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Gone are the days when choosing a hostel was just about finding the cheapest bed a city had to offer. Copenhagen’s modern hostels have much more to offer young travelers than the average budget hotel, including the chance to meet with other backpackers, lively hangout areas, and knowledgeable, enthusiastic reception staff who know exactly what you’re looking for.
Copenhagen’s newest and best-equipped hotel is Generator Hostel Copenhagen, which can also boast one of the city’s most central locations, a few minutes’ walk from Kongens Nytorv Square and Nyhavn. Its location is rivalled only by Danhostel Copenhagen Downtown, close to shops, restaurants, and the City Hall, while five-star design hostel Danhostel Copenhagen City provides amazing views of the city from its high-rise windows.
An out-of town stay in a quieter residential area is offered at Danhostel Copenhagen Amager and Danhostel Copenhagen Bellahoj, both of which offer family rooms and outdoor as well as indoor play areas. Danhostel Amager also has disabled access.
Some hostels are great for cheap stays, lively meeting places. Eco-friendly Sleep-in Green and Sleep-in Heaven, while hardly designer, are friendly, laid-back overnight options in the multicultural Norrebro district.
Note that while many of Copenhagen’s hostels provide ideal overnight options for families as well as backpackers, with 4 and 5-bed private rooms, many still charge for bed linen and towels. In addition, many of the older hostels, like City Public Hostel and YMCA Interpoint, are open in summer months only.