Top Design Hostel in Reykjavik – KEX Hostel

Iceland, in itself, has quite a bizarre air about it. The land of fire and ice whose lineage traces back to the Vikings, whose summers shine with 24 hours of daylight, whose winters wane into almost complete darkness, and whose reputation remains as one of the most spectacular sites to gaze at the ethereal sweeps of Northern Lights, Iceland seems to have their own way of doing things.

The famous Hostel KEX in Reykjavik

Hostel KEX Reykjavik, located in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik (also the most northerly capital of the world) is no exception to Iceland‘s quirky tastes, and keeps the cool in an Icelandic winter night. Taking the Viking spirit of travel full-force, KEX opens its doors with a mighty roar of hip style, blowing its horns to call all of the world-travelers to come out and play.

For Book Lovers and Hostel Lovers: The Hostel Kex in Reykjavik with their full library

Somewhere between the feel of rustic-cabin-chic, hipster coffee lounge, industrial vintage, and absurdist-fiction-library, KEX is an eclectically cool design. Salvaged from second-hand materials, the furniture is wonderfully offbeat, with the best of its raw, retro character brought back to life throughout the heavy, wooden tables and record shelves, leather couches, bohemian tapestry rugs, and old-fashioned chairs. So beside the title of a social hostel and design hostel, it’s also an eco hostel (Staying at Eco-Hostels – more information).

 Common Area at Hostel Kex in Reykjavik, Iceland

Housed in an old factory from which the hostel denotes its name (KEX is the Icelandic word for “biscuit” – or in german “Keks” – or in spanish “galleta”) KEX also runs to the beat of its own drum when it comes to use of space. Sure, hostels may originally be social homes of accommodation, but not KEX, this hostel also serves as a restaurant, gastropub, fitness center, and it even has its own vintage salon and barber shop.

Facilities Kex Hostel Reykjavik

Basic Hostel Amenities

  • WIFI
  • Luggage Storage
  • Lockers
  • 24h Reception
  • Common Areas
  • Communal Kitchen
  • and more

Hostel Characteristics

  • Laid back
  • Urban
  • Gay friendly

Hostel Location

  • Old City
  • Shopping District
  • Central
  • Close to public transportation

Type of property

  • Hostel

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Getting a Hair Cut at a Hostel?

Get a Haircut at a Hostel - Barber Shop at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik, IcelandBut perhaps the best part of the hostel’s design (pssst…here you find 5 awesome Design Hostels we love) is that it is an atmosphere that ambushes the forefront of social walls between travelers. The style may be too-cool-for-school but it is not too-cool for meeting new friends. KEX Hostel in Reykjavik makes you feel like you’re in the hip hangout spot, the regular restaurant downtown, the cozy, dim-lit pub with that certain allure to draw in all of the restless sort of people that are rearing to explore what stories the night may hold and to discover all of humanity’s most interesting oddities. And with rooms that sleep up to 138 guests, the KEX lounge, heated outdoor patio, and bar are always humming with tales to be told and nomads from strange lands to invite for a smooth pint of Viking beer.


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