Top 10 cool and unusual hotels in Copenhagen

Denmark’s cool capital has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a fishing village in the 10th century. Now it is considered by many as the gem of Scandinavia, wowing visitors with its clean design and simple architectural lines as well as its awesome shopping and nightlife. From vintage to cutting-edge, from a pint to a prosecco this charming city caters for all! Enjoy fine dining at world famous restaurant ‘Noma’, go for a traditional Smørrebrød, party with the best of them in one of the many hip clubs and bars or opt for a romantic stroll in the Tivoli Gardens. Whatever you fancy you will live the fairy tale in this fantastic forward-thinking capital, from our team’s many trips to this fabulous city, here are our collective favourite hip, unique, quirky and unusual hotels in Copenhagen to help you plan your very trendy stay!

Hotel Axel – contemporary Balinese inspired

The Axel Hotel is situated in the midst of popular tourist attractions including Tivoli Gardens and the Det Ny Theatre. A modern and striking hotel, it offers bike rental for easy exploring, comfortable rooms and relaxing areas decorated with a minimalist cool ethos with a hint of an exotic Balinese vibe…along with a lively bar and restaurant serving delectable local treats. The rooftop terrace and hot tub offers unrivalled views of the city both day or night and I personally can’t think of a better way to relax after a long day exploring (or hanging out at the Carlsberg brewery which is only a short walk away) than to lounge on the terrace or in the steamy hot tub watching the hustle and bustle of the beautiful city below.

  • Prices from $120 a night
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Axel

First Hotel Kong Frederik – elegant townhouse style

This place is a seriously classy stay! The former coaching house turned recently refurbished hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Copenhagen. Decked out in an elegant townhouse style the decor features solid mahogany furniture combined with velvety fabrics and deep rich colours. Bathrooms at the reasonably priced First Hotel Kong Frederik feature classic bath rubs and the hotel’s secluded atrium or rooftop terrace makes the ideal stop for a mid-morning coffee or a spot of relaxing after a hard day sightseeing. Romantic, relaxing but in a central location that ensures you’re close to all the action…yep this hotel isn’t a bad choice at all!

Carlton Guldsmeden – beautiful bohemian boutique hotel

This nouveau bohemian jewel is situated in the heart of Copenhagen’s most trendy shopping district and just 10 mins from the central train station and Tivoli Gardens. Following a completely green and sustainable ethos, this unique Copenhagen eco-hotel offers beautiful boutique rooms in a winning combination of vintage kitsch and contemporary design. Enjoy beautiful art by local artists at the Carlton Guldsmeden and fill up on the famous and fabulous all organic breakfast in the on-site Carlton Cantina. A truly blissful, beautiful and romantic stay! 

Manon les Suites – fabulous all suite design hotel

Part of the much loved Guldsmeden Hotels brand is their latest all-suite hotel offering which is located right in the centre of the city’s most attractive sights. The brand is all about offering exceptional service in a relaxed, sustainable and hip and happy environment – much like Copenhagen itself! Manon Les Suites are located only a 13-minute walk from Tivoli Gardens and here you can stay in stylish 1- to 2-bedroom suites (designed to accommodate a group of up to 5) which offer a warm “Hygge”esque vibe with Wi-Fi and 4-poster beds, plus flat-screen TVs, living rooms. Some suites offer kitchenettes or terraces. Other fabulous amenities include a cool cafe, a well-equipped fitness centre, a sauna, a relaxed rooftop lounge, and a gorgeous atrium complete with an indoor pool that has to be seen to be believed! Fabulous!

  • Prices from $140 a night
  • To book, check prices or availability for Manon Les Suites

Hotel Bella Sky – cutting edge modernity with fabulous views

With its two massive towers leaning away from each other at 15 degrees, this very trendy Copenhagen hotel is as much an architectural landmark as it is a hotel. Opened in May 2011, the 814-room building designed by architects 3XN is the largest hotel in Scandinavia. Hotel Bella Sky is located in the developing new-townish area of Ørestad between the city centre and the airport, and although the area is probably better known for its innovative architecture than cosy atmosphere, the metro next door will take you to central Copenhagen in 10 minutes. Otherwise, the Sky Bar on the 23rd floor should provide you with unrivalled views of the cityscape and the surrounding meadows.

  • Prices from $150 a night
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Bella Sky

Ibsens Hotel – retro/modern chic boutique

Characterised by its cosy laid back atmosphere and art-laden boutique rooms this charming little cool hotel in Copenhagen offers a home away from home…Literally, if you are a struggling artist Ibsens Hotel offers hefty discounts on room prices in return for artworks! To boost the friendly factor the hotel hosts a cosy hour from 5 pm to encourage guests to mingle and make friends whilst enjoying some seasonal nibbles. The hotel sees itself as a reflection of the area in which it is situated, using as much as possible organic produce from the locality. It has its own Italian restaurant ‘La Rocca’ where you can enjoy delicious home-cooked food out in the courtyard on warm summer nights, or if you’re a sucker for sushi there is also a Japanese restaurant on site! If you’re worried about all the tasty food going straight to your hips you can take advantage of the fitness facilities in the hotel next door!

  • Prices from $100 a night
  • To book, check prices or availability for Ibsens Hotel

Andersen Boutique Hotel – funky retro boutique

We loved this funky boutique hotel! ituated in Vestobro, Copenhagen’s hippest quarter the impeccably designed Andersen Boutique hotel endeavours to amplify the vibe of the city within its walls. The fresh cool rooms exemplify the unique contemporary attitude of the city and provide a peaceful retreat from the bustling ‘Meat Packing District’ in which the hotel is situated. It made the perfect base to explore the fantastic nightlife of the city, not to mention the gastronomical delights it has to offer! Take a stroll with your morning coffee and just soak up the atmosphere from this little masterpiece of retro-modern design. Fun, funky and colourful, you cannot help but fall for its wonderful charms! 

Tivoli Hotel – fairy tale themed fantasy hotel

The Tivoli Hotel located in the heart of the city boasts beautiful themed rooms which reflect the fairytale atmosphere of Copenhagen and the Tivoli Gardens. With over 600 sound-proof rooms ranging from standards to family suites, this luxurious hotel would meet the needs of even the most intrepid traveller. It has excellent facilities including a pool, gym and indoor and outdoor play areas for children. Relax in the peaceful Columbine gardens, take home some wonderful holiday memories by getting your photo taken against the Harlequin wall, enjoy delicious food in one of the in-house eateries. All this is just minutes away from the Danish capital’s main attractions, for a touch of luxury and storybook glamour you can’t beat this cool and innovative Copenhagen hotel!

  • Prices from $150 a night
  • To book, check prices or availability for Tivoli Hotel

71 Nyhavn – intimate hotel housed in a converted brick warehouse

The building housing 71 Nyhavn has been standing for over 200 years and began its life as two warehouses encompassing a vast marine history from its incredible Nyhavn location along the harbour and canal. With unparalleled views of the city and a much sort after location, it is one of the most unique hotel experiences in Copenhagen oozing character and charm. The east facing executive rooms give guests a wonderful opportunity to see the sun rise over the city while the Red Warehouse rooms (the older of the two) are carefully decorated with Danish pearls. Although the hotel wants to be remembered as providing the ultimate in uniqueness, they do offer a personal guide and bike rental so you can explore the city before returning for a sumptuous meal at the recently renovated SEA restaurant.

  • Prices from $190 a night
  • To book, check prices or availability for 71 Nyhavn 

The Alexandra Hotel – retro Danish design

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an interior design buff or a connoisseur of vintage furniture then this hotel will satisfy your wildest dreams. All of the rooms at The Alexandra Hotel are impeccably furnished in a certain era – either 1950’s or the 1960’s. There’s also the option to splash out on a classic Danish design room inspired by famous 20th Century designers or even spend your stay in the colourful collector’s suite (amidst genuine antique furniture collected by Anders Peters). As if this isn’t enough you can also help yourself to drinks in the hotel’s very own self-serve Honesty Bar, enjoy delicious Vietnamese fine dining in the Le Le Restaurant or something simpler but just as tasty from the onsite Le Le Street Kitchen. After all the excitement you can unwind on a chaise lounge with a glass of champagne or special cocktail in the sophisticated Tiger Bar…. honestly, could it get any classier?

Babette Guldsmeden – beautiful organic design hotel

Babette Guldsmeden offers a totally unique hospitality experience with many nooks and crannies to chill in, including an orangery and courtyard which is an absolute oasis of calm. The hotel is located in the most historical area of Copenhagen and embraces the charm that characterises the history of the city, guests are a stone’s throw from The Little Mermaid, the Royal Palace and the Kastellet. With a strong commitment to sustainability, their menus are peppered with seasonal, locally sourced organic produce to ensure that guests can enjoy the true taste of Denmark after a day of sightseeing. Afterwards, retire to one of their many fabulously decorated rooms with oodles of eco-credentials and interesting features.

CPH Living – trendy boat hotel

CPH Living

Take in panoramic city views from this unique Copenhagen hotel boat located right at the heart of the city harbour (between the islands of Brygge and Christianshavn). The very hip CPH Living has 12 double rooms to choose from and it’s a fantastic way to see Copenhagen from a different angle! Why just ogle the boats docked along the city’s waterways when you can go one better and actually stay in your own floating holiday home? Each of the rooms on this old transport pram has floor to ceiling windows and romantic French balconies, perfect soaking up the atmosphere of the city and some of its most famous landmarks such as the Black Diamond Royal Library which is a masterpiece of contemporary Danish design!

  • Prices from $130 a night
  • To book, check prices or availability for CPH Living

Urban House – wonderful trendy hostel

Cool hostel Copenhagen

This hotel/hostel hybrid is situated in the hippest part of town, where the red light district meets the meatpacking district. Situated in the midst of hip cafe’s and vintage shops Urban House is an integral part of the neighbourhood. Try one of the cool house cocktails in the high spirited Urban Bar or join in with one of the many activities hosted by the Urban House team. You can cook up a storm in the self-catering kitchen or order a tasty breakfast bag if you’re feeling lazy! Then booze and schmooze with other guests in one of the many communal spaces, rent a vintage bike, get a tattoo from in-house tattooist (yes really!) or recover from the night before in the peaceful hangover lounge! A perfect social haven for the lone traveller… if you are on a budget and don’t mind bunking down in a simple but comfy dorm, then this is the place for you!

  • Prices from $40 a night
  • To book, check prices or availability for Urban House

Hotel SP34 – hip, chic and central

It’s highly likely when you check into Hotel SP34 that you won’t want to step outside and explore Copenhagen at all! The wide Nordic-inspired rooms are guaranteed to deal a huge dose of Scandi cool while the facilities available at the hotel will ensure your every need is catered to, including an in-house vintage-esque cinema, a designated ‘wine hour’ from 5-6pm offering a glass of wine on the house, chosen by the wine committee and not to mention the organic breakfast all of which, will ensure that your stay at Hotel SP34 is an all-round holistic experience!

  • Prices from $130 a night
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel SP34

Wakeup Budget Hotels – trendy budget

Wake up hotel

Modern, minimalist and stylish these new sister hotels by the famous Danish architect Kim Utzon are the perfect compromise for the stylish budget traveller. The modern, functional and consistent design at the Wake Up Budget Hotel create the setting for a wonderful stay for this impressive city centre brand. The clean lines and fresh cool concept will rival higher priced alternatives and the reasonable prices mean you’ll have a bit extra to spend in the hip shops and cafe’s around the city!

Danhostel Copenhagen City – unique designer hostel

This super cool design hostel in Copenhagen is probably the only one in the world to share a furniture designer, Danish company GUBI, with the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The 15-story hostel is located in an old trade union headquarters and overlooks Copenhagen’s central canal. From here it’s just a hop and a skip to the main railway station and the town hall square, or you can pop over Langebro bridge and jump in the open air harbour pool by the Island’s Brygge water-front. The very trendy Danhostel has shared rooms with four, six, eight or 10 beds, all en-suite with shower, and you can also reserve them for private use.

  • Prices from $45 a night
  • To book, check prices or availability for Danhostel

More hip, unique and trendy hotels in Copenhagen

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  • Hotel Nimb – Upscale hotel with a palatial exterior set right next to the magical Tivoli Gardens from $320 a night
  • Avenue Hotel – A refined, design-focused hotel located in downtown Copenhagen from $90 a night.
  • First Hotel Mayfair – Trendy hotel converted from a group of early 20th-century townhouses in Vesterbro from $160 a night.
  • Hotel Kong Arthur Elegant, upscale hotel featuring a stately 19th-century facade overlooking a cobblestone courtyard from $140pn
  • First Hotel Twentyseven Design-conscious downtown hotel with a youthful, urban vibe from $120pn
  • Generator Hostel – Popular and trendy part hostel part hotel accommodation from $30pn

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Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children's theatre troop, lived as an au-pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa'd in Cuba and road tripped down America's west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. In between adventures she resides peacefully with her cat and ukulele amid the misty valleys and rolling hills of beautiful South Wales.

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