If you’re traveling to Copenhagen, beware: this city is CRAZY expensive. We’re talking $7 metro rides and $6 cups of coffee. My point being, don’t blow your entire trip budget on accommodations unless you want to be eating hot dogs for dinner every night!
So where can you find a stylish and comfortable place to stay at an accessible price? Let me point you toward Generator Hostel Copenhagen, a contemporary hostel located conveniently near the city’s biggest square, Kongens Nytov (also a metro station that goes to the airport).
When I first arrived at Generator Hostel Copenhagen, I immediately realized that this was going to be one of the cleanest and most well organized hostels I’ve ever stayed at. Our beds were incredibly comfortable, so much so that we slept until noon one day because we could. not. get. up. And the private double room was bright and spacious, with a full length mirror (very important!) and plenty of outlets (even more important!). My sister also stayed in one of the dorms the night before I arrived and said it was just as clean, comfortable and convenient.
I loved that we could rent bikes right from the hostel, since the best way to explore Copenhagen is on two wheels. After I figured out how to adjust the seat and unlock the bike lock (if you can’t tell… it’s been a while since I’ve been on a bike outside of spin class!), I was on my merry way.
Copenhagen isn’t huge, so it’s easy to hit multiple attractions in one day. We were able to cycle to the up-and-coming neighborhood of Norrebro for brunch, explore the cemetery where Hans Christian Andersen is buried, and then bike across town to Christiania, the “free city.” We ended our day at Nyhavn, ordering beers to go and enjoying them with our feet dangling over the canal. Don’t worry, I only had one before returning my ride… staying upright on the bike sober was enough of an issue.
But on a more serious note, I really loved that Nyhavn was so close to Generator Hostel Copenhagen and that we could hang there to soak up the sun for at least a few minutes every day. We were incredibly lucky with gorgeous weather in during our trip.
Another thing that made our stay at Generator CPH fantabulous was the bar, located on the same floor as reception. The prices for drinks here were slightly more affordable than anywhere else in Copenhagen meaning it was the perfect place to begin the night and meet other travelers. Funny story – while I was sitting at the bar with my sister, we ran into someone she had known in high school! The world really is a tiny place sometimes. We had such a fun time chatting with new people and enjoying the free round that a bachelor party bought for the entire bar before we all went out together nearby (not the bachelor party… we took their free drinks and ran!).
There was also a large outdoor patio area that would be amazing in the summertime, but since it was a tad chilly at the end of April we didn’t spend any time out there.
I get really excited when I find a place to stay that has it all: cool people, fun vibe, stylish decor, comfortable bed and clean bathrooms. Generator Hostel filled all of the above (and more!), and though it was a bit pricey compared to other hostels I’ve stayed in, it was a bargain for Copenhagen.
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