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Kex Hostel
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Leeds
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Just WOW”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

Honestly the most awesome hostel iv ever stayed in. On initial outside impressions I was a little apprehensive however as soon as you enter the reception/communal/bar area you are wowed by the décor which is very eclectic. You find yourself in awe of its uniqueness and bohemian feel.

We stayed in a 6 sleeper room and the dimensions where very well suited to all our needs. Rooms were very comfortable and lockers where also available within the rooms for personal belongings to be secured safely.

Despite some of the reviews regarding noise levels in the bar/ communal areas, the rooms certainly are not noisy at all. In fact we were surprised how quiet it actually was in the rooms compared to the hustle and bustle of down stairs.
In addition the reviews regarding cleanliness are also unfair; we found the rooms and communal area very clean and tidy and each morning (being an early bird) I saw cleaning staff scrubbing away well before 6am!

We also took advantage of the kitchen facilities whilst staying at Kex, and it was an excellent way of meeting other travellers and making new friends in the process. In fact we spent each of out 3 nights socialising with other guest before heading out to explore the area.
The kitchen facilities where great and included 3 huge fridges, microwave, cooker/oven and a dishwasher, along with table space for about 16 people.

The staff at the hostel were also amazing. They were very knowledgeable and helped us arrange our excursions, airport transfers, pointed us in the direction of the best bars and restaurant's as well as the cheapest supermarkets and free guided tours.
They were also very helpful when it came to providing us with some much needed waterproofs from the lost property when we stupidly turned up without them!

I honestly can not recommend this hostel enough. During our time at Kex we met many people whilst out on tours and a vast majority said they'd tried to get a room here and it was fully booked. This in addition to it being the place where the locals go for live music and culture, I think shows how awesome this place actually is.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anneluverlishus
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Koloa, Hawaii
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46 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

So I haven't stayed at a hostel in more than 10 years, since I was a single guy tramping around Europe. Now "grown up", married, with a kid- when I found out I was staying with some friends at a hostel I was like "what?!". But the Kex is awesome. the Kex bar downstairs is the best bar of the many we explored in Reykjavik. And since beer is so expensive in Iceland, we just bought beer up to our room and then drank it in the bar. Genius! It's still a hostel. so you still get to share a room with a bunch of other people (at least I did). But the bathrooms are private- with private showers- so that was a nice touch over other hostels I recall. Also, they give you clean linens and towels, which is a bonus. Overall, a sweet hostel!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

A cool hostel, really unique decor. It's in a good location, right in front of the seafront. I'd stay here again. The chill-out area was great and had a nice vibe, you could almost stay there all night.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Mesaieed, Qatar
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

KEX... thats the place to be in Iceland...One of the best hostel i've been to.... service is really good... the bar at the first floor was awesome....breakfast was so so great..... don't forget to try their homemade skyir and bread....a live band played there for two nights during my stay...met a lot of locals in the bar room which is really helpful as they knew the best of sightseeing in rekjavik... and of coz u can book all the local tours at the reception desk itself....

Room Tip: No need to pay more for a 4 bed dorm or a 6 bed dorm....the bigger dorms are much better ...and cost...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank zabeelshafi
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Frankfurt, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

We stayed at Kex Hostel for the beginning and end of our trip to Iceland and were really satisfied with this hostel. The rooms are nice and very good service. The atmosphere at the restaurant/bar was great, which we really enjoyed when we got back from our trip around Iceland. A lot of locals go out in that bar, and are very open and willing to talk with us, and guide us where to go next, as the bar at Kex closes at 11 o'clock (which is good, for those who want to sleep).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Christian L
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Charleston, South Carolina
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

It's a hostel, so there are inevitably going to be aspects of it that aren't as nice as staying in a hotel (sharing a room with strangers, not having a bathroom in the room, etc.) but if you're going to stay in a hostel, this one is an excellent choice. They go out of their way to make it cool and fun, and not feel like it's a bad thing that you're staying there. I feel like a lot of these places have the attitude of "You're not paying much to stay here, so we're not going to put any effort into making it a nice place to stay," but KEX has a totally different vibe. It felt clean, hip, and comfortable and they're attached to a bar/restaurant with couches throughout.. The view is beautiful, and tour buses/airport transfer buses come right to the hostel to pick you up. The only reason I didn't give it 5 out of 5 was that the outdoor bar stays open late and was very loud. The noise combined with the fact that the sun doesn't really go down in Iceland in the summer made it feel like it was the middle of the day when it was really 1:00 a.m. I guess that's a good thing if you want to stay up and party, but if you're exhausted from traveling and just want to sleep at 1:00 a.m., that part wasn't fun. Overall though, it was a great experience, and SO MUCH BETTER than the hostel I stayed at a few days before in London, so I was happy.

Room Tip: I stayed in an all female dorm, which feels safer. However, I was on the side closest to the bar, wh...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lara A
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

I stayed in the hostel for 5 nights. Since it was my first time staying in a hostel, I was kind of apprehensive. It was wonderful though. Thank goodness my bus dropped me right off at the door or I don't think I would have found it :/ The first thing you see when you walk in is the bar area (which has wonderful breakfasts) with check-in around the corner. The staff were WONDERFUL. No joke. They answered all of my questions, and were so helpful. I was on the first floor right between the bar and another room where they had some concerts, so it did get a little loud at times. Since I brought my earplugs, I slept wonderfully though. I'm already planning my trip back :)

Room Tip: Bring earplugs
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kak_rugger
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Property: Kex Hostel
Address: Skulagata 28, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 95 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 42
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, 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. ... more   less 
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