Where to stay in Aarhus? The 10 Best Places to Stay in Denmark’s Second City

In this guide on where to stay in Aarhus, I'll tell you about the city and the 10 best places to stay on every budget.

where to stay in aarhus

There are a lot of hotels in and around Aarhus, and it can be challenging to navigate if you don’t know the city. I’m Danish and have lived in Aarhus, so I know the city well and the best places to stay in Aarhus.

In this guide, I’ll share the 10 best places to stay in Aarhus – in different price ranges, so there’s a hotel for those looking for luxury and those travelling to Aarhus on a budget.

Aarhus is the largest city in Jutland and has a lot to offer. You must not miss ARoS, The Old Town Museum, Marselisborg, Musikhuset Aarhus and Dokk1, but this is only a small sample of what Aarhus offers.

Although it is Denmark’s second-largest city (after the capital Copenhagen, of course), Aarhus is a relatively small city. Usually, when I write these “where to stay in a big city” guides, I typically write about quite a few different areas.

In this guide on the best places to stay in Aarhus, I mainly include hotels in Aarhus C – the city centre. A few of the hotels are slightly outside the centre, but I will write why you should choose this hotel – for instance, it might have a nice swimming pool or free parking.

Where to stay in Aarhus? Here are the 10 best places.

1. Hotel Villa Provence – stay here for luxury in the city centre

aarhus city centre hotel
  • Location: Aarhus C
  • Number of stars: ****

Nice 4-star hotel in the heart of Aarhus right next to Dokk1. The hotel gets excellent reviews, and there is nothing to say about that. It is not just the top-notch location but also the charming rooms, delicious facilities, good service and good food.

The hotel is inspired by the Mediterranean countries, which can be seen both in the authentic and charming rooms and on the food menu. You get free breakfast with all stays and a free cup of coffee to go on departure.

The cosy hotel has just 39 rooms, ranging from single and double rooms to large suites with bathtubs. Regardless of finances and needs, you will find a suitable room for your stay in Aarhus.

See more and book online here.

2. Radisson RED Aarhus – best trendy hotel

radisson red aarhus trendy hotel
  • Location: Aarhus C
  • Number of stars: ****

Radisson RED Aarhus is the stylish and hip place to stay in Aarhus. It is well located concerning all the best things to do in Aarhus with a short distance to, among other things, ARoS, the Musikhuset and the main shopping area in the city centre. 

The hotel is a chapter of its own in terms of design, with many modern solutions.

The hotel offers app-controlled room service, a 24-hour gym, restaurant, and lounge, the option to purchase breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

There are over 78 rooms of various sizes and furnishings, all extremely spacious. A standard double room is a whopping 27 m2 and has a king-size bed, so there is plenty of elbow room.

See more and book online here.

3. Comwell Aarhus Dolce by Wyndham – best luxury hotel in Aarhus

comwell luxury hotel aarhus denmark
  • Location: Aarhus C
  • Number of stars: ****

Comwell is a brand known for their luxury hotels spread across Denmark, and the hotel in Aarhus is no exception.

Here you get large, spacious rooms with a nice interior and a view of the city, free breakfast and a wide range of facilities such as a 24-hour gym, restaurant and bar and good work opportunities if you need to get some work done on your trip to Aarhus.

The hotel is large, with 240 rooms spread over single and double rooms with plenty of space. The rooms have large, comfortable beds and a work desk, and the double rooms also have a dining area.

It is possible to rent bicycles at the hotel, and you can also get help with walking and cycling routes and the sights you just need to experience when you are in the city.

See more and book online here.

4. Hotel GUESTapart – apartment hotel in Aarhus

apartments in aarhus
  • Location: Aarhus N
  • Number of stars: ****

Hotel GUESTapart is one of the best-reviewed hotels in Aarhus. It is an apartment hotel with 86 apartments and many facilities such as a fitness centre, sauna, bar, restaurant, and meeting and work rooms.

The rooms are spread over different sizes of studio apartments from 30 to 47 m2. There is plenty of space for shorter and longer stays – and you get your own kitchen and bathroom. And breakfast is included in most stays.

Contrary to many other apartment hotels, the equipment has not been compromised at GUESTapart. Here, every apartment has a fridge, freezer, oven and dishwasher – and then there is a good double bed with the possibility of a cubicle from the rest of the apartment.

See more and book online here.

5. Helnan Marselis Hotel – beautiful hotel with pool in Aarhus

helnan marselis hotel aarhus
  • Location: Marselisborg
  • Number of stars: ****

Helnan Marselis Hotel is located in the south of Aarhus by Marselisborg; out to the water and close to the forest. Here you stay in a hotel close to all of Aarhus’ attractions but in an area with stunning nature.

aarhus hotel with swimmingpool

In addition to excellent sea views, the hotel offers a wide range of facilities, including free breakfast, an indoor pool, a sauna, fitness facilities and a bar. In addition, the hotel is well suited for walking and cycling trips in the area, and bicycles can bed rented.

The rooms are spread over various double rooms and suites. Some have a view of the forest, others of the sea, and most have a terrace or balcony.

See more and book online here.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to experience more of the beautiful nature we’ve got here in Denmark, I recommend you check out my guide to the best glamping experiences in Denmark.

6. Milling Hotel Ritz – a city-centre hotel at a good price

good value hotel aarhus city centre
  • Location: Aarhus C
  • Number of stars: ***

Right in the middle of Aarhus, the Milling Hotel Ritz is located in a historic, well-preserved building. Here you will find smaller, classically furnished hotel rooms for a good price. There is easy access to transport and only a short trip to ARoS, Tivoli Friheden and Dokk1.

Restaurant MASH is just around the corner, and it is also possible to use the fitness centre in the immediate vicinity for a small fee.

On the other hand, breakfast is always free, just as free fruit, snacks, tea and hot chocolate are available all day in the lobby area.

The rooms are spread over single and double rooms in different standards, where Economy and Standard can often be booked at a good price, while Comfort offers large, comfortable beds.

See more and book online here.

7. Hotel Atlantic – stay by the harbour in Aarhus

best place to stay in aarhus by the harbour
  • Location: Aarhus C
  • Number of stars: ***

Right on the harbour quay near Dokk1, Hotel Atlantic has a beautiful view of the harbour on one side and the city centre of Aarhus on the other. Here you get a selection of smaller single or double rooms in the standard or superior category, which largely depends on the desired view.

The rooms have a bathroom with a bathtub, good king-size beds, free Wi-Fi – and free breakfast is included. There aren’t a ton of amenities, but the basics are fine; the internet is fast, the breakfast is delicious and the beds are comfortable.

There is a bar and snack bar at the hotel, and there is also the option of car hire – dogs are allowed, and you get free coffee and tea in the rooms. In addition, the hotel’s location is eminent for exploring Aarhus.

See more and book online here.

8. Zleep Hotel – hotel with free parking in Aarhus (close to the motorway)

hotel with free parking aarhus
  • Location: Viby
  • Number of stars: ***

In the southern part of Aarhus you will find Zleep Hotel Aarhus Viby, which offers simple double and family rooms at a good price. There aren’t a lot of fancy facilities, but there’s basically everything you need if you’re in the area to explore Aarhus.

Free parking at the hotel is a big plus, as parking in Aarhus can be expensive. You can park your car and take public transport to the centre. It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes. Bicycle rental is also available.

There are restaurants in the immediate area, but not in the hotel itself. Here, however, you can buy breakfast as well.

See more and book online here.

I would only recommend this hotel if you’re driving to Aarhus, as the free parking is the main attraction here.

9. Cabinn Aarhus – cheapest hotel in the city centre

cheap hotel aarhus city centre
  • Location: Aarhus C
  • Number of stars: **

The Cabinn hotels are strategically located around Denmark with good locations and low prices, which is also the case for the hotel in Aarhus. Here you can stay for cheap in small, stylish rooms. The Economy rooms, in particular, are cheap to stay in.

Despite the low price, the location is top – the hotel is right in the city centre.

The hotel has a restaurant, bar, library, free Wi-Fi and the option to buy breakfast. There is an electric kettle, tea and coffee in all rooms – and there are as many as 400.

If you are travelling as a family, it is possible to book connecting rooms so you can enjoy two rooms with a door between them.

I stayed in this hotel when I was in Aarhus for the Northside Festival and for that it’s perfect: you get a cheap place to sleep in the city centre, but if you’re looking for a more luxurious experience then you might want to look elsewhere.

See more and book online here.

If you’ve read my guide to hotels in Odense, you already know Cabinn: it’s not luxurious, but on the other hand, it’s a cheap place to stay in the city centre.

10. Wakeup Aarhus – cheap place to stay right next to the station

cheap place to stay in aarhus c
  • Location: Aarhus C
  • Number of stars: **

Wakeup Copenhagen’s counterpart in Jutland, Wakeup Aarhus, is only a stone’s throw from Bruuns Galleri shopping mall. The concept is the same; a modern low-cost hotel with a central location and breakfast included – without that many other facilities.

The idea works and is popular. Especially for those who just need a place to sleep. The rooms and bathrooms are small, but they can easily work for an overnight stay.

The hotel has, among other things, a laundry service and computer stations. It is, therefore, also an excellent place to stay as a traveller – especially given the location and location.

See more and book online here.

If you have read my guide on where to stay in Copenhagen or the guide on cheap hotels in Copenhagen, then you also know Wakeup’s concept: cheap hotels, but with a bit more comfort than the Cabinn hotels.

The cheap hotels in the guide are well located, without that many facilities, but with small rooms at a reasonable price. They are suitable for you who are in Aarhus for a short time to experience the city’s sights.

If you are on a more extended stay or just like luxury, you should look at one of the nice 4-star hotels.

I hope you could use this guide to the best places to stay in Aarhus and that you have found a place to stay on your trip to Denmarks’ second city.

As I mentioned earlier, I have lived in Aarhus,so if you’ve any questions about your trip to Denmark, please let me know in the comments below.

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Frequently asked questions about accommodation in Aarhus:

What is the best area in Aarhus?

Aarhus C – where the C stands for Centrum – is undoubtedly the best place to book a hotel in Aarhus. In Aarhus C, you will be within walking distance of all the city’s sights and the best experiences.

How long should you stay in Aarhus?

Aarhus is Denmark’s second-largest city, but it is relatively small, and you can easily experience the city’s best sights in 2 days.

Is Aarhus worth a visit?

I am Danish and think Aarhus is a lovely city, but it is nowhere near Copenhagen. So if you have to choose between Aarhus and Copenhagen, there is no competition at all, but if you are travelling around Denmark for a more extended period, you might want to visit Aarhus and stay here for a few days.

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