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Copenhagen is super cool, very friendly and charming. For its size there is a lot going on. World class museums, world-renowned restaurants, world famous architecture and design, beautiful old palaces and churches and fantastic cafes and bars. It’s great to walk around, it’s great for families, it’s romantic, fresh and has 15 Michelin starred restaurants - more than any other Scandi capital. It’s easy to see why Copenhagen regularly tops lists of the world’s most ‘liveable’ cities.
Copenhagen is a great place for an easy-going break and our Gurus are here to help with recommendations for the best places to stay in Copenhagen.
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- Compact, green and easy to stroll around, Copenhagen is a wonderful city to explore at your own pace. One of the main reasons is that it’s liberally sprinkled with memorable, and interesting, landmarks and seems to be arranged around gardens and green spaces. Copenhagen’s planners kept aside 15 acres in the centre of town for wonderful diversions and beautiful views.
- The Tivoli Gardens has the world’s tallest carousel, rollercoasters, dragon boats, graceful fountains, open grass to run around on, lakes with pagodas and millions of flowers. At night it is lit up beautifully. And that’s just the intentional part, the views of palaces seen from the canals, the fairytale Rosenborg Slot, the wonderful harbour with the new opera house and the glorious winter gardens of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotck are all wonderful Copenhagen views.
- Copenhagen is also colourful! The famous waterfront warehouses in primary shades - some of which have been converted into some of the best places to stay in Copenhagen - are just the start. There are numerous murals and splashes of colour in the most unexpected places. There are castles which really look like castles are supposed to look. Where kings and queens still live! And of course Hans Christian Anderson’s bronze Little Mermaid statue is just waiting to welcome you.
- Copenhagen is beautiful. From the famous furniture and lighting design - highlighted in the excellent Design Museum - to the elegant bikes people ride in their simple, yet glamorous clothing. The hand-produced ceramics and glassware served up to you in cafes.
- It is also historic and royal. The changing of the guard at the four identical palaces of Amalienborg is good fun, but the real palatial experience can be had at Christiansborg which has many rooms open to the public, including the impressive tower and remains of two previous palaces which stood on this spot - both of them burned down only a few decades apart.
- Copenhagen is also delicious. As well as all those Michelin stars there are some fantastic markets and open sandwiches for days spent wandering.
- When it comes to attractions many have made sure they have something to offer families too. The The National Gallery of Denmark is a prime example, with exhibitions designed just for kids and workshops where they can have a go themselves. The National Museum also has a Children’s Museum with a replica viking ship you can mess about on, costumes to try, a 1920s classroom and plenty of hands on exhibits. There’s even a children’s section in Copenhagen’s Worker’s Museum.
- The scientific minded have plenty to excite them here as well, at the excellent Experimentium. It has around 300 exhibits and experiments designed to teach us all a few things about science and technology.
- Copenhagen also has several excellent children’s theatres - and this is the perfect place to see one of Hans Christian Anderson’s treasures brought to life. Copenhagen also has an excellent zoo.
- After exploring the city a great day trip can be made to the Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, stunningly set by the sea, and on to Helsingor, site of Hamlet's castle. Just to the northwest of Copenhagen there’s an Open Air Museum with around a hundred historic farm buildings dating from between 1650 and 1950 and have been collected from all over Denmark.
- If the Tivoli Gardens aren’t enough you could also take the kids up to Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park. Historic and fun. Plus there’s a deer park where you can take a horse and carriage ride.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Copenhagen really does have something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a cheap hostel type option, or at the other end of the scale, fancy a slice of top notch luxury and service to match.
For a City Break
- Nyhaven 71 enjoys the perfect location for exploring the city. It's a smart warehouse conversion right beside the water and all of Copenhagen's best attractions are easily accessible.
- The Hotel Kong Arthur occupies a grand building on a secluded cobblestoned-street and offers 155 rooms and suites, a cosy sitting room and a conservatory dining room. There’s plenty of Danish design and you’re close to the palace and the Design Museum.
- The Scandic Palace Hotel is a historic building close to the city hall which is, in turn, right across the road from the Tivoli Gardens. There are 169 light, fashionable rooms and suites and downstairs there’s an atmospheric bar and a Nordic restaurant.
- SP34 is a characterful boutique hotel in the Latin Quarter with 118 stylish rooms and suites and an amazing penthouse. There are two restaurants and four bars, plus a beautiful roof terrace. You’re just 500metres from the Tivoli Gardens.
- Located in the hip Versterbro district and close to the waterfront, the Guldsmeden Axel is a stylish spa hotel with 129 rooms and suites and a luxurious rooftop spa. The decor is a bit Balinese with white walls, teak four-poster beds, Persian rugs and private balconies.
- Copenhagen is known for design and the Nimb Hotel is high design. Just not necessarily in the Danish style. Converted from an early 20th century Moorish-inspired palace within the magical grounds of the Tivoli Gardens it has a fairytale appeal and lovely antiques. There are just 17 sumptuous bedrooms and a choice of drinking and dining options.
- For something a bit more Danish, try d’Angleterre. A stunning five star hotel converted from a palace, and complete with silk furnishings, marble bathrooms, chandeliers with a Michelin starred restaurant and opulent champagne bar. There’s also a full spa, pool and gym.
- Guldsmeden Bertrams is another great option if you’re looking for something romantic and a bit different. This eco hotel in the Vesterbro district has 47 beautiful white on white rooms with four poster beds and balconies overlooking a lovely garden. There’s a lovely lounge and a lively kitchen cafe.
For Great Design
- Fans of Scandi style will love the Hotel Alexandra, a 61 room hotel just 200metres from the Tivoli Gardens and packed with wonderful mid-century Danish furniture. There’s an excellent restaurant, a trendy bar and library.
- The First Hotel Skt Petri has been converted from a Latin Quarter department store into a bright and airy 268 room hotel. The interiors are by well known Danish artist Per Arnoldi and there’s a fittingly modern restaurant with an excellent range of microbrewery beers.
- The Absalon Hotel is a stylish hotel on the edge of the trendy, and conveniently located, meat-packing district. With 161 individually styled rooms and a great cocktail bar.
- CPH Living is a hip hotel on a converted barge moored on the river in the lively dynamic area of Christianshavn. Floor to ceiling windows and minimalist interiors make for a unique experience. Handy for the nearby alternative village of Christiania, a social experiment in self rule, independent of the Danish Government set up in the seventies.
- The Anderson Hotel is a crisp, modern hotel in a hip spot. There are 73 rooms and suites with contemporary furnishings and splashes of colour - quite a bit of hot pink. There’s a spa too.
- The Hotel Carlton Guldsmeden in Vesterbrogade is a luxurious place to stay with chic, carefully put together rooms and a good breakfast on offer. There are 71 rooms.
- Wakeup is a huge hotel in central Copenhagen with 510 contemporary, white-washed, chrome-floored rooms with plenty of natural light and splashes of green. There are rooms of all shapes and sizes including some great suites, family rooms and family suites. The rooms on the higher floors have amazing city views.
- Ibsens Hotel is a great value boutique hotel in the colourful neighbourhood of Nansengade. There are plenty of restaurants and cultural attractions nearby and you’re right by an excellent transport hub, so you’re pretty close to everything.
For Great Value
- If you’re on a really limited budget then Urban House, which is in the trendy Vesterbro district and offers accommodation starting from £25 per night, is your best bet. It’s a hostel, with work space, a bar and even a tattoo parlour! There are a variety of room sizes, including dormitory style. The decor is minimal with stripped wooden floors.
- The Avenue Hotel is a 68 room hotel converted from a graceful 19th century building decorated with stylish Danish designed furniture and Missoni throws. There’s a lounge with live music and fantastic cocktails.
- If you or your partner love the beach then the Skovshoved Hotel, an elegantly restored hotel on the coast in Charlottenlund, might be perfect. There are just 22 romantic rooms featuring white-washed walls, four-poster beds, wooden floors and sea views. There also a Michelin recommended French/ Italian restaurant.
- The Ocean Hotel isn’t really a hotel at all, more of a B&B with seven spacious bedrooms. It’s in a pretty, residential suburb, which is also just minutes from the airport and yet there’s a metro stop nearby to whizz you into central Copenhagen.
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- Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport is served by both flag airlines and low-cost options. Coming out of the airport it’s very easy to catch the train into town and it takes about 15minutes to get to the central station.
- If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
- Copenhagen is very pleasant in the summer, when the days are long and the cafes and restaurants have their outdoor seating laid out. The warmest days in summer still only make it to 23°C or 24°C. Winter is cold, expect to experience freezing temperatures, but it’s so beautiful around Christmas that if you’re travelling then you won’t mind a bit. Autumn and spring are quieter as far as visitors go and there are some great hotel deals around.
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Best Hotels in Copenhagen
Skovshoved Hotel 22 rooms from $165Copenhagen (2920 Charlottenlund)
Elegantly restored coastal hotel, just outside Copenhagen. It oozes romance and elegance, but with a hip twist. Ethereal bedrooms with white washed walls, four poster beds, wooden floors and sea views. Plus, fantastic cuisine at the Michelin recommended French/Italian restaurant.Great walks - Walk to two of Copenhagen's best beaches Bellevue strand and Charlottenlund beachpark.Fishing - We will arrange guided tours in the historic fishing camp Skovshoved.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterRecommended by - I Escape
Hotel Carlton Guldsmeden 71 rooms from $228Copenhagen (Vesterbro)
Located on a buzzing street in Vesterbrogade, the hotel is located in a trendy district of Copenhagen. Four poster beds, lush feather duvets and ornate Persian carpets - bedrooms are comfortable with a luxury feel. Enjoy a good breakfast in bed before exploring this vibrant city.City Style - Located in the hip Vesterbro area its chic rooms make for a stylish stayEco break - Boutique, eco friendly hotel with an entirely organic breakfast to boot!Local exploring - Walking distance from many of Copenhagen's top sightsSights nearby - Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen Central Station are within a ten minute walk
Hotel Alexandra 61 rooms from $137Copenhagen
A funky boutique hotel which pays homage to Danish design throughout. Eclectic rooms and suites are sophisticated yet fun. Trendy bar and library, excellent restaurant, and walking distance to all the main attractions and shopping areas. City style the Danish way.City StyleSights nearby - Just 200 metres from Tivoli Gardens and Town Hall Square.Lively - Hip and happening.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Tablet
Guldsmeden Axel 129 rooms from $220Copenhagen
Balinese decoration and an organic restaurant, in the hip Vesterbro district A fabulously stylish spot for couples and spa breaks. Beautiful white rooms and suites with pale woods, Persian rugs, teak four posters, and some with private balconies. Enjoy the luxurious roof top spa.City Style - A slick Balineses-style hotel adorned with Persian rugs and Buddha stone statues, in the vibrant Vesterbro district.Spa breaks - Pure indulgence with a Balinese influence, their organic spa products are made in the kitchen every morning.Sights nearby - Near the Little Mermaid statue on the waterfront and opposite the citadel.SpaRecommended by - Frommers
Absalon Hotel 161 rooms from $226Copenhagen
A stylish hotel on the edge of the trendy meat-packing district. Individually styled rooms feature warm hues, sash windows and contemporary bathrooms. A trendy bar is the ideal place for an evening cocktail. A Scandinavian styled breakfast fills you up for city exploration - right on your doorstep.City Style - A hip hotel with a stylish bar on the edge of the city’s famed Meatpacking District.Local exploring - Perfectly located for exploring Copenhagen on foot or bikeSights nearby - A short walk from Stroeget and City Hall Square.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Tablet
Urban House 217 rooms from $33Copenhagen (Vesterbro)
A lively hostel in the trendy Vesterbro district of Copenhagen. There's a sociable bar, cool work space and even a tattoo parlour. Rooms vary from "shoebox" for singles to dorms. All are simple in style with minimal furnishings and stripped wooden floors. Ideal for groups or those on a budget.Value chic - Stylish budget accommodation in a great locationSights nearby - Visit the stunning Opera House
Nimb Hotel 17 rooms from $430Copenhagen
Early 20th-century Moorish-inspired palace becomes a sleek new design hotel. The exteriors carry a fairytale appeal, but the inside is all smart sophistication with antiques, warm wood floors and bold modern pieces. Sumptuous bedrooms and gastronomic feasts in all of the great restaurants.City Style - An ultra chic Arabian fantasy castle, nestled in the lovely Tivoli Gardens, with glass chandeliers and Øland granite stonework.Foodies - From Nimb Brasserie to Fru Nimb and Nimb Terrasse this hotel has a multitude of fantastic dining (and drinking) options.Sights nearby - Edvard Eriksen’s diminutive Little Mermaid statue can be viewed from Langelinie promenade, a twenty minute cycle from the hotel.Great walks - Stroll around the ajoining Tivoli Gardens, these historic gardens date back to 1843.Recommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Mr & Mrs Smith
CPH Living 12 rooms from $202Copenhagen
A converted barge set in the hip area of Christianshavn and moments from museums, galleries, and nightlife. Its slick minimalist interiors and floor to ceiling windows enhance the dazzling river views. A unique hotel for city explorers.Unusual - A floating hotel - a boat on the river.CityCity StyleRiversideRecommended by - I Escape
Nyhaven 71 150 rooms from $205Copenhagen
Designer hotel in converted warehouse. Rooms feature wooden beam ceilings, contemporary furniture, artworks and leather furniture. Excellent restaurant offering international cuisine. Slick and chic, although standard room size means it is worth upgrading to two-floor suite.City Style - Overlooking the Nyhavn dockyard, and walkable to many of the city's finest sights, this designer hotel is ideal for exploringGreat walks - From Nyhavn, Copenhagen's port pearl, which stretches from Kongens Nytorv Square and all the way along the canalSights nearby - Amalienborg, the queen´s official residenceDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Fodors
d'Angleterre 90 rooms from $475Copenhagen
Stunning 5* city hotel. Elegant rooms have chandeliers, silk furnishings, enormous marble bathrooms and contemporary touches. Full spa, indoor pool and gym. Sublime cuisine in Michelin-starred restaurant, and opulent champagne bar. Luxurious, plush and exclusive.City Style - Set in a former palace, with views of many of the city's sights from the roof terrace, this is a luxurious choiceGreat walks - From Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal PlayhouseSights nearby - Amalienborg Castle, Rosenborg Castles and Kronborg CastleSpa
Scandic Palace Hotel 169 rooms from $220Copenhagen
Set in a historic building near the city hall, Scandic Palace Hotel is ideally placed for a trip to Copenhagen. The rooms are comfortable and light with fashionable furnishings. Downstairs, the restaurant serves Nordic cuisine and the hotel's atmospheric bar is a great place to enjoy a cocktail.Local exploring - Right in the heart of the city centre, it's perfect for exploring the sights and sounds of Copenhagen.Great walks - The nearby Tivoli Gardens are ideal for a relaxed afternoon walk.Sights nearby - Right beside the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy-Tale House.
Ibsens hotel 118 rooms from $176Copenhagen
Good value no-frills boutique hotel in vibrant Nansengade neighbourhood, with good transport connections, culture and restaurants. Provides a great base for a simple weekend stay.Spa - Oriental Ni’mat Spa at Ibsens' sister hotel Kong Arthur.Sights nearby - World-famous Little Mermaid statue.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - I Escape, CN Traveller
Guldsmeden Bertrams 47 rooms from $162Copenhagen
A chic eco hotel in the trendy Vesterbro district. Beautiful white on white rooms with four poster beds and drapes, some with balconies over-hanging the lovely garden. Teak clad lounge areas and a delightful open plan kitchen-cafe make welcome spot to relax in.Sights nearby - Tivoli Gardens amusement park is a must for all visitors to the city.Restrictions on children - No children allowed.Lively - Hip and happening.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Tablet, Frommers
Andersen Hotel 73 rooms from $218Copenhagen
A crisp modern hotel in Copenhagen's hippest quarter. Rooms and suites have light wooden floors, splashes of pink, and contemporary furnishings. Spa treatments, meeting rooms, and funky designer spaces. A hip spot for trendy travellers.City StyleDesigner - All rooms have decor by the Designers Guild companySights nearby - Bang in the centre of townLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
Ocean Hotel 7 rooms from $156Copenhagen
A charming B&B located in a pretty residential suburb. Bedrooms are homely and spacious. Located in an ideal spot for those with a late flight - just minutes from the airport. A quiet retreat with a metro close by to pop into Central Copenhagen.Families - No need to leave anyone at home - you can even bring the dog along!Local exploring - Nearby metro station means you can get around like a localLocal markets - Bredgade is famed for its antique shopsViews - Views of the Øresund Bridge
First Hotel Skt Petri 268 rooms from $423Copenhagen
A contemporary hotel in a one-time department store. Centrally located in the Latin quarter. Rooms are bright and airy with Jensen beds. The restaurant is fittingly modern and stocks an excellent range of microbrewery beers. A slick choice.City Style - Wonderfully located in downtown Copenhagen, with interior colour schemes by renowned Danish graphic artist Per Arnoldi.Great walks - Superkilen is an urban park designed by some of Denmark's leading architects. A must visit.Romantic - Good for couples.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Fodors, Tablet
SP34 118 rooms from $199Copenhagen
A wonderful boutique hotel in Copenhagen's funky Latin Quarter. Stylish rooms, suites, and a penthouse in muted natural colours with all the mod cons. Two restaurants, four bars and a roof top terrace. A characterful choice with plenty to do for couples and families.Roof terrace - Lovely roof terrace bar.City StyleSights nearby - The hotel is situated in Copenhagen's Latin Quarter and 500 meters from Tivoli.Great walks - Garden H.C Ørsteds Parken is a green oasis.
Hotel Kong Arthur 155 rooms from $184Copenhagen
A grand building set on a secluded cobblestoned alley, near the peaceful Copenhagen lakes. The hotel has a cosy sitting room with fireplace and airy conservatory dining area. Bedrooms are uniquely decorated and featuring chic Danish design. A great spot with three fine restaurants.Local exploring - Centrally located for getting about townCity Style - Located in a commanding period buildingGreat walks - Visit the Botanical Gardens nearbySights nearby - Christiansborg Palace
Avenue Hotel 68 rooms from $158Copenhagen
19th Century boutique offering a great value stay in Copenhagen. Clean, modern, well-equipped rooms (some sleep four) feature Danish designs & Missoni throws. Hang out in the lounge for live music, fantastic cocktails and small bites. A great choice for city visitors and families.City Style - The classical perfection of the 18th century architecture meets cutting edge interiors by top Danish designers.Designer - Stunnig interiors by top Danish designers.Full of characterLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Tablet
Wakeup 510 rooms from $91Copenhagen
An ideally located central spot for the budget traveller. Head to toe contemporary spaces have white washed walls, dark chrome floors, splashes of green, and lots of natural light. Rooms, suites, and family suites cater to couples, families and groups.Value chicViews - The rooms on the higher floors have spectacular city viewsSights nearby - Tivoli Gardens, Town Hall Square.Lively - Hip and happening.