Aarhus is a wonderful city to visit if you are into culture, shopping, gastronomy, nightlife or general sightseeing. However, it is the second-largest city in Denmark, so the location you choose will be important. Read these tips on where to stay in Aarhus. We are recommending some of the best hotels in the city, spread across different price ranges!
Location is important on any trip. Regardless of whether you visit a famous tourist city or a more unknown destination, you want to be near the best sights and local activities. A stay in Aarhus will be no exception.
Since Aarhus is considered a mid-size city by international standards, the location is not as important as in Copenhagen, but it should not be underestimated, and to prepare yourself properly, we advise you to choose a central hotel.
Areas of Aarhus
Aarhus is split into several areas and quite fortunately, it is easy to identify each of them.
The area you want to stay in is Aarhus C. This is the central part of Aarhus – the classic part of the city where you will find the Cathedral, the major shopping street Strøget, and the famous ARoS museum, among other things. This is the most expensive area, but there are several hotels and Airbnbs here, so there will almost always be availability. Most hotels will be placed near the train station, and these are all very nice. But you can also opt for a holiday apartment and in that case, we advise you to find one in Latinerkvarteret, a smaller neighborhood within Aarhus C.
Aarhus N, the northern part of the city, is also a decent area to be in. It’s a more residential/educational area, but certainly not bad. If the prices in Aarhus C are too unreasonable, and you see something nice in Aarhus N, it can be considered.
Staying in Aarhus V, which is the western area of the city, is something we recommend against. Again, a very residential area, but the negative thing is that it is the area of Aarhus with the highest crime rate. Therefore, there’s not much of a point in staying here, especially not if you have the option of staying in the central or northern part. The same goes for the neighboring town Brabrand.
The south of Aarhus is quite nice. If you can stay near Marselisborg, which is just a bit south of the center, you might get yourself a nice experience. Going further south does not make much sense since you will be far away from the main sights, but there are some fun recreational things to do in this area, such as golf, nice beaches, and opportunities to go sailing.
As you see, most of the areas in Aarhus are marked with a letter. In general, it doesn’t make much sense to consider anything else than Aarhus C, so we recommend you to focus on finding a place in this area.
Best hotels in Aarhus
We first and foremost recommend Hotel Royal. It is the best hotel in Aarhus if you want the ultimate experience in the city. The location is absolutely perfect since Hotel Royal is located right in the center, just steps away from the Cathedral.
You will be in Latinerkvarteret, arguably the most interesting area of Aarhus, so it doesn’t get much better when it comes to location. Also, the hotel is situated in a classic elegant building from 1838, one of the most beautiful in the city. So this is absolutely the best option if you want a great experience in Aarhus. Hotel Royal gets an average rating of 8.6 out of 10 from previous visitors, and couples rate it 9.7. Despite being the best hotel in the city by many standards, the prices are not unreasonable. The average cost is 147€ per night, but of course, that depends on the room and the current availability.
Again, we highly recommend Hotel Royal above all other hotels in the city, so it’s undoubtedly a place you should consider. If you decide to go with it, you can book your stay for the best price here.
If Hotel Royal happens to be fully booked, you can consider Radisson Blu Aarhus as an alternative. It’s a more commercial, modern-style hotel. While lacking a bit in charm, it instead provides several great facilities, and it is also a very central hotel in Aarhus, near ARoS, the central train station, and the main shopping area. The price range is around the same as Hotel Royal, at least for rooms of similar size and conditions.
In the north of Aarhus, you can stay with Zleep Hotel in Skejby for an average price of 71€ per night. A very affordable option if you wish to stay at a cheaper hotel. The quality, however, is still quite impressive and the hotel receives nice reviews.
On the contrary, if you wish to stay in the south, a little bit away from the hustle and bustle, in a more quiet area, you can consider Helnan Marselis Hotel. It is located near Marselisborg Dyrehave, one of the best attractions in Aarhus, and you’ll have a great coastal view since the hotel is just meters away from the sea. It’s a popular 4-star hotel with an average price of 117€ per night.
Other accommodation options
Aside from booking a hotel in Aarhus, you also have the options of finding a hostel and finding a holiday apartment. Let’s look at these options because they could also help you decide on where to stay in Aarhus.
Hostels in Aarhus
There are several hostels in Aarhus. You can consider staying in one of them if you are on a budget or if you simply like socializing with other travelers.
Here are three hostels you can have a look at:
- DanHostel Aarhus City
- Book1 Design Hostel
- Hostel City Sleep-In
But be aware that even the hostel prices are high in Aarhus, and in Denmark in general, so the price difference between hostels and hotels is not as big as you would typically expect.
Holiday apartment in Aarhus
Unlike with hotels and hostels in Aarhus, we are not providing any specific recommendations to holiday apartments. The reason is that our experience is limited and that the selection always changes a lot.
However, you can browse Airbnb to see the current selection. The price for a night in an average holiday apartment will be similar to the price for a night in a central hotel. Pricewise, there’s not much a difference, so it’s all about preferences: If you like having a kitchen, a little more space, and more responsibility, then an apartment will be a good choice. But keep in mind that check-in and check-out won’t be as flexible as in a hotel and that you won’t get as much personal service.
If you decide to search for Airbnb, try to look for apartments in the Aarhus C area. Ideally, you want to stay as central as possible, since this is where most of the attractions are located.
There are plenty of nice places to stay in Aarhus. Before choosing a hotel, hostel or holiday apartment, it’s a good idea to be aware of the areas, and we hope that this guide has helped a bit.
Our final recommendation is to stay in a hotel in the central part of Aarhus. Hotel Royal is the best choice, and if the rooms here are all booked, you can look at Radisson Blu Aarhus as a nice alternative.
We wish you a nice trip and be sure to read our other guides to Aarhus. They cover topics such as general attractions, day trips, shopping tips and where to eat.