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Where to Stay in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a huge city with intriguing points of interest in its far-flung corners, but a large number of its most famous attractions are concentrated in a few neighborhoods on the west side of the harbor. The most in-demand area is near Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s famous amusement park, and the scenic City Hall Square. Just southwest of this area, Copenhagen’s central railway station separates Tivoli Gardens from the small district of Colbjornsensgade. This is where you’ll find the greatest concentration and variety of hotels, including a few cheap hotel deals in Copenhagen, where in-season room rates are often on the high side.
Several blocks northeast of City Hall Square is Nyhavn, a lively district filled with restaurants, bars, clubs and boutique hotels. If you have an early flight out of the city, you may want to consider spending your last night across the harbor on the island of Amager. Though there are few attractions in this area dominated by Kastrup Airport, it’s where you’ll find a handful of notably plush and modern hotels.
Copenhagen Hotel Tips
The average hotel room in Copenhagen is comfortable but a bit smaller than you’d see in most U.S. hotels. This is especially true of older properties, and it’s often the bathrooms that feel the smallest. Some of the most affordable rooms may lack private baths entirely. If you want to ensure ample space, consider booking with one of the city’s several luxury hotels or a newer boutique hotel, which are the most likely types to have spacious accommodations.
Copenhagen is a generally expensive city, and lodging is no exception, so you may want to consider renting a smaller or more basic room if you’re trying to save. Rates at most Copenhagen hotels drop dramatically in the winter, but this usually coincides with Tivoli Gardens closing for the season. Prices spike again around the holidays, but then remain low until the warm weather returns in the spring.
Copenhagen Hotel Recommendations
To do Copenhagen in style, the Radisson SAS Royal is a luxurious choice that won’t break the bank. Its location overlooking Tivoli is optimal, but it’s the rooms, designed in the late 1950s by legendary Danish designer Arne Jacobsen, that really make this property stand out. Another prominent Copenhagen hotel is Hotel d’Angleterre, an exclusive option in now-swanky Nyhavn. Operated from within an elegant historic palace, this choice of celebrity travelers is known for its lavish rooms and the in-demand French restaurant, Restaurant D’Angleterre.
A more affordable option in Nyhavn is 71 Nyhavn, a massive brick warehouse from the turn of the 19th century that now serves as one of the neighborhood’s hippest hotels. Though it’s fully up to modern standards, the original exposed beams and brick make it easy to appreciate the building’s history.
For a real value, book one of the charming rooms at the family-run Absalon Hotel, located in the Vesterbro area near Colbjornsensgade and the railway station. The rooms in the hotel are affordable year-round, but even better deals can be found in the nearby Absalon Annex, where bath and shower facilities are shared but well-maintained.
If you normally rent a car in the cities you visit, consider an alternative after your flight to Copenhagen: renting a bike. More than a third of Copenhagen residents cycle to work, and the streets are equipped with extensive bike lanes. In busy areas, the bike lanes are often separated from auto traffic and have their own signals, ensuring Copenhagen’s reputation as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.
It’s just as easy to explore the central areas of Copenhagen on foot, if a little slower. But since a few of the most popular shopping and sightseeing streets are closed to auto traffic entirely, there’s little need to rent a car unless you’re planning a day trip to other parts of Denmark or Europe.
To cover longer distances in the city, you can use its widespread public bus system or the 24-hour Metro. Taxis are also easy to hail near most hotel, shopping and nightlife districts, and any hotel front desk would be happy to call one for you.