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Reykjavik Downtown HI Hostel
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Reviewed 23 September 2012 via mobile

Lots of room and super clean. All I could ask for in a hostel! A little pricey for what it is but worth it to save money in an expensive city.

The service is also wonderful- as are most people in Iceland.

Highly recommend

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

One of the best hostels I've stayed at. Rooms and bathrooms were cleaned everyday. I stayed in a 10 bed female dorm and the bathroom was amazing, the shower is huge. There are not enough toilets however and a few times I had to run to a separate building. I seemed to have a lot of 'older' guests in my room who would go to bed early and I often felt uncomfortable coming in a bit later. This is no 'party' hostel. A great place to make friends in the communal spaces though. Overall a great stay!

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

I stayed here in two separate lots, 3 nights in a 4 bed dorm and then 8 nights in a 10 bed dorm later in my trip.
I absolutely loved it here. Firstly, the location is amazing. You're right in the heart of downtown Reykjavik and walking distance to everything (shops, bars, the harbour, BSI bus terminal, supermarkets, the best hot dog stand in Reykjavik!), but Vesturgata is a relatively quiet street so it's a perfect spot! I even had a tiny view of the Old Harbour from the 10 bed dorm!
Secondly, everything is really new and super clean.

Other special mentions go to:
- good, stable bunk beds
- large, free, in-room lockers for safe storage
- decent hairdryers for rent (you just put down a 1000kr deposit which you get back when you return it)
- DIMMERS on the lights! If you hold the switch down it dims, such a great idea. My only complaint would be that nobody else in my dorms seemed to figure the dimmers out, maybe tell people when they check-in!
- in the 4-bed dorm there was split-room lighting, also genius!
- large showers with adjustable shower head height
- friendly, helpful staff
- good music playing in the lobby!
- quiet sitting rooms above the guest kitchen (came in handy quite often while I was in the 10 bed dorm!)
- such an amazing environmental awareness!

I can't say enough good things about this place. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Reykjavik!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

It is s very nice place to stay, modern hostel, very clean. Very helpful staff (even at 3 in the morning). Great location - close to the centre of the city and 5 min walk to the harbour. The room was spacious with en-suite (clean!!!) More expensive that the City Hostel but it's higher standard too.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

I stayed here three nights in a women's 10-bed dorm, and it was lovely. The room was modern, clean, roomy, and the beds were comfortable. There was also a nice ensuite bath and large lockers for each guest. There was room for two nice wicker arm chairs and table, with vintage posters on the walls. Security was great, desk staff helpful, and guest kitchen was well-stocked with utensils, baskets for storage, as well as communal items like tea and spices. The kitchen did get crowded with some serious self-caterers. Location was lovely--just a few blocks from the old town square, harbour, and a short walk on to all the downtown attractions. It was also a quite street, which is great if you need to get some sleep in the land of the midnight sun! The hostel will arrange pick-up for tours and airport buses. It was really the nicest hostel experience I've ever had.
Tip: don't purchase your Blue Lagoon entry at the hostel--you'll pay a few euros more.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Reykjavik Downtown HI Hostel

Address: Vesturgata 17, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 110 Speciality Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range: $69 - $283 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Reykjavik Downtown HI Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Downtown Hostel, voted by guests as the Best HI Hostel worldwide 2015. A beautiful boutique HI Hostel, ECO certified**, modern, comfortable and welcoming. Located stone's throw from the old harbor and the city cultural center, in a quiet residential street. Facilities include a fully equipped kitchen for guests, lounges and a Cafe. Laundry facilities and luggage storage on the site. Fast and free WI-FI across all areas. Free Computer access. Board games, children's corner. Hearty breakfast buffet with organic & vegan options. A wide selection of great rooms! Free linen is included in all rooms. Spacious shared/female only 10 bedded dorm rooms with en suite facilities and lockers (bring your own lock or buy one at the desk). Family rooms for up to 5 persons with en suite facilities and lockers. Comfortable twin/double rooms with shared or private facilities (towels included). No elevator in the building. Reception / Tour Desk / Cafe : open 24 hours a day. Our hostel staff knows the City inside out and are on hand to help with anything you need. All excursions, Car Rentals and Airport trips are bookable with free pickup / drop off. **Reykjavik Downtown Hostel is Eco Certified with the Nordic Swan. The certification is a trusted ecological label in the Nordic countries, which demonstrates a well-considered and thorough sustainability policy. ... more   less 
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