Often referred to as the capital of Scandinavia, Copenhagen is chock-full of charm, history, culture and brilliant Danish design; but all that awesome can cost a pretty penny. Give your travel budget some breathing room without sacrificing location or style by staying at any of these unique Copenhagen hostels.
The hostel is modern, sleek and sophisticated | Courtesy Steel House
The newcomer on Copenhagen’s hostel scene, Steel House is well situated between Vesterport train station and the Lakes, giving you easy access to old city attractions such as Tivoli Gardens and City Hall. Modern, sleek and sophisticated, the hostel brings a little bit of luxury to the hostel experience. Set inside the reclaimed Danish Union of Metalworkers building, the rough industrial framework is balanced with lush and comfortable elements and seating areas. Choose from six-bed or four-bed dorms (including all-female and mixed rooms) with New-Yorker inspired private sleeping pods and private bathrooms. Or choose a double/single room, all of which have high-quality mattresses and private bathrooms – some with their own terrace. There’s an on-site café/bar/restaurant, as well as on-site gym and pool and free yoga classes.
Sitting right behind Copenhagen’s Central Station in the vibrant Vesterbro neighbourhood is the Urban House hostel. It’s near enough to explore the city’s historic centre easily, as well as the dynamic gallery, restaurant and bar scene on this side of the Danish capital. A perfect spot for backpackers, friends and solo travellers looking for a party, the hostel has a bar with late-night DJs and a game room. Dorms come in all shapes and sizes from four- to ten-beds, including female-only dormitories for over 18s, all with private bathrooms and showers. Accommodation is modern yet minimal and spread across several renovated older buildings. Communal areas use reclaimed wood decor and Danish design to offset the exposed industrial feel of the space.
Accommodation about as close as you can get to Copenhagen’s bustling Meatpacking District Kødbyen, this colourful hybrid hotel/hostel puts you right where the Vesterbro action happens. Walkable to the central train station and Tivoli, the hostel has been run by the same family for three generations, creating a sense of community. Graphic, brightly coloured rooms, each with a flat-screen TV, basin and desk are available in single, double, triple and quadruple lodgings, well suited for those with kids in tow. An optional organic breakfast buffet is offered every morning with a huge spread of Danish pastries and bread, meat and cheese, fruit, juices, yoghurt and cereals; or you can keep travel costs down by cooking in the self-catering kitchen facilities.
With a goal to become the world’s first carbon-neutral capital by 2025, Copenhagen affords many opportunities to explore the sustainable side of the city. Woodah Hostel is designed around these ideals and is a wonderful place for those looking to make their travel mindful. With a focus on locally produced, sustainable and eco-friendly products, the hostel offers mixed-sex dorms with six, 12 or 14 custom wooden bunk pods where you climb inside, turn on your lamp and pull your privacy shade shut. You’ll find Scandi boho cosy spaces downstairs and in the connected café, where you can sip fair-trade coffee before exploring the city, or try a local craft beer on tap to unwind later. Located close to Tivoli Gardens, Woodah collaborates with local yoga studios to offer optional classes nearby.
Budget travellers should make a beeline to this uber-convenient location near Central Station for some of the lowest prices in the city. Socialise with other guests in the house bar that touts affordable pints, or enjoy a drink outside on the terrace. Bunk beds come with curtains that offer privacy in the mixed dormitories with four, six, eight and 18 beds. Though there is no kitchen here, a standard Danish breakfast buffet is offered every morning, including their well-known special house-baked bread. The conveniently located hostel is surrounded by many of Copenhagen’s most popular tourist attractions.
The only high-rise hostel in town, the Danhostel can host over 1,000 guests. With windows overlooking Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park and nearby Copenhagen harbour, you’ll be staying right in the heart of the inner city. It’s a great option for groups, families and everyone wanting to have a room with a view. You can bring your own sheets, or rent them on-site for your stay. With a variety of room configurations, all with private bathrooms, Danhostel is a flexible option for you and your travel companions. A great Scandinavian breakfast buffet is available in the morning, and there’s a shared kitchen. The stylish Danish-designed Bar50 is a café during the day but turns into a lively bar in the evenings. Extras such as organised walking tours, yoga classes, a game room and a variety of events and activities make the Danhostel a convenient choice.
Awarded ‘The Most Popular Hostel in Copenhagen’ at Hostelworld’s Hoscars five times, the Copenhagen Downtown Hostel has it all going on. Smack in the middle of the historic city centre, just off the shopping street Strøget, the location can’t be beaten. As a self-proclaimed party place, here you’ll find a younger international set soaking up the vibrant scene set by the hostel with nightly parties in the bar and a thumping dance club downstairs. The decor is colourful and eclectic, with vintage Scandinavian design pieces and reclaimed furniture. With 10 different room sizes, there is something to suit all, from the solo traveller to two friends or a sizeable group. Premium doubles come with en suite bathrooms, or you can take the budget route and grab a bunk in the mixed 10-bed dorm. All-female options are available in four-bed dormitories with a shared bathroom. An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will start your day, and free city maps with local suggestions will get you on your way.
The Generator group is known for its urban design-forward facilities across Europe, and the Copenhagen hub is no exception. It’s set up to create social interactions with fellow travellers as well as locals, and guests will enjoy the on-site restaurant and bar where communal tables get people connecting while enjoying great food like burgers and hard shakes. It sports the largest shuffleboard centre in the city, so you can challenge your friends or try a game of pétanque on the roof. Take your drinks outside to the terrace or bundle up and cool down with a cocktail at the Ice Bar. Set in between the King’s Garden and Kongens Nytorv, the hostel is minutes from all the iconic Copenhagen sights, including the classic and colourful Nyhavn Canal. It was completely renovated in 2019, and the updated Danish design and modern art throughout the hostel make it feel as if it should cost more than it does. Female-only and mixed dorms are available; bunks come with large under-bed lockers and extra-large mirrors. Singles, doubles and family rooms come with an en suite bathroom.
If photos of the brightly coloured houses sitting side by side in a row along Copenhagen’s Nyhavn Canal are what called you to this fair city, you might consider a stay close by. The Bedwood is a block off this popular tourist location and hosts guests in a charming half-timbered yellow town house from the 1800s. Retaining the feel of the original space with exposed beams and lots of warm wood, the owners have created a welcoming place where visitors can relax and unwind. Each of the custom-built wooden bunks come with privacy curtains, personal lamps and places to plug in. Book your own bed in one of the bunk dorms with six, eight, 10 or 12 beds. For even more privacy, take one of the hostel’s two double rooms, but be aware all bathrooms are shared. A Scandinavian breakfast buffet is served each morning and can be taken outside when the weather is warmer. Families with little ones under three can tuck them into their own beds free of charge, or put up a cot in one of the doubles.
Welcoming travellers to Copenhagen since 1999, the Sleep in Heaven hostel is a popular pick for those looking to stay off the beaten track away from the tourist throngs and masses, but still craving easy access to the city centre. Nestled in the energetic Nørrebro neighbourhood, the surrounding area is full of local restaurants, cafés and bars. Foodies will delight as they sip some of the city’s best coffee, try local craft beer and sample sustainable fare nearby. Close proximity to the recently opened city ring Metro line means you are minutes from anywhere you want to explore. Catering to the younger backpacking and student set, the multi-bunk dorms are for visitors aged 18 to 35, who will enjoy the laid-back vibe of this hostel’s bar and beer garden.