8 of the Best Budget Hotels in Copenhagen


Copenhagen is known for being hip and classy - which does not necessarily equate to inexpensive. But it’s actually not too challenging to make a modest budget go a long way here. There are lots of wonderful districts which are perfect for exploring and a spot of window shopping, and some of the museums, like the Danish Museum of Art and Design offer free entry on Sundays. Our Guru’s list of the best budget hotels in Copenhagen is a good place to start planning your visit.

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If your budget is really limited our Guru’s recommendations includes a great hostel in the trendy Vesterbro district, where you can stay for around £25 per night (in dorm style accommodation). But if you’re looking for somewhere reasonably priced which still feels luxurious and is packed with Danish chic our Gurus have some great recommendations for under £130.

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Urban House

  • 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, and the decor is minimal with stripped wooden floors.
  • 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 a library.

Citizen M Radhuspladsen

  • Citizen M Radhuspladsen is a modern and quirky, centrally located hotel in typical Citizen M style, and featuring murals and artwork by established Danish artists. The jazzy open-plan lobby is the real focal point, with a multitude of comfy bright sofas, statement lamps and carpets, and a hip bar. Rooms boast enormous beds and great views. A hip and buzzing base!
  • M18 is a 12 room hotel in the heart of Copenhagen. Simply dressed rooms are decorated in monochrome tones and are light and airy. Expect a warm welcome, indulgent breakfasts in a simple breakfast room and excellent transport links.

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Avenue Hotel

  • 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.

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Ibsens Hotel

  • Ibsens Hotel is a great value boutique hotel in the colourful neighbourhood of Nansengade. There are plenty of restaurants and cultural attractions nearby, but you’re also right by an excellent transport hub, so you’re pretty close to everything.
  • 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. And the rooms on the higher floors have amazing city views.

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  • The Skovshoved Hotel is an elegantly restored hotel on the coast in Charlottenlund. 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.

Once you’ve found your accommodation, here are a few tips they shared for getting the most out of Copenhagen.

CopenhagenPedro Plassen Lopes via Flickr

  • Skip the harbour cruise and opt for one of the Movia Harbour buses, which start at Refshaleøen island and will take you past the royal buildings, Christianshavn and Teglholmen.
  • Hire a bike and get around town like the locals do - plenty of hotels offer complimentary bike hire.
  • Copenhagen’s Noma is one of the world’s great restaurants, but there are other ways to taste great Scandinavian food, and the street food revolution is taking over here too, both in the centre of town and in a development around the warehouses of Papirøen Island.
  • The Lego shop offers an alternative to Legoland.

Still not sure which one of our Guru’s recommendations for the best budget hotels in Copenhagen might be perfect for you? You could:

  • Expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Copenhagen?
  • Or, if you’re travelling with your kids check our our Guru’s recommendations for 10 of the Best Hotels in Copenhagen for Families?
  • Or you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
    • Urban House Copenhagen (Vesterbro) 217 rooms from £16

      Value chic  -  If you go for a single bed in the dorms you will be getting serious bang for your buck, and private rooms are not bad either.
      Close to nightlife  -  Set in the trendy and central Vesterbro area, it is a great spot for exploring the varied nightlife Copenhagen has to offer.
      Sights nearby  -  The Meatpacking District is just down the road and offers some of the city's best restaurants and bars.
      Cycling  -  Copenhagen has fantastic cycle lanes throughout the city and is famed as a cyclist's haven.
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      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. See More

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    • Avenue Hotel Copenhagen 68 rooms from £134

      Designer Shopping  -  Just around the corner on Elmegade and Jægersborggade, you can take a look at what designer boutiques Copenhagen has to offer.
      Other Activities  -  The outdoor wooden decking area offers a relaxing, atmospheric place to unwind with a cocktail after a day of exploring.
      City Style  -  The classical perfection of the 18th century architecture meets cutting edge interiors by top Danish designers.
      Hotel Entertainment  -  Enjoy the live music nights in the hotel bar, or sip a complimentary glass of red at the daily wine hour (5-6)
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Michelin Travel, Tablet

      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. See More

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    • CitizenM Radhuspladsen Copenhagen 238 rooms from £169

      City Style  -  A stylish arty central base great for shopping and sightseeing. Kick back with a book in the airy lounge or cocktail at the bar.
      Sights nearby  -  A 20 minute walk will take you to Christiansborg Palace, a palace and government building on the islet of Slotsholmen.
      Museums  -  Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is within a short walk of the hotel, home to the private art collection of Carl Jacobsen.
      Designer Shopping  -  There is something for everyone and every budget on Strøget with both high-street and high-end shopping.
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      A modern and quirky central hotel featuring murals and artwork by established Danish artists. The jazzy open-plan lobby is the real focal point, with a multitude of comfy bright sofas, statement lamps and carpets, and a hip bar. Rooms boast enormous beds and great views. A hip and buzzing base! See More

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    • m18 Copenhagen 12 rooms from £127

      Cycling  -  Copenhagen boasts many bicycle “highways” that allow you to pass almost unhindered from one end of town to the other.
      Great walks  -  One of the city's best parks, Nørrebroparken is closeby, and offers a range of activities for adults and kids alike.
      Local exploring  -  Ideally positioned in the centre of Copenhagen with excellent transport links and many sights within walking distance
      Sights nearby  -  View the iconic Little Mermaid statue by Edvard Eriksen, on a rock by the water on the Langelinie promenade.
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      A small hotel offering good value accommodation in the heart of Copenhagen. Simply dressed rooms are decorated in monochrome tones and are light and airy. Expect a warm welcome, indulgent breakfasts and excellent transport links. See More

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    • Skovshoved Hotel Copenhagen (2920 Charlottenlund) 22 rooms from £189

      Country Escape  -  Soak up the stylish seaside vibes of Copenhagen's answer to the Hamptons — a chic and tranquil seaside village
      Cycling  -  Make like a local and rent one of the hotels bike to cycle into the big deer park or along the coast.
      Other Activities  -  The private bathing jetty is ideal for those guests who like to start their day off with a splash.
      Restaurant  -  A Hereford Beefstouw specialises in quality steaks but also serves plenty of seafood and vegetarian dishes.
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      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Michelin Travel

      A country and seaside retreat 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. This chic, historical, family run hotel is a perfect place to stay, whoever you are. See More

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    • Hotel Alexandra Copenhagen 61 rooms from £152

      City Style  -  A passion for Danish designers of the chair is reflected in the meticulously crafted rooms, each paying homage to one the greats
      Sights nearby  -  Just steps from Rådhuspladsen, aka City Hall Square, where many of the city's events, demonstrations & celebrations take place
      Local exploring  -  The hotel has custom made a guidebook of a curated selection of bookshops, & another for nightlife, restaurants, flea markets
      Other Activities  -  Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen's famed amusement park and pleasure gardens are just around the corner and a must see.
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      Recommended by  -  Tablet

      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. See More

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    • Wakeup Copenhagen 510 rooms from £84

      Watersports  -  Make the most of the summer in Copenhagen and head down to harbour baths at Islands Brygge, walking distance from the hotel.
      Value chic  -  Cheap rooms in a stylish and well located hotel, right on the waterside with rooms offering all mod-cons and great views.
      Sights nearby  -  Check out the third-oldest operating amusement park in the world just down the road — Tivoli Gardens
      Architectural  -  A simple minimalist hotel designed by the famous Danish architect Kim Utzon.
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      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. The 24 hour lobby bar offers drinks, snacks and sandwiches at all hours, perfect for a late flight or early start. See More

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    • Ibsens hotel Copenhagen 118 rooms from £135

      Local markets  -  Close to the famed Torvehallerne food hall, an urban covered marketplace featuring stalls with local produce and gourmet food.
      Great walks  -  Just a 15 minute walk to the Botanical Gardens, famed for its extensive complex of historical glasshouses dating from 1874.
      City Style  -  Highlighting local talent with interiors featuring fabrics and sculptures by designers Krestine Kjaerholm and Pia Hutters.
      Museums  -  A short walk takes you to the National Gallery, home to an expansive collection of art spanning seven centuries.
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      Recommended by  -  I Escape

      Amazing value for a funky no-frills boutique hotel in vibrant Nansengade neighbourhood. With a focus on local talent you will find unique interiors and a community feel. There are 3 excellent restaurants tied to the hotel and the excellent breakfast is mostly organic, seasonal and local. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 4th May 2022