There’s no way around it – Scandinavia is hella expensive. But when you’re traveling on a budget, one way to curb costs is to stay at a hostel.
A lot of Americans have never stayed at a hostel. And that’s okay. I’ll show you what it’s like.
Come hither, my child. Don’t be afraid.
In Copenhagen, we stayed at Danhostel Amager, and it was pretty sweet.
The shared spaces had tons of natural light, and the people at the reception desk were always super friendly and helpful.
The whole thing was very Scandinavian. It was kind of like hanging out in an IKEA showroom. (And I mean that in the best possible way.)
There were plenty of chairs and couches to watch TV, write blog posts, and sip on coffee or beer.
There were also books and board games available.
And a little corner for the kiddos to play.
We booked a private room. These exist in most hostels. They cost a bit more, but allow you to have your own space, and are usually good value when traveling with at least one other person. (Plus, we all know dorm roommates can be a bit of a gamble…)
It was nothing fancy, but it worked for us.
My philosophy is to spend less on accommodations and more on attractions. Hopefully while I’m traveling, I won’t be in my room much! (I’d rather be out seeing the city.)
You can rent sheets, a pillow case, and duvet cover from the reception desk. Or bring your own.
Here’s our fresh package of rented sheets. (Complete with cartoon soap and water bubbles.)
You can opt for ensuite bathrooms or shared dorm style bathrooms.
We went for the dorm style. The bathrooms had an open area with several sinks, but private toilets and showers, each stall with a locking door.
The showers had a separate changing area inside the stall, so you could dress/undress privately.
(I can also attest to the great acoustics, perfect for singing in the shower.)
There was a large shared kitchen, with kettles, stoves, and cookware. You can use a private storage cubby for your food, or you can borrow from the shared food pantry.
And after you cook yourself a lil somethin’ to eat, there are plenty of seats indoors.
Or outside on the back patio!
This is also a great place to drink a couple of beers, which can be purchased at the reception desk.
Or watch a beautiful sunset.
Danhostel was an easy 10 minute stroll to the metro station.
(Yes, down paths like THAT.)
With a fun park and art installation along the way!
And before you know it, you’re zipping off downtown with all the locals.
See? That wasn’t so bad, was it?
Most Americans think of hostels as dirty, cheap, and full of drunk teenagers. (To be fair, those do exist.)
But #NotAllHostels, you guys!
- Danhostel Amager is located at: Vejlands Allé 200, 2300 København S, Denmark.
- A metro station and a bus stop are both within walking distance.
- Rooms vary – you can stay in a mixed dorm, private room, or family style room. Bathrooms are ensuite or dorm style.
- Prices range from $25-128/night depending on your choices above.
- Breakfast and laundry are both available at an additional charge. Parking is free.