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Set just 820 feet from Laugarvegur shopping street, this central Reykjavik hostel offers guest rooms and dormitory rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Harpa Concert Hall is 0.6 mi away. A seating area and a wardrobe feature in all rooms at Kex Hostel. Some rooms have a private bathroom with shower. Guests have access to a communal kitchen on site. A buffet breakfast is available each morning, while other meals are served at the in-house Flatus Restaurant. Drinks can be enjoyed at the on-site Drinx Bar with musical events happening every Thursday to Saturday. Leisure options include a communal lounge and a heated outdoor terrace. Hostel Kex offers free luggage storage. Whale watching trips depart from Reykjavik Harbor, a 20-minute walk from the hostel.

This is our guests' favorite part of Reykjavík, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.2 for a two-person trip.

Kex Hostel has been welcoming guests since Oct 8, 2013

Property Highlights

Located in the real heart of Reykjavík, this property has an excellent location score of 9.2!

Breakfast Info

Continental, Vegan

Parking Available On Site

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Room Type
2 bunk beds
1 queen bed
4 bunk beds
1 queen bed
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Guest reviews


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  • Ernesto
    It has a cool aesthetic, there's always cool people to meet in the reception area/bar
  • Cuddy
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    I loved the communal breakfast and hangout area. Very inviting. Rooms were nice. Staff was great. Always there to help.
  • Makayla
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Very warm and inviting atmosphere, cozy. Well decorated. Lots of bathrooms and had no issue accessing one of the private showers. Water was hot. Bed was very comfortable.
  • Chris
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The vibe of the lounge was very nice! And very convenient to the downtown area!
  • Rnaylor
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Very accessible to bathroom and kitchen areas. The grocery store is VERY close by.
  • Rudy
    The property is good, clean everyday, share kitchen is awesone. All Staff is friendly and helpful
  • Lizeth
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Everything is walking distance and the Sun voyager is across the street.
  • Harmonie
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The location ! Was in walking distance to a lot of different and cool places :)
  • Florian
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    I stayed there before and came back! Bedside outlet and light and bathrooms on the floor. The common area is really nice and it’s a great deal!
  • Benjamin
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Awesome lounge area. Book tours and meet cool people.

Property questions and answers
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  • Hi , we will arrive after midnight around 12:30 1:00 am , is there someone that can let us in or we can do self check in ?

    We have a 24 hour reception so you can check in any time.
    Answered on 21 September 2022
  • Hello.c do they provide tour packages? Thanks

    Hello. Yes, you can find all our tours and activities on kexhostel . tourdesk .is
    Answered on 21 June 2022
  • Do you provide airport pick up and drop off? If yes, how much is it?

    You can book your Airport transfer online and have a drop off at the front of the hostel. There are several operators, including the Flybus. (
    Answered on 21 July 2021
  • Hi, are their private showers/bathrooms avaliable on site, or are they all communal? Thanks

    Private bathroom is only in the double plus category. For the rest of the rooms and dorms the facilities are shared.
    Answered on 27 June 2022
  • Will you be able to keep a small bag for me after I check out? I will collect it after 4 days, once I finish the Laugavegur Trail.

    Unfortunately, our storage space isn't large enough for us to allow guests to store their luggage for more than several hours up to a day. There are l..
    Answered on 15 May 2022
  • hi, how far this hostel from international airport

    Kex Hostel is located 39km from Keflavik International Airport. :)
    Answered on 3 July 2021
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Area info *

1 Restaurant On Site

  • Flatus
    • Cuisine
    • Open for
      Lunch • Dinner

Amenities of Kex Hostel
Great facilities! Review score, 8.1

Most popular amenities
  • Parking on site
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Live music/Performance
  • Evening entertainment
  • Darts
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed) and costs € 5.60 per day.
    • Shared lounge/TV area
    • Lockers
    • Baggage storage
    • Tour desk
    • 24-hour front desk
    • Meeting/Banquet facilities
      Additional charge
    Front Desk Services
    • Invoice provided
    Entertainment & Family Services
    • Board games/Puzzles
    • Board games/puzzles
    Safety & security
    • Fire extinguishers
    • CCTV in common areas
    • Smoke alarms
    • Safe
    • Convenience store on site
    • Heating
    • Non-smoking rooms
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    • Icelandic

    Sustainability initiatives

    This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

    House rules

    Kex Hostel takes special requests – add in the next step!


    From 3:00 PM

    Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


    Until 11:00 AM



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

    Children & Beds

    Child policies

    Children of all ages are welcome.

    Children 3 and above are considered adults at this property.

    To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

    Crib and extra bed policies

    0 - 2 years
    Crib upon request

    The number of cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

    There are no extra beds available at this property.

    All cribs are subject to availability.

    Age restriction

    The minimum age for check-in is 18


    Pets are not allowed.

    Maestro Mastercard Visa Diners Club American Express Cash is not accepted Kex Hostel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

    The fine print

    Please let Kex Hostel know your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking or contact the property. Please note that for booking more than 10 rooms, special policies apply.

    When booking 5 beds or more, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

    In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

    Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

    Guests under the age of 18 can only check in with a parent or official guardian.

    FAQs about Kex Hostel

    • Kex Hostel has 1 restaurant:

      • Flatus

    • Kex Hostel offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

      • Darts
      • Evening entertainment
      • Live music/Performance

    • Kex Hostel is 0.7 miles from the center of Reykjavík. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • Check-in at Kex Hostel is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

    • The prices at Kex Hostel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

    • Guests staying at Kex Hostel can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.0).

      Breakfast option(s) include:

      • Continental
      • Vegan