When I first booked the hostel I was worried after reading the awful reviews lol but Maria (the owner) was kind and she replied to all my emails.
When you get there there is no front desk it feels like a modern appartement. The front door is lock so you have to enter a code to get in and for the rooms it's the same. I was in a all female room. It was very cosy. The curtains made it more intimate. There is no lockers but when I was leaving for the day I was putting all my stuff on my bed or under it and I was closing the curtains. There was always someone from the staff on scene during the day. The whole place was cleaned everyday. There is 2 bathroom one for men and the other for women. Beware the sinks are tiny haha ! Otherwise there is 2 showers. One of them had a toilet and a sink.
The resting area was pretty big there was huge tables and also a living room space with cosy sofa.
The kitchen is well equipped.
Since I was going on excursions pretty much all week I went and bought groceries and I left my bag in the big fridge they have. There is two groceries store at less than 5 min away. One is called Bonus you will recognized this one by the pink pig as a sign and there is also Hagkaup that one is open 24/7. Bonus is cheaper but Hagkaup had more vegan options it was more suitable for me.
If you are looking for a "party" hostel I can tell you that is not the place. It's a nice and quiet space were you can rest. WIFI was working great, I had difficulty to connect maybe one time because that night we where a lot in the common area.
Otherwise area speaking i'm not gonna lie it's a bit far from downtown. By walk it's about an hour But it's great to walk around the city and discover the area while you get downtown. The thing I liked a lot was that the buses where close by and so going downtown by bus only took 10-15 min !
I mainly took the buses number 3 and number 6 at Skeifan bus stop !
Beware the bus ticket are kind of expensive. It's 400 Krona for one, I bought 6 of them and it cost me close to 36$ CAD.
You'll soon realize that pretty much everything is expensive in Iceland especially food !! I would recommend to pack some stuff to eat. Pasta, rice, oatmeal etc. The cereals and milk at the Hostel was free and also a lot of people was leaving free food behind.
I stayed a week in Iceland, groceries speaking it cost me around 300$ CAD. I would also recommend that you book your tour online it will be cheaper I would also recommande Grey line excursion they have a pick up at B14- Maria's place (which is the name of this hostel when you book a tour). They were always in time and I was always their first stop !
There is a lot of geothermal bath in Reykjavik one of the is called Laugardalslaug it's the biggest geothermal bath in the city, it's only 950 krona and the good news is that it's only 30 min walks from the hostel ! Overall I loved my experience in Iceland and I appreciated my stay at the B14 Hostel ! I would recommend this hostel if you have a car or if you are motivated to take the city buses or just even walk !
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