Where to Stay in Copenhagen: 9 Best Areas and 20 Hotels for First-Time Visitors
I think you will agree with me that searching for a good value for money hotel in Copenhagen is a real pain. Most of the Copenhagen hotels are really expensive and some of the good ones seem to be located in areas outside of the main sights you would like to visit.
Well, I promise we will make your life a little simpler, with this detailed guide that we prepared for you. Read below to find out what is the best area to stay in Copenhagen and what are the best hotels according to several different criteria (e.g. should you stay at the upscale Nimb hotel, or in the boutique Hotel Alexandra? – should you be close to the Tivoli Gardens or to the Nyhavn area and the canals?)
Here is the quick guide on where to stay in Copenhagen according to different criteria. Read below for more details on the areas and the suggested hotels.
Best Hotel in Downtown Copenhagen (City Centre): Wakeup Copenhagen on Borgergade
Best Budget Hotel in Copenhagen City Centre: Wakeup Copenhagen
Best Copenhagen Boutique Hotels in the City Centre: Hotel Alexandra, First Hotel Kong Frederik, Hotel Skt Petri, First Hotel Twentyseven,
Areas to Avoid in Copenhagen: Vesterbro and outer Norrebro might be spooky sometimes for families with small kids
Best Cheap Hostels in Copenhagen: Urban House Copenhagen and CPH Studio Hotel
Best Budget Hotels in Copenhagen: Absalon Hotel and Copenhagen Admiral Hotel and Guldsmeden, First Hotel Mayfair, Nyhavn 71
Best Hotels in Copenhagen near Tivoli Gardens: Radisson Blue Royal Hotel Copenhagen, Andersen Boutique Hotel, Cabinn City
Best Hotel in Copenhagen close to Copenhagen Airport [Kastrup Airport CPH]: Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport
Best Luxury Hotels in Copenhagen: Hotel D’Anglettere Copenhagen, Radisson Blue Royal Hotel Copenhagen, Copenhagen Marriott, Nimb
Best Small Hotels in Copenhagen: Ibsens Hotel, CPH Living, Skovshoved Hotel
Best Copenhagen Boutique Hotels: Andersen Boutique Hotel, Hotel SP34, NimbHotel, Hotel Kong Arthur, Hotel Alexandra, First Hotel Mayfair
Best Hotels in Nyhavn Area in Copenhagen: Nyhavn 71, HotelBethel, Best Western Hotel City, Hotel Skt Annae, Scandic Front
Best Nyhavn Copenhagen Restaurants: Sea by Kiin Kiin, Nyhavns Faergekro, Nyhavn Pizza and Pastasalat, Cap Horn, Told & Snaps
Best Hotels in Red Light District (Vesterbro) Copenhagen: Star Hotel, Axel Guldsmeden
Best Apartments in Copenhagen for Short Stay: Adina Apartment Hotel Copenhagen, STAY Copenhagen
Cheap Hotels in Copenhagen Near Central Train Station: Axel Guldsmeden, Andersen Boutique Hotel
Trendy Hotels in Copenhagen: Hotel SP34, Andersen Boutique Hotel
Copenhagen Cool Hotels: Carlton Guldsmeden, Danhostel, Hottel Bellasky, Ibsens, Andersen boutique hotel, Hotel Alexandra,, CPH Living (boat hotel), Urban Hotel, Wakeup Budget Hotels,
A Map of Copenhagen Districts – The Best Areas To Stay in Copenhagen, Denmark
The first step to finding out where to stay in Copenhagen is obviously to understand which are the main hotel areas. So, here is a map of Copenhagen with all the areas to stay in Copenhagen [City Center, Norrebro, Vesterbro, Amager, Osterbro, Frederksberg, Valby], for your reference, so you can figure out which part of Copenhagen (or København in Denish) is best to stay depending if you are looking for a posh location or not. Don’t worry about the fancy neighborhood names, we will explain everything:
Don’t worry about the fancy neighborhood names, we will explain everything:
There are actually 9 areas where you can stay in Copenhagen. Let’s have a quick look at them.
#1 Stay at Vesterbro (best area for hipsters, in the top 3 choices for first-time visitors)
The area of Vesterbro used to be the area where the working class of Copenhagen was living. It also used to be the Red light district of Copenhagen (and maybe it still is).
Nowadays, it has become the ultra-hip area of Copenhagen with many boutique hotels. The main things to do and see in Vesterbro is to go to the Tivoli Gardens, visit the Center of Photography, go to the Museum of Copenhagen , visit the Kavelbod Boge which is a relaxed waterfront area. In the evening the hotspots are Vega, a popular party and concert venue, 1656 bar, Ideal Bar, Bremen Theater, Jolene, and KB3.
In Vesterbro, there is an area that is called “The Meatpack District“, which is full of galleries and nice restaurants and it is the place to go out for nightlife.
The Andersen Boutique Hotel is a nice hotel option here.
#2 Stay at the City Center (Indre By) (best area for first-time visitors to be in the middle of everything, in the top 3 choices for first-time visitors)
The city center of Copenhagen is called “Indre By” in Denish, which translates to “The Inner City”. It is the area that will put you in the middle of everything. The center of the city of Copenhagen is the historic and political area of the town. If you choose to stay here, you will have easy access to many interesting things to do and see such as going to the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK), to the Botanical Garden, to Cristanborg Palace, to Nyhavn Harbor and area, to the Rosenborg Castle, to Torvehallerne, to the Danish Design Centre have a tour with the Netto Boats, go to the King’s Garden, and to Amalienborg Palace.
The city center of Copenhagen started to being built almost 1000 years ago, on 1167. And it is an absolute pleasure to walk around this area.
The nightlife hotspots in the city center of Copenhagen are Strom Bar, Ruby, Condesa, Hive, Balderdash, Jazzhouse and Culturebox.
The best restaurants in the city center are Restaurant AOC, Taller, Kadeau, No.2, Marchal, and Studio.
The best shopping in the city center is at Stroget – one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets -, Naked, Stine Goya, Malene Birger, Nue, Wood Wood, Hay House, ILLUM – the premium department store in Copenhagen-.
Nimb Hotel and Best Western Hotel are two nice options in the Indre By area.
#3 Stay at ChristianSavn (Canals, best for relax..too much relax maybe)
ChristianSavn area is full of canals and maritime life. It is a relaxed area, preferred by hipsters, with a cool vibe, nice cafes, and cool bars. Here, you will find something that is unique in Europe: There is a self-regulated community, Christiania, with people who love nature, freedom (and cannabis). Since 1989 the community of “modern hippies”, stays at a park area called “Christiania”, which is protected by the law in terms of usage of drugs. The members of the community create nice hand-made art which they sell to tourists and visitors of their area.
If you love ships, here you can also visit the Royal Danish Naval Museum. Bear in mind, that if you want to visit the sights that are located in the city centre of Copenhagen (the Indre By), you will need to walk around 20 minutes. This is a canals area which connects to the mainland with bridges.
#4 Stay at East Amager
East Amager is a coastal area a little bit outside of Copenhagen.
#5 Stay at Orestad (West Amager)
The West Amager is a fairly new urban area and an architectural hotspot. The area actually is called Orestad and it is built on the island of Amager. It is less than 10 minutes by train from the Central Train Station of Copenhagen and has easy access to the city and to the airport of Copenhagen. One of the architectural wonders here is DR Koncerthuset,
#6 Stay at Frederiksberg (Best for Foodies, shopping, and luxury)
This is the posh area of Copenhagen. It has nice parks, and many dining and shopping options. Here, except spending all your money on expensive hotels, restaurants, and shops, you can also go to the Copenhagen Zoo or rent a boat at Frederiksberg Have park.
#7 Stay at Valby
Valby is an upcoming area.
#8 Stay at Osterbro (best area for families)
Osterbro is the most family friendly area of Copenhagen with many parks and shopping areas. It is clean, safe and chic. These are some reasons that Osterbro is among the most expensive areas in Copenhagen. Here you will find the Faelledparken which hosts the little mermaid statue (you will be disappointed by the statue, it is probably one of the top tourist traps in Europe). Close to the statue, you will find the Kastellet Citadel and if you love art, you can go to Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art
#9 Stay at Norrebro (Best for Hipsters, in the top 3 choices for first-time visitors)
Norrebro is a multicultural and hip part of Copenhagen. It is vibrant and it’s not as expensive as other areas in Copenhagen. Here you will find vintage shops, hip bars, and sushi bars. It also hosts the world’s biggest Barbie Doll Museum – .
What is it all about the Nyhavn Area?
Nyhavn is a popular area in Copenhagen. 400 years ago, the Danes were at war with Sweden. And the Danes won. So, the Denish King captivated many Swedish fighters and forced them to dig a canal from the inner city of Copenhagen to the sea.
This canal has been called Nyhavn. The area is full of bars, restaurants, and people walking around. It is certainly a very interesting area to stay in Copenhagen. The famous story teller of Denmark, Hans Christian Andersen, was living here for 18 years.
Tips for Hotels in Copenhagen
Are there any cheap places to Stay in Copenhagen? Why are Copenhagen Hotels So Expensive?
Copenhagen hotels can be indeed, quite expensive. And not only the cool Copenhagen hotels, that might be four or five-star hotels. Even the so-called cheap or budget hotels are much more expensive than the average price of hotels you would pay in Amsterdam, London or in Madrid. The reason is that Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in Europe as it needs to import a lot of food due to its weather. The land around Copenhagen is also expensive and there is no “black market” for employees working at the hotels, unlike what happens in other countries. All hotel employees in Copenhagen are insured and paid quite well. All these factors drive up a lot the hotel room prices here. Copenhagen is the richest city in Denmark, so the high price of hotels affects mainly tourists who are looking for cool places to stay in Copenhagen and not the locals.
How Much are Hotels in Copenhagen?
If you are looking for a hotel you won’t pay less than 800Dkr a night. However, for this price, you can stay a beautiful double bedroom, in a great location, with breakfast most likely included.
-Moreover, Copenhagen is a small city and the public transportation is excellent, so you should choose the hotel and not the area – with the exception of the areas to avoid that we describe later here. Try to stay at a hotel which is 15 minutes away from Kongens Nytorv, which is the main square of Copenhagen.
-The Hotels in Copenhagen don’t have often a double bed – they create this by putting two single beds together. Moreover, usually, you will not find a bath tube.
-Copenhagen is noisy and it has a vivid nightlife. If you are visiting Copenhagen during the summer, get a room with air-conditioning, so that you can sleep with the windows closed.
Gay-Friendly Hotels in Copenhagen
Look, Copenhagen is one of the most gay-friendly towns in the world, so all hotels are gay-friendly and there is no need to look for a particular one. People in Copenhagen are really open to gay life and you will feel very welcomed. The area with the most gay-only bars is the Studiestræde street, where you can find bars such as Cozy, Amigo, Jailhouse and Nevermind.
Copenhagen Hotels Close to the Airport (CPH)
There are 9 (nine) hotels which are close to the CPH International Airport of Copenhagen, and they are all located at a distance of up to 3 KM from the airport. The airport hotels in Copenhagen are Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport, Zleep Hotel Copenhagen Airport, Ocean Hotel and Conference, Quality Airport Hotel Dan, Copenhagen Go Hotel, Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, Cabinn Metro, AC Hotel by Marriott Bella Sky Copenhagen and Park Inn by Radisson Copenhagen Airport Hotel.
You can access the map of Copenhagen Airport Hotels by clicking here.
Copenhagen Hotels for a pre-cruise Stay
Copenhagen is a popular destination for cruises and a lot of visitors are looking for hotels that are convenient to stay before or after the cruise. The best hotels for a pre-cruise stay should have easy access to the ports of Copenhagen. The budget-friendly option is to stay at the Chicken’s Private Pension De Luxe and a more upscale option is to stay at the Copenhagen Marriott. Another interesting option is the Adina Apartments Hotel, which is a 4-star hotel, with prices around 200USD, very close to the docks of the cruises. At the map below you can see that the cruise docks for cruises are at (1), (2) and (3) and you can see all the nearby hotels. Bear in mind that the distance from the docks to e.g. the Scandic or Radisson Blu hotels is around 5 km or 40 minutes walk.
The hotel Adina Apartment is the one that is closest to the docks and you can get from the hotel to the docks in 10-15 minutes walk. Other nice options are the Copenhagen Admiral Hotel, the 71 Nyhavn Hotel, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, the Wakeup Copenhagen, and the Scandic Copenhagen hotel. You can access the map below by clicking here. Getting a taxi from the cruise ship dock to the hotels will cost you around 20 USD and it is a 10-minutes drive.
Copenhagen Areas to Avoid
You should avoid staying at the part of Vesterbro which is behind the Central Train Station. There are many cheap hotels there but you should better not choose to stay in that area as it becomes spooky at night. It has many prostitutes and drug dealers walking around. Although it is considered to be a home to hipsters and it has a vibrant club scene, we would not recommend it.
You should also avoid the outer Norrebro/Nordvest, especially if you are a woman, as it also becomes strange at night. The inner Norrebro is much safer to stay at.
Best Hotels – Copenhagen
Below you can find the description of some of the best hotels and hostels to stay in Copenhagen. The suggestions range from luxury 5-star hotels to the cheapest value for money places you can get in Copenhagen.
Best Western City Hotel Copenhagen (4 Stars, Prices start at 225USD)
The Best Western City Hotel is 2km away from Tivoli Gardens and it is close to the city center and to many restaurants and bars that are located in the area.There are nearby stations for public transit, the train station is also close to the hotel and it’s easy to get to it from the airport. The rooms are small but clean. The staff is very friendly and will help you with all your needs and requests. The Best Western City Hotel is one of the Top Copenhagen hotels.
Address: Peder Skrams Gade 24, 1054 København K, Denmark
Telephone: +45 33 13 06 66
Hotel Bethel Copenhagen
The Hotel Bethel is built in a 400 years old building, which is located 3 minutes away from the canal tours of Copenhagen and 3 km away from Tivoli Gardens. It is located in the center of Nyhavn. It serves a free continental breakfast, which is though a basic one and it will provide you with free wi-fi. It is a kid friendly hotel and smoke-free. The metro station is very close and it is very convenient for sightseeing in Copenhagen. The rooms are basic but they are quite comfortable and decent in size. The service is very friendly and there is a 24-hour reception desk to help you with all your needs and requests. Hotel Bethel certainly belongs in the top 10 hotels in Copenhagen.
Address: Nyhavn 22, 1051 København K, Denmark
Tel: +45 33 13 03 70
Axel Hotel Guldsmeden (around 150 USD)
The Axel Hotel is located in the hip Vesterbro area in Copenhagen. It is 10 minutes walk from the Tivoli Gardens and very close to a bus station that can get you in the city center. There is free wi-fi in the rooms and an organic breakfast is served. The hotel has a bar and a restaurant, a spa with a sauna and a hot tube. Moreover, it has a small garden with sofas and a fireplace. On the downside, there is some noise in the rooms and the rooms are small ones. The staff is friendly and professional.
Address: Helgolandsgade 11, 1653 København V, Denmark
Tel: +45 33 31 32 66
Hotel Alexandra (around 220USD/night)
The Hotel Alexandra is a beautiful boutique and organic hotel in Copenhagen. Hotel Alexandra is located in a very convenient location close to the city center, 6 minutes away from a metro station, and 8 minutes walk from Tivoli Gardens. It has a retro style inspired by the 1950’s and it offers free wi-fi to its guests. The hotel hosts a Vietnamese restaurant, and it offers a free Scandinavian breakfast buffet. The rooms are small, as in most hotels in Copenhagen. It does not offer an air conditioning in the room, due to its environmental friendly policy, which means that if the weather is hot, you will have to open the windows and let some of the noise from the busy streets to get inside.
Address: H. C. Andersens Blvd. 8, 1553 København V, Denmark
Tel: +45 33 74 44 44
Nimb Hotel (5400 DKK for a double room)
Nimb is a small boutique hotel with 17 suites. It is a luxury hotel, next to the Tivoli Gardens and next to the main train station. It offers a bar, a gym, a restaurant and you can even bring your dog, as long as it is below 20 kg. It offers free wi-fi in the rooms. The rooms are clean, elegant, with a view to the Tivoli Gardens and Danish interior design, while most of them have a fireplace. One of its highlights is its restaurant and the excellent food it serves. Nimb is one of the best Copenhagen hotels and if you can afford it you should check it out.
Address: Bernstorffsgade 5, 1577 København V, Denmark
Tel: +45 88 70 00 00
Chickens Private Pension Copenhagen (550 DK for a double room)
This is a pension built in a building dating back to 1600. It is a very basic setup with good value for money. This is a solution if you are on a really tight budget, so don’t expect luxuries. The furniture and the rooms are antique ones actually. The pension has only 5 rooms, two of them are the biggest, another two for couples and a small one for single visitors. Be careful, that there is no private bathroom or toilet. We told you, this is a very budget friendly suggestion, so proceed at your own risk.
Address:Torvegade 36, 1400 København, Denmark
Tel: +45 32 95 32 73
Hotel Recommendation 1: 71 Nyhavn or Nyhavn 71
Hotel 71 Nyhavn Copenhagen, is located in one of the most beautiful locations in Copenhagen. You’ll find yourself walking distance from many attractions and overall, it’s just a wonderful place to be. Due to the wonderful location, the price will be a little higher than what you can find in other places. It is also 10 minutes walk from the popular Cave Restaurant Copenhagen.
Price: 1,100Dkr per night for a double room
Address: 71 Nyhavn, Copenhagen.
Phone number: +4578766390
Link to Check Prices and Availability: Booking.com
Hotel Recommendation 2: First Hotel Mayfair
It’s located in a beautiful area, surrounded by classic Danish buildings. It’s also very close to a train station. The staff is very professional and the rooms are comfortable!
Price: 800Dkr per night for a double room.
Address: Helgolandsgade 3, Copenhagen 1653, (Formerly Clarion Collection Hotel Mayfair).
Hostel Recommendation 1: Urban House Copenhagen
For those that like artistic, alternative styles. This hostel has street art flare without any of the discomforts of a grungy lifestyle. Again, this place is decked out with Danish design, with everything you could want for a location: bar, restaurant close by, wifi and common areas. It’s ultimate ‘youth hostel’.
Address: Colbjørnsensgade 5-11, Vesterbro, 1652 Copenhagen
CPH Studio Hotel (Budget Hostel in Copenhagen)
This is, yet again, located close to a station and it is a cheap stay in Copenhagen. This one is 5km from Copenhagen Central Station! It is also only a 5minute walk from Oresund and Amager Strand Metro stations. Even better, Amager Strand beach is about a 10-minute walk away. Even though this is listed online as a hostel…it’s more like studio apartments! Every room features modern Danish design. Furniture is all from HAY and the rooms are simply the height of Danish minimalistic chic. There is also a TV, Friday and private bathroom. It’s definitely the nicest hostel I’ve seen!
Address: Krimsvej 29, 2300 Copenhagen
Price: 640Dkr for a double room