The Reykjavik City Hostel was a great place to wrap-up our ring road camping trip. We spend two nights parked in our campervan at the hostel mid-september. We arrived the day the camping facilities closed, so we were able to use the showers, kitchens, etc inside the main hostel. During summer months, they have a whole area for campers that include dining areas, kitchens and showers/restrooms and a camping office - all self contained outside of the main building.
It was a great location and I was a bit nervous about camping in the middle of the city - it did feel like you had plenty of open space and nature around you. I was pleasantly surprised. The staff are super friendly and professional, the common areas were clean and lot of great information available.
I feel like the atmosphere can totally change depending on who is staying there, when we first arrived it was an oasis of calming music, dim lighting and casual conversations between people in common areas. The second day a large school (?) group arrived and it was teenage chaos throughout the whole hostel. I guess it just depends on the day!
Overall, it was great for what we needed and perfect price and location!
- 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. Linen included. *Dorms/Family rooms for up to 5 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 excursions are 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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- Also Known As:
- Reykjavik City Hotel
- Reykjavik City Hostel