Denmark’s stylish budget-friendly hotels

Copenhagen prepares to welcome more visitors following its recognition by Lonely Planet as the number one city to visit last year. It responded with a boom in affordable hotels and new hotel rooms across the city.

Beyond the capital, there are also more hotels and rooms opening in Aarhus, Aalborg, Sønderborg, and along the Danish coast.


The latest addition is a hotel from Dutch chain Citizen M at Rådhuspladsen (Town Hall Square). The new 4-star hotel is within walking distance of Copenhagen Central Station, Tivoli Gardens, and the main shopping streets. The hotel has a top-floor living-room lobby overlooking the historic city centre.

Copenhagen’s biggest hotel group Arp-Hansen also launched the cool, budget WakeUp Hotel concept last year. With 585 rooms the hotel has minimalist high quality features designed by renowned Danish architect Kim Utzon. It has a great location on Bernstorffsgade, close to the harbor and the city center’s main attractions.

The 370-bedroom Scandic Hotel in Kødbyen, the trendy meatpacking district of Copenhagen, is a centrally located contemporary hotel with a popular restaurant.

Meanwhile, the Scandic Falkoner, in the Frederiksberg district has 440 rooms and conference facilities, and the fun and youthful Marriott franchise ‘Moxy’ opened the cool three-star  Moxy Copenhagen Hotel in Scandiagade, south of the city centre.

The Moxy experience begins with a complimentary Got Moxy cocktail on arrival. The 228 millennial-focused bedrooms combines bold design and affordable style in a collaboration with IKEA.

Adding to its choice of five existing Copenhagen properties Guldsmeden Hotel opened its sixth and largest hotel at Copenhagen’s Islands Brygge. In keeping with the rest of the eco-conscious group, it follows sustainable principles with a maritime theme.

The Brøchner hotel group also opened the Hotel Ottilia. Located on the site of the iconic Carlsberg brewery, the new four-star hotel has 156 rooms and a restaurant with a rooftop terrace.


Beyond the Danish capital the Brøchner hotel chain also opened its very first boutique hostel in the centre of Aarhus. Located in a former library in Mølleparken, this hostel has an outdoor area, social spaces and a food court.

The Radisson Red Aarhus, the new creative brand from the Radisson Hotel Group inspired by music, art, and fashion, also opened a hotel with a restaurant, gym, and a meeting space. Located in the center of the city, it is near the retail street, main attractions, and the historic Latin quarter. The main railway station is within walking distance and there will be easy access to the airport.

Families should visit the original home of LEGO. The fairy-tale themed Castle Hotel  opened at the LEGOLAND Billund Resort with 142 bedrooms. There’s space for would-be dragon knights, wizards and princesses to live out their dreams in specially themed rooms spread out over two buildings.  

In addition, there’s a family restaurant with seating for 300 diners, an indoor play area in the restaurant, and a large outdoor playground.


The new budget chain Zleep Hotel also opened a 126-bedroom hotel right next door to the train station in the centre of Aalborg. With great value rates and good quality rooms, the hotel is perfect for tourists and business travelers alike.


The Hotel Alsik also opened in Sønderborg’s old industrial harbour district. Canadian born architect Frank Gehry transformed the whole site into a new city quarter with unique architecture.

The majority of the project has been realized with the new quarter known as Byens Havn (City Harbour). Henning Larsen Architects designed the Alsik Hotel with two towers, respectively 19 and 70 meters high. There will be three restaurants and conference facilities for up to 400 people.


Away from the city on the North Sealand coast in Hornbaek, the hotel Hornbækhus reopened following an extensive renovation. Here, locals and guests coming together over dinner for a shared meal served on its long wooden tables.

The hotel’s little sister Villa Strand has also reopened following a complete renovation. The white villa offers 15 en suite rooms with breakfast served at Hornbækhus. It’s perfectly located on the sand dunes at Hornbaek with direct access from the garden to the beach.

Meanwhile Svinkløv Badehotel on the North Jutland coast near Blokhus is one of Denmark’s most iconic seaside hotel. The large wooden structure has been completely restored following a devastating fire in 2016. Now back to its former glory, the 36-bedrooms (now all en-suite) reopened last year.

The Hilton group is also returning to Copenhagen with a prominent quayside location for a new upmarket hotel this year in Nordhavn. There will also be a new 12-storey hotel in Viborg; and the old police station in the genteel north Jutland seaside town of Skagen will be transformed into a 150-bedroom hotel.