I live in Copenhagen and move around the city’s various areas daily. So I know there is quite a big difference between where you stay in Copenhagen, as the areas are very different.
That is why I have set out to write the ultimate guide on where to stay in Copenhagen when you travel to the Danish capital and want to experience as much as possible on your trip.
In my eyes, Copenhagen is one of the world’s best cities in the summer, and although our winters can be a bit dark and cold, there is also plenty to see and do in that part of the year.
In this guide, I cover the best areas and share links for booking the best hotels, so you can easily see prices and book your accommodation in Copenhagen.
And let’s get down to business: where to stay in Copenhagen? We start in the absolute city centre.
- 1. Indre By – best place to stay in the city centre ⭐️
- Hotels in the city centre (Indre By)
- Luxury hotels in Indre By
- Mid-range hotels in Indre By
- Cheap hotels & hostels in Indre By
- 2. Vesterbro – best place to stay for nightlife and trendy vibes
- Hotels in Vesterbro
- Best Luxury Hotel in Vesterbro (with a rooftop pool)
- Best mid-range hotel in Vesterbro
- Best cheap hotel in Vesterbro
- 3. Nørrebro – best place to stay if you want to travel like a local
- Hotels in Nørrebro
- Best hotel in Nørrebro
- Cheap accommodation in Nørrebro
- 4. Copenhagen Waterfront – best value for money place to stay
- Hotels at the Copenhagen Waterfront
- Luxury hotels by the harbour
- Cheap accommodation in central Copenhagen
- Cheap accommodation for groups
- 5. Christianshavn – stay in the cosiest area of Copenhagen
- Hotels in Christianshavn
- Best hotel in Christianshavn
- A cool place to stay in Copenhagen
- 6. Østerbro – best place to stay with family
- Hotels in Østerbro
- Where not to stay in Copenhagen?
- What is the best area in Copenhagen?
- Where to stay in Copenhagen with family?
- What is the best area in Copenhagen for nightlife?
- How long should you spend in Copenhagen?
- What is the main area of Copenhagen?
1. Indre By – best place to stay in the city centre ⭐️
Indre By, which means Inner City in Danish, is the absolute centre of Copenhagen, and this is where you will find most of the best things to do in Copenhagen.
Indre By is also the Old Town of Copenhagen, so this is where you can truly get under the skin of the city’s rich history of several hundred years.
In Indre By, you will find, among other things, famous attractions such as Tivoli Gardens, Christiansborg, Amalienborg, Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square), Strøget and, of course, Nyhavn.
In Indre By, you will never walk many meters before stumbling upon a restaurant, café or bar.
This is the area you will find both the most upper-class restaurants, but at the same time, there are hidden gems that the locals go to Indre By to visit, so unlike other European capitals, central Copenhagen is not just a tourist hell.
In other words, it makes good sense to stay in the Inner City for most travellers to Copenhagen who comes to the city to have a traditional city break and want to be able to go to the well-known attractions.
At the same time, the Copenhagen metro network is now so good that you can quickly get around to all the other areas I mention in the guide here, so even if you stay in Indre By, you can easily experience the trendy Vesterbro or the multicultural Nørrebro.
There are no disadvantages to living in the inner city when you come to Copenhagen. It is simply the best area to book accommodation for 99% of all tourists who come to Copenhagen to enjoy our beautiful capital.
The only thing against booking a hotel in Indre By is the price. Because the area is the most desirable, it is also here that the hotels cost more than in some of the other areas I mention in the guide here.
But if you can afford it, I recommend looking for a good hotel in Indre By. Below I share a few good options in several price ranges.
Hotels in the city centre (Indre By)
Indre By is a relatively large area, so there is a difference between whether you end up with a hotel around City Hall Square or by the Marble Church. It’s not because one area is better than the other – you just get to experience different things in your small local area.
Below I have selected some of the best hotels in Copenhagen in different price ranges. The hotels are all located in Indre By and are close to Copenhagen’s best things to do.
Luxury hotels in Indre By
Hotel Skt Petri is one of the best hotels in Copenhagen, and the location could not be more central. The hotel is truly one of the most luxurious in Copenhagen and is, among other things, known for having housed stars such as Mickael Jackson and Justin Bieber.
In other words: if you want to stay at one of the most prestigious hotels in Copenhagen, where there are delicious restaurants, a rooftop bar and a gym, then you must book Hotel Skt Petri.
Hotel Sanders is another 5-star hotel in central Copenhagen – just a stone’s throw from Nyhavn, where all the tourists come to pass and very close to Copenhagen’s harbour, which is an excellent place to chill out in the summer.
I have to admit that the decoration and atmosphere at Hotel Sanders in Copenhagen is one of the best when it comes to hotels. Book Hotel Sanders in Indre By, and be sure that the setting for your holiday in Copenhagen is perfect.
Mid-range hotels in Indre By
Hotel Kong Arthur is a hotel in Indre By close to Nørrebro and the popular Torvehallerne. The hotel has 4 stars and has, among other things, a sauna, 3 different restaurants and a top-rated spa area attached.
So if you would like to stay in a good hotel in Copenhagen with a spa, consider booking into Hotel Kong Arthur. The hotel is located in a slightly underrated area of Indre By, where the nearby Nansensgade offers many excellent restaurants and bars with a rather cool atmosphere.
Copenhagen Strand Hotel is close to the previously mentioned Hotel Sanders, so we are back close to Nyhavn and the waterfront. It is a 4-star hotel with charming rooms and a super-chic breakfast restaurant, where a lot has been done with the decor.
Several rooms also have an ocean view, which you can specifically book – see more here.
Scandic Palace Hotel is next door to Copenhagen City Hall and thus right in the heart of Copenhagen, from where you can quickly go on a big shopping trip on Strøget or explore the trendy streets in Pisserenden (streets such as Studiestræde, Larsbjørnsstræde and Kattesundet).
A perfect choice for families travelling to Copenhagen with children. Several of the rooms even have a view of the City Hall Square. See more about the hotel here.
Cheap hotels & hostels in Indre By
Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade is possibly the best cheap hotel in Indre By. Here you get a small room with everything you need on a trip to Copenhagen, where you want to stay cheaply and centrally.
There are several different room types and family rooms, so if you are travelling to Copenhagen with children and looking for cheap accommodation, it makes sense to book into Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade.
Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is a genuine hostel for the young or young at heart.
If you are travelling to Copenhagen as a backpacker or want to stay somewhere where you can meet other travellers at the bar, then Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is the perfect, cheap place to stay in Indre By.
The bar is also quite popular among ordinary Copenhageners who come there for cheap drinks.
You can book both private rooms with a private bathroom or classic hostel rooms – there are many options; see them all here.
2. Vesterbro – best place to stay for nightlife and trendy vibes
The next area we will pass is located southwest of Indre By and starts at City Hall Square.
If you arrive in Copenhagen by train or take the regional train from Copenhagen Airport, you will arrive at Vesterbro, as the Central Station is located at Vesterbro.
Vesterbro is originally one of the real working-class neighbourhoods in Copenhagen, and if you had told the locals back in the 1980s that Vesterbro would one day become one of the hippest areas for trendy travellers from all over the world, they would have laughed their ass off – and maybe given you a little smack on the cheek 😀
In other words, Vesterbro was a bit of a rough neighbourhood, but the area has developed over the past 20 years, so it is now one of the most popular areas and a place where many young parents have bought a home.
However, a bit of the old, harsh atmosphere can still be found outside the Central Station on the first part of Istedgade and the surrounding side streets. In the old days, Istedgade was Copenhagen’s red light district, and there is still a bit of that at night.
That is why it is extra crucial that you read the reviews when you book a hotel in Vesterbro, as there are still hotels that are (almost) rented out on an hourly basis…
You can, of course, just book one of the hotels I mention below – or write a comment to the guide here if you have any doubts.
Vesterbro is the perfect area to stay if you are a young couple who wants to go out for drinks at some of the best bars in Copenhagen.
The Meat Packing District (Kødbyen) is a mecca with plenty of restaurants, trendy beer bars and some of the coolest nightclubs in Copenhagen.
From Kødbyen, it is only a 15-20 minute walk to Tivoli Gardens, City Hall and Indre By.
Vesterbro has both the central station of Copenhagen, where there is a metro, trains and buses and the metro station at Enghave Plads.
So it has also become straightforward to get around the rest of the city from Vesterbro.
Hotels in Vesterbro
As previously mentioned, it is vital to stay away from the very cheap hotels at the start of Istedgade and Vesterbrogade. Few people will probably book these hotels when they see pictures and reviews, but I just wanted to warn you again.
And having said that, Vesterbro is also one of the trendiest areas in the whole of Scandinavia, so there aren’t many of these dingy places left – on the other hand, massive investment has been made in new, beautiful hotels in Vesterbro.
Let’s take a closer look at them.
Best Luxury Hotel in Vesterbro (with a rooftop pool)
Villa Copenhagen is the only hotel with a rooftop pool in Copenhagen and perhaps the best breakfast in the whole city.
The hotel is located right next to the Central Station, but on the good side, right next to Tivoli Gardens and a few minute’s walk from the cosy streets of Indre By, so even though the postcode says Vesterbro, it is almost like staying in Indre By, but very close to Vesterbro and Kødbyen.
Best mid-range hotel in Vesterbro
Best cheap hotel in Vesterbro
Steel House Copenhagen is a new cheap hostel with an indoor pool and the option to book private rooms with a private bathroom. Still, it’s cheap!
Check out my guide to the best cheap hotels in Copenhagen, where I mention a few other Vesterbro hotels.
3. Nørrebro – best place to stay if you want to travel like a local
Nørrebro is probably my favourite area in Copenhagen and an area where tourists haven’t really found their way. Therefore, Nørrebro is also the most authentic area of Copenhagen in this guide.
In other words, Nørrebro is an area where “real” people live and the restaurants, cafes and bars have to live off the locals – that’s why they’re perfect!
I have lived in Nørrebro for most of my time in Copenhagen, so I have enough tips for a whole post just about Nørrebro, but as a starting point, you have to experience the cosy area around Jægersborggade and Stefansgade in Ydre Nørrebro.
You will find everything from local wine shops to Michelin-starred restaurants – in a street and an area that 20 years ago would never have found its way into a guide about the best places in Copenhagen.
Walk from Jægersborggade down to inner Nørrebro and explore streets such as Griffenfeldsgade, Blågårds Plads, Elmegade and Ravnsborggade. You could spend a whole weekend eating and drinking through Nørrebro.
Nørrebro is a melting pot of students, young creative types and descendants of the first immigrants from the Middle East. That is why you will find countless kebab shops and exciting restaurants to eat food from around the world in Nørrebro.
I recommend staying in Nørrebro to anyone who wants to experience an area with a bit of an edge and, simultaneously, is where the Danes go out.
For families travelling to Copenhagen with kids, it might make better sense to choose another area, as the streets may be busy at weekends, but for other curious travellers, I would recommend considering Nørrebro as a base for the trip to Copenhagen.
Hotels in Nørrebro
So, Nørrebro is not a tourist area as such – although you can be in Indre By in 10-15 minutes via the Queen Louise Bridge or the metro – so there are not very many hotels to choose from in Nørrebro.
If you are looking for a luxury hotel in Nørrebro, you will have to look far, but there are still some lovely places to stay in Nørrebro.
Best hotel in Nørrebro
One of the best hotels in Nørrebro is the 4-star Avenue Hotel Copenhagen by Brøchner Hotels, located in inner Nørrebro, right on the border with Frederiksberg and Indre By.
In other words, this hotel is perhaps the best place to stay for you who want to experience all the best of Nørrebro but still be only a 5-minute walk from the metro station at Forum, from where you can get to Nyhavn and Kongens Nytorv at 3-4 minutes.
Avenue Hotel has many different rooms and a delicious breakfast buffet. The hotel is within a few minute’s walk of some of my favourite places in Copenhagen: Satang Thai Bistro, the city’s best Thai restaurant and Himmerriget, which is one of the best beer bars (that few tourists know about!).
Cheap accommodation in Nørrebro
If you are looking for a cheap hotel in Nørrebro, then Hotel M18 is a good bet. It is a 3-star hotel without superb comfort, but on the other hand, the location is excellent, and if you book ahead, you can often get the stay at a great rate.
The hotel is a stone’s throw from Nørrebrogade, Guldbergsgade and Skt Hans Torv, some of the best places to stroll around Nørrebro and Copenhagen.
So if you want a cheap stay in the heart of Nørrebro, check out the hotel here.
Nørrebro invites you to stay in a hostel because the district is generally so young and hip. I can therefore recommend taking a look at the Urban Camper Hostel, which is located right next to Nørrebro Station, where there are both buses, the metro and the S-train, so you can quickly get around all of Copenhagen and there too is plenty to do within walking distance of the hostel.
At Urban Camper Hostel, there is a large bar, lots of different room types with everything from shared dormitories to private rooms and the possibility to rent bicycles, which is an excellent idea if you are travelling to Copenhagen in the summer months.
4. Copenhagen Waterfront – best value for money place to stay
And then we are going to an area that does not have its own postcode but is instead both in Indre By and Vesterbro.
However, I do not think the hotels in this area fit under Indre By or Vesterbro because they are a little further away from the central places in both Indre By and Vesterbro.
On the other hand, the hotels here at Copenhagen Waterfront are either cheap and brand new or incredibly luxurious, and you get more for your money here than in the very centre of the city.
Therefore, I recommend booking your stay in Copenhagen here if you would like to save money on your accommodation or would like to stay right down to the harbour during the summer when all Copenhageners flock to the harbour baths.
You should be aware that at some of these hotels, it may be a short walk of 10-15 minutes walk before you get to either Fisketorvet Shopping Mall or The Meat Packing District on one side or Indre By’s cosy streets on the other.
So this area is a bit special, and I thought about whether I should include it in the guide here, but I think there can be good value for money by staying here when you look at how good the hotels are and how much lower the prices are here compared to just 5-600 meters further inside the inner city.
Hotels at the Copenhagen Waterfront
So let me present a few of the hotels in the area and at the same time tell you what you can expect in terms of distances.
Luxury hotels by the harbour
The best hotel at the Copenhagen Waterfront is the luxury hotel Copenhagen Marriott Hotel, which is 5-star and has its own restaurants, bars and steam room with a sauna. It is an impressive hotel, with many rooms overlooking the harbour and Islands Brygge on the other side.
In the summer, you can stroll to the harbour swimming pool and jump into the water with the many other happy Copenhageners who are sunbathing and enjoying the summer.
If you are staying at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel, you can walk up to Tivoli Gardens and the Central Station in 10 minutes, while a stroll to the City Hall Square will take a quarter of an hour.
So here you still stay within walking distance of most of what you would like to experience in Copenhagen as a tourist.
The other excellent hotel at Copenhagen Waterfront is called Copenhagen Island Hotel.
It is located significantly further from the centre of Copenhagen, but on the other hand, right next to Fisketorvet Shopping Mall and only a 5-minute walk to The Meat Packing District in Vesterbro and Dybbølsbro Station, where you can take the S-train to get to Indre By in a few minutes.
It is a 4-star hotel with many rooms with ocean views and is also particularly good for families with children, as there are special family rooms.
Copenhagen Island Hotel is for those of you who are okay with staying a little outside the absolute centre of Copenhagen but prioritise having a good hotel that is significantly cheaper than what a 4-star hotel in the centre costs.
Cheap accommodation in central Copenhagen
As previously mentioned, some really cheap hotels are also at Copenhagen Waterfront. One of the newest and best located is Wakeup Copenhagen Bernstorffsgade.
We are back in the Inner City part of the area so that you can walk to all the well-known sights in Copenhagen.
Cheap accommodation for groups
One of the most well-known hostels in Copenhagen is called Danhostel Copenhagen City and is eminently located right by the Langebro, which connects Copenhagen with Amager (and Christianshavn, which we will look at in more detail soon).
It is a colossal hostel with 192 rooms, and you can book everything from superior private apartments with room for 4 people to rooms with room for 8 people and much more.
So if you are a group travelling to Copenhagen and are looking for accommodation for many people in a place with a good location, consider booking into Danhostel Copenhagen City.
5. Christianshavn – stay in the cosiest area of Copenhagen
The next area in the guide on the best places to stay in Copenhagen is just a short walk over Knippelsbro or Inderhavnsbroen (“the Kissing Bridge”) from the Inner City and Nyhavn.
We are going over to the old working-class neighbourhood, Christianshavn. Christianshavn is a relatively small area consisting of several small islands connected by small bridges over the canals.
Christianshavn is technically part of Indre By, but the area laid out by King Christian the 4th in 1618 is something of its own.
It is here in the area that we also find Freetown Christiania, where naturally you cannot book into a 5-star hotel 😀
However, there is a massive difference between Christiania and Christianshavn. The latter is one of the nicest areas in Copenhagen, especially in the summer when the area comes alive, so it is an excellent place to stay.
As previously mentioned, you can be in Indre By by Christiansborg and Strøget in 10 minutes, so Christianshavn is still very central.
The only challenge is that there are not that many hotels in Christianshavn.
Hotels in Christianshavn
The challenge that there are incredibly few hotels in Christianshavn made me consider not including the area in the guide here, but that would also have been a shame.
Because even though the hotels in Christianshavn are quickly booked up, you can be lucky if you book your trip to Copenhagen early on.
Best hotel in Christianshavn
The best hotel in Christianshavn is undoubtedly the new NH Collection Copenhagen. One of my running routes goes right past the hotel here, so I was curious to see how it would look after the building had served as business premises for many years.
Now that the place has been renovated in style, you can book into one of perhaps the best hotels in Copenhagen – at least, it is one of the hotels with the best location.
NH Collection Copenhagen is right by the harbour, so many rooms have a beautiful view of the harbour and Inner City.
It is a luxury hotel with 5 stars and many different room types, so if you want to stay in a presidential suite in Copenhagen with a sea view, then NH Collection Copenhagen is the place for you – but there are also ordinary rooms that are somewhat cheaper.
The hotel itself has a bar right next to the harbour, but otherwise, you can slip into the wine bar right next door, where you can meet Copenhagen’s hipsters over an orange wine or whatever the cool kids are drinking at the moment 😀
A cool place to stay in Copenhagen
If you would like to spend the night unconventionally on your trip to Copenhagen, you should consider booking into CPH Living, which is also right down to the water at Christianshavn.
CPH Living is a houseboat and, therefore, a somewhat unconventional hotel.
An outstanding offer for accommodation for those of you who want to stay with a sea view and on the water.
6. Østerbro – best place to stay with family
The last area I considered for a long time should be included in the list. Because it has to be said: there is not as much to do in Østerbro as in the other areas in this travel guide to Copenhagen’s best areas.
It is one of the more upper-class areas in Copenhagen, and there are certainly a few lovely streets, such as Nordre Frihavnsgade from Trianglen and Ryesgade, which goes all the way to Nørrebro.
But otherwise, Østerbro is primarily an area where wealthy families live, and I think you can feel that when you walk around the area.
While all the other areas in this guide are places I go to because there are good restaurants or just because it’s a nice place to be, I would never think of going to Østerbro to hang out – and that’s how all other Danes I know feel.
But I still include Østerbro in the guide here, as the area is very well connected with the metro, S-train, intercity train and the Øresund train, which runs both to Malmö in Sweden and to Elsinore, where you might want to visit Kronborg Castle.
In addition, as previously mentioned, Østerbro is very quiet and, therefore, highly family-friendly. So if you are travelling to Copenhagen with children and would like to stay in a good hotel, there are several good options in Østerbro.
If you are going to a concert in Parken, then it might also make sense to stay in Østerbro – but there is a metro from Trianglen a few minutes’ walk away, so it is by no means a necessity.
Hotels in Østerbro
Østerbro has quite a few hotels, and many are also relatively new, so there are some outstanding accommodation options in the area.
One of the best hotels in Østerbro is undoubtedly Charlottehaven, which has an indoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and rooms with an outstanding view of Nordhavn and Øresund.
It is perhaps the hotel in Copenhagen with the best view, and the location right next to Nordhavn Station means that you can quickly get either north or into the centre in a short time.
Charlottehaven is also very family-friendly, as you can choose between many different room types and small apartments.
Another fantastic hotel in Østerbro is Comwell Copenhagen Portside Dolce by Wyndham, a brand new hotel in Nordhavn right next to Østerbro.
It is a hotel perfect for those looking for a place to spend the night in Copenhagen who wants comfort in beautiful surroundings.
The hotel is of the type where Copenhageners could book in for a single night to relax and slow down. There is everything from ordinary rooms to executive suites – see all rooms here.
More centrally on Østerbro in Ryesgade, as mentioned earlier, we find Rye 115 Hotel, a 3-star hotel with excellent reviews from previous guests.
Here you stay within walking distance of Søerne and Nørrebro and can take the metro to Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn in a few minutes.
Where not to stay in Copenhagen?
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and a large city with over 1 million inhabitants, but the city is relatively easy to get around by either metro, S-train or bus.
So no matter where you stay in Copenhagen, you will always be close to a form of transport that can take you to other areas.
So as such, there is no terrible place to stay in Copenhagen. If I have to point to where not to stay in Copenhagen, I would not recommend Amager Øst and the area around Amager Strandpark during the winter months, as there is not much going on.
In the summer, on the other hand, you want to live close to the city’s best beach, and therefore it can make good sense.
Amager West around Field’s and Ørestaden is never a good place to stay in Copenhagen. It’s probably the area with the least soul in the whole city, so don’t book in here – even if you’re going to a concert in the Royal Arena.
There is a metro a few minutes’ walk from the Royal Arena, so it’s better to book a place in Indre By or one of the other areas I mention in the guide here.
There are also a few hotels in Sydhavn, which you should not book unless you have a car or are okay with taking both bus and metro if you want to get around to the well-known sights in Copenhagen.
I hope you can use this guide on where to stay in Copenhagen and that you are ready for your trip to the Danish capital.
If you have questions about Copenhagen areas or hotels, please comment below, and I will do my best to help.
What is the best area in Copenhagen?
Indre By is the city centre and translates to Inner City. This is the best area in Copenhagen to stay as a tourist. Indre By is where you will find the best things to do and the most hotels.
Where to stay in Copenhagen with family?
Indre By, the city centre, is the best place to stay for families and 99% of all travellers. However, if you want to stay in an area with many families with children, I’d suggest Østerbro.
What is the best area in Copenhagen for nightlife?
Most nightclubs in Copenhagen are located in the city centre, Indre By, but Vesterbro and the Meat Packing District is known to be the best area for nightlife. This is also where you will meet the most locals. Nørrebro is a good place for a night out as well.
How long should you spend in Copenhagen?
I’d suggest at least 3 full days in Copenhagen as the city has a lot to offer.
What is the main area of Copenhagen?
Indre By, the city centre, is the main area of Copenhagen. Take a stroll from City Hall Square via Strøget (our pedestrianised shopping street) to Nyhavn, and you’ll get a feel for the city centre.