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“A bit of a mixed bag” 4 of 5 stars
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Kex Hostel
Skulagata 28, Reykjavik 101, Iceland (Miõborg)   |  
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“A bit of a mixed bag”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I have stayed in probably 100 hostels, and after a couple of nights at Kex I had decided this was amongst the best. The 16 bed dorms are HUGE. As in, spacious. My stay in the big room was very pleasant. However, when I moved to a 6 bed dorm, things changed. The space was very cramped, and not cleaned. It was a very surprising difference. Also, third floor showers are communal, which I do not feel is appropriate outside of a gym setting. In fact, I have never encountered communal showers at any other hostel. The staff is very helpful. The bar is in fact a LOCAL hot spot, not just for travelers. There is always something going on. Live music, parties, etc. Fun place, with awesome hipster type decor.

Room Tip: Take the 16 bed dorm. Normally I am against this strategy, but here, do it.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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70 reviews 70 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I had a single night in Reykjavik and a friend recommended Kex. I'm so glad he did! It fit my needs perfectly. I made an online booking for a private room/shared shower with breakfast. My flight from the U.S. arrived early in the morning and the bus from the airport dropped me off right in front. This was one anxious. The door was barely marked, and I had to walk up 2 flights of stairs with my luggage, hoping to find that this indeed was the right place. I was delighted to reach the landing and see that all was well, the public spaces looked just as fun in person as they had on the web site, and breakfast was waiting on the buffet.

Check-in was easy. I knew ahead of time that I wouldn't be able to get into my room until afternoon, so that was no problem as I'd planned to walk and tour. The luggage storage was another little source of anxiety, as it seemed to be on the honor system with no claim checks. You just walked into the storage room, left your bag, and retrieved it when you came back. But without any alternative, I went with the flow.

Ate the delicious and filling breakfast before going out to tour, with a gorgeous view across the water toward the mountains. Location was perfect, within easy and pleasant walking distance of major sights, cafes, etc. I had an early flight the next morning and didn't want to fuss about dinner on a jet-lagged stomach, so I returned to Kex, ordered a nice beer and a tasty bar meal and spent more time on wifi with the great view.

Bed was very comfortable, shower & toilet facilities more than adequate. Used the kitchen only for tea, but that was fine. There were some noisy groups down at the dorm end, but my room was pretty quiet.

Only minor complaint was that the elevator was inoperative, so I lugged that suitcase up another 2 flights of stairs -- that's 4 total.

TIP: If you book B&B for one night and have an early arrival and departure for your flights, there's no problem eating breakfast on arrival. You just get a chit from the check-in desk and give it to the dining host.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas, United States
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Kex is an excellent hostel. A great location, clean rooms and bathrooms, a nice bar/restaurant with a great view and evening jazz concerts make this an exceptional place to stay. The only reason I do not give them a highest rating is I do not like the fact that the linen rental and breakfast is extra. Online they appear to be a great value and they are, but once you add linen and breakfast you get a better comparison with their competitors offering all inclusive services and they are not the cheapest. So if you are on a tight budget just make sure to bring your own sleeping bag and self cater. I would stay here again.

Room Tip: The front rooms above the bar/restaurant are noisier. The rooms in the back much more quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

This hostel is the heart of the hipster scene in Iceland (guess what - they look ridiculous there as well). It has tons of chic and quite an amazing design. Also a huge lounge is an excellent thing for the early arrivals, I used it to sleep for a few hours. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The downside is that the facilities are not nearly as good as the design. In the shower they had only one hanger, which kinda sucks, and brown-beige water was dripping from the ceiling. Pretty disgusting. The kitchen had no markers nor enough baskets for everyone. The linen rental didn't include a towel. The big shower was not divided to stalls... wtf? Even in the army we had stalls.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tallinn, Estonia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I stayed there for two nights in female 6 person dorm. Staff was friendly and helpful. After check-out I left my baggage there, so it was very convenient. Interior and design is different and great, urban. Breakfast was great! Nice view to the sea and mountains while you eat or read. Room was clean, rented a padlock for the locker in the room. I was quite surprised of the room quality, positively:) Had some ques to the toilet in the morning prime time, but otherwise no problems. Didn't get too much sleep, but it was because of some youngsters in hallway who partied quite a long time, but that wasn't hostels fault. I was there off season (beginning of May) so I got a really good price. Definitely would recommend!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Central Point, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

There is a lot to like about this hostel. The main floor is lively with a bar and occasional live music. The staff is warm and accommodating. The facility is clean and well appointed.

I have very few complaints with Kex, and I will recommend it to others.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Spent two nights here on holiday in April. Great location just down from Laekjargata (on which most of the bars are located), and about a 10 minute walk to the heart of the city. A rather plain building from the outside, inside it has rather funky retro decoration, which mainly works well.

The dorm was a reasonable size and clean, bathrooms plentiful, and the staff friendly and helpful (and able to book trips etc). Good bar downstairs with reasonably priced beer (for Iceland!). Only downside for me was the absence of a computers in the hostel.

The hostel seems mainly to attract the younger and more fashionable traveller, which was ok for me but might be a disadvantage for someone looking for somewhere quiet.

Room Tip: The communal showers were cleaner then the shower / toilet combos; and you'd get them to yoursel...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Skulagata 28, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 64 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 32
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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