Just back from my stay at the Backpackers. It's a budget hostel and that's what you get, the dorms are smaller than other hostels I've stayed in but the beds were comfortable and warm. To be honest I was out and about so much I only really used the room to sleep. It does get noisy at the weekends as it's on the main street but chances are you'll be out too (or if not the hostel sell ear plugs!)
Bathrooms/showers are clean and I never has to queue, there is a kitchen on the 4th floor that you can use- basic but does the trick and has a fantastic view of the cathedral. WiFi access is free but you'll have to be in the bar or the 2nd floor to get good access which didn't really bother me.
Location wise it's perfect, central to everything you need really! The airport buses drop off outside the door and most tour companies will pick up from right outside.
The best thing about this hostel though... the staff! Never been somewhere with such friendly and enthusiastic staff. They sorted out most of my tours and re-arranged if there were cancellations. Always keen to give advice and tips on places to visit, places to eat or drink. They also run events most evenings in the bar so you get to know all your fellow travellers and at the weekend have live music/theme nights or bar crawls!
Will definately be returning!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostel is located on Laugavegur, the main shopping street. We are affiliated with Iceland's longest running adventure company, Arctic Adventures, and our guests can choose from great offers on their tours. Our staff can provide expert information on what to do, see and experience during your stay and will gladly arrange some activities for our guests. With our unbeatable location and prices in a lively hostel we make it our priority to make your stay as pleasant as possible! See you in Iceland! ... more less
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