From designer luxury and lively, downtown locations to cheap bunks in a quiet suburb.

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.   


Run by YMCA volunteers in what looks like a church, the small, rather old-fashioned YMCA Interpoint Hostel is open in summer only (from July to mid-August) and offers beds for DKK 120, making it one of the cheapest places to stay in Copenhagen. It has its drawbacks, however: There's no breakfast, though there is a fairly well-equipped kitchen, as well as common room. Don't stay here if you're planning any late-night parties, as there is a curfew from 12.30 am-7am. The beds are placed in 4, 6, 8 and 10-bed dorms, most of which are men or women-only. Bring your own sleeping bag or rent bedding from the hostel. The location in reasonably central, in lively, trendy Vesterbro, close to the Central Station and in walking distance of Tivoli Gardens.

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Run by a local after-school activity center, the large Copenhagen's City Public Hostel offers cheap beds in huge dorms – from 6-bed single sex dorms to the vast 66-bed mixed dorm – and a fairly easy-going atmosphere. Bring your own sleeping bag or rent bedding from the hostel. The hostel is centrally located in lively, trendy Vesterbro, close to the Central Station and in walking distance of Tivoli Gardens, and the hostel has green grounds and its large guest kitchen is very popular. There is 24-hour access (no curfew) as well as WiFi. Open from late May to end August only.

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Located about three miles north of Copenhagen's city center in peaceful and green surroundings right next to a public park, three-star Danhostel Copenhagen Bellahoj is well-connected to the downtown area by local buses at all times of day and night. The hostel has a total of 238 beds in 2 to 8-bed rooms, which can be rented as whole rooms or individual beds. Bathroom and toilet facilities are all shared. Note the hostel closes at 10pm in summer and 8pm in low season. Facilities include a children's playground, self-service coin laundry, internet cafe, and breakfast bar. Bellahoj Baths, one of Copenhagen's biggest swimming swim halls with indoor as well as outdoor pools, is located within walking distance of the hostel. Note that hiring towels and bed linen, as well as an international youth hostel card, will cost you a little extra.

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Located in the Norrebro neighborhood of Copenhagen – a colorful, lively, yet at times edgy neighborhood best suited to younger travelers looking to see 'the other' Copenhagen – Sleep-in Green is a small, unofficial, eco-friendly hostel run by young, enthusiastic staff. Better suited to young backpackers looking to meet like-minded travelers rather than families, the vast (6-bed and 32-bed) mixed dorms in this hostel offer some of the cheapest beds in Copenhagen, though noise is fairly constant. Hot drinks are available but there's no kitchen or breakfast offered, although the immediate area offers plenty of great cheap cafes. The hostel has a large common area with TV, board games and on the second floor. WiFi is available. Bed linen provided: Shower/ toilet facilities are shared.

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Located a little out of central Copenhagen in the lively Norrebro neighborhood near Assistens Cemetery, Sleep-in Heaven is a good option for young backpackers looking for a cheap bed and the chance to meet other travelers, but not so suited to those craving quiet and a large number of facilities. Rooms range from private doubles to 4, 6, 10 and 12 bed dorms, all with shared bathrooms. The friendly, local staff have plenty of maps and information about the local area, and there is free WiFi, bar, beer garden, lockers and pool table – although no kitchen. The hostel is open 24 hours and does not require an official YHA card. Bed linen is provided.

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A couple of miles out of Copenhagen but with good public transport and road connections to Copenhagen Airport, downtown area and beach, Danhostel Copenhagen Amager is particularly ideal for families looking for cheap, large rooms with good outdoor play facilities. It also has accessible rooms for disabled travelers. The hostel offers 24-hour reception, kiosk, free WiFi, internet cafe, guest kitchen, and self-serve laundry. Rooms come with private as well as shared toilet/ bath facilities and range from double rooms to family / group rooms with 3, 4 or 5 beds. Breakfast buffet available for an extra charge; special family rates available. Note that hiring towels and bed linen, as well as an international youth hostel card, will cost you a little extra.

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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 vast, modern five-star hostel has one numerous design awards. Europe's largest hostel, it has more than 1,000 beds and great views over the harbor from its location a little south of the Central Train Station and Tivoli Gardens, alongside the Langebro Bridge. Facilities include private bath and toilet in all rooms, breakfast and dinner (and lunch box), WiFi, kids' play area, guest kitchen, and 24-hour reception. There are a number of options to choose from, depending on how you're travelling and how much you want to spend: From individual bunks in a shared 8 or 10-bed dorm to private ensuite doubles. Families of more than four people can pay for an entire 6-bed dorm. Note that hiring towels and bed linen, as well as an international youth hostel card, will cost you a little extra, as will any meals.

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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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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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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