On arrival at the hostel, which is a 5 minute drive from the airport, I have to say it looked a little run down from the outside. After checking in I got to my room. It was a private room, but they all come with bunk beds.
There are 3 or 4 accommodation blocks. My friends got another block from me (2 separate bookings), and theirs was much nicer than mine. My only criticism would be that the bedsheets/linen provided comes with a sign stating that usage of them will incur an extra 1000ISK fee (about £5-6). I have stayed in many hostels, and the linen, and towels have always been provided as standard.
Staying in Iceland in the summer can mean a lot of light outside throughout the night, luckily the rooms come with good blackout blinds to allow people to sleep. The bunk beds were comfortable.
I don't want this to sound as a negative towards the place, but I was woken up around 7am, by an old man outside who was singing in the communal kitchen. I assume he was a guest and not a member of staff, but found it hard to sleep while he was making what I can only describe as a mix of African tribal chants and the noise made by a diggerydoo!!
In conclusion, if you are a student or backpacker, and want value for money, this is the place to go. If you like your luxuries, like your own bathroom, and real beds, it isn't. I am a frequent traveller to Iceland, and on my last stay a hostel in the city center was costing about £100 a night (scary price!), but this one is much more reasonably priced, especially by Icelandic standards. I would stay again if I need to be near the airport, but otherwise its maybe better to travel into Reykjavik
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostel/guesthouse offers sleeping bag and made up beds accomodation in 29 rooms and can accommodate about 100 people at a time. The rooms are without bathrooms but they are available on all floors. Both houses offer cooking facilities, breakfast, living rooms, TVs, showers, internet access, washing facilities and a hot tub ... more less
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