As I have mentioned over and over, I LOVED my short time in Iceland. Well, part of the reason it was so enjoyable is which Reykjavik Hostel we chose to lodge at. I love a good deal which means I don’t mind staying in a hostel or an Airbnb rental. In Iceland, we chose the Kex Hostel which just happened to be an Old biscuit factory (How cool is that?)
To find the Kex Hostel I started at hostelworld.com to check out reviews. It was a decent price and we had a group going which meant we would only have one person in our room who we didn’t know. Not too bad for a hostel.
When you arrive it is along the waterfront with a breathtaking mountain view. Now to get to Reykjavik the best thing, if you are not renting a car (which I highly recommend), is to take the Flybus. For around $20 you can get to your hotel/hostel in Reykjavik on a very comfortable bus. It takes you directly to the hostel which is barely noticeable only by a small door right next to a Dominoes frequented by drunk hostel goers.
Upon entering the hostel you immediately notice all the funky decor. The Kex Hostel is an Old Biscuit Factory full of life and history which shows through in the cement walls and industrial beams. The walls are filled with maps of places you want to go then surrounded by books of places people have been. Check out the gym or get a haircut in an old style barber shop.
The Living Area
The rooms are nice with bunk beds that each have an electrical plugin, which I believe to be completely necessary. The beds are not the most comfy I have ever slept in however for a hostel not bad at all. There are lockers which can be nice if you do not know who is going to be in your room. The great thing is the room operates off of a key card lock which keeps anyone out of your room who doesn’t belong.
The bathrooms are available on each floor with several single room showers or toilets. If you shower in the early morning or evening time then the water pressure and temperature are perfect. However in rush times you will definitely feel like you are at summer camp once again. Tip: If the shower you are using doesn’t have good water pressure, try again. We found that there were certain rooms that had better shower heads.
The Kex Hostel had a kitchen on each floor with plenty of room for several people to cook. It was also a great spot to hang out at later in the evening if the common area was overtaken by the drinking crowd.
In the common room on the main floor, you will find many picnic style tables to hang out at with fun board games and cards available to play. If you are alone it’s a great place to sit by the window and gaze at the snowy ocean and mountain view or to curl up and read a book. The common room was everything I wanted in a hostel area.
The Kex Hostel restaurant was my favorite part of the hostel. They had amazing local draft beer with perfect appetizers to pair with your Ale. My favorite appetizer was the Bacon covered dates and the sweet potato french fries. They held us over perfectly while we waited for the rest of our group to be ready for dinner most nights. They also have amazing burgers. My favorite was the freedom burger. However, make sure to ask them to cook it well done unless you like the inside of your burger still mooing.
The Kex Hostel is a destination spot for the city of Reykjavik. There were certain nights when they had live music and people were pouring in. It was a very fun atmosphere but extremely busy. I would highly recommend the Hostel to anyone visiting Reykjavik.
Big shout out to all of my friends in our big travel group who let me use their pictures! Thanks to Jen Yeung my travel soulmate, Brian Merrion a fun guy who roots for the wrong Oklahoma team, and Ben Rodgers a super talented Industrial designer whose work can be viewed here.
Also feel free to check out my often travel buddy Jen’s Blog. She’s great at telling our stories, as is, with all the funny and quirky details.
As I have mentioned over and over, I LOVED my short time in Iceland. Well, part of the reason it was so enjoyable is which Reykjavik Hostel we chose to lodge at. I love a good deal which means I don't mind staying in a hostel or an Airbnb rental. In Iceland, we chose the [...]