I was half expecting Kex to smell of freshly baked biscuits since it was an old biscuit factory, but nonetheless, Kex is probably one of the good hostels I have stayed in. Before setting off to Reykjavik, I emailed the hostel with a few questions and they were kind enough to book my bus from the airport to the hostel. It is very central, just around the corner to the high street, so the choice of pubs, cafes and places to eat are in abundance. Staff were extremely helpful - I walked away with great suggestions for food, tours and even a place to watch a Six Nations Rugby game. The view from the hostel's bar is great too as it overlooks the sea and mountains. My friend and I decided to pay a bit more for a twin room (many previous awaken nights have been had by staying in dorms) and it was worth it. The rooms were kept clean everyday by the house-keeping staff (which is a lot more than other hostels), it was surprisingly warm without the heating on and the bathrooms were also satisfactory.
The only downsides are, the place is very dim and it makes it hard to read downstairs at the bar and even in the rooms. It can be quite noisy at nights but that is expected in a hostel - get ear-plugs from reception or close windows. I can't speak for the male showers, but the pressure in the female showers is quite weak so all of your shampoo might not get washed away. In addition, you have to pay extra for breakfast - 1400 ISK (approx £7.30) if you book the night before or 1600 ISK (approx £8.50). I think this is quite a lot for breakfast everyday so my friend and I bought our own breakfast the previous night at the supermarket around the corner - more cost efficient!
Other than that, I do recommend Kex - stay and enjoy the quirky decorations and revel in the knowledge of the staff :)
- 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:
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