There’s something about Copenhagen that’s effortlessly cool – the people, the food, the bars, the design; I’m not quite sure what it is, or if it’s something in the water, but there is no doubt that there is something special about this Scandinavian country.
It may then come as no surprise to learn that some of my favourite luxury hostel experiences have been in Denmark, the Generator Copenhagen inching it’s way to the top of my list.
So what does the Generator Copenhagen offer visitors? Set in a cool location – tick; plenty of cool staff and friendly residents – tick; a cool bar – tick; a good nights sleep – tick; free yoga classes on Monday nights – tick! Sound good? Yes, indeed!!
Conveniently located just a few blocks from popular waterside canal Nyhavn and Strøget – Copenhagen’s main shopping street, the neon glow of a sign will show you that you’ve headed down the right street. Bright colours and fun artwork will greet you as you enter the Generator and friendly staff man the desk on the first floor where vintage-style ‘G’s and patterned mis-matched furniture some how come together to create a vibrant area for people to meet and hang out.
Presented with a keycard to my private twin room with ensuite, breakfast vouchers – you can save a few Danish Krone by purchasing breakfast vouchers at check-in – and well-informed of the following days activities.
For that evening though I was ready to relax after a full on week at the cities winter cultural festival, Wondercool, and wanted nothing more than to kick back and relax for an hour or two, perhaps check my emails with the hostels free WiFi.
Simple, spacious and comfortable are words that perfectly sum up the rooms at the Generator Copenhagen. In the private twin rooms two single beds, a desk, a small open hanging closet and mirror, makes the most of the space while giving you maximum space to move around. The huge perk – the wet room-style ensuite that isn’t small in size.
While the rooms are fairly basic, though offering a good level of comfort, it’s the many amenities and activities on-site that will make your stay just a little bit sweeter.
The bright neon lights and supple leather sofas drew me down to the bar and lounge area. In one corner, a big screen TV with large cinema-style seating, the boys watching had it on a live soccer match and every so often emitted strangled sounds of either praise for one team or disgruntled moans as the other team scored or a referee made a bad call; at the back of the corner of desktop’s lighting up users faces – free for use to hostel guests; friends, new and old, settled amongst the plush leather couches and mix-matched chairs just enjoying being indoors on the cold winters evening; a lone Photo Booth stood at the back of the room waiting for someone or some people to come create memories together.
Closer to the bar coloured lamp shades hung over florescent illuminated tables, laughter echoed and drinks were shared only a few steps away from the extensive liquor cabinets behind the bar, an expert bar tender creating fruity cocktails and pulling beers.
Further on was the cafe. A short late-night food menu was available along with a selection of sandwiches, cold drinks and pastries. I ordered a cheeseburger and fries and sat down to wait as I continued people watching as I enjoyed my cocktail.
Generator hostels offer a number of benefits for people choosing to stay with them. Flexibility in room type – dorms, female-only rooms, or private rooms – which means the guests are diverse, from solo-travellers, groups, couples and even families.
The Copenhagen hostel also hosts a busy schedule of events – from bar crawls, Friday ‘Pink’ Girls night, movie nights and Monday afternoon yoga sessions in the gallery on ground level. Come summer the outdoors patio area is heavily utilised with DJ-hosted parties.
All Generator hostels are located in central locations – the Generator Copenhagen is located in Kongens Nytorv (“King’s New Square”), just a short walk from the metro station where you can take the M2 line connecting you to Copenhagen Airport for 36 krone.
A short walk from Copenhagen’s biggest highlights, a busy calendar of events for those wanting a more social experience, comfortable rooms – particularly private rooms on level 3 – and the cool ‘hygee‘ (super cosy) vibe that Copenhagen seems to effortlessly pull off – the Generator Copenhagen is topping my list of best luxury hostels; but don’t take just my word for it, check out Kash from Budget Traveller’s review and my friend from summer camp and winner of the Generator Takeover competition, Sarah Navin’s highlights around the city, book a room and let me know what you think of the Generator Copenhagen.
Now it’s over to you:
Have you stayed at any of the Generator hostels around Europe?
What can a hostel do to make your experience better?
Generator Hostel Copenhagen
Adelgade 5-7, 1304
Phone: +45 78 77 54 00
Price: Twin and Single rooms, with a private ensuite, start at DKK730/AUD$150/GBP£80, though cheeky discounts may be available during low periods.
Other type of private rooms available include single, double, twin, triple, family rooms and quad rooms. There are also standard shared dorms available.
A huge thank you to Generator Hostel Copenhagen who provided me with
two complimentary nights while in Copenhagen.
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Image credit: reception, twin room and lounge photo (photo 2,3,4) taken and owned by Generator Hostels.