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Reviewed 24 June 2017

As with anything in life, take the good with the...less good. There is nothing that screams bad experience, but in trying to be more than it is (or at least should be), it misses the mark on some crucial elements of a great hostel.

Location, location, location they say. Well fortunately Reykjavic is small enough that no matter where your stay, you are within easy reach of the heart of town. Located
near the ocean promenade, walking to the main street is no more than 5 minutes at a very leisurely pace, with access to all bars, restaurants and shops.

The ambiance and decor are great, warming, and inviting in an otherwise cold wilderness. Kex (which I'm lead to believe means biscuit in english) offers a peculiar layout preserving some of its history as a biscuit factory, and adding elements of steampunk to enhance its visual charm. The main floor plays host to a well enough stocked bar, ample seating and tables, couches, check-in, and even a barber who works in-house in faux-traditional set room a couple of days a week. Meals can also be ordered through the bar for lunches and dinners.

The rooms are stocked with comfortable beds, albeit the pillows are flatter than an Anne Hathaway performance. Access to power for those on top bunks is also difficult and limited.

Breakfast is served in the mornings, and a top tip - pre-book it the night before as it will save you 500 Kr over deciding to opt in the next day. Honestly though, skip the hostel breakfast and find yourself some food elsewhere, as it as inspired as an Oprah Winfrey Christmas Special - and you don't get a free car with it.

At nights is when the hostel becomes divisive. Kex sets itself apart by opening its doors to the public (the bar only). This gives the opportunity for locals and hostel goers alike to mingle, make new friends, and have some fun. It does, however, mean the main social area of the hostel is off-limits to anyone looking to relax after a hard day of hiking. Patrons will be limited in this circumstance to one of the couches on the dorm floors (seating for approximately 4 in the corridor) or to their rooms. Should the music and revelers not deter you, finding a table and reading or typing (a review?) is still feasible. Except potentially on live music night. Yes, the hostel offers live music some nights, bringing in an assortment of acts. Again, this may or may not sway you one way or another, but be warned. Fortunately, acts cut off at 10pm sharp for those who may need to be up bright and early (or dark and early in winter).

If you do find yourself sitting downstairs on a busy night at a table, be aware that both hostel goers and the public can book tables. You may find yourself being booted from your comfort despite having paid for the privilege of staying. This is one of the greatest detractors from the public-hostel goer integration.

The hostel fails to offer anything, or very little in the way of interactive activities for patrons. If you are an extroverted enough person, striking up a conversation with someone in the bar shouldn't be too difficult given the opportunity. But don't rely on any specific activities to bring together your fellow hosteliers, and to bring out your inner party animal.

Another fun note to cap off - for the men, there are very few private showers (only a couple on each floor), but there are plenty of showers in the communal restroom. If you're not shy, you're guaranteed having access to a shower at all times. Should bashful show is gnome face, then you may find yourself waiting around for a while. Women, don't worry, you are offered all the comforts of privacy.

At the end of the day, Kex offers a unique and at times exciting take on the global hostel for those open enough to embrace it. Unfortunately, as a hostel stayer, don't expect any privileges over the general public, nor much effort to make your stay overly memorable.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

I came to Kex on a solo backpacking trip, my first time in Iceland. The staff was nice and courteous and the facilities were very clean. I stayed in a 6 bed dorm, there were no problems at all. The common area is a restaurant that is actually very popular. The wifi is fast. This place is a little pricey though.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 June 2017

Room was very small and old with ugly (noisy) view. Dirty drap. Minimum breakfast. Horrible coffee. Extra expensive price. The hall and the restaurant are two (only) positive thing here, but I believe I could get better with the prive I've paid.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Vịt I
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Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

It's been long since I stayed in a hostel this true to my expectations. Its rustic style and open, social atmosphere made for a great stay. Stayed in both a single room and a 6-bed dorm room and both were comfortable enough having everything that was needed. The block-out curtains were great since at this time of year it's basically eternal daylight and one needs to block out the light to sleep. The guys at the reception were friendly and helpful when it came to finding stuff in the city and also booking the bus to the airport. Breakfast was good, options for many different preferences. And the kitchens were in good shape for a hostel that sees so many visitors. Had we stayed longer, I'd have had no reservation using the kitchen for self-prepared meals.
Many showers and toilets on each floor. The location is great, right between the main shooing street/city center and the seaside by the concert house and about a 20min walk to the old harbour area. Met several fun people at the hostel, shared some beers and conversation, had a good time. Would recommend Kex for your next trip to Reykjavik.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Zailey
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

Location is legit, you can easily find cheap parking out front. You're right by the water, about a 5 minute walk from a Bonus (budget grocery store) and ~10 minute walk to downtown Reykjavik. The hostel decor is pretty sweet, it's huge. They have a bar section with live music, drink prices are pretty standard for Reykjavik (expensive). Rooms are spread out over 3 floors. Each floor has between 2-5 showers. The biggest downfall of this place is that in the ENTIRE hostel there are only 8 stove tops. It was the hunger games at 6pm trying to make dinner. We managed to get one round but felt rushed to make our food as more and more people came into the kitchen forming a queue to use the stove awkwardly watching our every move. Considering this was back in April, I can't imagine what a mess it's going to be during high season. I would probably get discouraged and order an overpriced pizza instead.

Room Tip: Cook dinner early unless you want to wait 1 hour to boil your pasta water
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with friends
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