Copenhagen's low-priced lodging options challenges the city's reputation as expensive.

Despite its reputation as expensive, Copenhagen has beds to suit every price class, and cheap hotels in a wide variety of great central locations. Copenhagen’s low-priced lodging suits not only backpackers but also families and couples on a budget.

Top of our list is a purpose-built high-rise in Copenhagen’s new hotel complex between its central Hovedbanegård and Dybbølsbro stations: Wakeup Copenhagen’s room rates rise according to floor, from the low-cost ground level to the costlier penthouse rooms.

Less modern, perhaps, but what Hotel Sct. Thomas lacks in hip design it makes up for in warmth: This small, family-run hotel also has a superb location on the border between lively Vesterbro and the leafier, more residential Frederiksberg neighborhood.

Copenhagen's hostels meanwhile share many facilities normally only associated with top-rated hotels, including private ensuite rooms, breakfast cafe, lively bars and great WiFi access. Danhostel Copenhagen City has been featured in design magazines, while Downtown Hostel and newcomer Generator Hostel can boast both lively bars and a more central location than many of the city’s four star hotels. Despite the name, Hotel Loeven hotel is definitely more hostel than hotel, but does provide a great location, friendly service and very cheap rates. 

The long-established CabInn group paved the way for Copenhagen’s budget hotel scene and has four hotels in the city with compact, cabin-inspired sleeping arrangements, from its oldest Cabinn Express, to its newest, the enormous, 709-room Cabinn Metro.


Omena Hotel
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Omena on Colbjornsgade, a stone's throw from Copenhagen's Central Station, is the first Danish hotel to be opened by this low-cost lodging chain from Finland. If you've ever stayed at an Omena hotel in Finland, the simple design will be familiar, with a small but functional room that has everything you might need - providing you don't feel the need to stretch out too much. Good news for groups of friends or families on a tight budget: All the rooms can be used by up to four people, and come with one double bed and two small fold-out ones, as well as shower, flatscreen TV and micro kitchen.

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CABINN Express
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Before 2000, if you wanted a low-cost hotel in Copenhagen, Cabinn was about the only option there was, and Cabinn Express, dating from 1990, was the first. Its location near the Lakes, though a little way out, is pleasant enough and affords plenty of greenery. The rooms are modeled on ship cabins, with round windows and fold-out beds, and can thus feel rather cramped; choose between a standard room or family-sized, where extra beds are located in a loft annex. This hotel is popular with school parties, so late-night noise can be part of the experience. All rooms are ensuite, with free WiFi, TVs and kettle with free tea/coffee. A breakfast buffet is available for an extra cost.

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Located below Tivoli Gardens and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, budget hotel Cabinn was built in 2004 and offers 352 rooms on 6 stories, all with free internet connection, ensuite facilities, TV, phone and kettle for making tea and coffee. Cabinn City is part of the Danish low-cost Cabinn chain of hotels; the rates, based on the number of people as well as the class of the room, remain the same whichever location you choose and however early you make your booking. Note that the cheapest rooms (Economy and Standard class) are pretty small, resembling cabins on a ship, with more spacious accommodation provided in the Commodore and Captains class (neither of which will cost you more than DKK 1,000 for a double room, however). Breakfast costs extra (DKK 70 a person).

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The facilities at Loeven ('The Lion') are pretty basic, but the location, on the second floor of an apartment block on busy shopping street Vesterbrogade, is ideal for visitors who went to be right in the heart of one of Copenhagen's liveliest quarters, as well as just ten minutes' walk from most downtown attractions. The building has housed an inn since the 1840s, when it was still outside the city gates (these closed at dusk, leaving some weary travelers locked out). Loeven offers rooms with both private and shared bath and toilet for up to five poeple (as well as doubles/ singles), and there is also a small guest kitchen with fridge, toaster, microwave, kettle, etc. The kitchen also has an internet connection for guests with laptops. No breakast is provided, but there are plenty of great cafes - many with early breakfast specials - in the immediate area.

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This striking red and blue, 709 room block is the newest addition to the low-cost Cabinn family and is the second-largest hotel in Denmark. It was designed by acclaimed Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, the man behind the Ground Zero project in New York, and is located in the new Orestad district, between downtown Copenhagen and Kastrup Airport not far from the Bella Center. In addition to the same facilities as in other Cabinn hotels (free WiFi, ensuite rooms, phone, flatscreen TV and kettle with free tea and coffee), the breakfast bar is open from 5.30am on weekdays and 7.30am on weekends - ideal for early flights or business meetings. (Breakfast is not included in the room rates, however). The brightly-decorated rooms come in four price classes; economy rooms have two cabin-style bunks, while the third bed in the standard room is a fold-out one. Modern meeting facilities also available.

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This low-cost hotel is placed just outside Osterport Station in a handy location for attractions that include the Little Mermaid and Kastellet park. Another park, Ostre Anlaeg, is situated right next to the hotel, making a lovely stroll to national gallery Statens Museum for Kunst. Originally constructed as a temporary shelter during World War II, Hotel Osterport was then transformed into student dorms, and later into a hotel. Much more recently, quality Scandinavian hotel chain First Hotels took over ownership of the hotel, with a thorough makeover that has given it the chain's classy look of sharp lines and contrasting black, white and red tones. Facilities include free coffee and tea in the lobby, free WiFi and a breakfast buffet (for an additional cost). There are also conference facilities for business travelers. Book online for the best deals.

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Europe-wide chain Generator Hostels opened its first hostel in Scandinavia in summer 2011, and the centrally-located Generator Hostel Copenhagen is designed for the young, gadget-minded traveler - Flashpackers who wouldn't travel anywhere without their iPhone and WiFi access. The hostel offers low cost accomodation with hotel style facilities, from ensuite dorms to private doubles and singles. There's also an open roof terrace, regular DJs in the always buzzing bar and extra mirrors and sockets in the pink girls' rooms, emphasizing that Generator Hostel's facilities are youth-oriented and happening. The location is close to Kongens Nytorv Square in the former 'Philippe Starck apartments' designed the hip Parisian lifestyle designer himself.

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Copenhagen Downtown Hostel
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The bright, modern hostel 'Downtown' has a youthful outlook and takes the lead over the more hyped hostel Copenhagen, at least in our opinion, thanks to its unbeatable location that couldn't be more central. Situated in an old neighborhhod behind the walking street, just look for the 'Vandkunsten' a historic fountain that is a traditional meeting point for Copenhagen's students. Downtown is small enough to feel friendly, and the hostel's bar is a great place to meet other guests. The cheapest option is to bunk up in a co-ed 10-bed dorm with shared bathroom facilities down the hallway, but for those craving a bit more privacy the hostel also offers 2, 3, and 4-bed rooms with or without private bathroom. Breakfast and even dinner are available for a small extra charge; alternatively you can cook yourself in the bright, modern communal kitchen. Families are also welcome.

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Hotel Sct Thomas
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A pleasant (though not especially modern) three star family-run hotel located right on the border between lively Vesterbro, with its trendy nightlife and vibrant shopping areas, and the quiet, leafy residential quarter Frederiksberg. The renovated rooms in this spacious villa range from singles to three and four bed family rooms, all with free Internet access. Sct. Thomas is a non-smoking hotel with elevator and meeting facilities for business travelers. A good-sized breakfast buffet sets you up for the day: An ideal budget option, especially for families.

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This modern, purpose-built tower block boasts 510 beds on 12 floors and is situated below Copenhagen's central station with views over the harbor. Stylishly and functionally designed by acclaimed Danish architect Kim Utzon, Wakeup Copenhagen has rooms to suit a variety of budgets, with rates rising according to floor level - from a standard room to the middle-priced 'Sky' and the penthouse 'Heaven'. Facilities include WiFi, 24-hour check-in and options for bike rental as well as allergy-resistant rooms. Owned by the Copenhagen-based Arp-Hansen Hotel Group, Wakeup Copenhagen won a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2012.

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Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane