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“A hostel with hotel standards in a perfect location” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Reykjavik Downtown Hostel

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Reykjavik Downtown Hostel
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Guelph, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A hostel with hotel standards in a perfect location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

Very nice hostel in a great location just west of the main downtown area, near all the restuarants and the harbour. On the other side of the main street is the shopping. Lots of parking available. Room was the biggest we had in Iceland even after staying at two hotels. Same with the bathroom - huge shower. Had a private double room with private bathroom. Excellent excellent value for money in an expensive city. The bed were a little old and they put plastic mattress covers on them which was kind of uncomfortable but you could remove them. Big windows and a nice heater. 5 minutes or less to anywhere you want to go. Nice and quiet.

Also visited Loft, the new HI hostel in more central downtown, which is absolutely gorgeous - go there for a drink on the terrace! They have a nice bar. Definitely stay there if you are younger and dont mind a bit of noise. But both hostels are excellent - if we had known the quality of hostels in Iceland we would hvae stayed at hostels our entire stay and saved a lot of money and not sacrificed on hotel quality.

Room Tip: Double private rooms with bathroom are very nice and big
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

This is the best hostel I have stayed at. As others have mentioned, the front desk staff are wonderful - friendly, knowledgeable, truly committed to making your stay (and rest of your travels in Iceland) go smoothly. I stayed in both female and co-ed dorms here - they were comfortable, clean, quiet (thank you fellow travellers!). Each bed also has an in-room locker (bring your own lock). Shared bathrooms and showers were also quite clean.

Great guest kitchen facilities - everything you need to make your own meals and save some money. Also, a "free food" box (guests leave extra food they don't want to carry to their next destination) - you could make complete meals out of that too! There is WiFi everywhere - rooms, cafe, kitchen. Also laundry facility in the kitchen area - rate to use it is the same I've paid in Reykjavik laundromat, and includes soap. Great experience, I've already booked again for my next night in the city.

Room Tip: Buy an Hosteller's International membership to get a better rate (worth it if you will spend 3-4...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

Warm, friendly , knowledgable staff. After we had an awful experience with a car hire vs a sand storm, my sister and I had pretty much had enough of iceland.

The greeting at reception, to the excellent room and wifi everywhere, we left with a very positive experience. We stayed in a twin room with a shared bathroom on the top floor. This was perfect, as there was only 4-5 other double rooms sharing the two bathrooms/ toilets. We never had any troubled with needing the bathroom. There was also a small kitchen which made reheating food or a tea/ coffee easy.

The only grip was the pillows. Quite flat.

Room Tip: There is no pool.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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80 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

This was my first experience in a hostel. My sister and I booked a private room with our own bathroom. Very simple, clean, and an overall excellent value for expensive Reykjavik. It's quiet at night (for a hostel) and the staff are very helpful. They booked all of our tours, gave us directions and recommendations, etc. The breakfast is the same everyday, but I really enjoyed it. Very healthy and tasty (yogurt, fresh fruit and veggies, bagels, whole grain toast and jam, fresh coffee.) The beds are comfortable and warm, the tap water is fresh to drink and the showers are hot. You can walk to downtown and the marina with no problem. I also like that it's a green hostel.

Room Tip: I could hear some partying travelers in the dorms late one night, so if you aren't into that, pa...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

If you've looked into it at all, you already know that Iceland is INCREDIBLY expensive. Nonetheless, the country is absolutely magical in that around every corner there is something amazing to be seen or experienced. It really is a must-see country in my opinion. It was because of this breathtaking beauty that my husband and I decided to take a road-trip around Iceland and our first stop was Reykjavik. In order to keep our costs down we decided to hostel it where possible and the HI Downtown Hostel was our first stop.

We had one of the double rooms with private bathroom and it was great. It was impeccably clean and was a great first stop for us on our epic adventure around the country. They offer a decent breakfast spread for additional money, and will let you store your luggage at the front desk while you await check-in if needed. The staff also are willing to talk to you about options in the area for food or entertainment. I would recommend either securing your HI membership beforehand (can take a bit of time so be mindful of that) or purchasing it on-site--it saved us quite a bit of money in the long run around the country.

Moreover, they were incredible in helping me track down a very important item that I had left in the room and would have been devastated if they had not found it. I will forever be grateful!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong
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112 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

This downtown hostel is just located in a quiet street next to the crowd area, easy steps to restaurants/shops. We stayed in the 10 beds dorm, the room is very large with a bathroom inside. But the locker cannot be used as it only fits a particular size of lock, we 6 people have 4 locks but only 1 can fit the locker. The common kitchen is well equipped, but wifi cannot be connected in room nor the kitchen even there's a router there. The hostel is well maintained and clean. They provide free blanket, but if you need linen, it needs extra charge, of course it's common to have your own sleeping bag travelling in Iceland

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Victoria, Canada
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75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

Stayed for two days August 30-31. Clean well run hostel. Very friendly, helpful and patient staff. I had a 4 person room with bathroom. Room faced an interior courtyard so was very quiet. Plenty of space in the room, with a locker which was convenient. Continental breakfast was quite basic. All-in-all a good place to stay in Reykjavik. Will be back in two weeks for another two nights prior to departing Iceland.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Reykjavik Downtown Hostel
Address: Vesturgata 17, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 95 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Reykjavik Downtown Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Downtown Hostel, recently voted by guests as the Best HI Hostel worldwide 2015. A beautiful boutique HI Hostel, ECO certified**, modern, comfortable and welcoming. Located stone's throw from the old harbor and the city cultural center, in a quiet residential street. Facilities include a kitchen for guests, lounges and a Cafe. Laundry facilities and luggage storage on the site. Fast and free WI-FI across all areas. Free Computer access. Board games, children's corner. Movie nights. Hearty breakfast buffet with waffles and organic & vegan options. A wide selection of great rooms! Free linen is included in all rooms. Spacious shared/female only 10 bedded dorm rooms with en suite facilities and lockers (bring your own lock or buy one at the desk). Family rooms for up to 5 persons with en suite facilities and lockers. Comfortable twin/double rooms with shared or private facilities (towels included). No elevator in the building. Reception / Tour Desk / Cafe : open 24 hours a day. Our hostel staff knows the City inside out and are on hand to help with anything you need. All excursions, Car Rentals and Airport trips are bookable with free pickup / drop off. **Reykjavik Downtown Hostel is Eco Certified with the Nordic Swan. The certification is a trusted ecological label in the Nordic countries, which demonstrates a well-considered and thorough sustainability policy. ... more   less 
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