In my previous post about saving money in Copenhagen, I highly recommended staying in hostels, even if it’s not your usual style of accommodation. I also mentioned that booking well in advance can result in huge savings. While visiting, I stayed in three of the most popular hostels in town. Here is a breakdown of how they compare to help you chose which is best for you.
This place is huge, modern and well organized. On the other hand it lacks the warmth and comraderie of the other places. The nature of the hostel is very corporate, which results in weird things like advertising screens in the bathrooms. Overall it’s great for someone who ranks personal space and security over community.
The dorm beds are large and comfortable. Each bed has a lock-box under it and a personal reading lamp. Dorm rooms have sinks, toilets and showers en suite in addition to the communal showers and toilets in the hallway.
If you arrive early, expect to pay a hefty fee to store your luggage in lockers before check-in.
This hostel has community-building down, so it should come as no surprise that it’s considered a party hostel. If you don’t like crowds, this place is not for you. Of the three, it turned out to be my personal favorite. While it has some short-comings, there’s no chance of feeling lonely no matter how shy you are, and that counts for a lot when you’re traveling.
There are no lock-boxes for your things and the bed quality is a B at best. There is a great communal kitchen though, and I never waited more than a few minutes for a shower.
This hostel hosts an open mic night that is popular with locals and backpackers alike. They also have free dinner, but that’s only for the first 35 or so people to gather around the table. Even if you’re out of luck on the food, you’re sure to leave with a friend.
Cozy is the best way to describe this place. So cozy that tight might be a better word. This is a very small hostel with only five or so rooms. An eight-bed dorm is packed into a tiny space, which keeps everything nice and warm, but blocks the sunlight as well. Each bed comes with a privacy curtain and there are wooden lock-boxes for valuables under the bed.
One great selling point is the hostel’s proximity to the central train station. It’s literally behind the building, which I found comforting when I arrived on day one of my journey.
While the atmosphere is friendly, there are no built-in methods for new buddy making. Overall, this place is best for those who like to be extremely close to others without ever having to interact.
Prices on all these hostels change from day to day. Rates go up as they get closer to capacity. The least I found per bed was $25, but I saw it climb to $60 over a busy weekend. To get the best rates, you’ve gotta book in advance!