhagen.

Generator Copenhagen is a great choice for people looking for someplace in the inner city. The eponymous bar at the hostel is also very popular with the guests as it plays host to DJ nights and karaoke sessions. It is located on a quiet street that is only a 5-minute walk from Kongens Nytorv Metro Station. It’s a great choice for those wanting to explore the city on foot. Nyhavn, the Round Tower, Rosenborg Castle, and the Little Mermaid are all only a short stroll away.

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

As the name implies, Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is located in the heart of the inner city. Copenhagen Central Station is just a 10-minute walk away. It’s within a comfortable walking distance of all the major attractions. The hostel is renowned for its bar which is fun on weekends, so much so that some locals actually go there.

Sleep in Heaven

Sleep in Heaven is a snazzy hostel in the multicultural and trendy Nørrebro district. Every city has its melting pot, and Nørrebro is to Copenhagen what Queens is to NYC and Brixton is to London. For those travelers who want to explore an alternative side of Copenhagen, this hostel would be a perfect choice. There are plenty of ethnic restaurants and offbeat bars in proximity.

Best Budget Hotels in Copenhagen

Cabinn Metro

Best mid-range hotels in Copenhagen: Cabinn Metro hotel in Copenhagen is located close to Copenhagen Airport.

Cabinn Metro is a very good budget hotel which is located in the upcoming district of Ørestad on the island of Amager. It is located 6 km from the inner city. Don’t let that perturb you though. Ørestad Station is only a 5-minute walk from the hotel, and from there you can catch either the metro or the suburban trains to the center. This place might also be a good option for business travelers since the airport is only a 5-minute train ride away and there are lots of corporate offices around. Field’s shopping center, one of the largest in Scandinavia is just next to the hotel.

Wakeup Copenhagen

Best cheap hotels in Copenhagen: Wakeup Copenhagen has hotels in several locations in Copenhagen.

Wakeup Copenhagen – Carsten Niebuhrs Gade is another perfect affordable choice. This large hotel is conveniently located in Vesterbro close to the waterside and within walking distance of Copenhagen Central Station, Tivoli Gardens, the City Hall Square, Strøget, and Islands Brygge. Shopping options nearby are aplenty with the Fisketorvet shopping center only a 10-minute walk away.

If you’re looking for a frugal option in the inner city, then Wakeup Copenhagen – Borgergade is a great choice. It is similar in design to its sister hotel in Vesterbro. The location is fantastic, less than 10 minutes’ walk from Kongens Nytorv, Rosenborg Castle, and the ultra picturesque Nyhavn canal.

Hotel Sct. Thomas

The 3⋆ Hotel Sct. Thomas is our final recommendation in this category. Jacky and I stayed here in 2015 on our first visit to Copenhagen and we were very content with our stay. Rooms are minimalist in decor which makes this place perfect for the budget traveler. It is located on the most gorgeous boulevard, Frederiksberg Alle, which is home to some very exclusive properties.

Copenhagen Central Station is a 15-minute walk from here and there are plenty of bus connections nearby. Værnedamsvej, a street full of cafés, restaurants, specialty shops, delis and reeking of French atmosphere is just 2 minutes away. The property is a great place for exploring Vesterbro and Frederiksberg.

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Copenhagen

Bella Sky

Best hotels in Copenhagen: bella Sky is one of the biggest hotels in Copenhagen.

The 4⋆ AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen is a good affordable mid-range choice that comes with all the requisite modern amenities. With its two tilting glass and aluminum towers that are linked by a sky bridge, Bella Sky casts a distinctive landmark on the Copenhagen skyline. It is located in Ørestad close to the Bella Center metro station which means it’s only a 10-minute ride away from the center. The airport is also only 4 km away. The hotel is perfect for business travelers as Scandinavia’s largest conference center is next door.

Copenhagen Island Hotel

Copenhagen Island Hotel is an excellent mid-range choice in Copenhagen. This sleek and ultra-chic 4⋆ hotel is located in Vesterbro right next to the harbor and Fisketorvet shopping center. It is only a one-stop train ride away from Copenhagen Central Station and Tivoli Gardens or 20 minutes on foot. The vibrant Meatpacking District is just a 10-minute walk away.

CPH Living

Cool hotels in Copenhagen: CPH Living is a houseboat gone hotel.

For those on the lookout for a romantic alternative,  the 3⋆ Hotel CPH Living is the ideal choice. Its setting is certainly unique, being a boat hotel that was converted from an old German barge. Rooms are fitted with hardwood floors and come with amazing views. It is located in Christianshavn, only a 10-minute walk from the nearest metro station. The central station is a 20-minute walk away. Nearby attractions are the harbor baths at Islands Brygge and the old city ramparts.

Kong Arthur

Where to stay in Copenhagen: Kong Arthur is located close to the lakes.

Hotel Kong Arthur is a cozy 4⋆ boutique style hotel located on the periphery of the inner city in the direction of trendy Nørrebro. The location is great as Nørreport station (train, metro and bus connections) is only a 7-minute walk away. Other main attractions like Rosenborg Castle, the Round Tower, and the main shopping street Strøget are a 10-15 minute walk from here. Copenhagen’s most popular marketplace, the fantastic Torvehallerne Market Hall, is just two minutes away.

Best Luxury Hotels in Copenhagen

71 Nyhavn Hotel

Best splurge hotels in Copenhagen: 71 Nyhavn is in a prime location, just off Copenhagen's most iconic harbor.

71 Nyhavn Hotel is a top-notch 4⋆ hotel that has been converted from two 19th century warehouses. It has recently undergone an uplift meaning the rooms are super comfortable and come furnished with Danish decor. The location is absolutely prime as it sits on the scenic waterfront, opposite of Christianshavn. Kongens Nytorv is just a 10-minute stroll away meaning that is well connected with public transport. The Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Palace, and Kastellet are only a short walk from here.

Hotel Skt Petri

Hotel Skt Petri is our second recommendation in this category. This spiffy 5⋆ hotel is centrally located in Copenhagen’s old Latin Quarter meaning all the major attractions are very close. The hotel’s cavernous lobby is also a great place to grab a drink in the evening or just having a chat. The adjacent area is packed with shops, restaurants, and cafés. The Nørreport station (train, metro and bus connections) is only a 5-minute walk away.

Nobis Hotel

A recent addition to the five-star hotel scene in Copenhagen, Nobis Hotel is quickly gathering rave reviews and it’s not hard to see why. The rooms here have very high ceilings which make them seem very spacious and are handsomely decorated. Nobis is located on H.C. Boulevard, right next to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum and only a two-minute walk from Tivoli Gardens. Copenhagen Central station is only 600 m away.

Nimb Hotel

If money is not a constraint at all, then we highly recommend the one and only Nimb Hotel, one of Copenhagen’s most prestigious hotels. Located in the iconic Tivoli Gardens this Moorish inspired hotel has striking Taj-Mahal style turrets. The interiors are typically Danish in design and sumptuous, befitting that of a classy hotel. Service is known to be impeccable and will leave you feeling pampered. It is located just across the street from the Central Station. Kongens Nytorv is just a 15-minute walk away.

Map of the Best Hotels in Copenhagen

Now, what do you think? What is the best hotel in Copenhagen? Where to find the best hostel in Copenhagen? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

About Mihir

Hello there, fellow globetrotters! I’m Mihir, a passionate travel blogger with an insatiable wanderlust. My journey across the world is fueled by curiosity and a hunger for unique experiences. As a travel writer, photographer, and adventurer, I’ve explored more than 35 countries, aiming to provide readers with a distinctive glimpse of our diverse world. Join me as I blend captivating storytelling with stunning visuals, guiding you through hidden gems and cultural treasures. Besides traveling, my other loves are my beloved cats, architecture, art, craft beer, classic movies, history, and Australian Rules Football (Go Dons!).

2 thoughts on “Where To Stay in Copenhagen by a Local: Best Hotels & Hostels”

  1. Hi,
    Much as I would like to visit other countries, I am encouraged by your enthusiasm being a globetrotter, hope to hear from every visits you had….

  2. Never heard of this place called Copenhagen. I am actually heard this name for the first time, so I don.t know about this place, but this place looks very interesting and very attractive, the hotels are very impressive and the structure is amazing. I really wish now that I should get to know more about this place and explore it as soon as possible. Thank you for sharing this great blog.

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