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Top Places To Stay in Copenhagen: Best Hotels And Areas

by Juliet Dreamhunter

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I already told you before about places to visit and fun things to do in Copenhagen, so hopefully, your program is clear now and you won’t get bored during your trip. Now it’s time to think about good and affordable accommodations where you can rest after a long day of walking and sightseeing. Here I hand-picked some nice places to stay in Copenhagen and sorted them by area and budget, so you can quickly find the best place to stay according to your needs.

Choosing the right neighborhood can be tricky especially if it’s your first time in Copenhagen. I’ve met people who had the worst experience of a city just because they weren’t so lucky to choose a good area to live in. Nobody wants their stay to be spoiled by gypsies, homeless people or other shady figures flickering all around.

In this guide to Copenhagen neighborhoods you’ll find everything you need to know about the best areas to stay in Copenhagen. Whether you are a first-timer or not, alone or with children, on a budget or looking for something luxurious, I got you covered.

Soooo, here they are! The best places to stay in Copenhagen sorted by area.

If you want to quickly pick something by yourself, here is the map of Copenhagen with some of the available hotels. You can move it around, zoom in or out, and click any of the dots to check availability for your dates. Use it to compare prices, read reviews, see the photos and check other details that are important to you!

Nyhavn – Most instagrammable of the places to stay in Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s canals draw tourists from all over the world. Therefore, if you love making photos, this is probably where you should stay. All those wonderfully painted houses along the waterfront make Nyhavn area the best area to stay in Copenhagen for tourists.

Imagine walking along a colorful promenade towards the harbour with a delicious waffle-on-a-stick in one hand and your camera in the other. The sun is shining and sailing boats slowly passing in different directions. Isn’t it a dream?

Nyhavn waterfront canals

Nyhavn is relatively close to everything. Firstly, go west and you’ll end up in the city center with the main pedestrian shopping street Strøget and most of the main palaces within walking distance. Secondly, a short walk in the north direction and you will face an Amalienborg palace where you might spot changing of the royal guards. More to the north and you can enjoy the calmness of the star-shaped Kastellet fortress and find a famous Little Mermaid statue.

Finally, if you cross the bridge directly from the harbour, you’ll end up in Christianshavn, the famous hippie neighborhood.

Now let’s talk accommodations.

Cheapest hostels near Nyhavn

Copenhagen is an expensive city and naturally central areas are short on cheap-priced accommodations. Bedwood hostel is probably the only good option in the Nyhavn area under 100 euros per night. Prices start at 43 euros for a dorm bed.

Best average price accommodations at Nyhavn

All of the following hotels are beautiful from both inside and outside. Don’t forget to ask for a canal-facing room to make your stay pure pleasure! All the tourists from the street outside will envy you when you are enjoying your breakfast on a balcony overlooking the colorful harbour.

Luxury stays in Copenhagen close to Nyhavn

Whether you are looking for the best 5-star hotels in Copenhagen or some cute Scandinavian-styled apartment in the heart of Denmark’s capital, here are your best options.

Indre By – Copenhagen city center

Indre By is a great choice for first-time visitors or for someone looking where to stay in Copenhagen for a weekend. This is the heart of the city with all the must-visit places located within walking distance.

Translated as ‘Inner City’, Indre By is the oldest area in Copenhagen full of historical landmarks. There are tons of museums, palaces, monuments, universities, and libraries as well as beautiful parks.

places to stay in Copenhagen Indre By area

The main shopping street is called Strøget and there you can find everything from the world-known clothing labels to chocolateries. Did you know that Lego is from Denmark too? There is a huge Lego shop in the middle of Strøget with lots of gift options for kids and adults. They also have some cool full-height figures made of Lego that are definitely worth looking at.

So, here comes the list of nice places to stay in Copenhagen Indre By area.

Affordable places to stay in Indre By

Even if you are on a tight budget and can’t afford to pay hundreds of euros per night, you can still visit Copenhagen and even stay in the city centre! Here are two hostel options in the very heart of the old city.

Mid-range hotels in Indre By Copenhagen

Here are some high-quality affordable hotels in Copenhagen city centre.

Best luxury hotels in Indre By

Care for a comfortable stay and aren’t looking for the cheapest hotel options? Here are a few cool luxury hotels in Copenhagen city centre that will satisfy your appetite.

Tivoli Gardens – The best place to have fun in Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens is a huge amusement park build in the 19th century. It is one of the spots you can’t miss if you want to have some great memories of your trip. Besides all the rides and activities that are always there, every November Tivoli Gardens put on the most wonderful decorations! This fact alone makes this area the best area to stay in Copenhagen at Christmas.

tivoli gardens amusement park palace inside

No matter if you are the calmest person or an adrenaline junkie, you will love Tivoli Gardens! Plan your time in advance so you can spend at least a couple of hours here wandering around, enjoying yourself, making photos, taking rides and tasting local sweets. There are plenty of restaurants and shops on the Tivoli territory featuring local crafts and food in case you get hungry or need to buy some gifts.

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Cheap stays near Tivoli

Tivoli Gardens require 10-minutes walk from the city center and this area can offer many more affordable options for staying in Copenhagen on a budget. Check out these cute hostels below!

Affordable places to stay in Copenhagen near Tivoli Gardens

Here are some good places to stay in Copenhagen that are close to Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen Central Train Station.

Best luxury hotels in Tivoli area

Don’t want any extra walking? Stay at Nimb Hotel right near the entrance of Tivoli Gardens! Other options require couple of minutes-long walks but will also give you the rest you’ll need after a long day of memorable experiences.

Here are some options for visiting Tivoli Gardens that help you skip the long entrance lines:

Frederiksberg – Best area to stay in Copenhagen with kids

Frederiksberg is a nice residential area and one of the family-friendly places to stay in Copenhagen. Should you happen to travel with kids, consider living here. It’s far from the city center’s noise and nightlife, almost no tourists around, clean and quiet.

people cycling in Copenhagen
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Copenhagen Zoo is located in this area and beautiful green parks are all over. Frederiksberg is definitely one of the best neighborhoods in Copenhagen for families.

Apart from being family-friendly, this is also a good option if you are not visiting Copenhagen for the first time and want to feel the city in a less touristic way. Live where locals live, eat what they eat and enjoy the unique hygge lifestyle that makes Danish people the happiest nation in the world!

Here are some places to stay in Copenhagen’s Frederiksberg area.

Norrebro – Best place to stay in Copenhagen on a budget

Norrebro Copenhagen area
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In recent years Norrebro district has become a popular destination for young people. It’s a quiet neighborhood a bit to the north of Copenhagen city centre area Indre By. They are directly connected by the bridge so it’s easy to go back and forth in case you prefer to stay in less noisy areas.

Cheap hostels in Copenhagen

Norrebro is the best area for backpackers because it’s full of cheaper hostels and affordable apartments. It only takes a short train ride distance from the city centre. That is to say, this is a great neighborhood for travelers of any age who care less about living in the city centre and prefer to spend more on experience.

Also, all those hostels create great opportunities to meet fellow travelers and find new friends on the way!

Affordable places to stay in Copenhagen Norrebro neighborhood

Hotels in Norrebro reflect the essence of Scandinavian local culture. They are simple, clean and full of light and space. White colors in design and interiors are known as a calling card for northern countries including Denmark. Certainly, “cozy” is the first word that comes to mind when you want to describe their culture – and hotels in Norrebro neighborhood only prove the rule.

Best Scandinavian-styled apartment in Norrebro Copenhagen

As I said, Norrebro is more about cheap hostels and affordable stays, so don’t expect to find many boutique luxury hotels in this area (if you are looking for those, go to Indre By or Nyhavn sections of this post). Instead, here is one nice Scandinavian-styled apartment you might wanna consider if you travel with family or a big group of friends.

If you choose to stay in one of Copenhagen’s less touristic neighborhoods, here are some guided tours with a local flavour that you might find intriguing:

Where to stay near Copenhagen airport

where to stay near copenhagen airport
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Copenhagen’s airport is located quite far from the city center (6+ km) and sometimes it’s easier to choose a place to stay closer to the airport than to the city center.

Let’s say you have an early flight and don’t want to bother commuting in the middle of the night. Or maybe you only need to spend the night in Copenhagen between flights and don’t need to go to the city centre at all.

For these cases, you might want to find a place to stay close to Copenhagen airport, so here are a couple of options for you.

In the airport area you can find one of the coolest attractions in Copenhagen – The Blue Planet aquarium. Only one train stop or about 20 minutes walking from the airport – and you can see hammerhead sharks, touch stingrays and walk through an underwater tunnel. Read more about the aquarium in my other article that covers some Fun Things To Do In Copenhagen!

Final thoughts on where to stay in Copenhagen

Have you found exactly what you were looking for?

I’m sure there were enough options on where to stay in Copenhagen for you to look no further, but in case you still need more variety, try to look directly for your dates using this search box.

Extra tips and ideas on how to spend time in Copenhagen

Depending on how much you’d like to see and do during your Copenhagen visit, consider getting a Copenhagen City Pass. It is costly, but it covers a lot of things and might be totally worth it if you want to make the most of every day. You can choose card’s validity duration according to the length of your trip (from 24 to 120 hours).

Transportation in Copenhagen is pricey and with the City Pass you don’t need to worry about it at all. It covers the cost of getting from the airport to the city centre which is about 5 euros one way, as well as all the buses and trains around the city. Moreover, it gives you free entrance to 80+ museums and attractions some of which I mentioned above: Copenhagen Zoo, The Blue Planet Aquarium, Tivoli Gardens and many more. You can even go on a canal tour for free when you have this card. Read more about Copenhagen City Pass here and decide for yourself if it’s worth it.

Here are some extra ideas on what to do in Copenhagen – cool activities you’ll remember

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