On my first lap around Urban House, I was mesmerized. It was everything a young traveler could hope for in a hostel- and then some.
When I arrived, it was a little too early to check-in. I stowed my bags in one of the lockers underneath Urban House and started to explore. I’ve stayed in some perfectly nice hostel, but Urban House was more like a mini-community, and a very cool one.
The first floor is all for hanging out, in every capacity. There is a bar immediately through the front doors, where travellers were having lunch and laughing, or working on their computers. Down a hallway, a Star Wars marathon was in progress in the Classic Cinema. Just across the hall, light chatter and laughter drifted from the lounge, and heated debates carried from the library & pool room.
Next was the Quiet Room, a.k.a. the Hangover Lounge, a warmly lit abode lined with mats instead of a floor. People were curled up, reading on their phones or just taking naps.
I made my way to the kitchen. Urban House has a self-serve kitchen, and a dining area, so there’s lots of seating. My trip to Copenhagen was unplanned (but that’s another story!) so I added a small paper bag containing crackers, a peach, and some cream cheese to one of the many small fridges before resuming my tour.
I went outside, to an area called the Green Escape. People sat at tall wooden tables drinking multi-coloured frozen drinks, the fences and winding vines behind them making for the perfect Instagram photo background. Bicycles lined the area and I learned that you can rent bikes right from the hostel to go explore the city. There are also walking tours everyday, and the occasional food tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
Getting There: Urban house is central and very easy to find. From the CPH airport, there is a train that go directly to Central Station. Exit the train station on to Reventlowsgade, take a slight right, then left on Istedgade, and Urban House was is on the next corner.
Checking in: Urban House is the first place I’ve stayed at that uses an automatic self-check in system. Booking and payment must be done online before arrival, and on the day of your stay you’re sent an e-mail with your room number and door code so that after check in at 3pm, you can waltz in and go straight to your room.
The Rooms: The rooms are basic, and that’s all you need when there are so many cool places to hang out downstairs. All of the rooms have hard wood floors and lockers! It is bring your own lock, and they’re large enough for a back pack and valuables. The rooms are clean and spacious, and include wifi, clean bedding, towels, and a bathroom.
Food: Urban House has a self-service kitchen, a dining room, and the Urban Bar. If you’ve got your own food, the kitchen has everything you need to cook before settling down in the dining room next door. If you’re not in to cooking, Urban Bar serves all meals- and happy hour, of course.
Laundry: I didn’t do laundry in the couple days that I was at Urban House, but I did check out their in-house laundry rooms during my roam around the building. Machines are 25DKK per use, and there are comfy benches to sit on.
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Activities: There were a lot of activities available at Urban House! They have an in-house bike rental company so that you can cycle around the city, daily walking tours, weekly food tours, and some night life. The bar got busy after dinner, and there is a stage for live performs. There’s even a tattoo parlour, if you’re feeling inspired.
I loved staying at Urban House because of the vibrant atmosphere. It was perfect for meeting people and making new friends!
Which room are you most intrigued by? Most importantly- do you think you would get a tattoo while staying here? Let me know in the comments!
- Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
- Duration: 2 Days
- Cost options: $$
- Link to Urban House Website