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There’s something undeniably cool about Copenhagen, and we’re not just talking about the Scandinavian weather. The Danish capital draws together the best of a contemporary city, with all the charisma of a vibrant past. Brimming with cozy cafes and places to nibble into Danish pastries, it is the ultimate destination for hygge-lovers!
Copenhagen has a reputation for being one of the most expensive cities in Europe. That’s why we’ve put together this insider guide for where to stay in Copenhagen to help you save money and enjoy your vacation.
Written by our travel experts, we break down Copenhagen by interest to help you plan the best possible vacation without splashing out on expensive accommodation.
No matter what you’re looking to do in Copenhagen, you’ll be able to find a hotel that’s right for you. Let’s get to it. Here are our top picks for where to stay in Copenhagen.
Table of Contents
Where to stay in Copenhagen the first time – Indre By
Where to stay in Copenhagen on a budget – Nørrebro
Best area to stay in Copenhagen for nightlife – Kødbyen
Coolest place to stay in Copenhagen – Vesterbro
Best neighborhood in Copenhagen for families – Christianshavn
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In the heart of Copenhagen’s centre on a peaceful street, this 3-star hotel comes with a bar, free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception. The cozy, modern rooms are designed with comfort in mind, with a touch of character through the interiors. Free coffee and tea is available.
Right in the middle of the city, moments from Nyhavn, this hotel features comfortable, contemporary rooms which will make you feel right at home. Rooms come with an in-room safe, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar, flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. They also have a restaurant.
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If the grand facade of this 5-star hotel impresses you, wait until you see the interiors! The contemporary rooms sit within stylish, vintage features such as high, ornate ceilings. You’ll love the free-standing bathtubs. There is a gym on-site and breakfast can be added to the rate.
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Copenhagen is officially broken up into 10 districts and each of these have their own micro-neighborhoods.
Copenhagen is charming to explore on foot, although bicycle is the favoured method to get around by locals and tourists. It is well-served by buses, metro and the S-train. This reliable, punctual service which can connect you to everywhere you need to go.
We recommend that first-time visitors stay in the bustling, tourist district of Indre By. This is where you’ll find the top sights of Copenhagen, delectable eateries and cozy bars.
Copenhagen can be pricey but we discovered that Nørrebro has some fine budget accommodation. You’ll find backpacker hostels and cheaper hotels. Nørrebro is extremely diverse so you can eat just about anything – once you’ve had your fill of Danish pastries, seafood and smørrebrød!
Kødbyen, the former meatpacking district, is a contained strip where you’ll find the hottest nightlife in Copenhagen. It’s a small neighborhood, so you can make a night of bar-hopping then walk back to your hotel. Kødbyen, in fact, sits within the wider neighborhood of Vesterbro, which is hands down, the coolest place to stay in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is a very good destination for families, but we particularly rate Christianshavn. It’s postcard-pretty but infinitely slick, and you’re still within easy access of Indre By.
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Let’s take a look in detail, at the best neighbourhoods to stay in Copenhagen. There is a lot of diversity among these spots so be sure to check out which is right for you!
Indre By is the ‘inner city’ of Copenhagen. The historic centre is surrounded by the many waterways of Copenhagen and packs a lot into a compact neighborhood. You’ll find that the streets are wider in than we often find in European cities.
It’s where you’ll find the tall ships and fish restaurants of Nyhavn, pretty gardens and museums, palaces and castles. You won’t go hungry in Indre By, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes ready to welcome guests from all around the world.
Naturally, Indre By has the most on offer for tourists making their first visit to Copenhagen and choosing to stay in the centre of town means you won’t have to bother with public transport.
This trendy 3-star hotel is very close to Nyhavn and nearby shops and restaurants. All rooms have a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi and guests can tuck into breakfast every morning – included in the rate. Guests can hire bicycles and ask the staff for tips on where to go!
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One of the best things about this 4-star hotel is their divinely designed private bathrooms! The rooms are equally stylish and have with a modern but old-age charm. The hotel offers an airport shuttle, bicycle hire, on-site bar and there’s even a hair salon on the premises.
Set in two newly transformed warehouses from the early 1800s, this 5-star hotel offers the best views in town – it’s right in the heart of Nyhavn! Rooms are tastefully furnished with all the facilities to give you the best stay, and the on-site restaurant is very highly commended.
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Nørrebro sits to the north-west of Indre By, and is the most diverse area of Copenhagen. Here you can take a break from tourism and relax in a multicultural neighborhood populated with Danes and international residents.
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In Nørrebro you’ll find a convergence of shops – grocery markets, flea markets, secondhand shops and independent cafes which reflect the internationality of the district. Nørrebro has a decent nightlife scene, with ambient bars and some late-night options for those of you looking to let your hair down!
This treasure of a hotel is located in the northern part of Nørrebro and is a short walk from Nørrebro Railway Station. The hotel has a contemporary, sociable buzz with a large communal kitchen. They have twin, double and family rooms available. Rooms are simple, clean with all you need.
A short walk from the canal, this friendly hotel comes with comfortable rooms complete with private bathrooms, a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a swimming pool on-site for guests to use. The helpful staff can direct you to the best eateries nearby!
On the cusp of Nørrebro sits this charming hotel which offers high standard rooms at a budget-friendly rate. Keep warm in these cozy rooms which come with their own bathrooms. There is an airport shuttle, parking facilities and bicycle hire. They have an incredible terrace to lounge outside on!
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Kødbyen is a neighborhood within the district of Vesterbro. This former ‘Meatpacking District’ has since been revamped and transformed into one of the hottest spots in town.
Kødbyen is south-east of Indre By, a short walk from the Tivoli Gardens and alongside the railway lines into Copenhagen’s Central Station.
You’ll find top-quality restaurants as well as interesting museums and galleries to amuse yourself by day. Kødbyen has a buzzing nightlife scene, with live music venues, cool bars and a jovial atmosphere everywhere.
This is a swish hotel with compact, functional rooms with private bathrooms, ample heating for chilly Danish evenings and good Wi-Fi. It’s perfectly positioned for travelers to make the most of the local nightlife as well as being very close to the waterfront. The hotel has bicycles for rent.
With the relaxation of guests at its core, this 4-star hotel comes with a sauna, swimming pool, restaurant and bar. There’s also a gym for fitness fanatics! The hotel has spectacular rooms kitted out with all you need and is in an ideal location for explorers and party animals.
This grand, 4-star hotel is found in the midst of Kødbyen so you won’t need to wander far to find excellent food and access the local nightlife. They have a scope of rooms available to suit your needs, which are lusciously decorated and come with all the necessary amenities.
Vesterbro frequently appears on lists of the world’s coolest neighborhoods. It’s a large district to the south-west of Indre By. Its eastern stretches meet the base of the canal as well as the riverfront. The area is both residential and touristic.
Vesterbro was gentrified during the 1990s. Before then it had a shady past linked to drug dealing and prostitution. Now, it’s been polished up with galleries, cafes and boutiques which keep residents and tourists equally happy – and it’s totally safe!
It also is the epicentre of Copenhagen’s night time – the heart of which you’ll find in the ‘Meatpacking District’ of Kødbyen.
You’ll have a comfortable stay at the well-equipped and central located Mercur Hotel. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and all the other necessities for a comfortable stay and its walking distance to the nearby attractions. A daily breakfast is included in the rate.
This stylish, contemporary 4-star hotel offers a fitness centre, a sauna and a daily breakfast. Rooms are equipped with all the essentials you need to enjoy your stay in Copenhagen including free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms. The hotel is in a scenic and convenient location by the canal.
Set within a boutique Danish building, each individually designed room features newspapers, a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV. The rooms have a creative flair to the design or come with quirky wall art. Breakfast is served daily and there is a bar on-site for an evening tipple.
Copenhagen is noted for its family-friendly vibe and attractions (it has over 125 playgrounds!) Although families will enjoy a vacation anywhere in town, our favorite spot to take the kids is Christianshavn.
Across the river from Indre By, this is a neighbourhood of small islands. It has a proud cafe culture from which you can absorb canals lined with colorful facades, old mills and houseboats.
Mixing a bohemian heritage with a modern-day fashionability, Christianshavn has come a long way from its former working-class roots. It’s charismatically romantic, making it equally popular with holidaying couples as with families. The area is peaceful, pretty and extremely cool
This lovely, family holiday apartment has two bedrooms, a bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. There is a children’s playground is available for guests to use at the apartment, and a flat-screen TV for once the sun dips. The perfect place for exploring Christianshavn and nipping across to Indre By.
These beautifully furnished apartments come with two or three bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen so families can enjoy space and cook some of their own meals. There is a gorgeous outdoor patio where you can dine or relax. A bicycle rental service is available at the aparthotel plus Wi-Fi.
Treat the family to a vacation of a lifetime by staying on this houseboat! The boat is equipped with four bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and functional bathroom as you would find on dry land. There’s lots of outdoor space to enjoy the Danish sunshine and there’s free Wi-Fi.
There is nowhere quite like Copenhagen. It’s a melting point for super-slick Scandi vibes, the splendid heritage of a European city and an absolute haven for culinary adventurers.
Only in Copenhagen can you find such a blend of the cool, the romantic and the family-friendly. And not to mention the hygge factor of the cafes, bars and hotels!
To recap our travel guide, Vesterbro is our top choice for where to stay in Copenhagen. It’s central enough to share the Tivoli Gardens with Indre By, and has so much on offer in terms of attractions, restaurants and nightlife.
Our top pick for the best hotel in Copenhagen is the 71 Nyhavn Hotel. Right in the heart of Nyhavn, these two converted mills have so much charm they will take your breath away – and they are utterly cozy inside. You seriously won’t find a better place to stay in Copenhagen.
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Gin lover. Coffee addict. Nicola has traveled the world for 7 years and is a staff writer for Hotel Jules. Born in London, Nicola first got the taste of travel studying abroad in Barcelona. Since then she's been hooked - traveling the world non-stop. Passionate about green travel and vegan lifestyle, Nicola spends more of her free time staring at maps wondering where she will head to next!