Weekend Review: Kex Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland

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Anyone who knows me knows that I have a small obsession for anything vintage. If you looked at my wardrobe at home, it is horribly apparent (you can’t tell by my backpacker clothes). So you can imagine the delight I found when we walked into Kex Hostel.

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Kex, the Icelandic word for cookie/biscuit, is a hostel made from a renovated cookie factory. Industrial and stylish, this place has so much personality. You could spend hours wandering the halls and still find new things to look at.

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And the clientele? Trendy. So trendy I felt a bit out of place- but everything is just so cool, we made ourselves belong.

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The only “negative” thing I can say about this stunning property is that it is a bit on the pricier side but hell, I’d you are already spending a bundle in Reykjavik, what is an extra few bucks right? It is worth it to be in the place to be- even locals meander their way in during concerts and to take advantage of their self-brewed beer.

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While we didn’t get to peek our heads into the dorms, we did hear positive feedback from a friend that spent the night there. Also, to keep on your budget a bit more, they do have a full fledged kitchen with plenty of refrigerator space. The “donate” self is always overflowing too!

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Or if you do want to spend the cash on a traditional Icelandic breakfast, their spread is huge! Coffee, tea, homemade bread, yogurt, meats, cheese, fresh fruit and yogurt are just a few of the goodies that fill your stomach before heading out on your tour for the day.

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Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better hostel experience. Not only have they raised the bar on what a hostel should be but they have officially won the #1 hostel spot on my list.

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This hostel gets the Shaun and Erica stamp of approval.

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Wifi: 9/10 Super fast and available in the room. Not sure what a perfect 10 would be yet. smile

Disclosure: We were guests of Kex hostel however all opinions are our own. This is just such an awesome hostel!

10 Responses to “Weekend Review: Kex Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland”

  1. Fiona September 17, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    I visited Reykjavik last October and would have loved to have stayed at this hostel but it wasn’t possible. Already I’ve promised that I’ll stay here next time I visit – love this city:)

    • Erica September 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      I’m sure they are always booked! This place is so incredible. I’m glad to see it succeeding.

  2. Victoria September 19, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    Wow, that’s one the most beautiful hostels I’ve ever seen! Can’t wait to go to Iceland. See you at TBEX!

    • Erica September 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

      Isn’t it!? My bar has been raised for expectations now. Good grief. It was so nice to see you at TBEX lady!

  3. Kelly September 20, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    I just returned from Reykjavik last week, and I have to say that I wish I’d stayed at KEX! Next time for sure.

    • Erica September 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

      Where did you stay?! There is always next time! I think everyone who has visited Iceland says “next time”.

      • Kelly September 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

        I stayed at AR Guesthouse, which was fantastic, but didn’t have any sort of social vibe whatsoever. And yes, I think you’re right! I only had three nights there and it was just enough to give me a small taste. Id love to go back for a much longer and really explore =)

        • Erica September 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

          For me the social vibe can really make or break a place.

  4. Helen September 25, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    I have been in the hostel when I was living in Iceland. I really liked even thought
    I never sleep just went there to have a drink or enjoy on of their many great venue they have there!
    Love the decoration and the atmoshpere of this place!

    • Erica September 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

      Thank you for your feedback Helen! Spoken from the mouth of a local!

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