Denmark is the smallest nation in Scandinavia, which is a really prosperous region. Whether you’re looking for temporary or long-term accommodation in Denmark, know that you’ll be well taken care of, and there will be plenty of sites to see in this gorgeous country.
This article will go over the different types of accommodation in Denmark, the lodging amenities you can expect, pricing expectations, and conversational phrases in Danish to help you find or negotiate accommodations.
What Are The Types Of Accommodation In Denmark
There are many incredibly different types of accommodations in Denmark, each offering something unique. These types are mainly for tourists or visitors staying short-term.
Homestays sound exactly like what they are – you stay in someone’s home as a guest. Most Danish homestays will provide breakfast or dinner, or both! To book a room in a homestay you must book through the Tourist Board or visit a tourist information office in cities such as Copenhagen, Aalborg, Odense, or Arhus.
Nightly rates vary depending on the location and meals and there will also be a booking fee paid to the tourism office.
Bed And Breakfasts (Bed And breakfasts)
Also known as B&Bs, these operate very similar to homestays where you rent out a room in a home for a night but are guaranteed to get breakfast. Usually one home will have between four to eight rooms each furnished and decorated differently so that if you stay there more than once, you’ll get a different experience.
Prices vary again depending on city, the size of room and the type of breakfast provided.
Hostels operate quite differently here compared to other countries in Europe. In Denmark, you must pay extra for bed linens and you have to clean your own room before you check out! Also, you’re required to pay an extra nightly fee if you don’t have a Hostel Card. The card costs 160 Dkr for a year and is well worth it if you plan to sleep in a hostel for 5 nights or more. Otherwise, the nightly extra fee is 35 Dkr.
Prices for hostels will depend on the type of sleeping situation you desire.
Holiday Homes Or Summer Houses (Sommerhuse)
It’s part of the Danish culture to have a summer home, or what some people would refer to as a cottage. During the summer months, many locals will rent out their homes as holiday homes. These homes are usually by the seaside and can be really small or huge mansions. The most luxurious even have indoor pools and saunas!
Prices start at about $600 USD per week.
The complete opposite of luxury would be camping. This type of accommodation is definitely for the adventurous and those on a budget. There are many camping sites all over Denmark and camping starts at around $10 USD per adult per night.
Castles And Manor Houses (Slotte Og Herregårde)
Denmark is a country rich in architectural history and many old manor houses and small castles that attract visitors all year round. Here, you’ll get to feel like royalty! The castles and homes are decorated in grand ways and preserve a piece of Denmark’s cultural heritage
Danish Inns (Kroer)
Like the manors and castles, the inns in Denmark can date back hundreds of years providing an unrivaled atmosphere. The bedrooms and bathrooms, though, have largely been renovated for modern amenities.
Prices vary depending on the inn and whether you wish to have meals included. Typically breakfast and dinner are offered.
What a unique place to stay! There are about 110 farms found all over Denmark that will accept paying guests. Most people sign up to stay for a week minimum stay to get close to nature and become part of a local family.
Here, you’ll help tend to the farm – animals and crops – and even help to cook. Meals will take place with the host family and you’ll stay in a cottage or a small apartment.
Prices start at about $35 USD per person.
There are of course regular hotels in Denmark. We’ll see below the different types of hotels and what amenities they have to offer.
Accommodation Amenities In Denmark
Like most of the world, hotels are rated using stars from one to five, five stars being the most luxurious. In Denmark, hotels are even classified depending on if they have a restaurant or not. Those without are called Hotel Garni.
In a one-star hotel you can expect limited and shared amenities. Inside a single room there will be a hand basin with hot and cold water. The bathroom will be shared. The ratio is one to 10, as in one bathroom to ten rooms!
At a two-star hotel only about 30% of the rooms will have a private bathroom and will not have an elevator. To get three stars an elevator is a must! Three-star hotels will also have a private bathroom in every room, but won’t have 24 hour reception. It should also have Wifi but likely at an additional charge.
Four-star hotels on the other hand, will have 24 hour reception, laundry service, room service, a minibar, a proper bar, and an a la carte restaurant.
In Denmark, a five-star hotel is rather like a regular hotel in Canada or the United States, but far more high-end than one to four-star hotels in Denmark. You can expect a beautifully decorated room, a swimming pool, room service, fitness centers and more!
Danish Hospitality (Hygge)
The Danish people specifically go to school to study hospitality. Across all the different types of accommodation in Denmark you can expect to be treated very well. Their goal is to make you feel at home, away from home.
People in this industry are known to be humble and to try their best to meet your desires.
General Info About Danish Accommodation
Expected Accommodation Costs In Denmark
It’s still very possible to find a bed to sleep in for as little as $5 USD per night, but don’t expect much! Otherwise, the prices can go up into the thousands of dollars per night or per week depending on the type of accommodation you have chosen.
There is something for every type of budget which is great!
Where To Find Accommodations In Denmark
Besides the usual online booking sites, you can find accommodations listed in local papers and you can even book in person by visiting any of the tourist information offices in the major cities or at the airport arrival hall. If you’re looking to rent accommodation n Denmark, it’s best to contact a real estate agent.
Best Places To Stay In Denmark
According to other travel blogs, these are the best cities to stay in while visiting Denmark:
Accommodation Conversations In Danish
These are some questions and phrases you can use to ask about any type of accommodation in Denmark. We hope you find these useful!
How To Book A Hotel In Danish
If you’re not using an online booking site these are some phrases you’ll need to help with your accommodation booking in Denmark.
How To Negotiate Best Prices
While rare, it may be possible to get a lower price on your room, although prices are pretty standard.
Asking For Directions To Your Accommodation In Danish
It may not be as straight forward as you think to find your hotel in Denmark! Here are some questions that can help you if you’re lost.
Checking In And Out Of A Hotel In Danish
To help you check-in and out of your accommodation in Denmark, these are some phrases to use.
Asking For Where Places Are In Danish
Directions, directions, directions! They are so important especially when visiting a new country.
How To Ask If The Hotel Has Something You Need
Sometimes you may need extra towels or somewhere to keep your bags for the day. Here are some questions to help you get what you need.
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