Stayed for 9 days in July 2011. Given the long stay, it is lucky that Kex is actually a place you feel like you wanted to spend time in. Plenty of people to meet, things to read and stuff to play with. Better than any other hostel I've stayed in, and a better (and cheaper) option to staying in a sterile, boring hotel. Staff were really helpful and friendly and cool, they booked all our side trips for us and gave good advice.
When we met other travellers in Reykjavik and told them we were staying at Kex they were often jealous because they didn't book soon enough to get in. We even saw some travellers who were staying at other hostels come to Kex to eat and hang out. That says a lot!
My partner and I stayed in a private double room with shared bathrooms and we had a fantastic view of the bay. The bed was comfortable, plenty of bathrooms so never had to wait, clean, excellent showers. Food was really, really great but not cheap. Only minor thing - the hallway doors on our floor slammed really loudly with people coming and going in the mornings and woke us up most days and some nights (our room was closest to the stairway). And I'd like to have a mirror in the bedroom so I don't have to go to the shared bathrooms to get ready, but all that is quite minor.
I'm really going to miss Kex! Hope to come back one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It' s the Icelandic word for "biscuit" and a social hostel in Reykjavik. What's not to love? 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 reputation. It's also a painless distance from late night munchies and a mind-boggling array of coffee houses, shops, and tourist attractions. Of course, you might not even want to venture outside of the hostel with all its features: a cafe and bar, lounge area, heated outdoor patio, tourist information desk, laundry room, small fitness centre, and free Wi-Fi. Two guest kitchenettes and private laundry facilities are also available. And with a variety of rooms for up to 138 guests, you'll have no problem meeting interesting, new travel buddies from exotic places. KEX oozes with personality and soul-just like our guests. Every piece of decor has a story to tell. Using salvaged materials and found objects from various sources, KEX is an organic concept blending Iceland' s past with a modern, international twist. The raw industrial spaces and vintage furnishings combine to give it a homey, eclectic feel. With the affordable nightly rates, you'll still have enough cash left over to enjoy a few pints of Viking beer or sample some local delicacies like hakarl and Brennivin. In addition to our dormitory rooms we offer three different double rooms: 1. Double Plus - 1 double bed, 1 private bathroom, linens and towels, and 1 fantastic seaside view. 2. Double Standard - 1 double bed (of the most clever convertible design in case you get tired of being so close to your travel partner), shared bathrooms, linens and towels, and if you are lucky the same fantastic view. 3. Twin - 2 single beds, linens and towels, and a better than average chance of making your friends back home quite jealous indeed. LOCATION: KEX is located in the centre of Reykjavik, with a view across the sea to Mt. Esja across the bay. The old factory that houses KEX is also home to The Living Art Museum and studios of various artists, dancers, and fashion designers. KEX is within an easy walking distance to the city's interesting nightlife, restaurants, shopping streets, cultural attractions, and other points of interest in the city centre. To reach those places a little further afield, the hostel is well connected to the city's public bus system. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kex Hotel