KEX is an ideally located bohemian haven. The decor is just as quirky/splendid as the staff :-P
In the lounge/dining area at KEX I never lacked for friendly conversation resplendent with ideas of things to do, places to see and how to save money adventuring Iceland. For example I learned of the carpooling website: samferda while lounging in the common area which, in the end, saved me a few bob!
The rich mix of guests was phenomenal - I met people from Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and North America (to mention a few). Having said that, there was a heavy USA presence (which in itself is not a bad thing). Conversation came easy, smiles and laughter were commonplace and the quality of ideas to make for adventure were stellar.
I attended with my own padlock and had a locker in my bedroom (a 16 bedder!) that it fit snugly on. Some of the Icelandic culture must have infused into all our souls because we were ALL respectful of each other (late arrivers whispering and using their mobile phones for lights for example). I'm not sure this is always the norm, but this is what I experienced.
The food at KEX was exceedingly good though a tad pricey. Should you pay for the breakfast buffet the evening before, however, it comes at a considerable reduction. In addition, as it's a buffet, you can easily make yourself a packed lunch from it (a sandwich and so on) - food fuel for any adventures planned in the ensuing hours after breakfast!
I wholeheartedly recommend KEX to springboard your Iceland adventure :-D
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It' s the Icelandic word for "biscuit" and a social hostel in Reykjavik. What's not to love? Housed in an old biscuit factory in the heart of Reykjavik, KEX is just steps from all the bars, clubs, and music venues that give this city its legendary reputation. It's also a painless distance from late night munchies and a mind-boggling array of coffee houses, shops, and tourist attractions. Of course, you might not even want to venture outside of the hostel with all its features: a cafe and bar, lounge area, heated outdoor patio, tourist information desk, laundry room, and free Wi-Fi. Two guest kitchenettes and private laundry facilities are also available. And with a variety of rooms for up to 214 guests, you'll have no problem meeting interesting, new travel buddies from exotic places. KEX oozes with personality and soul-just like our guests. Every piece of decor has a story to tell. Using salvaged materials and found objects from various sources, KEX is an organic concept blending Iceland' s past with a modern, international twist. The raw industrial spaces and vintage furnishings combine to give it a homey, eclectic feel. With the affordable nightly rates, you'll still have enough cash left over to enjoy a few pints of Viking beer or sample some local delicacies like hakarl and Brennivin. In addition to our dormitory rooms we offer three different double rooms: 1. Double Plus - 1 double bed, 1 private bathroom, linens and towels, and 1 fantastic seaside view. 2. Double Standard - 1 double bed (of the most clever convertible design in case you get tired of being so close to your travel partner), shared bathrooms, linens and towels, and if you are lucky the same fantastic view. 3. Twin - 2 single beds, linens and towels, and a better than average chance of making your friends back home quite jealous indeed. LOCATION: KEX is located in the center of Reykjavik, with a view across the sea to Mt. Esja across the bay. The old factory that houses KEX is also home to The Living Art Museum and studios of various artists, dancers, and fashion designers. KEX is within an easy walking distance to the city's interesting nightlife, restaurants, shopping streets, cultural attractions, and other points of interest in the city center. To reach those places a little further afield, the hostel is well connected to the city's public bus system. ... more less
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