The Generator Copenhagen Reviewed – The best place to stay in Copenhagen with family

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When I think of hostels, I generally think of dirty shared rooms with drunken teens and twentysomethings running around drunk, making noise at all hours of the morning. That is not The Generator Copenhagen. Could we have been more wrong?

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Quad rooms for the family Image courtesy of

While looking for affordable accommodation in Copenhagen, the Generator Hostel kept popping up. Could a hostel be our choice of place to stay in Copenhagen? We have never really, as a family, embraced the whole staying in a hostel experience until this trip.

As we have kids, the communal shower and toileting situation does not sit well with us. Who wants to get up in the middle of the night to accompany their kids to the toilet? In today’s society, that is a must, I would think.

The Generator Copenhagen will forever change the way you look at a hostel. The 175 budget-friendly hostel rooms come equipped with all the modern touches that families visiting Copenhagen will need.

Yes, our room was small. We had two sets of Bunks and four suitcases. Once we were in the room, there was only enough room to swing a cat.

Family accommodation Copengahen

Though, the rooms were spotless, as clean as any hotel. The mattress was as good as any of the places we had stayed in during our eight weeks in Europe. The blankets were warm enough to keep the Danish winter cold weather at bay.

The shower had good heat and excellent water pressure, with room to change. Our towels were clean, big and fluffy, which impressed our girls. Unfortunately, we had a sick child on our first night at The Generator, so we had to go to the reception and ask for some new towels.

I had done my best to clean it, but the guy behind the desk was brilliant about it, and we came back to a beautifully re-made room, which was much more than I expected.

Shuttle Board at the Generator

We were impressed with the sign on the door stating that making noise in the hallways at The Generator Copenhagen would not be tolerated, so please use the communal area staffed 24 hours a day. Staying in hostels with kids could work?

The Generator Copenhagen has fantastic facilities for the whole family

The real magic of the Generator was its communal downstairs area. It had 24-hour reception with vending machines. The reception sells passes and tickets for all things Copenhagen. It is like having an insider’s guide to Copenhagen on the other side of the counter, and there is never any problem if you need help.

It also had a wall of recommendations for things to do in Copenhagen that came from what other people who had stayed were recommending. There were many paid and free activities to do in Copenhagen. It is an excellent choice for family accommodation in Copenhagen.

It had a restaurant that served not just the usual snacks, such as fries and chicken wings, but also actual meals. Chicken, pork belly and brisket were on the menu, along with the usual suspects, such as an array of burgers, mac and cheese and fries.

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OMG, platter from the Generator Hostel Copenhagen city kitchen

A full-size bar serving Carlsberg on tap, such as its flagship brew, Tobourg, IPA and a good cider. Just quietly, the wife and I partake in a few of these. Happy hour is twice a night, 4-5 and 9-10, which is excellent since Copenhagen can be expensive.

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The bar at The Generator Hostel in Copenhagen

The communal area at the Copenhagen downtown hostel features big screen TVs showing sports and movies, fuse ball tables, darts and even shuttlecock tables, all inside for your amusement. Couches, chairs, bar stools, and tables are all for relaxing, chatting, meeting new people, or just checking Facebook, TikTok or Insta.

Generator Copenhagen Features:

  • Free WiFi
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Laundry room
  • Attraction Tickets
  • Bag lockers for that late plane out
  • Bar Food and snacks
  • No smoking
  • Bike rentals

Outside was a beer garden for when the sun shines in Copenhagen. We were assured that it’s not all grey and gloomy during the summer. The centrepiece of the outside area was an indoor bocce court. It’s wide enough for a few games over a few beers. Perfect!

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The outdoor Bocce area at the Generator Copenhagen

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As a family, we spent a lot of time in the communal area. Wifi was available, which kept the kids happy and, most importantly, quiet. We were nearly able to imagine we were kids free out having a drink somewhere. It was great for our kids, who carry their tablets everywhere. Copenhagen family accommodation does not get any better.

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Willow chilling out with her tablet

They just put their headphones on and zoned out while enjoying a soft drink while the adults chatted. After eight weeks of being stuck with their parents nagging them and a painful sister, it was great to see them relax and unwind in the hostel for kids.

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A great area to chill out at the Generator Copenhagen

We were not the only family staying at the Generator, babies were wandering around. The Generator Copenhagen seems to have found the perfect mix for all.

The Generator has to be one of the best hostels in Copenhagen. It is family-friendly but also great for singles and couples. Each night after 9.30, when the families have retired, they have live music, a DJ and other activities.

The Generator suits everyone, from family travellers to people backpacking in Europe. We recommend The Generator Copenhagen for families! The Generator Hotel Copenhagen is a popular and trendy accommodation option in the city.

The Hostel Generator Copenhagen is a popular accommodation option for budget travellers visiting the city. At Wyld Family Travel, we recommend stopping at The Generator Copenhagen on your next visit.

It has a great atmosphere, is family-friendly, is close to all the sights and is cheap on the wallet. It’s centrally located for all things to do in Copenhagen. We stayed in a four-person room with an ensuite.

Wyld Family Travel never received a discount or free stay for this review. We believe in promoting a good product and found The Hotel Generator in Copenhagen a great place for families to stay.

Getting to Copenhagen

Copenhagen is renowned as one of the top family destinations in Northern Europe, along with Oslo and Stockholmmaking it perfect for travelling with teenagers. As the capital of Denmark, it is well-connected by highways, long-distance buses, trains, and planes, making it incredibly accessible for families. This ease of transportation makes the city one of the most convenient family travel destinations in Europe.

  • Copenhagen Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the Nordic countries. Copenhagen is served by over 60 different airlines. Copenhagen Airport is centrally located, only 8 kilometres from the city centre. There is a train station at the airport for direct transfers to the city centre.
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  • Long-distance international trains to Copenhagen mostly go via Hamburg, where you must change trains. Copenhagen is a hub for train travel around the Nordic region. This makes adding day trips from Copenhagen easy. Book your domestic and international trains to and from Copenhagen with Omio.
  • Copenhagen can be reached directly by bus from 108 destinations in Europe. Book all your bus tickets to Copenhagen with Flixbus, with popular routes, including Stockholm to Copenhagen.
  • Driving in Denmark is super easy. If you’re planning a road trip in Denmark, you can conveniently pick up a rental car at Copenhagen Airport or dedicated sites in the city.

How to get around Copenhagen

The S-trains are a hybrid urban-suburban rail service that serves the Copenhagen urban area, excluding Amager. Operating between 05:00 in the morning and 00:30 at night, Line F runs every 4-5 minutes, while lines A, B, C, and E run every 10 minutes. Lines H and Bx have a frequency of every 20 minutes. City buses, taxis, and Uber are also readily available for transportation.

We hope this article from Wyld Family Travel inspires you to visit Copenhagen with your kids. There are so many things to do in Copenhagen that will entertain you for your family’s whole stay in the city. 

6 thoughts on “The Generator Copenhagen Reviewed – The best place to stay in Copenhagen with family”

  1. This totally changes the way I look at hostels for sure! I stayed in them as a backpacker years ago but now that I have a little one, wouldn’t have even checked them out. THat place looks perfect. Great info.. and that food!

  2. This looks like a wonderful place to stay in!! I haven’t stayed in a hostel before but I wouldn’t mind staying here. I love all of the colors and the fun space they have.

  3. This really does change my images of hostels. My last backpackers experience brings back memories of dirty showers, crowded dorms and cockroaches. Need I say more. This looks mega cool though!

  4. I stayed in the Generator in Stockholm and loved it! One big plus for me in hostels though is that there are no kids – so I’m not sure how I’d feel about having little kids running around, but yours look pretty well behaved 😉

  5. Well I am very impressed! That certainly changes travel planning for us, knowing that hostels are starting to become more family friendly. The Generator really sounds very well equipped and spacious and very sensible! Haha!! The rooms look nice too 🙂


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