We've stayed at this hostel twice (in 2005 and in 2001) and weren't disappointed on either occasion.
I should point out that, while it's one of the best hostels we've stayed in, it's also the most expensive! I believe we paid about £55 a night in 2005 for a double room with private shower. However you have to remember this is Iceland where a pint of beer costs £8!!
The rooms are spotlessly clean and contain bunk beds and one other bed (which is probably between the size of a double and single bed). The shower was fantastic - once you've got used to the smell of sulphur! (the hot water's heated geothermaly!)
The kitchen is generally clean and contains a fridge, microwave, hob and toasted-sandwich maker - no oven. If you're on a budget, cooking your own food here is one of the ways to ensure that you don't break the bank!! One tip - the local 7-11 Shop is convenient, but the Bonus shop in town is much cheaper!
The hostel is a pleasant 20-30 minutes walk from the centre of Reykjavik - along the bay with views of the mountains. If you're in a rush though, there is a bus passes the front door and isn't too expensive.
The swimming pool next door is worth a visit - you can't beat swimming in the heated water during the cold Icelandic nights!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Reykjavik City Hotel
- Reykjavik City Hostel