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Known for its design scene, culture, and first-class gastronomy, Copenhagen isn’t exactly a cheap destination. But don't let the capital of Denmark's high price tag deter you from visiting — the city has plenty of budget accommodations to choose from, so you can keep your kroner for all the rest of the experiences you’ll be having. Just because these hotels can be booked for less (mostly under 100 euro a night) doesn't mean you'll be staying in a hovel, either. Copenhagen's budget stays are really quite good if you just put a little time into researching. And guess what? We've done just that. Read on for our top picks, from a wallet-friendly downtown spot to surprisingly chic hostel.
Best Overall: Hotel Kong Arthur
No, that’s not a typo: Kong means “king” in Danish, and for a budget property, this 155-room hotel will make you feel like one. This old residence — once the home of 19th-century apprentices — is well-maintained and well-designed, with hygge touches like fireplaces, stacks of books, window sills piled with pillows, and a daily "Cozy Hour" where the hotel serves up "a little something" for guests. Remarkably, this hotel also has a great spa on site, as well as three restaurants that serve Italian, Spanish, and Japanese cuisine. The hotel’s rooms, available in both single and double formats, are clean and individually decorated, and those who book a spa package will get a spa room for bonus relaxation. If you’re traveling with your family, the double superior rooms can accommodate two extra beds for little heads. Guests can also join in on the hotel's running club (with free access to the spa facilities after) and get on the guest list for live music at a nearby jazz club.
Best for Families: 66 Guldsmeden
Located on the main street of Copenhagen’s trendy Vesterbro neighborhood, this hotel — part of the same group as the Axel Guldsmeden — pulls out all the stops for parents and kids. Staff is lovely and very welcoming of children, and pets, for that matter, which starts a stay off right. Guest units are simple but lovely, with dark wood and art made by the owner’s father-in-law. The hotel is close to transit with a bus station one minute away, as well close proximity to attractions like Tivoli Gardens, which is about a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Back in the neighborhood, there’s plenty of parks, art galleries, and local eateries to discover. Speaking of food, breakfast isn’t free, but the on-site restaurant is ultra-cozy on a winter day with heated balconies and a fireplace. We recommend asking for a room facing the courtyard or in the annex for a quieter stay.
Best Boutique: Ibsens Hotel
Aside from a great nightly rate, this three-star hotel also adheres to admirable eco-friendly practices, making it a feel-good stay for not only your wallet but the environment as well. Guests love the staff who are efficient and friendly, and the location is great, too as it’s just a five-minute walk to the metro, from which it takes 15 minutes to get to the airport. The trendy Noerrebro neighborhood is also within walking distance, and the Nansensgade area next to the hotel has cute local shops and cafes, as well as a monthly flea market. Rooms are well-decorated for the price point, with stylish pops of color and modern furnishings. Do know, however, that the bathrooms are actually designed as wet rooms, so don’t be surprised if things get damp. Breakfast isn’t included, but it’s a good spread and everything’s organic (one child in each family can eat free as well) if you opt to pay for it out of pocket.
Best Hostel: Steel House Copenhagen
Let's get one thing straight: a hostel can be just as nice as a hotel — and this hostel, run by a hotel group, proves it with an easygoing vibe and a whole mix of guests, including families and older adults. If you haven’t stayed in a hostel before, prepare for this one to shake the lodgings' less-than-flattering stereotype from your mind. Steel House Copenhagen is stylish and fun with great staff who are extraordinarily helpful and amenities like foosball and pool tables. Dorms are simple but very clean, with an ensuite toilet and shower, bunk beds, and private lockers. Private rooms are also available for travelers who want to maintain their space. Surprisingly, Steel House also has an onsite gym and pool, though there is a separate fee to use them. We love the USB charging ports scattered throughout, which helps eliminate the need for adapters if you’re trying to travel light.
Best for Romance: Axel Guldsmeden
Stylish and modern, the Axel Guldsmeden is a romantic retreat that’s also quite centrally located in town. Rooms are done in a sexy, modern Balinese style, with gorgeous woods and four-poster beds in each of its 202 rooms. If you want to splash out on a higher-end (but still budget) room, there are four penthouse suites complete with private rooftop terraces and hot tubs. There’s also a spa on site, as well a great restaurant, Cafe du Nord, that won't run you much more than city restaurants. Guests also rave about the staff: Everyone is incredibly friendly and helpful with recommendations and advice. Interestingly enough, Axel Guldsmeden is the “test” hotel for new concepts within the larger Guldsmeden chain, so be sure to ask if there’s anything fun going on when you check in.
Best Downtown: Hotel Windsor
Located within walking distance of Copenhagen’s major attractions — the Tivoli Gardens, Nyhavn, and more — Hotel Windsor boasts a wonderful downtown location just a one-minute walk from the Norreport metro station. Rooms are simple and unfussy (you won’t stay here for the design) but are bigger than the pictures make them look and are really clean. There’s a shared kitchen available for use, too, so you can save a bit of money by preparing a picnic lunch, or having a late dinner when you get back (there’s a market close by with a great selection of produce). Breakfast is conveniently included in the room rate, and it’s served at a sister hotel that’s a couple minutes’ walk away. Keep in mind that toilets and showers are shared at this hotel. That said, communal bathrooms are the norm at budget stays in Europe — especially when it comes to older hotels.
Best for Stopovers: Hotel Nebo
If you’re getting into town late or leaving the city early, you’ll want a hotel that’s not too much of a schlep from the train station or airport, and Hotel Nebo is just that. The hotel has 87 rooms and, though its furnishings are a bit dated, it’s well-suited for one night’s sleep. Both the hotel and train station are centrally located, so if you have a few hours to explore, you can easily reach key attractions by foot. If you’re traveling by air, it’s also just 12 minutes from the airport to the front desk. Travelers like the variety of room sizes available, with everything from single rooms with shared bathrooms up to quadruple rooms and apartments for larger groups traveling together. Breakfast is simple but free and conveniently begins at 6:30 a.m. for those with morning departures.
Best for Singles: Cabinn City Hotel
If you’re traveling on your own, Cabinn City Hotel is one of the few spots in Copenhagen where it isn’t too painful to not have a partner splitting the bill. Guests say you get what you pay for: Compact rooms that come with a private bathroom (just know in advance it’s wet-room style, so the floor might get splashed), and a really basic breakfast — though rooms also have kettles, which is a nice touch. The design actually plays into the smaller room size quite well. Each unit is designed to look like a cabin on a boat (hence the name of the place, too). Overall, it’s a cheap place to crash, and its downtown location will get you where you need to go in the morning. Cabinn City Hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the central station and close to Tivoli Gardens and the main shopping street.
Best B&B: Bed & Breakfast Copenhagen
Located just outside the city center but with a metro stop about an eight-minute walk from the property, Bed & Breakfast Copenhagen is a great choice for travelers seeking a more close-knit stay in Denmark’s capital. With great value for money, this bed and breakfast offers large, scrupulously clean rooms, some with king beds. As fitting for a bed and breakfast, the owners are incredibly hospitable and take time to explain top sights and attractions to guests checking in. Travelers on a budget find the kitchenette super-convenient for packing lunches ahead of a day out in the city. Nearby, there’s a beach area, and the B&B's surrounds are home to creative types like artists, who have moved into the old warehouses in the neighborhood. Just be aware that rooms tend to get booked early (many guests stay long term), so plan ahead if you’re looking to stay here.
Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular budget hotels in Copenhagen. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 45 different hotels and read over 90 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.