If you’re looking for the best hostel in Denmark’s capital city, look no further. We’ve put together the most complete guide to hostels in Copenhagen.
Hi there, my name’s Lizzy and I love to travel. So much so that I made it my life’s work to help people have the best holidays possible. One of my favourite cities to visit is Copenhagen. There’s so much to see and do and with some of the best restaurants in the world, there’s also so much to eat. I’ve gotten to know the city quite well over my repeated visits, so I wanted to write a complete guide to find the best hostels in Copenhagen. Skal vi gå!
Our Top 10 Hostels Copenhagen
- Steel House Copenhagen
- Next House
- Generator Copenhagen
- Copenhagen Downtown Hostel
- Woodah Boutique Hostel
- Urban House Copenhagen
- Bedwood Hostel
- Hotel Danmark
- Annex Copenhagen
- Heaven Hostel
The Best Hostel in Copenhagen
Steel House Copenhagen
Steel House is well situated, between Vesterport train station and the Lakes. This is one of the best hostels for visiting Copenhagen, old town attractions such as Tivoli Gardens and City Hall are within walking distance. Built within the reclaimed Danish Union of Metalworkers building, the rough industrial framework is balanced with lush, comfortable rooms and seating areas.
Choose from six- or four-bed dorms (including female only dorms) with New-Yorker inspired sleeping pods and private bathrooms. When the sun sets, you can hang out at the hostel’s in house bar, or you can head to the legendary Rust nightclub where you can get in free of charge.
If you’re feeling peckish there’s a restaurant in the hostel or you can save money and cook your own meals in the common kitchen. If that wasn’t enough for you Steel House also boasts a gym, a swimming pool and yoga classes.
When you download the Steel House Copenhagen app you’ll be able to check in and get your key downloaded to your phone so you can head directly to your room. Despite its sleek style and exceptional design, Steel House is still one of the cheapest hostels. The staff are fantastic and are ready to show you the best of what the city has to offer, which is why Steel House Copenhagen is my favourite hostel.
- Great Design
- Excellent Location
- Digital Check-in
- Indoor Pool
- Pricier than the average hostel
Luxury Hostel on a Budget
Danmark hotel is one of the leading boutique hostels in Europe and one of the best Copenhagen hostels. This four-star boutique hotel provides guests with a luxury experience while still charging hostel prices. The Danmark Hotel has elegant dorms with comfortable bunk beds, designed in sleek Scandinavian minimal design.
Located in the heart of city center Copenhagen, Danmark Hotel is a mere 350 metres from City Hall Public Square and is also right next to The National Museum of Denmark. The 19th – century amusement park Tivoli Gardens is a quick 8 minutes’ walk away. This charming 4-star hotel offers a delicious buffet breakfast served in the restaurant. Book a table at Tivolihallen, the hotel’s eatery, an inviting establishment offering the finest in local delicacies: open-faced sandwiches (smørrebrød). While this isn’t the cheapest hostel, you are getting a lot for your money. Join your fellow travellers for the daily wine hour in the garden or bar – or crack open local craft beers on the rooftop terrace at sunset. There are also meeting rooms available for corporate travellers.
- Rooftop Terrace
- Great Restaurant
- Private Bathroom
- On site Parking
- There Are Cheaper Hostels
Party Hostel with Charm
Copenhagen Downtown Hostel
With vibrant staff and nightly parties in the bar and a thumping dance club downstairs where live music and parties go on until 5:00 am every night, Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is one of the coolest hostels if you’re looking for a good time. Don’t believe us? There’s a reason they’ve won the Most Popular Hostel in Copenhagen Award at Hostelworld’s Hoscars five times.
This award winning hostel has room sizes for every type of traveller. If you’re a big group, the mixed 10-bed dorm is a perfect choice. There are also female only dorms available with their own private bathrooms and premium doubles come with en-suite bathrooms. The all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will save anyone from their worst hangover. Located right in the historic old town, this hostel offers a friendly and energetic vibe. The friendly staff are ready to help you out with whatever you need. They also have a bountiful games room fully equipped with a pool table.
- In House Club Open Until Late
- Great Staff
- Breakfast Buffet
- Great for Meeting People
- Variety of Rooms
- Not a Quiet Hostel
One of the Best Hostels Near Copenhagen Central Station
Woodah Boutique Hotel
Woodah Boutique Hostel lies in Copenhagen city center, a stone’s throw away from the central train station. This centrally located hostel is perfect for sightseeing, shopping at Strøget and a short hop to Rosenborg Slot and Kastellet. I loved their organic breakfast, served daily in their impressive on-site restaurant. Guests can relax in the outdoor seating area. The bar serves sushi bowls, wine, beer, sake, Danish pastries as well as coffee and tea.
Several restaurants and shops are found in the surrounding area. Tivoli Amusement Park is a 7-minute walk from the hostel. The Woodah Hostel offers a great concierge for exceptional recommendations and help navigating the city.
- Great in House Restaurant and Bar
- Luggage Storage
- Game Room
- Great Breakfast
- Nice Seating Area
- No Laundry Facilities
A Cheap Hostel That Doesn’t Sacrifice Comfort
Housed along the historic waterfront of Nyhavn, the Bedwood Hostel is one of the best cheap hostels in Copenhagen. This perfect hostel is housed in a refurbished historic warehouse and is the perfect place to get some peace and quiet. You can choose from a dorm with 6, 8, 10, or 12 beds, each custom-made with privacy curtains, a charging port, and a reading lamp so you can catch up on your holiday reading in privacy. They have a courtyard and several interior common areas where you can meet fellow travelers. A stocked guest kitchen, laundry, and bicycle rental is also available at the hostel. The staff are seasoned travellers themselves and know exactly what you need to have an incredible stay.
- Free Wi Fi
- Excellent Location
- 24 Hour Front Desk
- Fresh Bed Linen
- No Free Breakfast
Stylish Hostel in a Great District
Generator is known for their amazing hostels and their Copenhagen branch is no exception. It’s a perfect hostel to see the city; you’re centrally located so places like Tivoli Gardens, City Square Hall and Central Train Station are all within walking distance. There’s always something social going on at Generator Copenhagen and there are always other fellow travelers around so it’s easy to make new friends. Generator’s bar is one of the best in town; always buzzing, serving amazing drinks and there’s always a good vibe in their gorgeous common areas. As Copenhagen hostels go, the design of Generator Copenhagen is unique and minimal adding to the authentic Danish experience.
When you’ve made some new friends you can head to the self catering facilities and show off your cooking skills to your new friends! This modern hostel has great dorm rooms that all have ensuites; no queuing for the shower in the morning! If you need some more privacy though, you can always get a private room.
- Great Bar
- Baggage Storage
- Game Room
- Bicycle Rental
- Not Super Fancy
Best Hostel for Female Solo Travellers
Next House Copenhagen is much more than just a hostel. They have built a detail-oriented experience that caters to all your needs. From the Next Arena to the cinema, yoga and pizza, they provide a space that makes your stay as comfortable as possible. At the risk of going for low hanging fruit, they take the hostel experience to the next level (sorry, not sorry).
Easily one of the more affordable hostels, Next House doesn’t skimp on interior design and creature comforts. Combining a chic atmosphere, quality-conscious staff and a buffet breakfast, this place is one of the best places to stay in the Danish capital.
They have a wide variety of rooms to provide spaces for all sorts of travellers, from private rooms to family rooms.
- 4 and 6-bed mixed dorms
- 4 and 6-bed female dorms
- Single, twin & double privates
- Triple private
- Family room
- Rooftop terrace with 360 views of the city
Private rooms come with the highest quality mattresses from Getama and a TV at the end of every bed. I couldn’t believe the feeling of luxury when I was staying here. As a woman, I’ve never felt more comfortable in a hostel. I did not expect that for such a good price. Easily one of the best hostels to stay in as a woman.
- Great bar
- Excellent Location
- Fitness Centre
- Aesthetically Pleasing Building
- Can Be Noisy at Night
Best Cheap Hostel
Urban House Copenhagen
Urban House Copenhagen by Meininger is a trendy hostel with self catering facilities in vibrant Vesterbro, 2 minutes’ walk from Copenhagen Central Station. Urban House by Meininger is a 5-minute walk from Tivoli Gardens, City Hall Square and the Strøget are within 10 minutes walk. The central location makes this hostel ideal for visiting Copenhagen.
Bicycle rentals are available, allowing you to see Copenhagen how it’s meant to be seen – on two wheels in the bike lane! This cozy hostel offers private rooms with a bathroom or dormitories with shared facilities. All rooms include bed linen, towels and individual reading lights. Dorm rooms provide personal lockers and you can claim a padlock at the front desk for extra security.
The bar hosts an eclectic range of concerts and offers an amazing range of drinks. Guests can mingle in the games room and the nice courtyard garden, chill out in the quiet areas or watch a movie in the film room. Urban House also hosts bike and running tours in the city, and yoga classes. Let’s be honest Copenhagen is an expensive city, so if you can save money on your hostel without sacrificing comfort too much, it’s really a no brainer. That’s why I think Urban House Copenhagen is the best cheap hostel.
- Great Breakfast
- Pets Allowed
- Facilities for Disabled Guests
- Laundry Facilities
- Luggage Storage
- Rooms Are on the Smaller Side
Great for Solo Travelers and Large Groups
Decorated with designer furniture and a colourful interior in comfortable private rooms, this hostel is ideal for solo travelers. Also available are daily cleaning, linen, towels, soap and shampoo with a common room with a kitchenette, if you’re up for meeting new friends. Every day a complimentary continental breakfast is served and parents will find a gaming room and board games to keep the little ones amused.
Located in trendy Vesterbro neighbourhood, next to the Meatpacking District with lots of restaurants, clubs and galleries, there’s plenty to see and do. Feel free to rent a bike from the hostel to get yourself a set of wheels.
- Great Bar
- Free Wifi
- Luggage Storage
- Blackout Curtains
- Bicycle Rental
- Not Super Fancy if That’s What You’re Looking For
Heaven on Earth
Welcome to heaven! The property consists of 22 rooms and is maintained by some of the friendliest staff I’ve ever encountered. Located in the beautiful Nørrebro district, this is one of the best hostels in Copenhagen. The modern rooms are equipped with single beds and double beds.
Christiansborg Palace and the world-class amusement park “Tivoli Gardens” are around 2km away, respectively, while the city centre can be reached within a 20-minute walk. A continental breakfast is available daily and the on-site bar offers guests a spacious lounge, a nice terrace and billiards.
- Free wifi
- Good for Solo Travellers
- Child Friendly
- Could be Cheaper
How to choose the right hostel in Copenhagen?
I’ve been to Copenhagen eight times and each time I learn something new about this fascinating city. Thanks to my experience, I know what to look for when it comes to hostel hunting.
Copenhagen is a popular destination for a weekend city break. People like to come and shop and eat in the city’s Michelin-rated restaurants. Hostels are aware of this and raise the prices to meet demand. So a hostel that’s €20 per night on Thursday might be €40 a night on the weekend.
2.Cheap Beds & Good Hostels Go Early:
Copenhagen is an expensive city, there’s no sugarcoating it but it is not that hard to find a relatively cheap hostel. The quality in price can range wildly but you normally get a lot more luxury and comfort, the more you pay so it’s not like they’re ripping you off.
- Location Matters:
Most of the best hostels in Copenhagen are located in the centre of town. Some are located in Nyhavn and other neighbourhoods on the waterfront but it’s quite easy to get around by bicycle or public transport. We’d recommend being somewhere centrally located to enjoy walking tours and use your bike to see the other sights.
Every hostel has its own vibe. Some are party hostels, some are family-oriented, some are for business travelers and others are for seeing the city. I recommend finding a hostel that matches the goal of your holiday.
5.Checking in and Checking Out:
Most hostels in Copenhagen have late check-ins, in the afternoon (around 2 pm-4 pm) but a lot of them offer 24-hour check-in and some will let you store your bags if you arrive before check-in.
What is the average cost of a hostel in Copenhagen?
If you’re looking for a place to lay your head, a night in a hostel in Copenhagen will cost you around €23 a night.
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Finding the perfect Copenhagen hostel is a matter of comfort but also location. We recommend staying somewhere central to take advantage of the sights and restaurants. Nørrebro and Vesterbro are wonderful neighborhoods, I’d highly recommend them. Wherever you stay, we recommend getting a bike so you can see the city the way the Danes intended it.
Copenhagen has many landmarks and claims to fame, here are three things you should not miss out on!
Tivoli is the third-oldest theme park in the world and still one of the most entertaining. And even if you’re not in the mood to get on a rollercoaster or carousel it’s an unforgettable place for a walk. It’s great for kids, if you’re traveling as a family. You could spend a couple of days exploring the rides, enjoying the food and soaking up the fun atmosphere.
New Harbour in English, this historic waterfront area is next to a 17th-century canal where some wooden ships are still moored. On both sides of the canal are tall houses, brightly coloured and dating to the 1600s. There are also bars, restaurants and cafes with terrace dining. So much history has happened here. For one, house numbers 18, 20 and 67 (marked with a plaque) were home to the author Hans Christian Andersen at different times.
The Little Mermaid
This instantly recognisable statue sitting on a rock next to the Langelinie promenade is surely the most famous landmark in the city. The sculptor Edvard Eriksen created the mermaid in 1913 inspired by Andersen’s eponymous fairytale. Like the Mona Lisa, she looks a lot smaller in real life but absolutely worth a visit, nonetheless.
If you plan on flying into Copenhagen via CPH Lufthaven, there are lots of convenient ways to travel into the city centre. You can either get public transport to the centre of town using the ICL train which will take you 13 minutes to get to Central Copenhagen Station. These trains run every 10 minutes so don’t worry if you miss it. If you’re renting a car and driving into town it should take you also approximately 24 minutes if you take the E20 northbound.
The main train station is called Copenhagen Central Station and is located smack-bang in the centre of the city (who would have guessed it?). From here your 5 minutes on public transport to Nørrebro, Indre by and other neighbourhoods.
When the larger metropolitan area is considered, Copenhagen has a population of 1.99 million. The city proper has just 583,000 residents, around 10% of the country’s total population.
Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark and is roughly 190 kilometres (313 miles) from Copenhagen. You can get a train which will take you around 2 hours and 40 minutes or you can drive which will take you around 3 hours and 15 minutes depending on construction and traffic. With so many of its islands connected by ferries, tunnels, and bridges, planning a bicycle trip between the cities can be a fun adventure. Cyclists have a choice of various routes; we recommend the short, 2-3 day (200km) trip, through north Zealand and followed by a ferry headed directly to Aarhus, passing the city of Roskilde and enjoying the sight of the North Sea.