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Kex Hostel Reykjavik, Iceland

Kex Hostel Reykjavik, Iceland

Kex Hostel Reykjavik


Nestled across the harbour-front, Kex Hostel offers excellent views of Mount Esja round the water and adequate proximity to stores, nightlife, restaurants and cultural attractions. Concert hall Harpa is a 11-minute walk off and the key high street Laugavegur only a block or 2. The city’s most important bus station (Hlemmur) is a two-minute walk.

Style & personality

Kex — that the Icelandic name for snacks — is a reference to the hostel’s former incarnation as a biscuit factory. Housing the Living Art Museum and many art, dancing and fashion studios, the hostel has combined the building of the industrial tradition with a understanding retro aesthetic by peppering it with classic furniture and the occasional discovered thing.

Service & amenities

Gym & Tonic, a multifunctional hall styled like a boxing gym may be used for everything from conferences to movie screenings; the cozy and convivial lounge has a single corner devoted to diverse reading stuff and hosts regular classrooms, and there is even a hipster hair salon (Raxtur). An in-house tour business may arrange biking, flying and walking trips, and employees are usually fashionable and welcoming.

Exercise center


Also as broad, comfortable dorms for between eight and 16 individuals (mixed in addition to women-only, availability permitting), the hostel has private rooms for singles, families and couples. The majority of the doubles and singles have views throughout the bay out, though just two ‘hotel-quality’ double bedrooms include en-suite baths.

Food & beverage

An adequate breakfast buffet spread — including organic Icelandic jams, local cheeses and freshly-baked breads — is served in the dining area, which doubles as a bona-fide gastropub through the day and day. The seasonal dishes vary daily but generally consist of yummy soups in addition to poultry, fish and vegetarian dishes. Additionally, there are local beers, wines and cocktails served in the pub, along with a heated outdoor terrace to enjoy these on. Two or three guest rooms are also available for individuals wanting to create their own food.

Value for cash

Double rooms from #85 in low season; climbing to #135 at large. 16-bed dormitories from #21 in low season; climbing to #27 in high season. Linens are excluded in 10 and 16-bed dorms (billed at #6 additional). Breakfast excluded (Number9). Free Wi-Fi.

Accessibility for guests with disabilities?

There’s handicapped access to the restaurant along with another entry for wheelchairs.


Yes – there are 3 family-friendly rooms: 2 four-bed family rooms plus a six-bed, all of which have double beds and shared baths. An infant crib or extra bed can be added into the space, kids below the age of six remain free and there is a 50 percent reduction for children aged between six and 12.

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