We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Save
Share
Skulagata 28, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
Lowest prices for your stay
Booking.com
US$230
View deal
Expedia.com
US$234
View deal
Priceline
US$180
View deal
Hotels.comUS$234
TravelocityUS$234
Agoda.comUS$186
View all 14 deals
Prices are the average nightly price provided by our partners and may not include all taxes and fees. Taxes and fees that are shown are estimates only. Please see our partners for more details.
Traveller (517)
360
Panoramas (24)
Room & Suite (213)

About

#12 of 190 Specialty lodging in Reykjavik
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Value
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.
Read more
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Breakfast buffet
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Show more
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Quirky Hotels
Trendy
Languages Spoken
English, Icelandic
1021Reviews22Q+A100Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 504
  • 342
  • 112
  • 37
  • 26
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Sort by:
Most Recent
Hunter M wrote a review Jan 2023
2 contributions
This is a difficult place to rate because it varies widely. I booked the 42 person dorm and quickly found out it was not an ideal situation for me, almost purely due to bathrooms. I ended up switching hotels to better enjoy my vacation. However, it probably would’ve been much more feasible had I booked a dorm with less people or a private room. I recognize this is more my bad so it’s whatever, but I personally would not recommend the larger dorms. There were only a few bathrooms to share and the showers that I saw was just a room full of shower heads, so no privacy. I likely would’ve been able to deal with the sleeping arrangement, but I found this to be lacking too much. This could be different for other rooms, but this was my experience. (I also physically did not reside in the hostel for long) Everything else about this place was fantastic! I did wind up spending a lot of time here, but just not for overnights. Socially, it’s the perfect hangout spot and great for making new friends! I felt safe the entire time I was there and everyone I spoke with was very friendly. There’s a lovely bar and several common areas about and concerts are even held downstairs. The location is also super optimal and is close to most things in the downtown area. Most tour companies also pick up from here. Again, my review is based more on my booking of the 42 person dorm. Otherwise, my review would be much higher. I recommend a smaller room with less people.
Read more
Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Book a smaller room with less people
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Darcey1303 wrote a review Nov 2022
East Anglia, United Kingdom5 contributions6 helpful votes
Very good located hostel, all tour companies I booked with had this hostel as a pick up/drop off location which was handy. Everyone I met was considerate of others. Found the pizzas to be good. Didn’t use the self catering kitchen however it look like it had all the essentials. Overall, a good stay in a well located hostel.
Read more
Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Hannah C wrote a review Nov 2022
3 contributions
The staff was friendly and helpful. The other travelers were considerate of others. Everyone gravitated towards the kitchen, so it was easy to make friends and find others to do things with. The kitchen is stocked with essentials and cabinets of food that can be shared so check to see what there is before you go to the grocery store. The bar was my favorite bar I went to in Reykjavik.
Read more
Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Gloria wrote a review Sep 2022
Barcelona, Spain4 contributions3 helpful votes
Amazing hostel in the city center of Reykjavik. We booked a room for 6 people for three of nights and our stay was excellent. The hostel met all the requirements that we were looking for and the decoration/ atmosphere of the place was also very cool and cozy. All the staff was very nice and responsive to our questions and requests. We would like to specially mention Tómas (reception desk), who was very kind to us and helped us a lot during our stay. Totally recommended!
Read more
Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
MCMR wrote a review Aug 2022
150 contributions25 helpful votes
+1
Perfect location!! Walking distance to everything. Like groceries, restaurants, Downtown Reykjavik is just a few minutes walk. The hostel style is like an old antique building. The only thing that I don’t like is the lighting in the toilet was very very poor. Dark and can hardly see if its dirty or what. Staffs are friendly and my room was great.
Read more
Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
David H wrote a review Aug 2022
Reykjavik, Iceland4 contributions
I just came for lunch to meet other Americans. No one was at the bar to order. When a man finally showed up, he was surly. It took too long for my pizza to be made—about 40 minutes. The place is quirky but a bit of a dive. I wouldn’t recommend it, and I won’t be back.
Read more
Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Kyle L wrote a review Jul 2022
1 contribution
LOUD DOORS IN THE DORM ROOMS People just come in and out of the rooms and slam the doors - literally every one or two minutes the doors are slamming making it very hard to sleep The restaurant and outdoor patio are totally awesome and I would love to stay here again but not in a dorm room… would be worth it ponying up for a private here. Tip : avoid the dorm rooms if you have an early flight and don’t want to drink yourself into a coma to avoid being woken up every 5 minutes
Read more
Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Emma T wrote a review Jun 2022
7 contributions
I really enjoyed my 2 night stay at Kex. There are 2 communal kitchens and plenty of space to store your food. I have read that it is noisy on the lower floors because of the bar but I was on the 4th floor and it was great. The blinds block the sun pretty good which is nice when it never gets dark out. The location was fantastic, right next to the water and within walking distance of lots of attractions and shopping in Reykjavik. The bathrooms were also super nice for a hostel - there are normal bathrooms with stalls, plus individual bathrooms with shower+toilet+sink in one.
Read more
Date of stay: June 2022
Rooms
Service
Sleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Jill F wrote a review Jun 2022
Cleveland, Ohio4 contributions
Fabulous location and good for meeting new people in the common spaces. Bar on second floor made it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, especially when music played late Friday night and we had an early Saturday morning flight. Noise in the hallway was also an issue for us.
Read more
Date of stay: May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Tej S wrote a review Jun 2022
18 contributions
Great location right by the action on Laugavegur St, warm staff, and spaces to meet people and lively bar atmosphere! Dorms were comfortable, WC services were sufficient. Stayed the night, stop in Reykjavik to sample the city.
Read more
Date of stay: May 2022
Rooms
Service
Sleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Previous
123456
PRICE RANGE
US$50 - US$170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
kex hotel
LOCATION
IcelandCapital RegionReykjavikMiðborg
NUMBER OF ROOMS
42
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

KEX HOSTEL: UPDATED 2023 Inn Reviews, Price Comparison and 805 Photos (Reykjavik, Iceland) - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Kex Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Kex Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Sundhollin Public Baths (0.4 km), Kaldi Bar (0.5 km), and Sun Voyager (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kex Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Kex Hostel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Kex Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Arabian Taste, Braud & Co, and Lóa Restaurant.
Is Kex Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Reykjavik.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kex Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Icelandic.
Are there any historical sites close to Kex Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Settlement Exhibition (1.1 km), Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) (0.6 km), and Videy Island (3.7 km).
Does Kex Hostel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.