Best Budget Hotels in Copenhagen
Denmark was recently named the happiest place on earth. With gastronomic delights to please everyone, fresh air aplenty, and the sound of bikes rather than cars whizzing past, it’s easy to see why. While there are some great low-cost flights to Copenhagen to get you out there, the city is famous for its high cost of living. For those wanting to see what all the fuss is about without breaking the bank, or just to feel the love, here’s a lowdown on the best budget places to stay.
The trendy Vesterbro neighbourhood in Fredriksberg, a municipality of Copenhagen, within walking distance of the city’s main attractions, boasts the Hotel Sct. Thomas. Located on Værndedamsvej, it’s in a quiet residential area overflowing with bakeries, restaurants and food shops with menus to tickle your taste-buds before a blissfully quiet night’s sleep.
Wake Up Copenhagen
Just south of Copenhagen’s main train station, is the Wake Up Copenhagen. A stone’s throw from the city’s main attractions, they’ve gone all out with designer Kim Utzon incorporating trendy modern Scandinavian design with mod cons such as free wifi, flat screen tvs and even bike rental available. Perfect for getting out and about in the city and heading down to the waterfront, or for bringing a picnic lunch back in the bike’s basket, there are 510 rooms in the building, with views over the city on the top floors, available for a little bit extra per night.
When Volkswagen launched the Fox in 2005, the Hotel Fox opened its doors as part of the global marketing campaign. With 61 individually designed rooms, ranging in size from the appropriately named Small to X-Large, each one is a unique piece of artwork from one of twenty one artists, in its own right. Breakfast is made with both organic and locally produced ingredients as well as Fair Trade where possible, and the Wine Hour in the afternoon in the Fox’s bar is not to be missed. It’s a great place to meet new people, and have a chat, all over a glass of wine served on the house.
Axel Hotel Guldsmeden
Balinese themed rooms with Persian carpets, four poster beds and bathtubs are the name of the game at the Axel Hotel Guldsmeden. Located in the uber trendy former meatpacking district of Kødbyen, the Axel Hotel is surrounded by trendy cafés, restaurants, fashion boutiques and Copenhagen’s truly eclectic folk. Bikes can be hired from the hotel and there’s a Balinese themed spa on site.
Hotel Cph Living
For something a little bit different try the Hotel Cph Living, a canal boat hotel that sails along the city’s canals. With floor to ceiling windows in each of its twelve rooms, there’s certainly a room with a view for those on board. All mod cons are included in the wood and steel inspired designer rooms, with free wifi, flat screen tvs and original artwork in each room. There’s a guest only sundeck on board where you can enjoy the views accompanied by a warming cup of free tea or coffee from reception. Even breakfast is free of charge.
If combining trendy designer shops, cafés and gardens is your thing, the Ibsens Hotel on Nansensgade is your best bet. Just a five minute walk from the Torvehallerne food market and Nørrepor station, the Ibsens boasts rooms with a view or wooden rafters for a Scandinavian log cabin feel. Local shops and local designers inspired the design of this boutique hotel, among them Piet Breinholm, who made Danish leather school bags from yesteryear trendy again, he’s even made the leather key fobs for the Ibsens. If the nearby lakes and gardens don’t provide enough relaxation, there’s a spa next door to the hotel called Ni’mat Spa, which offers discounted rates to hotel guests.
So, there’s the proof, budget accommodation is available in Copenhagen. Now, it’s time to find out why the Danish are so happy for yourself…
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Jon Knight is a freelance travel writer with a passion for travelling Europe’s famous cities.
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