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KEX Hostel Reviews

Skúlagata 28, Reykjavik, Iceland

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87%

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1456 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 91%Atmosphere
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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100%

Far and wide one of the best hostels I have stayed in. KEX strives to make the bar accessible to the locals too so you'll get to meet lots of locals at their bar as well as travellers. Location is also amazing with a great view and very central.


100%

Great hostel. The decor is unique and cool and I met the most incredible people. Some Icelanders hang out in the hostel bar, so you barely need to walk out your dorm door if you're having a lazy night. Reykjavik and KEX brought in a really interesting group of travelers and it was an amazing experience.


77%

Nothing overwhelming about this hostel, but there aren't too many options in Reykjavik. Generally an older crowd with an odd mix of folks at the hostel's restaurant. The rooms and facilities were clean which is the most important thing to me.


94%

Excellent ambience, where the travellers can mingle and meet one another. Good location, good view. Value for money. You have your own lockers as well, remember to bring your own lock! A few things to take note is that you have to pay quite a bit for laundry and breakfast. Other than that, its an awesome value for money hostel to stay at.

  • 7th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Singapore
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


97%

Super cool place, always things going on but never in a distracting way. Had an environment conducive to meeting fantastic people. Great staff- front desk people were always knowledgable and other staff was awesome. Loved Philipp!


94%

Kex offers a great variety of different tours for a lot cheaper than it would be by booking elsewhere. Location is great and its a very safe hostel.

  • 29th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Finland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

KEX is a cool hostel with a very friendly atmosphere. Everything was really clean and the design was super artsy. The bar area is a great place to hang out with other travelers, and even Icelanders hang out and have dinner there (they have great food!). One thing - if you are a light sleeper, sleep on an upper floor because they often have bands playing on the main floor.


91%

A place where hipster are welcome, very well designed and warm. There is a restaurant/pub inside and a lot of rooms. It has a nice terrace outside. The room was clean and furnished with a lot of interesting and vintage gadgets. The common kitchen was fantastic. You'll never run out of showers ot bathrooms. Highly recommended.


97%

*Almost* everything was perfect. My room was located right above the patio of the pub and I was often woken up around 2 or 3 AM by loud drunk voices. I think this is a bit too late into the night. Sometimes it was apparently the bar staff so I think they should really set down some rules about it. Other than this one thing, everything was superb! I will definitely stay here if I happen to be in Reykjavik again, and also definitely recommend it to anyone else.


91%

The place was amazing however they seem to have a lot of events here (concerts). Which is pretty amazing in itself as a lot of locals come to them, however I had a headache and the music was too loud for me to sleep.


91%

Wonderful hostel: STAY HERE! I was in 16 bed dorm and made amazing friends, enjoyed great facilities and overall had an excellent time. There was a creepy guy hanging around who wasn't staying there though, and no locker (all keys had been taken) in my room so security could be improved. But overall, best hostel ever!


69%

Super stylish hostel, one of the most impressive decorations.


91%

Kex was a very nice hostel. So far, I think it's the best one I've stayed at. The atmosphere was very nice, and it was kind of an artsy place. The view from out the common area window was a terrific view of Mt. Esja! The downside is there was not much space in the refrigerator and not many can openers for when you're cooking.


94%

Good hostel just a few steps from the City Center. They ve got a good range for breakfast and a really nice bar with a good mix between locals and tourists, sometimes they ve got live Music as well. I would stay there again.


91%

This has been my favorite hostel in my 2 month trip. Made a ton of friends :) Would love for every hostel to be like this. Great for single travelers

  • 11th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


91%

great hostel in a really good central location, lovely friendly staff and ace atmosphere in the bar area!

  • 8th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


91%

Great hostel with lots going on any day of the week - though you have to pay extra for it, the breakfast is amazing, especially the fresh skyr! Doors to the dorms are pretty loud and creaky and don't expect to have a great night's sleep if you're staying in a dorm on the weekend (Reykjavik night life goes on into the early morning). Staff are helpful and friendly in booking tours and general questions. Good place to meet locals and travelers alike.

  • 8th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


63%

We loved our time in Iceland, but after all the good reviews here we were a bit disappointed with Kex. It was a nice hostel with a cool bar, but we found places to eat and drink and party in the town that were cheaper and more fun- sort of meant to be the other way round! Also there was a massive group of school kids staying which sort of killed the atmosphere. They definitely need to sort out the bathrooms too they're a bit grim!


97%

Amazing place in a great location. Excellent hot dog place across the street, great views and minutes to the bars and restaurants. We loved Cafe Loki's food (up by the church). The wifi didn't work in our room on the 4th floor but besides that, excellent!


57%

The staff were not very friendly at all.They didn´t offer any recommendations or even a map. They seemed annoyed when I asked questions. They´re priority is clearly the onsite restaurant; the hostel comes second. Also, in an 8 bed dorm, there were only 4 lockers, one of which was broken. Unfortunately the hostel tainted my view of the otherwise beautiful country.


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