Copenhagen's hotel boom

Rising overnight stays has led to a boom in hotel construction in the city, with significant extra capacity for visitors.

Published 19/06/2019

Tourism in Copenhagen is booming and with it comes an increasing demand for hotel rooms.

CPH continues to cooperate with Wonderful Copenhagen and Copenhagen Capacity to grow inbound tourists and business travellers respectively. The airport contributes to Copenhagen Connected, a route development fund managed by Wonderful Copenhagen, which supports new routes and increased frequencies, by investing in the marketing of Copenhagen abroad to drive inbound traffic.

Hotel rooms increase by 26%

This investment has not only contributed to CPH’s rising traffic numbers, but tourism in Copenhagen, and Denmark (as the country’s primary gateway), which has grown significantly over the past few years. Overnight stays were boosted by 45% between 2010 and 2017. This influx in overseas visitors has led to an investment surge in the construction of new hotels in the city. The number of beds in Copenhagen is estimated to increase by 40%-50% in the next three years.

Bed nights set to beat the all-time record

This hotel building boom is already being converted into more bed nights. In Greater Copenhagen they were up 5.6% last year versus 2017 figures (VisitDenmark 2019), and overall bed nights, Danish and foreign, hit 53.6 million in 2018, up by 1.4 million. The rise was so great that foreign bed nights in Denmark in 2018 are expected to beat the all-time record achieved in 1993. Hotel bed nights reached 16 million in 2018, up by 450,000 against the previous year.

New openings for 2019 and beyond

Eight new hotels are due to open through 2019, adding over 3,000 hotel rooms to the city. Already this year, Hotel Ottillia in the Carlsberg district, Marriott’s Moxy in Sydhavn, and Citizen M, with 238 new rooms at Rådhusplads, have opened their doors. Still to come, in the budget sector Wakeup Copenhagen brings 585 rooms, CABINN Copenhagen brings 1,250 rooms, and Zleep Hotel Copenhagen Arena brings 198 rooms, while Scandic opens another 334-room hotel and boutique hotel group Guldsmedan opens a property with 214 rooms.

Next year brings four new hotels with a combined 1,730 rooms, while 2021 heralds the Scandic Spectrum opening, which, with 632 rooms, will be its largest yet. Scandic Airport is due to open in February 2021, right beside the airport, the sea and the beach.