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Though Copenhagen has few options for cheap accommodation, Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is not worth its price. Visit the bar on your own time to enjoy the socializing, pizza, and Wi-Fi, but don't stay in the smelly dorms unless you have to!
Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is exactly what is promised in its name -- it is located right in the heart of downtown Copenhagen, minutes away from Tivoli and the central train station. Copenhagen is a very walkable city, so all the main sights (The Little Mermaid, Christiania, museums, and palaces) are less than a mile away from the hostel. The city also boasts a great metro system, and the stop Kongens Nytorv is half a mile from the hostel and is on the same line as the airport (Lufthavn stop). The ride from the airport is about twenty minutes, plus a ten-minute walk to the hostel or a quick taxi/Uber ride.
The area around the hostel seems very safe and close to plenty of restaurants, thanks to the nearby shopping street. There is a bubble tea place, a cheapish Thai place (though nothing is cheap in Copenhagen), and an organic bakery all surrounding the hostel. It is also easy to find, with a large sign outside and plenty of lights at night.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Here's where the hostel, which seems so great at first sight, really fails to live up to its hype and awards. The rooms are tiny, with bunks all pressed up against each other and no en suite bathrooms in the dormitories (only in the private rooms). The hallways and some of the dorms smell terrible -- a mixture between smoke and sewage -- and the cleaning staff will walk in every morning with barely a knock, so good luck with changing your clothes.
Bathrooms smell even worse than the main hallways and dormitories. They are also small and often crowded and the floors seem to be constantly wet from the showers. Two of the showers on our floor were broken (only pouring burning-hot water) during our stay, though the others are fine. There are hooks but no shelves to place clothes and towels, and seemingly no air vents to reduce the humidity.
There is really only one large common space, located on the ground floor. There is a great bar that is always filled with people, and the staff here are really nice and accommodating. The space can easily grow too crowded, especially because the reception desk is awkwardly located right next to the bar and between some of the main tables.
The back of the ground floor has a giant couch cushion area, which is nice for those who have checked out but aren't yet leaving. The guest kitchen is also nice, but make sure to label everything kept in the fridge. If individual items are not labeled with the owner's name and date of departure, they will be thrown out.
The hostel is well located with a great bar that makes it easy to socialize with other guests, friendly staff, and good Wi-Fi. However, the dorms are cramped, the bathrooms are a bit gross, and the room floors all smell terrible. This place is in no way worth its expensive price.
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Published on May 16, 2018
Location and Contact
• Conveniently located close to Norreport S-Train and Metro Station Gammel strand with metros running directly to Copenhagen Airport and it takes only 15 minutes. The hostel is also very close to Copenhagen Central Station. Both stations giving easy access to the whole of Copenhagen and the rest of Denmark. • From Copenhagen Airport: Take the metro to Norreport Station, and follow this route: cross the street and go down Norregade - Nytorv - Radhustraede (all same streets). CPH Downtown is located in the square opposite the second fountain (200 m after the two little squares). • You can also take the train to Copenhagen Central Station or the metro to Gammel strand / be aware you will have to change • From Central Station: take bus 2A heading Kastrup and get off at second stop (Stormbroen), at the canal walk down Radhusstrade for 75 meters to the square. CPH Downtown is located in the square opposite the fountain. • Instead of taking the bus follow this route, you can walk the 500 meters; walk down Tietgensgade (backside of Tivoli) and keep going to Stormgade, turn left first time and then turn right at Loengangsstraede for 100 meters and you are at Vandkunsten where the hostel is.