It is no secret that staying in Copenhagen isn’t for the budget conscious. Although part of the EU, Denmark has held on to its heritage and still uses the Danish Krone.
People in Denmark have a much better standard of living, and as such, prices reflect this; not only for the locals, but for tourists visiting. An example of prices are 25 DKK for a bottle of water – this is about £2.50 in the UK (I wouldn’t dream of paying that normally). A metro ticket from the airport will cost you 36 DKK (£3.60), which isn’t that bad.
On average a cheap meal in a restaurant will be about 100 DKK (£10), but you can pick up street food (Danish hotdogs are good to try), for about 40 DKK (£4).
However, do not let this put you off visiting this beautiful city, there are a number of cheaper places to stay, without having to compromise on comfort or style.
During my weekend in the city, I chose to stay at the Generator Hostel, who brand themselves as ‘more than just a hostel’ with an additional 9 other design led hostels in Europe.
For those that don’t the idea of staying in a hostel; fear not – this place is more like a hotel. It is clean and has a creative design. There are no smelly, or dirty bathrooms in sight, and the whole place is run extremely well.
The Generator is a short walk away (10 minutes, if you’re slow) from Kongens Nytorv St Metro; which is about 20 minutes from Copenhagen airport, although my flight was a little delayed and I missed the metro I needed to get, so ended up wandering around by Copenhagen central station in search for a bus at 1am. Luckily transport is good here, and I caught a bus to where I needed to be.
When I arrived, I was pleased to be greeted by a friendly face (the reception is open 24/7). I was checked in quickly, and was given a key card for access to my room. I was issued with three breakfast tokens, for the breakfast buffet, for the duration of my stay (this can be purchased in advance for 65 DKK), or 75 DKK on the day. There are also other breakfast options (see breakfast below for details).
Once I got to my floor (the 3rd – there are 6 altogether), I found my room, and quietly snuck into my bed (it was approaching 2am by this stage). I was pleased to see that there was an under bed locker, so I could stash all my valuables and gadgets (you’ll need your own padlock however).
If you are anything like me, you will love getting breakfast wherever you stay. Normally in hostels this consists of some toast and a cup of tea. However, with the buffet breakfast at Generator, there are is a great selection to choose from. You can have a variety of cereals, fruit and yoghurt, as well as a continental spread of cheeses, eggs, vegetables (cucumber, and tomatoes), meat (ham, turkey and chicken) and amazing bread, with a selection of jams. There is a juice bar, and a variety of teas to choose from.
If you don’t want to go for the buffet option, you can order something from the bar, which does amazing coffees and danish pastries, as well as granola and yoghurt – there is much choice – you will not go hungry!
The Generator Hostel in Copenhagen has a variety of rooms, from mixed or female dorms to private rooms. The dorm rooms will come with an ensuite (2 showers and 1 toilet in the 8 bed dorm), plus there are toilers on each floor.
A bed in a dorm room starts at 250 DKK (£25 approx), or you can get a private room from 610 DKK (£61); much cheaper than a hotel, but still as good
The Generator hostel is by far the most comfortable I have been in a little while – it has such a relaxed vibe, yet has so much going on for travellers.
Some facilities at Generator Copenhagen are:
- An amazing chill out lounge (with hammocks, and massive beanbags)
- Free WiFi throughout the whole building
- A bunch of PC’s (if you haven’t brought your laptop)
- Nightly events (from bar crawls, to cheap meals)
- Games – you can play Boules in the Petanque bar
- Outdoor terrace
- A great bar with a happy hour, and good music
- Free walking tours (10.15am daily) of the city
Tips for your stay
- If possible, request a room at the back of the hostel – the road facing rooms can get a lot of noise from the street at night.
- Join the walking tours (especially the one to Christiania in the afternoon)
I stay in hostels quite regularly, and I wrote a post on what I look for in a hostel, but the Generator exceeded my expectations on every level. This place is a solid choice if you’re in the city.