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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kex Hotel