Weekend Review: Kex Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


This hostel gets the Shaun and Erica stamp of approval.


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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