While Scandinavia has a reputation for being expensive, you don’t have to blow your entire budget on accommodation when visiting Copenhagen. There are plenty of cheap hotels in the Danish capital, ranging from the modern to the classic.
Absalon Hotel is ideal for families | Courtesy of Absalon Hotel / Hotels.com
Conveniently sitting near the city’s main train station, this locally owned hotel is named after Medieval Copenhagen legend Bishop Absalon. Due to its close proximity to amusement park Tivoli Gardens, it’s ideal for families. But don’t fret if you fancy a break from the kids. In-room childcare is available on request, freeing you up to explore the restaurants and cafés of surrounding Vesterbro in peace.
Eco-savvy visitors to the city will appreciate the Danish hotel chain Guldsmeden’s commitment to making your stay sustainable. All of the brand’s hotels are Green Globe certified, one of the most stringent systems of certification in the world. Bertrams Hotel sits on Vesterbrogade, Vesterbro’s main shopping street, putting you next to the neighbourhood’s best cafés, restaurants and shops. Relax after a day of exploring in the backyard’s terrace garden, a serene space in the heart of the city.
Affordable luxury in the centre of the city, citizenM is minutes from Copenhagen’s Central Station, Tivoli Gardens and City Hall Square. Modern art lovers will appreciate the colourful interior, with eclectic details and murals by Danish artists. Food is served in the canteen around the clock, while 24-hour check-in means you can arrive at whatever time suits you. The hotel’s living room is stylish and comfortable – the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or two.
Stay on an artificial island right on Copenhagen Harbour where every room has great views of the city or the water. The well-connected Dybbølsbro station is just five minutes away, so you can explore Copenhagen hassle-free. Free cots and a sitting service make Copenhagen Island Hotel a great pick for families. There’s also a restaurant on-site, serving food from around the world.
Built in the 1930s for Danish State Railways, Hotel Astoria soon became Copenhagen’s first luxury hotel. Still sitting beside Copenhagen’s Central Station, the hotel’s functionalist design is reminiscent of a steam train. As with each of Danish-owned Brøchner’s boutique hotels, the Astoria puts on a free wine hour every evening to help its guests unwind and feel at home. There’s also a breakfast buffet comprising freshly baked bread, croissants, yoghurt, seasonal fruit, smoothies, juices and more.
Steps away from City Hall Square and in the middle of everywhere you’d want to be, Hotel Danmark is a brilliant place to stay for the night. Another Brøchner hotel, Hotel Danmark will make you feel welcome from the minute you walk in the door. Kick back at the bar, or head to the roof terrace for some of the best views in town. The hotel is especially great for families or groups, with stylish bunk rooms available if you wish to stay together.
Ibsens Hotel is situated in Nansensgade, a mere five-minute walk from Nørreport station. This charming female-owned hotel is colourful, featuring the works by local artists on the walls. Situated in a location that’s well connected to the rest of Copenhagen, the hotel puts importance on sustainability and offers guests organic, responsibly produced goods only. Modest yet stylish rooms can be found here, each decorated with a flat-screen TV and a desk. When ready to explore the area, wander a couple of blocks to Torvehallerne, where you can enjoy a variety of food and drinks at the two large glass market halls.
This apartment-turned-hotel in the quiet Copenhagen neighbourhood of Østerbro sits right next to the city’s iconic lakes. A few blocks from the new City Ring Metro line at Trianglen, Rye115 Hotel offers simple but elegant rooms adorned with vintage Scandinavian furniture. The hotel is great if you want to stretch your legs for a run along the water or in nearby Fælledparken. You’ll also find cute cafés and upscale design and clothes shops just around the corner. Wake to the smell of warm house-baked bread – included in your complimentary breakfast buffet – and relax on the outdoor terrace with a coffee, tea and Danish cake in the afternoons.
Scandic Hotels’ newest Copenhagen puts you where you need to be for food, culture and nightlife. Named after the nearby Meatpacking District, known to local residents as Kødbyen, it’s just a short walk from the city centre. The hotel offers an amazing Scandinavian buffet, and the on-site restaurant serves up a range of first-class dishes. Bikes are also available to rent.
One of three Wakeup hotels in Copenhagen, the Borgergade location is situated between Kongens Nytorv, Nyhavn and the King’s Garden – perfect for sightseers on a budget. The rooms here are sleek and pod-like, while the large common spaces include Danish design elements such as Poul Henningsen lights and Arne Jacobsen chairs, making the hotel feel a little more upscale than it actually is.