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...  Read More

CABINN Express
Photo courtesy of CABINN hotels


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...  Read More



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...  Read More

Hotel Loeven


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...  Read More

Photo courtesy of CABINN hotels


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...  Read More

Comfort Hotel Osterport


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...  Read More

Generator Hostel Copenhagen


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...  Read More

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...  Read More

Hotel Sct Thomas
Photo courtesy of Hotel Sct. Thomas


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...  Read More

Wakeup Copenhagen Carsten Niebuhrs Gade


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...  Read More


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