Often referred to as the capital of Scandinavia, Copenhagen is chock-full of charm, history, culture and brilliant Danish design – but all that awesomeness can cost a pretty penny. Give your travel budget some breathing room without sacrificing location or style by staying at one of these unique Copenhagen hostels.
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. Set inside 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 all-female and mixed rooms) with New-Yorker inspired sleeping pods and private bathrooms. There’s an on-site café/bar/restaurant, as well as a gym, a pool (yes, really) and yoga classes.
The only high-rise hostel in town, the Danhostel can host over a thousand guests. With windows overlooking Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park and nearby Copenhagen harbour, you’ll be right in the heart of the inner city. Bring your own sheets, or rent them on-site. 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 cafe during the day and turns into a lively bar during the evenings. Extras such as organised walking tours, yoga classes, a games room and variety of events make the Danhostel a fun choice.
The Generator group is known for its urban design-forward facilities across Europe, and the Copenhagen hub is no exception. Set in between the King’s Garden and Kongens Nytorv, the hostel is minutes from all the iconic Copenhagen sights, including the colourful Nyhavn Canal. It’s set up to create social interactions with fellow travellers as well as locals. Grab a seat at the on-site restaurant and bar, where communal tables get people connecting while enjoying burgers and shakes. It also sports the largest shuffleboard centre in the city, so you can challenge your friends; alternatively, try a game of pétanque on the roof. 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.
Budget travellers should make a beeline to this uber-convenient hostel near Central Station for some of the lowest prices in the city. Socialise in the house bar that sells affordable pints, or enjoy a drink outside on the terrace. Bunk beds come with curtains for privacy in the mixed dormitories with four, six, eight or 18 beds. While there is no kitchen, a standard Danish breakfast buffet is offered every morning, including their well-known special house-baked bread.
Welcoming travellers to Copenhagen since 1999, the Sleep in Heaven hostel is a popular pick for those looking to stay off the beaten track. Nestled in the energetic Nørrebro neighbourhood, the surrounding area is full of restaurants, cafes and bars. Foodies will delight as they sip some of the city’s best coffee, try the local craft beer and sample sustainable fare nearby. Catering to the younger backpacking and student set, the multi-bunk dorms are for visitors aged 16 to 35, who will enjoy the laid-back vibe of this hostel’s bar and beer garden.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Aliki Seferou.