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Copenhagen is a beautiful city that’s worth visiting at least once in your life. So if you’re planning a trip to Denmark’s capital city, this article will help you choose your accommodation. Having travelled and lived in Copenhagen, I’ll share with you the best affordable central hotels to stay at during your trip to this wonderful city.
The city center is the best place to stay when visiting Copenhagen because almost everything you’ll want to see is within walking distance. Copenhagen is a pretty compact, walkable city. During my time living there I did not use public transit much, and neither will you if you opt to stay in the central region.
If you’re in a rush, here’s a summary of the best affordable hotels in Central Copenhagen:
|Wakeup Copenhagen||– ideal location|
|Motel One Copenhagen||– sustainable property|
– close to the train station
|Next House Copenhagen||– amazing value for money|
– plenty of amenities
|Rye115 Hotel||– cozy like a home|
– tranquil atmosphere
|Globalhagen Hostel||– non-profit|
– very affordable
|Cabinn Scandinavia||– has single beds|
– perfect for groups of 3
|ProfilHotels Richmond||– rooms for groups up to 6|
– accommodates pets
|City Hotel Nebo||– rooms with kitchenettes|
– best for groups of 6
|Hotel Bethel||– located on Nyhavn|
– friendly staff
|Steel House Copenhagen||– multiple room types|
– amazing amenities
A commonly shared opinion among many travellers is that Copenhagen is an expensive city, especially when it comes to accommodation. However, based on my experience I would disagree. Coming from Canada, I found hotels in Copenhagen to be similar, while dining and transportation are less expensive. With that in mind, these are the best affordable hotels I would recommend in Central Copenhagen:
Starting the list with the hotel I recommend the most, Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade. This affordable hotel chain has three locations in Copenhagen, but the one at Borgergade is the most centrally located. Situated only a 2 minute walk away from Nyhavn, this location is perfect for exploration. There is also a metro stop just steps away at Kongens Nytorv Square, which makes getting to and from the airport a breeze.
I stayed at this hotel twice and I had a good experience each time. I found both the hotel and the street the hotel is on to be quiet, which is great for those of us who sleep lightly.
The rooms are small and minimalist with large windows and double beds. Wakeup Copenhagen does not have twin beds, so if you’re travelling with a friend, make sure you’re both comfortable sharing a bed. However, the price for the room is the same regardless of the number of guests. Thus when two people are sharing a room, the price is quite affordable, around 70 USD per person depending on the season. In addition, they also have rooms with two double beds for families and friend groups of 3-4 people.
However, given that Wakeup Copenhagen is a budget hotel, rooms lack certain amenities like a mini fridge or a coffee maker/ kettle. During my stay, I found this not to be a problem at all. You can get hot water and cold beverages from the lobby. A selection of snacks and drinks is available for purchase from the lobby. Additionally, there is a 7-Eleven just around the corner where you can buy everything you need from small meals to hot coffee.
“I love those hotels with minimalistic rooms. A comfy bad, shower, WC and couple of hooks for your coat and stuff – that’s all I need.”Roman, Czech Republic – via Booking.com
In addition, the hotel offers bike rentals and breakfast buffet for an extra fee. During my first stay, I opted to pay for the breakfast buffet since it was my first time in Copenhagen and I didn’t know anything about the city. It was good, but not extraordinary. There were various cold cuts, dairy products, cereal, boiled eggs, fresh fruits and filter coffee and tea. Everything was fresh and tasty, but at 190 DKK (around 25 USD) I found it to be a little too expensive.
If you’re someone who eats a lot for breakfast, paying for the breakfast buffet will be worth it for you. However, if you don’t eat a lot, I’d recommend getting a pastry, sandwich, or porridge from 7-Eleven or Torvehallerne.
Please be advised that pets are not welcome at this property.
All in all, Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade is a good budget hotel with a great location. It will be my number one choice of hotel the next time I visit Copenhagen.
Located near the City Hall, Motel One Copenhagen is a sustainable hotel with a 1960’s ambiance. They obtain 100% of the electricity from renewable sources, serve organic breakfasts, and use natural toiletries without microplastics.
Although the area is quite busy, Motel One Copenhagen is situated on a quiet street, just steps away from the amusement park Tivoli. This makes it a great choice for families travelling with children. However, cots and extra beds are not available at this location, thus the hotel is better suited for older children.
As a side note, I’d like to mention that in Scandinavian countries, it is common for babies to sleep in the same bed as the parents.
Furthermore, this hotel is also located close to the train station, which is nice for those arriving to Copenhagen by train.
Rooms are bigger than what you’d find at Wakeup Copenhagen, with fun and colorful bedding. Motel One Copenhagen also has only double beds available, so you would have to share the bed with the person you’re travelling with.
In each room, there are hardwood or parquet floors and hypoallergenic pillows and duvets, so that rooms are allergy-free. They provide clothes racks, but no proper closet. Another thing to consider is that bathrooms are on the small size, but they’re all fitted with a rainfall shower. Additionally, there is also a tranquil courtyard garden where you can relax after a busy day of exploring the city.
“The location is perfect, almost every attractions is under 20 minutes by foot. Staff were really friendly and always ready to help and give us advice about the city.”Lorena, Croatia – via Booking.com
Breakfast is available for an extra 22 USD per person, which I would not recommend unless you eat a lot in the morning. Given the central location, there are multiple cafés, bakeries, and grocery stores nearby where you can find a sandwich or pastry at a much more affordable price.
Recently Motel One Copenhagen brought bicycles, which you can rent for a fee. But beware. The area is very busy and I wouldn’t recommend venturing out on a bike unless you are a fairly experienced cyclist.
Additionally, you can bring your pet for an extra fee, but you have to let them know in advance.
Motel One Copenhagen is an affordable, eco-friendly hotel in central Copenhagen. It is well suited for friends, couples, and families. The location makes it a great choice for those arriving by train.
Steps away from the Central Station and a metro stop, Next House Copenhagen is a stunning hotel-hostel. There are multiple types of rooms you can book at this beautifully designed property:
All rooms have their own private bathroom that you only share with the people in your room. The bunkbeds are shaped like pods, which provide maximum privacy. There are also lights and electrical outlets for charging your devices inside each pod.
Do keep in mind that if you’re booking a single room for two people, rooms are small and have double beds. If you’re travelling with your friend, make sure you’re both comfortable sharing the bed.
Furthermore, Next House Copenhagen provides lockers, a shared kitchen, and an outdoor garden. However, where this hotel-hostel really shines are all the other amenities you won’t find at most hotels in Copenhagen. In addition to the usual bike rental and gym, there are also mini golf, movie nights, walking tours, karaoke, darts, table tennis, billiards, and more. Please note, some of these require an extra fee.
“We had a great stay at this hostel and would highly recommend it to others. The staff were friendly and accommodating. The beds were also very comfortable and provided a good night’s sleep after a long day of exploring the city. Additionally, the bathroom was clean and well-maintained, which was a big plus. Despite the small size of our room, there was no lingering smell, which was a really nice! The isolation was also good, as we could not hear any noise from outside or from other rooms, ensuring a peaceful and restful stay. Overall, we had a fantastic experience and would definitely consider staying here again in the future.”Maria, Norway – via Booking.com
Given that prices start as low as 30 USD (depending on season) for a bed in a shared room with 5 other guests, Next House Copenhagen is ideal for the budget traveller.
They offer a breakfast buffet for an extra charge of around 7 USD (depending on the exchange rate) per person, which I think is very reasonable. The buffet consists of a selection of cold cuts, cereal, dairy, fresh fruits, and more. In this case, I’d say it’s worth it to pay extra for the breakfast.
Next House Copenhagen is best suited for the younger travellers, although everyone is welcome. They offer an ideal location and some of the most affordable prices in Copenhagen.
Although it is tucked away in the quiet, residential area of Østerbro, Rye115 Hotel is only a 10 minute walk away from Rosenborg Castle, and a 15 minute walk away from the Old Town. It’s a great choice for those who sleep lightly.
However, this may not be the best option for you if you are picky about the bathroom situation since none of the rooms have private bathrooms. The reason being is to create a family-like atmosphere and encourage people to come together and share stories, instead of hiding in their rooms.
Beware that elevators are not available do to the hotel being an older property. Upper levels are only accessible by stairs.
That being said, prices are quite affordable if you’re travelling in a group of 3 to 4 people. For example, when 4 people are sharing a room, the cost comes to under 60 USD per person per night, which is a steal for the area.
Rye115 Hotel has 20 unique rooms of 4 types:
Even though single rooms are available, they cost over 150 USD per night, which in my opinion is too much and I would not recommend this property if you’re travelling solo.
“I’ve been in this hotel several times, and I enjoy it every time. It’s a very cozy and comfortable place that doesn’t feel like a hotel. The staff is very friendly.”Sedat, Germany – via Booking.com
Pets are not allowed, but Rye115 Hotel welcomes children of all ages.
Due to the hotel being family-run, the reception is open for check in from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm. If you need to check in later than that, you need to contact them in advance and they will have a key-box outside for you.
Available for an extra 15 USD, breakfast is cooked by the owners from organic ingredients. You can have it indoors, on the terrace or outside garden.
Rye115 Hotel is a great choice for a family or a small group of friends looking to have a relaxing trip to Copenhagen.
Just across the Dronning Louise Bridge, in the lively district of Nørrebro is the Globalhagen Hostel. What’s unique about this place is that it’s non-profit and run by volunteers. They also follow eco-friendly practices, having used second hand furniture and recycled materials in building the hostel.
The different types of rooms you can choose from include:
Room have their own bathrooms. So if you book a double room, you’ll have your own private bathroom. There is also a kitchen you can share with the other guests.
Although it’s not a hotel, Globalhagen Hostel can be a great option for those travelling in groups of 2 or 3 on a small budget. When 2 people share a room, the cost comes to under 50 USD per person per night, and when 3 people share a room, the cost comes to under 40 USD per person per night. Plus you get to have your own bathroom like you would at a traditional hotel.
“Location is great its walking distance from main attractions, it was very clean and comfortable. In a first floor there is nice bar and common room, with board games.”Podgornik, Slovenia – via Booking.com
Breakfast is available for an extra 10 USD, which is reasonable if you’re a big breakfast eater. Otherwise you can grab something outside the hostel. Given its location in the densely populated Nørrebro, there are countless eating options around.
And speaking of the location, everything you’ll want to see is within walking distance of Globalhagen Hostel. Simply cross the Dronning Louise Bridge and you’re in the heart of the city.
Although the Globalhagen Hostel is situated on a smaller side street, the area is full of bars, restaurants, and clubs. As a result it can get loud at night, especially on the weekends. Thus this accommodation is better suited for those looking to socialize and make new friends.
Please note that towels are not included with your stay. You can either bring them from home or rent them from the reception for an extra 3 USD.
Globalhagen Hostel is best suited for those travelling in groups of 2 or 3. Given its location in the vibrant Nørrebro district, I would this accommodation to those one the younger side, looking for a fun and adventurous trip.
Located in the upscale area of Frederiksberg, Cabinn Scandinavia is a no-frills, affordable hotel. As the name suggests, rooms are designed like a cabin on a ship. The decor is minimal and functional.
All rooms can sleep at least 3 people, have a TV, clothes rack, desk, and a tiny but private cabinet bathroom. However, there is no mini fridge, and if you want a hairdryer you have to ask for it at the reception. Additionally, there is no AC in the rooms, but Cabinn Scandinavia has central ventilation.
This particular accommodation is best suited to those travelling in groups as all rooms contain at least one bunk bed. They also have single and double bed options. Here are the different types of rooms:
Given that Cabinn Scandinavia is one of the few hotels to offer single beds, it makes a great hotel choice for those travelling in groups of friends. It is also a good option for families travelling with children. And if you’re travelling with very young children you can rent a cot at the reception.
As with the other hotel options, the more people share a room, the less expensive it gets. When 3 people share a room, the price comes to under 70 USD per person per night. And when 4 people share a room, the price comes to under 60 USD per person per night. Of course prices also depend on season and how far in advance you make your booking.
“It’s a great budget accomodation, perfect choice if you go sightseeing all day and you only need a place to sleep at night. Located close to the Forum metro station (M2 takes you directly to the airport), it’s an easy walking distance to the city center. The bed is comfortable and the room is quiet, we had a great night’s sleep. Staff is kind and friendly, we could leave our luggage in the storage room even after check-out.”Zsófi, Hungary – via Booking.com
I would recommend Cabinn Scandinavia to families and those travelling in groups of 3-4 people. However, if you’re travelling as a couple or solo, I’d say Wakeup Copenhagen is a better value for your money.
Situated in the heart of the city, ProfilHotels Richmond is only a 5 minute walk away from the popular pedestrian street Strøget, 10 minutes away from the Central Station and right next to the H. C. Andersens Boulevard.
All rooms at ProfilHotels Richmond have private bathrooms, TVs, desk, and hairdryers (so you don’t have to specifically ask for one at the reception, unlike Cabinn Scandinavia). Some rooms also have a sleeper sofa.
These are the different room types at ProfilHotels Richmond:
Depending on season, sharing a twin room with a friend will come to around 100 USD per person per night. And if you travel with five friends and book a room for the six of you, each of you will be paying under 65 USD per person per night.
Although it’s well reviewed, the breakfast buffet is fairly pricy at this property. At almost 30 USD per person, you’re not getting the best value for money. For a fraction of the cost, you can find a sandwich/ pastry and a cup of coffee from a 7-Eleven or even a grocery store.
There are bicycles available to rent for a daily fee of around 20 USD (depending on the exchange rate). They can also provide a cot if you’re travelling with a little child. In addition, small pets are welcome at this property for an extra fee of 20 USD every three days. Just let them know in advance if you’re travelling with your pet.
“The location was perfect just a short stroll from wherever you wish to go. Plenty of cafes and shopping to be had. The beds, well what can I say ..just perfect! The room was large and did us well for four adults. Two separate rooms both with TV. The shower was lovely, overhead and directional showers. Separate toilet too! The staff were so friendly always kind and smiling. I shall return!”Melanie, United Kingdom – via Booking.com
Given that ProfilHotels Richmond is located steps away from the busiest street in Copenhagen, there may be some traffic noise. However, I have been in the vicinity many times and it was fairly quiet despite the traffic. If you’re a city person, it won’t bother you.
Considering its close proximity to Tivoli Gardens, ProfilHotels Richmond is a great choice for families with more than 2 children. It is also an affordable option for groups of friends of up to 6 people. I would also suggest this hotel to a group travelling for a bachelor/ bachelorette party.
Right behind Central Station you will find City Hotel Nebo. This is one of the very few affordable hotels in Copenhagen that offer rooms with kitchenettes. In addition this property is non-profit and proceeds go to the homeless community.
Rooms are a little dated, but comfortable. However beware when you’re booking as not all the rooms have their own private bathroom. Some of the rooms have to share the common bathroom and shower at the end of the hall.
These are the room types at City Hotel Nebo:
Continental breakfast is available for an extra 12 USD, which is reasonable. And when the weather permits you can have your breakfast outside in the courtyard. There’s no mini fridge in the room (except for the apartment suite), but you can purchase drinks and snacks in the lobby, or from one of the many grocery and convenience stores right outside the hotel.
I would not recommend this hotel for solo travellers because you’ll be paying nearly 100 USD for a tiny room without a bathroom. For solo travellers I suggest Wakeup or Steel House because they’re only a little more expensive but you can have your own private bathroom.
However, if you rent the apartment suite for 6 people, you’ll be paying 50-60 USD per person. Plus you’ll have the ability to buy food from the grocery stores and save on dining costs.
“The ground floor apartment was perfect for our needs as a family of 4. My husband could easily smoke outside in the courtyard and thus not have to smoke in the street. We liked the kitchen that also had a two plate stove and microwave. The shower was strong and hot! Everything was very neat and clean.”De, South Africa – via Booking.com
In my opinion I’d say City Hotel Nebo is best suited for families with multiple children travelling to Tivoli, as well as a groups of friends who’d like the privacy of an apartment but cannot afford to rent an Airbnb. If you’re a single traveller, I would only recommend this hotel if you need a place to sleep for the night before catching a train.
If you want an affordable room with a view, you’ll find it at Hotel Bethel. Situated right on the picturesque Nyhavn canal, the location couldn’t get better!
The interior decor is very simple, perhaps a little dated, but everything is clean and well-kept.
All rooms have their own private bathrooms and either two single beds or one double bed. Additionally all rooms have a desk, wardrobe, TV, and security box. Hotel Bethel can also provide you with a crib if you’re travelling with an infant.
There is no mini fridge or coffee maker in the room. However, there is complementary tea and coffee in the lobby. Buffet-style breakfast is also available for an extra 15 USD per day. It is worth it if you’re someone who needs a substantial breakfast. But if you want to try something different, I’d recommend some pastries from one of the many nearby bakeries/ cafés or some grød from Torvehallerne.
Although there is little vehicle traffic on Nyhavn, there are a lot of bars in and around the area. So it could potentially get a little noisy at night, especially on the weekends. If you are a light sleeper, I would suggest staying at Wakeup, which is only around 300 meters away.
That being said, staying in this area is perfect for those interested in arts and culture. You have the Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Little Mermaid, Strøget, Rundetårn, and more just a stone’s throw away.
“The staff were amazingly helpful. There was tea and coffee available in their lounge all day, which was great when we needed a break and some warmth and it was in a great position for exploring the main sights of Copenhagen. An older but lovely hotel.”Antony, Australia – via Booking.com
Hotel Bethel is best suited to couples, two friends or a solo traveller looking for a relaxing gateway. Given it’s proximity to the metro station I would also suggest this hotel if you’re looking to spend a few days in Copenhagen before/ after a cruise.
A modern hotel-hostel, Steel House Copenhagen is one of the best affordable accommodations in town. It is located close to Vesterport Station, one stop away from Central Station, near the Lakes. Here you are within a 5 minute walking distance to the Planetarium, Tivoli, Torvehallerne, Strøget and other attractions.
Considering this hotel-hostel is relatively new, everything looks fresh and modern. Rooms are on the small size but they have everything you may need. Every room has its own private bathroom, as well as towels and hairdryers (you don’t have to rent them at the reception).
These are the different room types Steel House Copenhagen offers:
The nice thing about the bunk beds is they are shaped like pods. So if you opt to book a bed in a room with strangers, you still get some privacy while sleeping.
Steel House Copenhagen also has some amazing amenities. In fact, this is the only property at this price point in Copenhagen with a swimming pool! Additionally, they have bingo, stand-up comedy, karaoke, billiards, and more.
There is also a shared kitchen which you can use during your stay. If you intend to use it, let them know at the reception, as you have to pay a small fee of 3 USD. Additionally, you also have to pay a fee to use the swimming pool. It’s 3 USD for 2 hours of use, which is very reasonable.
The property is situated on a small street right next to a school, so the area is very quiet at night. However if you book a shared room, be advised that there’s no noise policy inside the rooms.
Furthermore, Steel House Copenhagen is not the best choice for families with very young children as the bunk bed situation may not be appropriate for them.
“Definitely a great stay, especially for the price. Close to Vesterport station, only 1 stop away from the main center of Copenhagen. Nice vibe, the bathrooms were clean and friendly staff. Definitely recommend!”Charlotte, Netherlands – via Booking.com
I would recommend Steel House Copenhagen to anyone from couples, to families with children, groups of friends, and solo travellers.
Now that you know what are the best affordable hotels in central Copenhagen, when is the best time to visit? Definitely not in the summer time, if you’re on a budget. If you want nice, sunny weather and affordable prices, go in March or October. This is always my favorite time in Copenhagen because there are fewer tourists, but the city still feels alive.
However if you’re looking for the cheapest possible accommodation, go in November, January or February. There are very few tourists during these times, but Copenhagen is very cloudy and windy. This is the time to cozy up in cafés and visit museums, not so much for outdoor activities.
As far in advance as possible if you’ll be travelling during the tourist season. If you’re flexible with the dates you may be able to find some amazing deals last minute, but mostly in the off-season.
As a solo traveller, I would personally choose Wakeup Copenhagen near Nyhavn. I have stayed there before and had pleasant experiences. I also like to area because it’s quiet and upscale despite being so close to very famous landmarks. But if I wanted to be closer to the train station, I would opt for a room with balcony at Steel House Copenhagen.