On our trip to Denmark, we spent four nights at the Generator Hostel Copenhagen. Prior to the trip, I did quite a bit of research on where to stay in Copenhagen and which type of accommodation to use. There are plenty of family-friendly hotels and apartments in Copenhagen but they are not cheap. I opted for the Generator in Copenhagen due to its central location. It also had positive reviews online and seemed like good value for money. Best of all, the Generator Copenhagen is a family-friendly hostel with private rooms and en-suite facilities.
If you’re used to traditional youth hostels where you stash your food in a communal fridge and hope that it’s still there the next day, you’ll be in for a surprise at the Generator Hostel Copenhagen. This is a new breed of hostels: part hostel, part hotel. The Generator is a sociable place with plenty of communal space and there’s a relaxed and informal vibe. You can stay in a private en-suite room or a dorm and there’s a laundry room for washing clothes. You can’t self cater which is tricky if you’re trying to save money in an expensive city like Copenhagen. However, the Generator serves a good value buffet breakfast as well as catering for lunch and dinner. There’s a supermarket round the corner to stock up on food for the rest of your day as you explore Copenhagen with kids.
Accommodation at the Generator Hostel Copenhagen
There are dorms (mixed and female only), double rooms, and family rooms at the Generator. You can even book a private six bed en-suite room making it a particularly appealing option for larger families or groups of friends. We booked an en-suite family room which had two single beds pushed together plus a set of bunk beds. It was a spacious and light room with big windows overlooking rooftops (we were on the top floor of six). There was no noise from adjoining rooms or corridors despite the hostel seeming pretty busy during our stay in April.
While we were in Copenhagen it was quite warm during the day but the temperature dropped to zero at night. However, our room remained quite hot each night so we needed all the windows open (there’s a fan for summertime, no air-con). The Saturday night revellers were out on the terrace below us until the early hours which might disturb some people but we were so tired it didn’t bother us. The terrace was fairly quiet for the rest of our stay and no doubt if you request a room elsewhere in the building this might not be an issue.
The communal space at the Generator
The first floor of the Generator Hostel Copenhagen is given over to various communal areas including a large outdoor terrace and a covered petanque area. There are spaces to socialise in with shuffleboard, table football and darts and there are spaces in which to be alone: plenty of comfy furniture where travellers can curl up with a book and a coffee or beer. There are also a couple of TVs showing sport.
The ambience of the Generator
We arrived at around midday on a Saturday when the hostel was pretty quiet. Check in is a civilised 2pm so we spent an afternoon exploring the city before returning to the Generator for an early dinner as we were quite tired after a 5am start in the UK. The food is crowd-pleaser stuff: burgers, chips, pizzas and so forth.
The staff are young, patient and friendly (even when they’re asking an unsuspecting youth if he’s paid for his breakfast). They speak such perfect English that I had no idea whether they were Danish or from an English-speaking nation. The reception desk is manned 24/7 and bike hire, tours and other travel arrangements can be made there.
Location of the Generator Hostel Copenhagen
The Generator has a pretty unbeatable location. It’s a 6 minute walk to Kongens Nytorv metro station (15 minute journey direct to the airport) and an 8 minute walk to Nørreport train station where you’ll find direct trains to Malmo in Sweden (journey time around half an hour).
We only used public transport for the airport and for a day trip to Malmo. Otherwise we walked or cycled everywhere. Nyhavn is 10 minutes walk from the Generator while the National Museum of Denmark and the Tivoli Gardens are both a 20 minute walk from the hostel.
Just around the corner from the Generator you’ll find an Aldi supermarket where we stocked up on fresh bread, cheese, ham and fruit for lunches. You also have Kongens Have park just a 2 minute walk from the hostel which is perfect for families needing a green space to let off some steam.
Where to eat and drink near the Generator Hostel Copenhagen
There are many, many brilliant places to eat in Copenhagen: we barely scratched the surface. The food at the Generator is fine if you’re after a quick bite to eat. Here are a few places near the Generator which we sampled:
We didn’t eat at Nyhavn but it’s such a pretty area that we did find ourselves there on more than one occasion as it works well for an evening aperitif and / or ice cream stop: great for keeping all members of the family content. Vaffelbageren on Nyhavn makes its own waffles and has a very good selection of ice cream. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the Generator.
We paid 3,850 Danish Krone for our 4 night stay in April 2019 (room only) for a 4 bed en-suite family room, this equates to approximately £110 per night.
The hostel is a good value, very central family friendly place to stay in Copenhagen. We would definitely stay at the Generator Hostel Copenhagen again. Please note, this is not a paid review.
Have you stayed at the Generator Hostel Copenhagen? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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