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Hlemmur Square
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3 reviews
“Such a beautiful hostel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

This hostel is the cleanest, nicest hostel I have ever stayed in especially how low the cost is as well. The staff are extremely helpful especially being a solo female in Iceland for the first time. Would recommend and definitely would come back again

Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Klaus O, General Manager at Hlemmur Square, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
Hi Brenna,

thank you so much for taking the time and writing this review. It's always a joy reading reviews like this one, and knowing that we made somebody's stay enjoyable.

Thank you for being an awesome guest!

William
Director of Operations
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Bilbao, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2014

The staff there is always super nice, they are very helpful both with the boarding passes of the plane and the flybus. The place is very well equipped, clean bedrooms and bathrooms and the location is very good. The relation price quality is perfect

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Klaus O, General Manager at Hlemmur Square, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
Hi Ireglax,

thank you so much, this is exactly what we are trying to achieve and it's amazing to read the reactions when it works out and we can make a guest's stay enjoyable.

Make sure to come back, we'll be happy to see you here!

William
Director of Operations
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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

I spent 3 nights in a dorm room at the end of May. The staff was smiling, friendly and service-oriented, very helpful in all circumstances. Five stars to the manager and all other staff I met. The facilities are new so everything was in a good state, fairly clean (this depends of course a lot on the behaviour of other guests). In the lobby, there´s a bar and cozy corners with couches and warm chairs that proved perfectly suited for planning the rest of my trip. Storage room available.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Klaus O, General Manager at Hlemmur Square, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
Hi Maudulette,

thank you so much. Your reservation has made all of us here smile, which I guess will make other guests happy as we can keep on smiling. So thanks for improving our service with your review!

Hope to see you back!

William
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is a lovely hotel/hostel combo. Nice area downstairs, good wifi, cafe makes nice coffee!
Rooms are clean and spacious, beds are comfortable.
Good location, easy to walk to nearby attractions. Lots of parking available.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Boston
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

We were looking for nice hotel close to downtown Reykjavik shops and restaurants. Originally our travel agent recommended 2 other hotels - one a chain and another well-rated. I didn't like the location of either as both were about 15-20 minute walk to "stuff". I loved that I could walk right out the door of Hlemmur and have shops and restaurants at my fingertips. In my opinion, it was the perfect location and the price was more reasonable than the other hotels we looked at. We stayed on the 5th floor with a huge balcony overlooking a residential neighborhood and the ocean (opposite side from city). Views were beautiful and my husband was thrilled as he loves balconies. Half of our room was glass since we were in a corner room. The furnishings were very hip/contemporary - fun chandelier and seating area, super comfy bed with duvet and large bathroom with awesome rainhead shower. The Hlemmur has only been open for about a year, so everything was nice and new. The hotel/hostel delivered the concept/vibe it set out to on it's website - " ...youthful and vibrant atmosphere of the communal spaces. The lobby, restaurant and playroom for both children and adults are all designed for socializing in relaxed style. Live music in the lobby adds to the festive feel of the property." We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found the front desk staff and bar staff extremely friendly and helpful. The guests staying in the hostel said it was the nicest hostel they'd ever seen, with common lounges and cooking areas. Everyone seemed very happy there.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

I chose to stay at this hostel due to high ratings on this website and hostelbookers, and its availability at the time I wished to stay (the other option was KEX). For Reykjavik it was very affordable, 19000 kr for four sharing a dorm room. We were greeted with friendly faces when we arrived in the stylish and clean lobby-cum-bar. Although there had been a slight misunderstanding with the room (one of our group was going to be placed in a different dorm) it was quickly sorted out by the receptionist - Marcus - who was also very helpful when some of our room keys didn't work. A different pair of receptionists were also very helpful when we asked for recommendations of pubs and restaurants, giving us a map and marking down a number of places.
The dorm was very tidy and quite large, although the bunk beds are unusually high. Good blackout curtains which come in handy in the summer months when the midnight sun can really disrupt your sleep. We didn't get a chance to use them but I believe there was also a common room and the bar downstairs looked very nice. The showers are also abundant and clean. The only downside was the kitchen which was quite untidy in the evening, and was internal so was very warm, although it was cleaned in the morning. The location is very central, on the main street but a little out of the main section which reduced disturbance.
Long story short, I would highly recommend this place, our experience with the kitchen was the only thing that reduced it to 4 stars.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014

Hlemmur square came to the rescue when previous accommodations didn't work out. They had room for us last minute and our stay was wonderful. The beds are super comfortable, the staff extremely friendly (ESP. Marcus on bar - :) ) and the facilities clean and very well maintained. The ONLY issue I had was that beds are not labelled or assigned, and thus there was some confusion in our ten-person dorm about whose bed belonged to who. I came in late one night to find someone sleeping in my claimed bed! However the front desk was very accommodating and re-routed me to another room for the night. Overall a great experience.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Emily S
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Additional Information about Hlemmur Square

Property: Hlemmur Square
Address: Laugavegur 105, Reykjavik 105, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 98 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hlemmur Square 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Hotel and Social Hostel with cafe, bar, restaurant and tourist information office. ... more   less 
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