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Kex Hostel Reykjavik Reviews
Kex Appeal Aug 22, 2014
Okay, so Kex is the coolest hostel ever. Housed in a former factory (which manufactured Kex Biscuits, of course), the four story structure is conveniently located just off the harbor in downtown Reykjavik. The fundamental accommodations are a bit better than average, but atmosphere is everything here and pushes Kex rating into the stratosphere.
The main attraction is the bar / lounge area (and adjoining back porch). Populated by a hip, young crowd it makes for great socializing. Clearly a refuge of hipness, we even met quite a few locals here. And it is indeed a refuge, serving meals and buffet breakfast (about $12 US per day, but a well provisioned affair, including salmon lox several mornings!). Meals and drinks are standard Icelandic pricing (meaning outrageous), but they offered an excellent variety of draft beers. We did not dine here beyond breakfast, so I can’t offer direct commentary on lunch / dinner offerings, but they did look good and I never saw an unhappy diner.
From the funky room and bathroom signs to the outlandish decoration of their kitchens, you find yourself roaming about just to absorb all the intriguing details. Just a great place to relax.
All of this is offered at attractive daily rates, but a few shortcomings. First is gaining admittance. Signage on Skulgata is really inconspicuous and not easily noticed (just remember it is directly across the street from Aktu Taktu). Additionally, the handle on this door doesn’t budge, offering the impression it is locked. Fortunately the handle means squat and you just pull the door open. I suppose most guests just arrive via bus. There is no parking lot for the hostel, so you have to park on the street and it isn’t free (a true bargain in Iceland, but there are a few foibles – please read next blog entry). Final bone of contention was their laundry option. Way, way overpriced and rather pathetic.
Even factoring in my negatives, Kex was stellar. Just show up on a bus with no dirty laundry and good times guaranteed!
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