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Reykjavik City HI Hostel
Ranked #19 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
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210 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Arrived with 40 girls and 5 staff for one night. Rooms all ready but some had no bedding. Also a couple of rooms were cold as the radiator didn't seem to want to warm up. Evening meal, always lasagne, was fine and breakfast was plentiful. Good packed lunches for our next day.

Room Tip: Ok if you want somewhere basic. They can accommodate groups on same corridors so that makes it good...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Jóhann S, Public Relations Manager at Reykjavik City HI Hostel, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Dear SKKBmouth ,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are sorry to hear about the heating issues with the radiators but thank you for pointing that out, it has been fixed.

We would love to welcome you back to Iceland.

On Behalf of Reykjavik City hostel

Johann S.
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Kingston, Canada
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

I stayed here with a friend at the beginning of our 2-week trip around Iceland. The hostel has many kitchens, laundry facilities, computers, wifi access, a huge common area, snack bar and games. All of the rooms I saw were modern and clean. The staff were friendly and we had no problems with booking and check-in. Our 4-bed dorm had a private washroom and shower, two bunk beds and a big window. We decided to stay here despite its out-of-the-way location because the price was good and the bus that goes downtown stops across the street from the hostel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Jóhann S, Public Relations Manager at Reykjavik City HI Hostel, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Dear KareAnne

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your nice words about our facilities, staff and the hostel in general.

As you say we are not located right in the center but we believe we have other things that make up for that, such as: facilities, free parking, proximity to Iceland´s largest swimming pool and last but not least, lower price.

We would love to welcome you back to Iceland.

On Behalf of Reykjavik City hostel

Johann David
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Medford, Massachusetts
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

This hostel is a little outside of downtown Reykjavik, but not necessarily out of the way and still very easy to get to. The front desk reception was very helpful with luggage storage, calling cabs, and letting us know some of the better places to eat and drink in the city. They do offer a breakfast everyday, although it's a bit pricey and you're probably better off picking up food at a market and keeping it in the kitchen. We stayed in a four person dorm, which did the trick, although bring your own bedding if you're able or else you'll have to pay for some.

Only downsides were the other loud younger guests staying in the same wing who could be heard running up and down the halls yelling and knocking on doors. Kids these days! Also, they don't have a freezer, which was annoying as I just wanted some ice in my drink. When I asked someone in the main kitchen if they had any, I was advised to "wait until Winter."

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Jóhann S, Public Relations Manager at Reykjavik City HI Hostel, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
• Dear AllroyForPrez

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for pointing out the positives of our location. Even though we are a 30 min walk from downtown we are easily reachable by frequent bus service and an excellent choice for those renting a car with our ample parking space.

Our reception staff are very pleased that you mentioned their service effort and helpfulness. We are sorry about the noise generated by our younger guests, we try to act on such instances as soon as we hear of them.

I will take in to account your idea about having a freezer in the guest kitchens. Come visit us in the winter and I promise we will have plenty of ice!

We hope to welcome you again!

On behalf of Reykjavik City Hostel Staff

Johann S
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

A bit far from downtown core but nice rooms with space and comfy beds (have to rent sheets however). Common rooms are loaded with free games (chess, ping pong, foosball, etc.) and the hostel provides daily activities. Breakfast was good but a bit expensive (everything in Iceland is expensive though).

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Jóhann S, Public Relations Manager at Reykjavik City HI Hostel, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Dear Anne D

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and thank you for your kind words towards our Hostel. Thank you for pointing out the amenities we have available, the guests have thoroughly enjoyed our new Foosball table. We aim to create a social atmosphere so that our guests can mingle and share their travel experiences. That is what sets us apart from the standard hotel.

We hope to welcome you again!

On behalf of Reykjavik City Hostel Staff

Johann S
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Vasteras, Sweden
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

This hostel has everything you need for a good stay in Reykjavik. On top of this the helpful and friendly staff made my stay extra pleasant. They will also help you choose and book a excursion for you.

I also put my little tent up at the Campsite next door which was easily stored at the hostel basement for a small amount (about 7 euros) when I was away on trek.

Well equiped kitchens for use and eco alternatives at breakfast.

I recommend a walk by the seaside into town center (20-25 minutes) or take a nice swim at the bathhouse next door. There is also a local store, ice crem shop and a burger stand not far from hostel.


The Airport buses and most of the excursion companies/buses picks you up right outside the hostel door.

Room Tip: They have girls room only if you prefer
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Jóhann S, Public Relations Manager at Reykjavik City HI Hostel, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Dear Lissm

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your kind review. It is always joyful for our staff to know when they are having a positive impact on our guests travel experience.

We hope to welcome you again!

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Johann S
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

the hostel was okay. it was quite clean and the staff was nice. It was missing atmosphere though. the rooms were really small and the halls very impersonal. the breakfast was really good, but still quite expensive.

Room Tip: i wouldn't want to stay there for more than one night...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Jóhann S, Public Relations Manager at Reykjavik City HI Hostel, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Dear Vega000

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are always looking at ways to improve and we thank you for your comments. We have rooms in all shapes and sizes, from ample spaced twin rooms or 4 person dorms to less spacious six bedded dorms which are our cheapest option. It is true that our halls need a bit more personal touch and we will work on improving that in the near future. We believe our breakfast is favorably priced compared to other providers of accommodation in Reykjavik and at our Hostel breakfast is optional. So if you want to save money you can easily cook your own in one of our three guest kitchens.

We hope to welcome you again!

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We stayed here for two nights in room 28 which came with its own bathroom and two single beds.

I have to say this is the best equipped hostel I have ever stayed in. The rooms are opened by card as it are all entrances in to the corridor where the rooms are making your stay very secure (if you use the kitchen don't forget to take your room card as you need it to get back out of the kitchen and into the corridor).

The room itself was very nice, there was plenty of room, the beds were comfortable with very nice sheets and duvet supplied and a radiator which heated up in no time. The bathroom was also clean, a good size with a very hot, albeit smelly (rotten eggs!) shower.

The kitchens are well equipped, there are several situated at different locations across the hostel meaning there is plenty of places to cook and sit without feeling like you are in a massive canteen style kitchen.

We also had breakfast both days we stayed, there is lots of food provided and everything is healthy and delicious.

In terms of other services the hostel has talks in the evening, there was a talk on geology on one of our nights there, and you can book tours and the bus to the airport from the reception desk and be picked up directly outside the hostel.

Location wise the hostel is quite a walk out from the centre of town, I would suggest someone gives themselves 30 minutes to get the the old harbour, we were lucky in that the weather was beautiful so we could stroll along the seafront but I would definitely recommend taking the bus in bad weather (bus timetables can be found at reception).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Curious_traveller005
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Jóhann S, Public Relations Manager at Reykjavik City HI Hostel, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Dear Curious_traveller005

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your kind words about our Hostel. Furthermore thank you for pointing out the unfortunate smell in the shower, we have looked in to that and fixed it.

We hope to welcome you again!

On behalf of Reykjavik City Hostel Staff
Johann S
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Property: Reykjavik City HI Hostel
Address: Sundlaugavegur 34, Reykjavik 105, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Laugardalur
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Reykjavik City HI Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly renovated and comfortable HI Hostel in the green heart of the city, by Laugardalur Park, next door to the city largest geothermal outdoor&indoor pool, spa, gym and the national sports stadiums. Known for being The Original Hostel in Reykjavik and the very first ECO hostel in Iceland. The excellent facilities include 3 fully equipped guest kitchens, comfy lounge areas, an outdoor patio and a Café. Laundry facilities on the site. Complimentary High speed WI-FI in all rooms and lounges. Free computer access. Free luggage storage on day off arrival and departure. Event calendar includes: movie nights, board games and there is a ping pong table and a climbing wall. Bike and car rental. Plentiful breakfast buffet includes homemade, organic & local options. A wide selection of great rooms! *Budget 6 bedded dorm rooms with shared facilities. Access to lockers. Sleeping bags allowed or linen & towels to be rented upon arrival. *Dorms/Family rooms for up to 6 persons with en suite facilities. Lockers included (bring own lock or buy at reception). Linen included. Towels to rent. *Comfortable twin/double rooms with en suite facilities (including linen and towels). Reception / Tour Desk / Security : Open 24 hours a day. Our hostel staff knows the city inside out and are on hand to help with anything you need. All the most exciting tours and excursionsare bookable with complimentary pickup / drop off. FREE Parking in front. Walking to center is around 30 min by the coastline. Public bus no. 14 stops in front of the Hostel every 15-30 minutes, taking you to and from BSI bus central station and the city centre in 10 min. Airport transportation connects with every flight, and will drop you off at the hostel upon request. **Reykjavik City Hostel has been Eco Certified - Nordic Swan since 2004. The certification is a trusted ecological label in the Nordic countries, which demonstrates a well-considered and thorough environmental policy. The Hostel is part of the largest network of hostels worldwide and offering over 30 locations cross Iceland. Established in 1930, HI-Iceland are not-for-profit association. This means any surplus we generate is put back into the Hostel network and also contributes to our environmental and social development programme. We don't rely on any funding. Our income comes from member subscriptions and the sales of accommodation and travel experiences. ... more   less 
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