Best hotels and hostels in Aarhus

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    Hotel Guldsmeden

    A top pick for its excellent location, warm staff, French Colonial–style rooms with Persian rugs, pretty garden oasis and relaxed, stylish ambience. Bumper breakfasts (mainly organic) are included, as is Guldsmeden's own organic toiletries range. Guldsmed means both goldsmith and dragonfly in Danish – look for sweet use of the dragonfly motif in the decor.

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    Villa Provence

    Elegant rooms (individually decorated in Provençal country style) for a mature, well-heeled crowd. The superior rooms are large and lovely; standard rooms are smaller but with the same attention to detail – all have TVs, minibar, French linen and original French movie posters. Besides the gourmet breakfast, our favourite feature is the courtyard, with flowering pot plants and fairy-lit trees.

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    Hotel Oasia

    Clearly a subscriber to the minimalist school of design, Oasia offers bright modern rooms full of clean lines and the best of Scandinavian fittings (Hästens beds, Bang & Olufsen TVs, designer chairs). It’s well placed for the train station and for Frederiksbjerg dining treats.

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    Comwell Aarhus

    A new addition to the Comwell chain, this large, modern hotel stylishly showcases Danish design courtesy of furnishings by local company HAY. Higher rooms have sweeping views, the breakfast spread is top-notch and the location is central.

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    Havnhotellet

    These fresh, good-value rooms at the marina are straight off the Ikea production line. All booking is done online (hence no phone number), and check-in is via a computer. The hotel is 1.5km south of the centre (off Strandvejen; catch bus 19) and walking distance to Marselisborg; at your doorstep is a handful of restaurants (and free parking).

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    City Sleep-In

    This central hostel used to house seamen and is a real one-off with its rambling layout of sitting rooms, terraces, rooms and dorms. There is a large communal kitchen and a bar-cafe with regular live music. Colourful murals cover the walls and the furnishings are an eclectic and comfortable mishmash of styles and eras.

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    DCU-Camping Blommehaven

    This big beachside camping ground 6km south of the city centre lies in the scenic Marselisborg woods en route to Moesgård. It’s got loads of family-oriented facilities, plus simple four-/six-berth huts (500/650kr). If you’re driving, follow Strandvejen south; otherwise, take bus 18 or (in summer) 31.

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    Cabinn Aarhus Hotel

    'Best location, best price' is the Cabinn chain’s motto and, given that this huge branch overlooks the river and is in the centre of town, it's pretty spot on. The 400 functional rooms are based on ships' cabins (hence the name) – the cheapest is tiny, but all come with bathroom, kettle and TV.

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    Hotel Royal

    If you’ve come to expect restrained Scandi style in your top-end Danish hotels, prepare to be surprised. From the over-the-top entrance portico to the chandelier-lit reception area and incredible murals, the Royal seems a little, well, gaudy in parts. But fun, too – we love the fish-tank reception desk and the rich colour schemes. The rooms are appropriately lavish.

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    Møllestien Cottages

    On Aarhus’ prettiest street, a ceramicist rents out two neighbouring cottages – small, homely places each with courtyard, kitchen, lounge and bathroom (the cheaper of the two is more rustic). Be warned that the staircases to the upstairs bedrooms are steep. One-night stays cost an extra 300kr. Book early.

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    Danhostel Aarhus

    The main building here is as pretty as a picture: it’s a large octagonal room that was once a dancehall. Accommodation is bright and basic; some rooms have private bathrooms. Linen costs extra; breakfast costs 69kr. The hostel is 3km north of the city centre, in pretty woods close to the beach; take bus 5A, 17, 18 or 20.

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    Wakeup Aarhus

    A new arrival in mid-2017, this budget hotel offers 315 fresh, functional rooms in a prime location, close to the train station. There are few frills, but there is dependable Scandi style and smart design. Best deals come with advance online booking. You pay extra for a little more space, a view or a flexible reservation.

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    Hotel Ferdinand

    Ferdinand is in the centre of the Åboulevarden action, with a swank French brasserie downstairs. There are eight suites above the restaurant (large and luxurious); in the neighbouring building are 11 studio apartments, well equipped with kitchen, washing machine and balconies.

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    Hotel Aarhus City Apartments

    Good for families and long-stayers, this three-storey apartment block is home to modern rooms, studios and apartments. All have kitchens (kitchenettes in the rooms) and cable TV. There’s no reception, so you need to book ahead and arrange to be met.