Hlemmur Square Hotel and Hostel Reykjavik
Do not be put off from its place reverse Hlemmur Square bus station; this is in fact an superb place. Nevertheless on Reykjavik’s most important street Laugavegur, but in its quieter eastern finish — that the bus depot is supposed to close and a farmers’ market is about the cards — that really is a neighbourhood is on the up. The waterfront is just three blocks away, it is a 10-minute stroll into Hallgrimskirkja Church and much less than 20 minutes into Harpa concert hall.
Style & personality
European hotelier Klaus Ortlieb is your layout head who has transformed the inside of the five-storey 1930s block to an upmarket hostel (that is certainly not a party hostel) and boutique resort with a mixture of furnishings that are neutral, pops of color and trendy artwork round the house. Hostel rooms and dorms are on another floor into the resort rooms, but you are going to come across a societal vibe for everybody in the pub.
Service & amenities
From hot springs to trendy pubs, employees understand their town and state nicely, and are available 24-hours with hints and information on Reykjavik and Iceland. This is very much a metropolitan resort in your mind, for those that prefer to get out and around, but quick Wi-Fi, happy hour, gourmet sausages and live audio do lure guests back into foundation.
Even the 17 resort rooms are trendy and modern, with a dash of color and shaggy rugs dividing the minimalist feel, and beds are ridiculously comfy. Most rooms have private balconies, a true treat with these sea and mountain perspectives. Bathrooms are tasteful, each one slightly different, with timeless C.O. Bigelow toiletries and strong showers.
Hlemmur Square also has silent dorms with custom-made beds, private lockers and a couch place; the hostel’s private rooms are somewhat less lavish than the resort’s but decent value for the distance, privacy and comfort. There is also a studio flat, two bedrooms and additional couch on the hostel floor, and two off-site flats.
Food & beverage
The hotel bar has a award winning mixologist serving up inventive cocktails and above 60 craft beers. There is also a four-hour happy hour from 4pm-8pm, and live music on some evenings. In Pylsa restaurant, Reykjavik’s first sausage restaurant, the Tasting Plate is a winner using vegan, duck and spicy dolls one of the choices, each served with inventive sides like dumplings and poultry sauce, in addition to the typical hamburgers, steaks and sandwiches.
Breakfast, more affordable if pre-booked, comprises pastries, fresh waffles, cheese and fruit.
Value for cash
Double rooms from #90 in low season; climbing to #200 at large. Private doubles at the hostel from #55/#110; dorm beds #15/#30. Breakfast excluded (from #11). Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
There’s street access and entry ramps to the resort, and a lift to all floors. Public rooms and areas are available and there is an accessible bathroom on every hostel flooring.
Children/babies are all welcome; cots supplied on request.
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