In an expensive city like Copenhagen, Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is one of your few options if you want to stay right in the centre of Copenhagen. This relatively new hostel has a prime central location, a perfect base for sightseeing. However, all of the crazy add-on fees and the long list of fines they give you when you arrive will make you wonder whether you want to stay there. You must rent linen for an additional fee, or bring your own, otherwise there is a fine for using improper linen or for using a sleeping bag. Failing to return the linen to the front desk has a fine. The hostel also does not include breakfast in its rates.
The hostel is a fifteen-minute walk from Norreport Station (metro) or Kobenhaven H (train). The hostel is difficult to find as streets are not clearly labeled and the hostel doesn't have a prominent sign, but if you closely follow the directions you will find it. The hostel is ideal for exploring the city centre by walking, and is right near Tivoli. Note that the reception is located in the caf, and the rooms are in the separate building next door. Parking is available off-site (fifteen-minute walk) for a per-twenty-four-hour fee.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The hostel has two to four bed privates, and ten bed dorms. The keycard is used to open the front door and the room doors. There are lockers available for a fee at reception, but not in the rooms. The bunks have odd ladders, which are not very safe, so be careful! There is luggage storage space in cupboards in the room.
The bathrooms are dirty and poorly laid out, with the shower being on the same floor as the toilet, making the whole washroom wet. There is a ledge to put soap and clothes, but it is quite dirty. The shower flow is a bit weak. There are not enough washrooms, so people are often waiting in the hallways for one.
The hostel is supposed to have a kitchen, but it is not really a full kitchen yet. The main common spaces are the caf itself and some tables at the back. Internet is available there for a fee. There is a complete lack of atmosphere at this hostel, with the caf being quite dead. There were some older people and families around, and a bit of a sketchy feel to the place. Most guests were quiet and kept to themselves -- definitely not a social hostel.
Copenhagen has limited options for hostels, and this one has a prime central location. The location is only reason to stay here, otherwise, it is not worth a stay until significant improvements are made.