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The Danhostel at Amager is a big business enterprise, and it feels like one too. This isn't to say it can't have its niche (and glory for being the biggest hostel in Denmark), but if you're looking for a cozy little place with a group atmosphere, you won't find it here. Despite the dorm rooms and communal kitchen, it feels more like a budget hotel than a hostel. You even get sensor cards instead of keys for the doors. You won't get to know the people at reception here, but they work really hard. Don't be surprised to encounter them doing business with someone else on the telephone while they're trying to help you out. In the end guests are just numbers, but they still want you to leave happy. That said, the place is modern and professional, the rooms are clean, and you get a decent value for your money in city where lodging doesn't come cheap.

Getting here by bike or on foot from the city can be a bit of a challenge the first time because it's set in the middle of Amager Faelled on the outskirts of Copenhagen. In July, the Faelled is fields of long grasses with a lot of bugs criss-crossed with decent walkways. You can take the dirt paths from Artillervej to the Danhostel through the nature area by following signs for Vejlands Allé, but it's best to save this route for a time when you're not lugging your bags around. Public transportation is an easier option. You can take bus 30 from the airport or Central Station to the stop at Bella Center. The Bella Center is a huge shopping complex right across the street. You can get anything from groceries to designer lampshades. When you get off the bus, turn so the Bella complex is on your left, and then walk straight to Vejlands Allé. The other option is the Metro from Kgs. Nytorv and Nørreport Station to Bella Center. When you get off, coming from Copenhagen, go right onto Orestads Boulevard until it intersects with Vejlands Allé. From there start looking far off to the right and you'll see the flags. However, be forewarned that paying for transport everyday can cancel out the pleasure of having found such an inexpensive place to stay.

The absurdly clean dorm rooms have no more than five beds, a table with chairs, and cubbies to put your things in. Bring your own padlock if you've got anything you're afraid of losing. The beds are comfortable, but there's really nothing original about the place, except maybe the warm light-blue duvets with navy Danhostel print logo. Luckily there are large square windows to let in lots of light because the standard grayish-blue decor is a bit blah.

Despite a definite family presence and a closed circle atmosphere, this place has everything you need in its own official form. The upstairs TV room is a great place to watch a movie since it is dark enough, has comfy stuffed sofas, and a large screen tube.

The kitchen is huge, boasting navy or light blue cubbies for every one of the rooms and about twenty electric plates for cooking. The layout lets you know you are, after all, in Scandinavian design territory. Too bad the wiring on all those burners can turn a quick meal of pasta into a long time to wait for boiling water. Only use as much as you need. Or even a little less. Another thing to know is to watch out for cubby and refrigerator cleaning day when all the food is put in a communal box until it mysteriously (and quickly) disappears. This can be avoided by reading the posted fliers that are all over anything you can store food in. Otherwise, you can pick up staples at the front desk. Packets of salt are free.

The bathrooms aren't dirty, but they are used by a large number of people, so they have a tendency to get disorderly at times. Always remember your sensor card or you'll have to stand there till someone else comes. Most of the showers have hot water and decent pressure, although it's not unheard of to encounter one that is freezing cold, so shop around before getting all mad. The architect surely had functionality over feng shui on her mind when designing it because the small-white-and-navy tiled space has a sort of cellblock feel. The other thing is that smoking is permitted in the stalls. Get ready for a smoky ashtray built into the wall even (and especially) first thing in the morning.

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Nice Hostel and very helpful staff This Hostel was the first one we have stayed at and I would say it was great for our family. We were five and we had a room to ourselves that was clean with nice bathrooms down the hallway. The showers were hot but you have to keep pushing them on every thirty seconds (a good idea to save water). There were maps about Copenhagen and other sites to see in town that were available in the reception area. The lady at the reception desk was very helpful and made us feel at home. They did make a mistake and booked our room with someone else after we got to our room but that was quickly resolved. The hostel sits back off of Vejlands Alle about one hundred yards, so the address is hard to find. Look for the cluster of white roofs and three flag poles out front and turn right at the next street (forgot the name) and you will see a small sign indicating the entrance to the hostel. I would definitely recommend this hostel to families looking for an inexpensive place to stay in where its easy to to take the #30 bus or walk to the metro train by Bella Center if you want to go to downtown.  , USA ()
3  I stayed in this hostel for almost twelve days in March 2007. I was in Copenhagen to do some archival research as a part of my studies, and I chose this hostel because it was the most affordable accommodation I could find. I'd say it was as good as you could reasonably expect from a cheap hostel -- friendly service, decent rooms, good cooking facilities, and not too difficult to travel to the city center. The only disadvantage I can think of is that the room I occupied tended to get a bit stuffy which required me to have the window open frequently, and I found the showers unsavoury. All in all, I'd say that this hostel is an ok option if you're on a tight budget, but it's not what I would choose if I were in Copenhagen on a shorter vacation and had a bit more money to spend.  , Sweden ()
2  The hostel lies some kilometres out of the centre in a green suburban area. It's the only hostel of our trip which required advanced payment for the booking (for one night only). Then you must pay for sheets at reception, not for towels if you don't need them. The reception is open starting from 1 p.m. only and you can't check in earlier. They only have bunk beds, not double rooms with a kingsize bed. Main entrance hall and the kitchen area are nice, but heaters aren't powerful enough to let the water boil to have a decent pasta dish. We nerver found bathrooms and toilets clean at any hour of the day or night and we think they clean them carelessly. There's not even a mirror to shave properly. Also quite annoying to use the magnetic card even to access to the toilets (who hell will enter there?). Anyway, after all, we might stay there again in case of a next stay, especially if going by plane as it's on the route of trains and buses to and from the airport. Tip for Interrailers -- you can use S-trains to and from Orestad station to visit the different zones of the city. From the hostel it's a nice thirtyminute walk. Public transports are expensive and you can save a lot of money in this way.  ()
2  stayed here for four days in July of 2006. It's really quite a hike from out of town and so finding the place -- as well as getting to and from central Kobenhavn -- can be a little difficult. The staff are friendly and generally very helpful. Overwhelmingly though, I was suprised at just how busy this place was, in the high season. There's lots of school groups as well as big families with kids. From this point of view the place didn't really have a "youth hostel" sort of spirit (demographic?). i found myself spending lots of time in town. The five-person dorm rooms are a good size and quite clean. although the two-person rooms are better by far. You need your room key to get everywhere including bathroom, which can be a pain. Showers and bathrooms are okay and clean, but can get used by lots of people. Showers also tend to cut out very quickly, so watch that. Breakfasts were a big plus. They were always very good, if a little on the pricey side. But is a good deal if you can't be bothered heading into town (especially in the heat, as it heats up quickly in summer there). The rooms seem to heat up very quickly. Overall, it is reasonable accommodation if you must stay somewhere cheap, but i feel there are better places to stay even if it means paying the extra few DKK to find a cheap hotel. Busy but reasonable hostel, as they are so busy in summer - compared with our other places we stayed, Kobenhavn has more to offer.  ()
3  This hostel is a bit out of the centre, but threre is a bus stop about one hundred meters outside the site, which takes you right into the city centre. The receptionist was very polite, friendly, and helpful. The room was nondescript, although clean and presentable and we had no problems with the showers or bathrooms. They were always very clean and tidy. The kitchen is nice and big with lots of utensils and hobs and again was always very clean. It was quite noisy at night, with people sitting outside eating, drinking, and chatting but our room was right opposite the main entrance. It's an ok hostel, clean and safe, it's just a bit "clinical" and "souless" -- but it was reasonably cheap!  ()
2  I thought it was a little icky. The rooms were fine but the bathrooms were not great. Also, the place is huge and institutional. I thought it was definitely overpriced for what was provided (a bed without sheets and an unappealing bathroom).  ()
4  This is a bit difficult to find if you're on foot or bike. The kitchen was a good meeting place and the place was clean. The reception was very helpful, providing salt for my pasta and a nice pen for my notebook on request. The only complaint is about the bathrooms. They were large and had a bit grimy feeling, which was not helped by an apparent Dutch fondness for smoking on the toilet. There were ashtrays built into every stall!  ()
4  This large hostel was very clean, and had very good facilities, including a large and clean kitchen. However, although it is possible to reach the hostel by bus, it is quite a distance from the city center, and the journey here involves a bus transfer. The place is therefore quite isolated.  ()

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