The Best Hotels to Book in Copenhagen

The trendy Coco Hotel in Vesterbro has a Parisian vibe that runs from the lobby right through to the rooms
The trendy Coco Hotel in Vesterbro has a Parisian vibe that runs from the lobby right through to the rooms | © Coco Hotel / Expedia
Culture Trip Travel Team

The buzzing capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, oozes sophisticated charm, from hygge coffee shops, craft beer bars and trailblazing restaurants such as noma to awe-inspiring castles, galleries and museums – you’ll never get bored in this north European metropolis. It has a stellar selection of hotels, too. Whether you’re looking for a contemporary Scandi-chic stay, a vintage hideaway or a wallet-friendly crash pad, you’re sure to find something that suits you in our list of the top hotels in Copenhagen – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Ibsens Hotel, for art lovers

Budget Hotel

A modern room at Ibsens Hotel, with a bed, rug, sofa and windows
© Ibsens Hotel / Expedia

Snuggled into the Nansensgade Quarter, Ibsens Hotel is centrally located. Local crafts – from paintings to ceramic vases – fill every nook, reflecting the artistic spirit of the city, while antique porcelain fireplaces and exposed wooden beams add charm to the rooms. Keen for breakfast? Fuel up on Nordic wholegrain bread topped with organic cheese and cold cuts before taking a 10-minute stroll to the Botanical Garden.

2. Hotel Skt Annæ Copenhagen, for history buffs

Boutique Hotel

Room at Hotel Skt Annæ Copenhagen
© Hotel Skt Annæ Copenhagen / Expedia

From its previous incarnation as the smuggler-frequented Neptun Hotel in the 1850s to the four-star stay it offers today, the storied Skt Annæ has more than earned its spot as one of the best Copenhagen hotels. The suites come in calming neutral colours with elegant gold showers and heavenly beds, while the penthouse suite features a private balcony with city views. Rent a bicycle from the hotel and you can be cruising alongside the cafes and colourful 17th-century houses of Nyhavn in under a minute.

3. Hotel SP34, for gregarious travellers

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Terrace at Hotel SP34
© Hotel SP34 / Expedia

This Copenhagen hotel in the heart of the Latin Quarter brims with character. Concrete-coloured carpets and distressed brick walls create a tough look that contrasts with the modern, light-flooded suites with hardwood floors, easy chairs and space galore. Keen to make friends? Join fellow guests sipping free wine and spirits at the wine and nightcap hour. And if the on-site cinema doesn’t sweep you away, the bohemian streets outside will.

4. Steel House Copenhagen, for luxury-loving backpackers


Room at Steel House Copenhagen
© Steel House Copenhagen / Expedia

Who says hostels can’t be luxurious? Set on the Copenhagen Lakes, just a few minutes from the famous Tivoli Gardens and the central railway station, Steel House has all the amenities you’d hope for from a hotel – a gym, pool, cafe, games room, cinema and bike hire – but remains wallet-friendly. Don’t fancy the classic dorm-style rooms? Hire a private double with its own terrace overlooking the city.

5. Copenhagen Admiral Hotel, for harbourside bliss


Exterior of Copenhagen Admiral Hotel on the quayside
© Copenhagen Admiral Hotel / Expedia

Steps from the harbour, this regal, stone-fronted hotel gives you immediate access to all the waterside joys of the city: picturesque Nyhavn, Copenhagen Opera House and the Amalie Garden with its famous Little Mermaid statue. The contemporary rooms, with their beamed ceilings and neutral tones, bring Scandi style to business travellers and holidaymakers alike – and some have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbour. Restaurant SALT serves up European dishes with a local touch – think Danish steak tartare, or gnocchi with wild garlic and North Sea cheese.

6. Hotel Alexandra, for vintage design


Room at Hotel Alexandra
© Hotel Alexandra / Expedia

Vintage design geeks, look no further: Hotel Alexandra has spent the last two decades sourcing a top-notch collection of mid-century Danish furniture, and has put each unique piece to work in its 61 rooms. Styled as a living museum, the lobby is lined with antique books and an eye-catching rainbow glove cabinet, while the suites are stuffed with masterpieces by names such as Verner Panton, Arne Jacobsen and Hans Olsen.

7. citizenM Copenhagen Rådhuspladsen, for fairground adventures

Budget Hotel

Funky lounge space at citizenM Copenhagen Rådhuspladsen
© citizenM Copenhagen Rådhuspladsen / Expedia

This is the best hotel in Copenhagen if you’re gunning to experience the riot of vintage fairground rides, restaurants and live-music concerts at the historic Tivoli Gardens, just a three-minute walk away. The interior is suitably whimsical, too, with bright splashes of colour, funky art pieces and a big open bar and restaurant area for socialising. The cleverly designed compact rooms, for couples or business travellers, maximise storage with drawers under the bed.

8. Coco Hotel, for Parisian vibes


Foodies will love this trendy Vesterbro hotel. It’s owned by Copenhagen food collective Cofoco, comprising a dozen cool city eateries, from pizza spots to izakayas and seafood grills. The Parisian vibe that runs from the lobby through to the rooms – ranging from cute singles to spacious suites sleeping four – extends as far as the lovely cafe. Start your day off with a flaky croissant and espresso, or pop by mid-afternoon for a glass of natural wine.

9. Skt Petri, for shopaholics


Bar at Skt Petri with emerald-green velvet seating
© Skt Petri / Expedia

Calling all shopping addicts! Book into this stylish hotel in Copenhagen and you’ll have the chance to sleep in a former department store. Soaring lobby ceilings and sleek terrazzo tiling hint at its former life; otherwise, it’s been completely transformed to include a chic restaurant (perfect for people watching), a greenery-cloaked bar and elegant bedrooms decorated with opulent fabrics and textured walls. Start your day with a stroll around the pretty pond at nearby Ørsted’s Park.

10. Ascot Hotel, for touring on two wheels


Room at Ascot Hotel
© Ascot Hotel / Expedia

Copenhagen is best seen the local way – by bike – and you can hire a set of wheels when you stay at this hotel near Tivoli. Other comforts such as a fitness centre, laundry service and on-site parking make this a great bet for families or couples seeking classic luxury. Deep-soaking baths and parquet flooring join exposed brick and black-and-white photographs to make for an on-point but timeless feel in the rooms.

This article is an updated version of a story created by Ellen von Weigand and Irene Chirita. Philipp Meier contributed additional reporting to this article.

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