Kex Hostel, Reykjavik

Skúlagata 28, Reykjavik, Iceland


Kex Hostel, Reykjavik. KEX is the Icelandic word for ‘biscuit’ and they are a new social hostel in Reykjavik. What’s not to love?
They are housed in an old biscuit factory in the heart of Reykjavik. KEX is just steps from all the bars, clubs, and music venues that give this city its legendary nightlife reputation. They are also a short distance from late-night munchies and a mind-boggling array of coffee houses, shops and tourist attractions.

You may not even want to venture outside of the hostel with all our features which include a café and bar, lounge area, heated outdoor patio, tourist information desk, laundry room and free Wi-Fi.

In addition to our dormitory rooms they offer three different double rooms:
– The Double Plus offers one double bed, a private bathroom, linens, towels and a fantastic seaside view.
– The Double Standard has one double bed (a clever convertible design in case you get tired of being so close to your travel partner), shared bathrooms, linens and towels. When you are lucky with the weather – the same fantastic view.
– The Twin Private offers two single beds, linens and towels and a better-than-average chance of making friends back home quite jealous.

Ladies – for your comfort and peace-of-mind, they offer female-only dorms. If you would prefer to reserve a bed in such a dorm, please make sure to do so directly from the reservation window. If none are available, you are welcome to contact them after booking to double-check.

Families – a few of our four-bed dorms are equipped with bunk beds which can be pushed together to form a ‘double bunk bed’. For example, this would place Mom and Dad on the bottom and the kids on top. Baby cribs are also available. Please be sure to contact us after booking in order to arrange for this type of room. Space is limited, and family rooms are reserved on a first-come basis.

Children under the age of 3 stay for free and children under 12 pay 50%. The same is true for many of the excursions which can be booked directly from the hostel reception.

Two guest kitchenettes and private laundry facilities are also available. With a variety of rooms serving up to 200 guests, you’ll have no problem meeting interesting new travel buddies from exotic places.

Our hostel oozes personality and soul, just like their guests. Every piece of décor has a story to tell. Using salvaged materials and found objects from various sources, our design is an organic concept blending Iceland’s past with a modern, international twist. The raw industrial spaces and vintage furnishings combine to give the space a homey, eclectic feel.

With the affordable nightly rates, you’ll still have enough cash remaining to enjoy a few pints of Viking beer or sample some local delicacies like hákarl‎ and brennivín.

They’re located in the centre of Reykjavik with a view across the bay to Mt. Esja. The old factory that houses KEX is also home to studios of various artists, dancers, and fashion designers. They’re within an easy walking distance to the city’s interesting nightlife, restaurants, shopping streets, cultural attractions and other points of interest. To reach places a little further away, the hostel is well connected to the city’s public bus system.

Please note that children under the age of 16 cannot stay in shared dorms. Children over 16 years of age can stay in shared dorms only when travelling with a guardian.


Why you should stay here

This is one of the absolute best-styled hostels I’ve ever seen.  It’s fun and offbeat with loads of retro charm.  While the rooms themselves don’t have the same style factor as the common room and the hallways, Kex is a welcome respite from run-of-the-mill hostels.  The location is convenient and the prices are very reasonable for this expensive country.  I’d love to see them put on activities for the hostel guests and foster some community spirit.