Hotels in Odense – The 10 Best Places to Stay in the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen

In this guide on where to stay in Odense, I'll tell you about the 10 best hotels in the city centre of Hans Christian Andersen's hometown in Denmark.

where to stay in odense

Odense – Hans Christian Andersen’s city – has a lot to offer. And precisely because it is the hometown of the world-renowned adventure writer, tourists make pilgrimages to the city all year round.

Whether you are visiting from abroad or elsewhere in Denmark, I have gathered 10 of the best hotels in Odense.

By the way – I’m Danish, and even though I now live in Copenhagen, I was born in Odense and spent my childhood and a good chunk of my adult life in the city.

The selection varies from the more luxurious ones with four stars and lots of nice facilities to cheap hotels with two stars, where the conditions are still in order but where the space is tight and where there is not a large selection of facilities.

The latter is particularly suitable for those who only use the hotel to stay overnight, while family holidays, long-term trips and business trips may require different and better standards.

I hope my guide can help you find the right accommodation option for your stay in Odense.

Where to stay in Odense? Let’s start with a brilliant hotel close to HC Andersen’s house.

1. Hotel Odeon – best place to stay close to HC Andersen’s House

best place to stay in odense, hotel odeon
  • Location: Odeons Kvarter 11 (right next to HC Andersen’s House)
  • Number of stars: ****

Hotel Odeon is an obvious choice for those in Odense to experience Hans Christian Andersen’s House, as the hotel is only a stone’s throw away. The train station is also in the immediate vicinity, so getting to and from the hotel is effortless.

This is a nice hotel with nice, spacious rooms and breakfast included in the price of the stay. The hotel has a restaurant, a coffee bar, and delicious indoor and outdoor facilities, such as a lobby with a fireplace and an outdoor terrace.

If you need to work on the journey, there is also a desk, common areas with the possibility to work, free Wi-Fi and the option to book meeting rooms.

See more about the hotel and book online.

2. First Hotel Grand – best hotel in Odense City

best hotel in odense denmark
  • Location: Jernbanegade 18
  • Number of stars: ****

First Hotel Grand Odense is an obvious choice for those who like to have plenty of space – or those of you who travel together. The rooms are very spacious with a nice interior, and there is the option of adjoining rooms if several of you travel together, for example, as a family with children.

Odense’s attractions are not far from this hotel, and the train station can be reached in just 7 minutes on foot. On the other hand, there is also everything you need on-site. For example, breakfast is included in the room price, and there is also a fitness centre, bicycle and car rental, laundry service and restaurant at the hotel.

If you are looking for the best hotel in Odense, you can book into First Hotel Grand.

I have stayed here three times, and it is now my regular hotel in Odense (I was born in Odense and have family in Funen).

There are luxurious surroundings and a delicious breakfast, and the bar is also cosy in the evening – their Espresso Martini is excellent!

See more about the hotel and book online.

3. Hotel Knudsens Gaard – hotel close to Odense Zoo

nice hotel in odense close to the zoo
  • Location: Hunderupgade 2 (near Odense Zoo)
  • Number of stars: ****

While some of the other hotels in the guide are primarily suitable for a few days of sightseeing, this is one of the hotels that are particularly suitable for holiday stays. There is plenty of space in the rooms, and they are homely furnished with armchairs, sofas and desk furniture.

The rooms are spread over single and double rooms and studio apartments in various sizes, so you can find a room that fits regardless of your needs. For most types of stay, a breakfast buffet is included.

There is free bicycle rental, so it is easy to get around on tour, and there is also a restaurant, bar and coffee shop on site, as well as lots of common areas and places to stay.

See more about the hotel and book online.

4. Comwell HC Andersen Odense

comwell odense hotel close to hans christian andersen house
  • Location: Claus Bergs Gade 7
  • Number of stars: ****

Comwell has hotels spread all over Denmark, and Odense is no exception. The hotel offers simple single and double rooms and is suitable for holiday stays, travellers and business trips, as shared office spaces and meeting rooms are available.

Children under 12 sleep for free in existing beds, pets are allowed in the hotel, and free breakfast is included. In addition, there is a fitness centre, laundry service, cosy common areas and a focus on sustainable solutions concerning energy and food.

The hotel is centrally located in Odense, close to HC Andersen’s House, and there are good bus connections around the city, just as Odense Station is in the immediate vicinity.

See more about the hotel and book online.

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5. Milling Hotel Plaza

city centre hotel odense
  • Location: Østre Stationsvej 24
  • Number of stars: ****

Milling Hotel Plaza is located close to Denmark’s Railway Museum. The hotel is of slightly older date and has been kept very original, which can also be seen in the room’s interior, which is cosy and comfortable.

The hotel is ideal for sightseeing in Odense for couples and families with children. Children stay for free, and adjoining rooms are available if needed. Breakfast is included in the stay, and there is a hotel’s gym, laundry facilities, restaurant and bar.

It is not far from the train station, and there are good bus connections around the city. HC Andersen’s House is also within walking distance.

See more about the hotel and book online.

6. Hotel Odense – hotel by the Odense Congress Center

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  • Location: Ørbækvej 350 (on the outskirts of Odense)
  • Number of stars: ****

If you don’t need to live right in the heart of Odense, Hotel Odense – oddly enough located on the outskirts of the city in the south-eastern part of Odense – is an obvious choice to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

The place is suitable for longer stays in connection with either holiday or business trips. The hotel offers some very spacious rooms and apartments of up to 60 m2.

The hotel has free parking and Wi-Fi, access to a 24-hour fitness centre, sauna, restaurant, bar and coffee bar and access to both the garden and work areas such as computer stations and meeting rooms.

See more about the hotel and book online.

7. City Hotel Nattergalen – cheap hotel close to HC Andersen’s House

city hotel odense
  • Location: Hans Mules Gade 5 (close to HC Andersen’s House)
  • Number of stars: ***

In the heart of Odense, you will find City Hotel Nattergalen, which with its 48 rooms offers both tiny single rooms and spacious double and family rooms as well as the option of extra beds and free children in the room.

The rooms are tastefully decorated – and the price is right. Especially considering that free breakfast is included. In addition, there are facilities such as a restaurant, car hire on site and nice common areas such as the cosy fireplace room, the roof terrace with a beautiful view over the city and the activity room with billiards and darts.

The hotel is very well located in terms of attractions and transport, so it is easy to get around the city, and the station is not far away.

See more about the hotel and book online.

8. Milling Hotel Windsor

milling hotel odense
  • Location: Vindegade 45
  • Number of stars: ***

Centrally located in Odense is the Milling Hotel Windsor. Here you will find rooms in an authentic and charming antique style that matches the building. The hotel is well located concerning public transport, sights and city life.

The price is already very affordable – and it only gets better with everything included. The room price includes free breakfast, hot drinks, afternoon cake and snacks, and free access to mapped running routes, computers and parking.

The hotel has a restaurant, a small shop and a library, so there is practically everything you need.

See more about the hotel and book online.

9. Cabinn Odense Hotel – cheap hotel by the station

cheap hotel in odense
  • Location: Østre Stationsvej 7-9
  • Number of stars: **

If you prefer a low price over many fancy facilities, it can also easily be done on Funen. Here, Cabinn Odense Hotel is a good choice for one of the cheap hotels in Odense.

The hotel is located well, midway between HC Andersen’s House and Denmark’s Railway Museum – a short distance from Odense Station.

The rooms are tiny, but if you just need a place to sleep while you are in Odense, the hotel is a good and cheap option.

There is an option to buy breakfast, and then there is a laundry service. But all in all, a simple and cheap hotel for you who just need a place to spend the night on your trip to Odense.

I have stayed at Cabinn several times when I was young and had to go into town with friends in Odense. It is excellent because it is centrally located and a very cheap hotel, but on the other hand, there is not much comfort.

It’s also convenient if you come to Odense from Copenhagen on the train.

See more about the hotel and book online.

10. Milling Hotel Mini 19

budget-friendly place to stay in odense
  • Location: Hans Tausensgade 19
  • Number of stars: **

Milling Hotel Mini 19 is the little brother of the other Milling hotels. The concept and standard are the same, but size, facilities and price have been reduced. If you choose the Economy rooms, you can typically get an excellent price for your stay.

Although it is a low-cost hotel, the location is not at fault. The hotel is centrally located in Odense, with a short distance to public transport and various attractions. It is possible to purchase breakfast, and there is a snack bar, computer station and laundry service on site.

There is nothing further fancy about the hotel, and the facilities are minimal, but it is an excellent choice for an overnight stay if you only need to use the hotel to sleep.

See more about the hotel and book online.

In this guide, I’ve mentioned everything from luxurious hotels with many facilities to mid-range hotels and even very cheap budget hotels. The choice depends entirely on the purpose of the trip to Odense.

Maybe you need a cheap place to spend the night, and then a small 2-star hotel is fine, but perhaps you need a base for the family trip – and then suddenly, there are other requirements for hotel standards and facilities.

I hope you can use this guide to hotels in Odense and are now ready to visit Hans Christian Andersen’s hometown.

As previously mentioned, I was born in Odense and have lived there both as a child and as an adult, so I know the city very well. If you have any questions about your trip to Odense, please comment below, and I will do my best to help you.

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Frequently asked questions about hotels in Odense:

What is the best hotel in Odense?

The best hotel in Odense was, for many years First Hotel Grand. It is still in the top 3, but now there is competition from the Odeon and Comwell. You can read more about the three places to stay in Odense here.

What is the cheapest hotel in Odense city centre?

Cabinn Odense is the cheapest hotel in the centre of the city. The hotel has rooms for around DKK 500 per night for 2 people.

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