Time to divulge the best hostels in Copenhagen! Rated as one of the happiest countries on earth, Copenhagen is not only Denmark’s capital. It is a modern city with many architectural references, cute instagrammable streets, and many design places – hostels included!
Therefore we decided to collect the coolest, hipster-ish design hostels for you. We have stayed in all of these hostels personally – so this is a ‘handwritten’ guide with actual first-hand experience.
This guide is especially helpful for you because we compare the big hostels to the smaller hostels.
Important for your final decision: Steel and Next are big hostels, while Woodah Boutique is a cozy, small hostel.
Money-saving tip: Compare hostel prices with Hostelz.com. They compare prices from Hostelworld, Booking.com and others with 1 click.
1. Steel House
2. Next House
3. Woodah Boutique Hostel
Want to stay in a cozy and social place with a cool design? Then keep scrolling. We’ve also included where to stay in Copenhagen on a budget.
Besides CPH, we also backpacked Denmark for one entire month. We obviously stayed in hostels. Check out our first-hand guide to the best hostels in Denmark, including our map and secret places visit. This is absolute unique guide you will love, too!
Average price for a bed: Quite pricey for European standards, yet a budget option. A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 20€-35€ per night in winter and easily up to 50€ per night or more in summer. This is a rough average, just to give you an idea.
Prices always depend on the season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com. Even smarter, you can check Hostelz.com, a hostel price comparison site. They compare all prices at a glance!
Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Copenhagen Tourism Tax: All taxes are usually included in the price. But please double-check this before your final reservation.
Safety: Super safe!! This is not Barcelona or Rome, where there are pickpocketing problems. The only thing you should focus on is paying attention to bike lines, obviously. Danish people aren’t as ruthless bike drivers as the dutch, but still, keep an eye out on this.
These are our favorite hostels in Copenhagen. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.
The setting is industrial chic, as can be seen in the rooms sporting raw elements, rustic interiors, and soft textures.
Sit back and relax in the incomparable, snug setting of the new luxury city hostel and feel the urban aura that binds it all together in a ‘home away from home’ feeling. No need to search for ‘Copenhagen hotel cheap and cheerful’ options – Steel House is affordable and as luxurious as a fancy hotel (but better, obviously).
Steel House offers both private and dorm rooms.
The private rooms come with their own bathrooms and showers, while the dorms have lockers (padlocks can be purchased at the front desk), and shared bathrooms.
Common facilities include linen, towels, individual power sockets, and reading lights.
The dorms are divided into ‘For All’ and ‘For Women’, meaning you can choose to sleep in an only female dorm (only if you are a female, of course). Dorms can also be booked as private rooms.
This is a great idea when traveling in groups. If you are traveling with friends, consider booking a 4-bed dorm for your party.
You can whip up a quick snack in the shared kitchen, watch a movie at the cinema, maintain fitness levels at the in-house gym, go for a refreshing swim in the indoor pool (this is one of our favorite hostels with pools in Copenhagen actually), or play with your new friends in the games room.
In order to be able to use the fitness facilities, you will have to pay an extra fee. Read the ‘all you must know beforehand’ below for more info.
Local beer and cold drinks can be enjoyed at the bar, while the free live Music or Karaoke events will surely get you and your travel mates in the right mood. Other events they host are live music on weekends, art exhibitions, and yoga classes. This is a hipster place to mingle!
Steel House Copenhagen used to be the headquarters for the Metalworker’s Union. It is situated in the hippest hipster neighborhood: Vesterbro. Here, you will be in a super central area, surrounded by numerous cafés, bars, and restaurants.
In the area, you will find small
It is also just 5 minutes’ walking distance from Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen Central Station. Seriously, we think the location here is perfect!
You can also visit the City Square Hall and the famous pedestrian shopping street, Strøget, on foot, as it is just a short walk away.
Opt for bicycle rentals if you wish to explore the city at a leisurely pace. The free walking tour starts just 5 minutes from the hostel. And the guys from the tour actually pick you up at the hostel. Super easy!
Who stays at Steel House?
Solo travelers and groups of friends love to stay at Steel House. The bar and the common area are cozy and great for relaxing. This is a place where it is easy to meet other fellow travelers.
They have only female dorms, making it very convenient for solo travelers who want to stay at female-only dorms. Steel house is the best hostel in Copenhagen for adults.
Steel House has a family-friendly ambiance too.
What to know before staying here?
At Steel House Copenhagen, you will have good, reliable, and fast WiFi. It is free of charge and available throughout the whole building (which is massive).
Bed linen and towels are included in the price.
After your booking with Hostelworld, download the hostel app for online check-in. The key will be directly sent to your mobile so you can enter your room immediately upon arrival.
If you don’t want to download the app, worry not! You can also do the check-in at the reception counter or at the self-service computers. Super easy and fast.
Reserve your Grab’n’Go breakfast bag the day before to avoid not finding it during breakfast time (from 6:30 to 11).
They do offer snacks, sandwiches, salads, and wraps at the bar at all times. You will have to pay extra if you want to use the swimming pool, the kitchen, or the gym.
Storing your luggage on the main floor also comes at an extra cost. Bear that in mind, as it could be an extra cost for the day of departure/ arrival. For the lockers located in your dorm (included in the price), you will need to bring a padlock.
This high-quality hostel exudes elegance, taking contemporary design to the next level. In fact, the building is actually numerous levels higher than the average hostel. We quote: “Quality is our keyword, and we take pride in delivering quality in everything we do.”
There is a very special balance of a cool atmosphere, quality-conscious staff, and curious souls staying here.
Step inside, and you’ll quickly discover how the framework of this hostel creates an ideal accommodation for a temporary home in Copenhagen.
Shall we kick start with the rooms?
4 and 6-bed mixed dorms
4 and 6-bed female-only dorms
Single, twin & double privates
…all of which come with their own private bathrooms and toilets.
Phew, that’s impressive!
We’re sure you’ll be as impressed as us with the groovy dorm rooms. Each bed is like a little nook, cozy and private, with super comfy bedding.
Private rooms come with a TV at the foot of the bed, plus the highest quality mattresses from Getama. Seriously, this isn’t classed as a luxurious hostel for no reason – it’s obvious once you walk around – let the feelings of indulgence and exclusivity consume you!
Other inclusions in each room incorporate towels, linen, air conditioning lockers, and free WiFi.
What more can we say other than that Next House is slap bang in the middle of the city?!
Really, if you’re keen on enjoying everything Copenhagen has to offer AND staying in an epic luxury hostel, it will be very hard to beat Next House Copenhagen. It happens to be right next to the Copenhagen Central Station, which is the central hub for all public transport in the city.
From here, it’s super easy to explore by bus, train, and metro.
Who stays at Next House?
Well, as you can see, there is a superb selection of room types here, which attracts a wide range of traveler types.
Overall, we would say Next House is particularly attractive for female solo travelers and anyone that enjoys a bit of luxury on their travels!
It always helps that there are female-only dorms – perfect for the ladies that prefer some added privacy and security.
There are a bunch of facilities that support a social experience, too. These include:
HUGE self-service kitchen on the rooftop
Rooftop garden w/360-degree views of the city
Hostel bar (craft beers, coffee, cocktails)
Lounges (live music, social events)
The list goes on on and on…. bike rental, yoga space, cinema, and The Venue, which is home to the best live entertainment in the city. On top of that, there is what is known as the Next Arena, which is really very cool.
“We have created the ultimate gathering place for everyone who likes to have fun, play sports, wild competitions and get a good sweat with lots of cheers.”
It is an indoor stadium of 10×20 meters where everything from dodgeball to football can be played – how cool is that?! If any or all of that screams out to you as awesome, you know what to do (book this hostel in Copenhagen Denmark)!
3. Woodah Boutique Hostel (smaller, cute, more personal)
The owner essentially designed Woodah Boutique Hostel in Copenhagen to promote sustainable, local, and organic living, as evident from the surroundings and the food served in the bar and the café.
“Our vision is to become one of the leading boutique hostels in the world. We highlight our bar and café Nakka, our Japanese inspired sleeping pods, the high level of service and independence.”
The homemade organic free breakfast is yummy (and included in the price, hurray). Breakfast is served to guests and locals, so don’t miss out on it!
There are only 30 custom-made wooden bunk cabins – each bed is craft-built and specifically designed for privacy and to ensure you get an amazing rest during the night.
Clean linens are available in each room, while two shared bathrooms and four shared toilets, with mirrors and hairdryers, are free to use.
If you stay here, you will get great discounts at local yoga schools in the area. An outdoor stretching area is available for relaxation as well.
Free WiFi is accessible throughout the facility, so you can check your emails or look up information online. Other freebies include towels and padlocks, which is a great bonus!
If you feel hungry or wish to have a drink, the Woodah cafe is your best bet. It’s called Nakka, where travelers can “hygge with a dash of Japan”!
You will get a 20% discount on all items with them if you stay at Woodah Boutique Hostel.
It is open daily and serves mouth-watering danish style food and drinks that can be enjoyed in the cafe, hostel area, or outside patio. Truth be told, the coffee here is not the best in Copenhagen, sorry. But the rest rocks!
If you are looking for a quaint, charming hostel, the Woodah is just what you need!
Woodah Hostel is located in a small independent building in Vesterbro neighborhood, the same as Steel House Hostel. And actually just 5 minutes from Steel House Hostel. Check the map we created for you below for reference.
It is close to the Central Train Station, the city center, The Meatpacking District, and much more. In this area, you will find many bars, cafés, and design shops.
Do try some Smørrebrød, the traditional open-faced sandwiches. Øl & Brød, which is said to be the best in town, is located just across the street (sorry, we just checked, and they closed…). The neighboring Mikkeller Bar is the obvious place to take a shot at their acclaimed brews.
If you wish to indulge in some shopping there are also several places in the surrounding areas. The Tivoli Amusement Park is a 7-minute walk from the hostel.
This is the perfect small hostel for travelers who like
and a personal, small, cute hostel
This kind of traveler will have a blast here. Woodah will have a special appeal to travelers who are open-minded and fancy a cozy, comfy stay in a quiet hostel. If you are interested in the universe of yoga and general sustainable living, you will love Woodah Boutique Hostel.
One of the most famous craft breweries in Europe, Mikkeller, is just in front of the hostel.
There are no kitchen facilities, but you will be able to buy tasty organic food at the Woodah Café. A delicious organic breakfast is served free of charge. It is a simple and homemade meal, and the timings are 08.00 – 10.00.
All the services reflect the fundamental message: they support local, organic, fair-trade, and earth-friendly products.
You can equip yourself with various recommendations, tips, and discounts by using their evolving network of cooperation with bars, music joints, museums, restaurants, urban projects artists… This is all to no extra charges or hidden fees, such as lockers, memberships, bed linen, luggage storage, or breakfast. But remember to bring your own padlock for the locker!
Towels are available for rent. But as always, we totally recommend bringing one towel with you. Check out our smart hostel packing list. It is a free, printable packing list for you to download as well.
Both hostels do offer many events in their in-house bars.
Especially Copenhagen Downtown Hostel, as we think that it is number one when it comes to the best party hostels in Copenhagen for party travelers. It also has one of the best pubs in Copenhagen as well and is a cool choice for backpackers.
And btw, the best thing to do in Copenhagen as a solo traveler is to join the one and only Pub Crawl.
This part is especially important for anyone who cannot decide between a big or a smaller hostel. So let us explain.
Basically, you must decide for yourself what you want to get out of your stay. Below we go into detail and explain the major differences, pros, and cons.
NEXT and STEEL House are big hostels. And I mean, really big hostels. You could even get lost here when looking for the gym, your room, or the bar…
The big advantage is there is ALWAYS something going on. From live performances to bar games like Trivia. The bar downstairs is always a guarantee to meet someone. So that is a massive plus. As a group, bigger hostels are the best choice.
Another big plus is usually the professional staff. BIG hostels usually do not work with “underqualified” volunteers. They have their actual staff. That being said, this does not mean small hostels always have underqualified staff. Yet, some backpacker hostels do. This does not apply to Copenhagen, though.
The downside? It is not as cozy as a smaller hostel, obviously. You are a bit more anonymous if you want – this can be a pro as well as a con.
Your experience is not “customized”. When you stay in a hostel with hundreds of other travelers, this is what you can expect.
Personally, we LOVE small hostels. They are usually more detail-oriented, cozier, and more family-like. You could say you can feel more at home. It is usually easier to meet people. This is certainly all true for Woodah Boutique.
More often than not, smaller hostels do not allow bigger groups to stay.
Yet, at the same time, it can happen that there are not a lot of people staying while you are there. This goes especially for the off-season.
Stay at a big hostel, when…
you want to meet many people
play bar games like pool, billiard, etc.
are traveling as a group and want to have a “more party experience.”
Stay at a small hostel, when…
you want a cozy hostel
you only want to meet a handful of people
you want to feel more at home
This will also answer your question on what is the best hostel in Copenhagen for Solo-Traveller.
What about Couchsurfing in Copenhagen?
As Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, many people consider doing Couchsurfing.
This is because finding suitable places to stay in Copenhagen that are cheap, fun, and well-located can be hard.
For those who never heard of Couchsurfing, it is a platform to connect with locals. You stay in their spare room or couch for free. It is especially popular among world travelers.
We have not used it to stay on somebody’s couch in the Danish capital, as we do love the hostel experience.
Nevertheless, it is a great site to find alternative, local events in Copenhagen.
Generator Hostel Copenhagen is a great place to stay at the heart of the city center. Basically, you find this hostel off Kongens Nytorv, the largest square in Copenhagen.
Who is this hostel for?
Generator Copenhagen is perfect for travelers who enjoy life in the most stylish and authentic way. This place has it all to entertain yourself and socialize, a fabulous bar and lounge with the best drinks in town.
What else can you expect at this hostel?
Visitors can choose from dorms to private en-suite rooms (w/ individual power points and LED light for late-night reading)
Are there any cheap hostels in Copenhagen? There can be cheaper options and more ‘cheapest hostels’ than the ones we mentioned above. So no worries if you’re looking for cheap places to say in Copenhagen.
Yet in our opinion, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2), and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Also, keep in mind that cheap areas to stay in are often far away from the city center, which costs you more in transport. This can be pricey in the Danish capital.
However, if you are traveling on a shoestring budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find a Copenhagen cheap stay.
You get even more discounts at participating restaurants and activities. Last but not least, you see Copenhagen from its waterways on a canal cruise.
More Hostels worth a mention
Urban House was once our #3 hostel in Copenhagen. We still really like this hostel, so we decided to keep it here for you to have a look at, just in case the top 3 don’t quite cut it.
Urban House by Meininger
At Urban House, you can take your pick from private rooms with a bathroom or dormitories with shared facilities.
All rooms are stocked with clean linens and towels and have individual lights and power sockets as well. Dorm rooms have personal lockers – Don’t forget your padlock! Otherwise, padlocks can be purchased at the front desk.
Try the local craft beer while enjoying live music at the bar. Or go ahead and meet fellow travelers at the billiards lounge and courtyard garden.
If you wish to relax, go to the quiet room instead. It is also known as the hangover Lounge; quietness is a must there.
A movie room is also available if you want to watch your favorite film.
Looking for something else?
There is also a pool table and library room where you will able to dare your fellow travelers.
Daily events such as bike tours, morning runs, or walking tours will keep you in shape during your stay.
A grab-n-go breakfast bag with fruit, yogurt, and a classic Danish smørrebrød sandwich is served each morning. This is not included in the price, though.
If a buffet breakfast is more your style, go for the spread of fresh fruit, yogurt, juice, and the classic Danish bun, butter, and cold cuts combo, along with some coffee.
Featuring hamburgers, the restaurant and snack kiosk are open throughout the day. You see, this is quite a hipster place to stay. It is one of the cool places even for locals to hang out.
A communal kitchen, 24-hour laundry room, and luggage lockers are found on site.
Danhostel Copenhagen City has a perfect location, in downtown Copenhagen, 10 minutes walking from the train station, and downtown with City Hall, etc. is also in walking distance. You don’t need to use public transportation at all. This place is a mix of shared hostel rooms and separate hotel rooms. And they are huge – they have 1,020 beds and 5 apartments, guest kitchen, laundry facilities, common areas and much more. Wifi is very fast, you can even work from the lobby or from the cafe area.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Copenhagen best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
The bar and the common area are cozy and great to relax. A place where it is easy to meet other fellow-travelers.
They do have only female dorms, which makes it very convenient for female solo travelers that wants to stay at only female dorms. Steel house is the best hostel in Copenhagen Denmark for adults.
What are some good hostels for backpackers in Copenhagen?
We have spoken to many backpackers on our travels, and we share the same interests, so believe when we say, stay at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel.
It is a cool choice for backpackers, with many events on the in-house bar.
Flights to Copenhagen?
CPH is really well-connected. You can catch flights from Barcelona, Paris, London, and all the other major places. Ryanair also flies directly to Copenhagen, which makes it even more affordable. Getting from the Airport to the city is also super cheap. Just take the direct train, you cannot miss it. It only takes around 30 minutes.
We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.
Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.
We also backpacked Denmark for one entire month. We obviously stayed in hostels. Check out our first-hand guide to the best hostels in Denmark, including our map and secret places visit. This is absolute unique guide you will love, too!
Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!
Your question will help us to improve this Copenhagen guide.
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
Summary of the 3 Top hostels in Copenhagen
There you have the best and coolest design hostels in Copenhagen.
They are all handpicked for couples, solo travelers, and friends.
These hostels evoke the supremacy of Danish design. You will also find instagrammable streets and eye candy buildings around the ground as well as in the hostels.
Enjoy this modern city, known as one of the cleanest cities in the world.
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