Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

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The Hostelz.com Review

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!

The Location

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.

Common Spaces

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.

Summary

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.
by yyyamihere
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2018-05-16
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Bunks in a 4-bed dormitory.
The ensuite sink in the dormitory.
One of the common bathrooms on the floor.
The bar and reception area.
A hang-out spot next to the bar, with the guest kitchen and toilets in the background.

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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Copenhagen Downtown Hostel" at Vandkunsten 5.)

Location/Contact

Address
Vandkunsten 5, Copenhagen (København), Denmark
Coordinates
55.675984, 12.574386 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.copenhagendowntown.com
Telephone
+45 7023 2110
Fax
+45 6980 2005
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Prison
The price is low, of course that could be the reason the rooms are small, but everything in order, all the thing in white, first impression makes me felt here is prison. I think the most important point might the people like here is the first floor is a bar, many people drink and dance there, if closed the window it will not be noise. but the atmosphere here really made me feel scared. The staff is polite, I havent ask them for help, just because i really felt here like a prison and i am a convict, somewhere can not breathe.
Marina
2015-04-24
 
Great location, great staff, limited access to lockers
I liked my two day stay at the hostel. The staff was friendly and helpful. There was a lot of nice places within walking distance. I didn't like that I didn't get access to lockers and couldn't lock in my luggage. The bedrooms had kind of bad AC too. Overall my stay was good.
Olle
Age 20, Sweden
2014-05-04
 
EXCELLENT CHOICE
This hostel is ideally located within walking distance to the main Railway station (15-20min) and to the main pedestrian zone (5min). Has all the facilities the traveler needs and even rents iPads for use in the bar area and provides free dinner (huge salad in my case) so perfect to socialize with the other fellow travelers. Clean dorms and toilets/showers, friendly and helpful staff and good bar and breakfast buffet.
Stefan
Age 33, Germany
2014-01-31
 
GREAT PLACE
Myself and my wife have spent a very pleasant new years eve in this great city. The hostel was really clean, friendly, and the atmosphere just unique. I want to thank Jacob, one of the guys who works there, for his help and kindness. We will return to Copenhagen and we will stay in this hostel again. It's a promise!
ONOFRIO
(ITALIAN)
2013-01-05
 
A definite bang for your buck!
All the three C's a hostel needs -- clean, calm, and central, yet vibrant. Feels like a small, hip slice of Brooklyn right in the heart of Copenhagen. All you can eat breakfast for a small penny, free laptop and tablet rentals, bike rentals, and really helpful staff. Don't just take my word for it -- go see for yourself!
Marie
(Finland)
2012-08-12
 
Not good for the money
They cram as many beds as possible into each room, there are charges for not being an ICC member, about 5 euro's per night and the bed linen rental is not cheap if you don't have your own. there was not enough bathrooms or toilets, a queue in the morning on my floor and they charged me full price, I paid a 10% deposit through my booking on the internet but it didn't matter, they charged me full price anyway. The location was pretty good and it was clean, that is about all the good things it has going for it.
Chris
(Scotland)
2010-08-08
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 Location 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 café, 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. Common Spaces The hostel is supposed to have a kitchen, but it is not really a full kitchen yet. The main common spaces are the café 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 café 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. Summary 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.
Neel Shah
(Canada)
2009-09-22
 
Good Location
This hostel had a very good location, its most redemming quality. Otherwise, the rooms were very small... just big enough to fit the beds (which flip up against the wall), and in some cases not even big enough to do that. In 2 of the 3 rooms I stayed in the door couldn't be opened if one of the beds was down... which it would be if that person was sleeping, in which case they would be awoken by the door slamming into the bed when someone tried to get in. The hsotel could be very noisy when filled with school groups, and there were only 3 toilets and 3 showers (in a total of 4 bathrooms) on each floor. There were no sinks in the rooms, and in many cases no mirrors, meaning everything needed to be done in the bathrooms. As a result there was regularly a queue in the mornings. The central location meant that it was very very noisy outside and unfortunately the rooms were so hot and humid no matter what the weather outside, the windows had be be left open all night, leading to arguements in the dorm rooms where some people preferrered quiet to air and others vice versa. If I had to stay in Copenhagen, despite the problems, I would still chose this hostel over the others I stayed in (Copenhagen City and City Public Hostel).
K
(Canada/UK)
2008-08-31

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