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Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

Where to Stay in Copenhagen

Why Stay at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel?

One of the most difficult things to figure out when planning a big trip is deciding where to stay. This was especially true for my friends and I when we started searching for our accommodations on our European backpacking trip.

Looking into Copenhagen, we were overwhelmed with the number of options. Then, like an answer from the travel-gods, we took our search to HostelWorld and found this glorious gem.

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is one of a kind, original hostel goodness. The upbeat and positive environment is inundated with interesting and energetic like-minded travelers. Cleanliness & sanitation have always been concerns to my friends and I when staying at hostels, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that not only does Copenhagen Downtown Hostel maintain it's grungy & edgy charm, but the rooms were incredibly clean!

Michael in Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

Prime Location

I cannot stress enough how important location is when booking your accommodations for your backpacking trip. Carrying heavy bags over cobblestone roads for miles may be to some an enjoyable experience, however the majority of the general public appreciates not destroying their legs within the first hour of arriving to their destination. 

 Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is conveniently located just 10 to 15 minutes walk away from Copenhagen's Central Station. That is quite literally just on the other side of  Tivoli Gardens ! Not only are you within a short distance of the station, but you could even walk through this historic and stunning amusement park on the way to checking into your accommodations! 

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is conveniently located just 10 to 15 minutes walk away from Copenhagen's Central Station. That is quite literally just on the other side of Tivoli Gardens! Not only are you within a short distance of the station, but you could even walk through this historic and stunning amusement park on the way to checking into your accommodations! 

 The other great benefit, of course is Copenhagen Downtown Hostel's proximity to many of central Copenhagen's great attractions. Just like the name suggests, this hostel is right in the middle of 'Copenhagen's Downtown'. Walk to  Nyhavn  within 20 minutes,  Strøget  within 5 minutes, and countless bars & restaurants right out the front door. 

The other great benefit, of course is Copenhagen Downtown Hostel's proximity to many of central Copenhagen's great attractions. Just like the name suggests, this hostel is right in the middle of 'Copenhagen's Downtown'. Walk to Nyhavn within 20 minutes, Strøget within 5 minutes, and countless bars & restaurants right out the front door. 



Walking through Copenhagen

Incredibly Friendly Atmosphere

If you're like me and want to make a friend or two on your journey, finding a hostel that fosters a friendly atmosphere and encourages travelers to meet one another is of upmost importance! This is why Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is definitely in my list of favorites!

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel features in it's a lobby an expansive room full of long tables, bean-bag sacks, and lounge furniture providing plenty of space to take a seat and relax after a long day's travel.  You'll find the room buzzing with fellow travelers gathered around tables with a couple of beers, snacking while playing cards, or simply taking advantage of the free wifi and coffee. 

 Just arriving at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel and checking out the space!

Just arriving at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel and checking out the space!

 Checking-in like a boss.

Checking-in like a boss.

 Arriving into our 6-bed personal room for my group of traveling friends!

Arriving into our 6-bed personal room for my group of traveling friends!

You cannot beat a hostel that makes it easy to make new friends. One of my favorite things about Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is their optional group-meal available every evening for an extremely cheap and affordable price compared to Copenhagen's usual steep meal prices!

Gathering around a family-style table and sharing a meal (and a few drinks!) together is the perfect way to start off your adventure in this incredible city. Plus, it gives you the chance to get a group of travelers together for going out later! 

My group immediately clicked with those we sat with on our first meal there. We became instant friends and basically spent our entire trip hanging with them, and afterwards even got invited to visit them in Cologne. So again, a hostel that makes it easy to meet new friends is one of the most important things in the world!!!

 Tanner & Michael with our new friend Fudy!

Tanner & Michael with our new friend Fudy!

 Myself (squinty eyed) & our new friend Emanuel!

Myself (squinty eyed) & our new friend Emanuel!

Free Walking Tours!

This blog wouldn't be complete without mentioning that one of our favorite experiences while visiting Copenhagen was brought to us by the very hostel we chose to stay in! Copenhagen's Free Walking Tours are available to anyone who happens to come to the City Hall any day at 11AM, but we first learned about this fascinating and FREE tour through their many recommendations at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical showing up for this free tour, but I had never been so pleasantly surprised in my life. It was one of the funniest, and most educational tours I have ever experienced. Read more about Copenhagen's Free Walking Tours on my previous Blog: What to See in Copenhagen!

Michael walking in Copenhagen

Beds from $34 a Night!

Expenses can add up extremely quickly staying in Copenhagen. The prices are quite a bit higher compared to American counterparts and other areas in Europe, but the experience of seeing one of Scandinavia's most historic and lively cities is indescribable. With very cheap pricing in comparison to other accommodation options, and offering a cheap meal alternative to it's guests, Copenhagen Downtown Hostel will help even the most frugal college student a great place to sleep.

In their own words, here's how Copenhagen Downtown Hostel describes themselves on HostelWorld:

Copenhagen Downtown hostel few years in a row (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and in 2017.) won the ‘Most Popular Hostel in Copenhagen’ award at the Hoscars, chosen and given out by HostelWorld, and all thanks to our lovely guests who rated our hostel. Come and see it yourself!


"Our award-winning hostel has 24-hour reception, a spacious and lively lounge and bar, an edgy venue for live music, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, free iPad and laptop rental and a welcoming area outside, overlooking the street.

We are centrally located in the old part of Copenhagen, next to the City Hall Square and the parliament. Our location is outstanding for local hotspots, whether it’s bustling nightlife, the longest pedestrianized shopping street in the world (Strøget), fusion restaurants, the famous Tivoli gardens and the harbor beach. If you'de like some more culture, we are just next to Denmark’s best museums, galleries, and theaters.

Our location means we have all public transport links on our doorstep; you are within easy reach of everything that the city and the rest of Denmark has to offer.

The hostel is cosy yet cool, proudly showing a Scandinavian retro design and a friendly, relaxed vibe. Our trendy lounge provides the ideal surroundings to chill or socialize and meet other guests. Our café offers an all-you-can-eat-and-drink breakfast buffet for an unbeatable price and tempting foods during the rest of the day. 

If you are looking for more liquid entertainment, we have one of the cheapest bars in town, located right here in our lounge area and offering a great value Happy Hour every night. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy playing pool, foosball or other games with your (new) friends. 

We also have Free Walking tours, twice a day, every day! So easy when the tour picks up right here in the lounge! You can take the morning tour at 10.45 or the afternoon tour at 14.45.

We have 88 rooms, to suit every budget. There are private rooms for two-to-five people or shared dormitories for four-to-12 people. Many of our rooms feature private bathrooms and individual power sockets, personal reading lights and mirrors. Our 10 person dorms and 6 person dorm have lockers for your valuables, you will just need a padlock. You can rent Large lockers in our luggage room. All private rooms overlook the Vandkunsten square with a water fountain from 1910 – an urban gem.

Did you know that guests from more than 40 countries stay with us every month?

So come along to our warm home and welcoming staff!
Vi ses!" - Copenhagen Downtown Hostel via HostelWorld


As always, thanks for reading along and happy traveling!

Matthew Schueller

Matthew Schueller Photography, Lincoln, NE