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Certificate of Excellence


#17 of 150 Specialty lodging in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
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, and free Wi-Fi. Two guest kitchenettes and private laundry facilities are also available. And with a variety of rooms for up to 214 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 center 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 center. To reach those places a little further afield, the hostel is well connected to the city's public bus system.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Non-smoking rooms
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We had a very bad experience at this hostel! I recommend you to not reserve there. We arrived to the hostel after booking in advance, when we arrived, we discovered that there is no room for us as they are doing overbooking (it’s common as we understood). The stuff was very
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This place is cool, the decor is quirky and so are the staff. There's a bar and restaurant on the first floor that serves good if overpriced food. Every floor has amazing views of Mount Esja across the bay from the common areas and every floor has a kitchen with a fridge and
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I'm a fan of KEXP youtube channel so I told myself that I have to stay at this hostel if I go to Reykjavik! Unfortunately, there was no other cool events lined up during my 2-weeks stay because the Iceland Beer Festival had just finished when I arrived, I was expecting a lot of
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Loved the quirky decoration of the common room, in particular all of the comfortable couches offering a spot to sit in a quiet afternoon or when waiting for someone. 6-bed dorm rooms were clean and comfortable. Bathrooms and common areas were regularly cleaned. Great buffet
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This is a first, my first bad review I write and first time I have actually left in a middle of a conversation in a lobby, and I’ve been to few. I walked into Kex hostel with one simple question, if I could take few pictures for simple social media content in there and if there
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The Standard Double Room at the Kex Hostel
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The Standard Double Plus Room at the Kex Hostel
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The Six Bed Dorm Family Room at the Kex Hostel
6 bed dorm room, lockers are available in the room for no extra (not visible in the frame of this picture)
Bring own or pay deposit and you will get your money back with 48h after your visit.
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When I was there in October last year they had the front desk manned 24 hours a day, so that should be fine!
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We found spots on the street nearby that were free on weekends (which is when we traveled), but it was fairly crowded. I didn't see anything about reserved spots for the Kex, so it is first come, first served. Hope that helps!
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Emailing them is the best way to get ahold of them, they’re very prompt. They have two people working the front desk at almost all times. Late arrivals won’t be an issue.
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"Ask for a room with a view of Esja"
"Don;t stay in 2nd floor. It is next to the bar/restaurant and common area that is very noisy until late."
"Ask for extra pillows."
"Dorm 6 beds"
"Don't buy the breakfast at the hotel, go to the grocery store or a restaurant."
$42 - $266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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IcelandCapital RegionReykjavikMiõborg
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