HI - Reykjavik Downtown Hostel, Reykjavík

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Good facility

clothes dryer is definitely a brilliant facility.

Age 36 | Taiwan

HI - Reykjavik Downtown Hostel is a thoroughly enjoyable hostel. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, even if after checkout. You can book almost anything you need at the front desk and all the tours have no problem finding the hostel.

The Location

The hostel is located on Vesturgata in the northeastern part of the city. It is a few blocks' walk from the harbor, where there are lots of great places to eat, and just down the hill is the start of the main shopping and bar street. It is comprised of two buildings -- the reception/room area and a smaller house out back where there is a lounge and kitchen. It's tucked in a less-trafficked part of the city, so it stays quiet but is very close to attractions, places to eat, and public transport.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The ten-person room is spacious and has good storage and a number of outlets. The beds are study and don't creak. The mattresses are a little thin, but not uncomfortable, and are covered in a plastic, fitted sheet. When you arrive, empty beds are unmade with the linens neatly folded on top -- you are expected to put them on. Each bed has outlets near it and a reading lamp, plus a locker in the room. There is a thermostat in the room and the lights can work on a dimmer if you hold the switch down to adjust the atmosphere to your liking.

There is one bathroom in the room with numbered shelves and hooks for each bed, a large shower stall, and toilet. There is also a second sink outside the bathroom for brushing teeth and such. Everything is kept very clean by the staff. At no point is the room or bathroom left dirty and the staff are diligent with cleaning the common area and rooms, mopping and wiping down everything at least once a day. There is no a lack of hot water and towel/soap dispensers are kept full. Also, the doors are quiet and good at blocking sound/light getting into the rooms.

Common Spaces

There are two main common spaces -- the reception area where most people hang out or have breakfast, and the upper floor of the smaller red house out back, which has couches and chairs for reading or relaxing. The kitchen is well stocked with cutlery and pans, plus they have a nice system to organize food and make sure it doesn't go to waste with "private" or "free" baskets. There are two fridges and a freezer, a microwave, toaster, kettle, and drip coffee maker. There is also a washer and dryer available.

Breakfast from the hostel consists of breads, meats/cheeses, spreads, some fruit, and coffee/tea/juice. It's not included, but it's also not overly expensive. However, there are lots of great cafes in the area so you might find yourself wanting to eat out.


Downtown Hostel is great. The staff and guests are extremely polite. The Wi-Fi is reliable and fast (it can slow down when everyone is on it, right before dinner time usually), and there's lots of hot water and a very friendly and clean atmosphere. The bathroom could be improved by installing a vent in the bathroom, because it can get steamy in the rooms after someone's showered, and maybe adding more hooks for towels/bathing suits. Also note that the hole where the locks go in the lockers is a small diameter, so larger padlocks won't work.

Outside Bedroom Exterior sink and Bathroom Door Shelves and Towel Hooks Toilet and Shower Stall Shower Breakfast Cafe/Breakfast Bar Kitchen/Lounge House Kitchen Kitchen Lounge Laundry Room

Competent staff, clean rooms

I was very pleased with my stay at HI. It is well located (not that it takes much to be close to the city centre, given how small the city is) and in particular I was greeted by very a friendly and helpful staff. Clean rooms, kitchen available, WiFi were certainly a big plus. I'd personally recommend this place.

Age 30 | Italian

Reykjavik Downtown Hostel is an excellent place to stay in downtown Reykjavik, and actually feels more like a four-star hotel by European standards. Since it just opened in April 2009, the facilities are brand new, clean, and very affordable. Hostel staff were extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about local attractions. Overall, it's a fantastic, comfortable place with great staff, an ideal location, and facilities suitable for both individuals and families.

The Location

This hostel is centrally located on a quiet, cobblestone street in Downtown Reykjavik. It is actually located in one of Reykjavik's most historic neighbourhoods, and only a very short walk (five minutes) from the old harbour and in the heart of the old village. It is also surrounded by some of Reykjavik's best coffee shops and restaurants -- Cafe Paris and Tapas Barinn are down the road. All of the city's major attractions are easily accessible by foot, including museums, galleries, shopping, restaurants, pubs, and music venues. The Tourist Information Centre is located down the street.

Guests arriving from the airport via FlyBus will have no difficulty finding the place, as they will be dropped off at the closest street corner to the hostel (one-minute walk). Since the hostel is located in the centre of Reykjavik, it is not very conducive to cars -- while metered street parking is available in front of the hostel, it is very limited and not recommended.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Guests will be welcomed to rooms equipped with duvets, comfortable beds, and hot showers. The hostel has a range of rooms to choose from -- spacious dorms with eight to ten beds, dorms with four beds, family rooms, and double rooms with shared or private facilities. With the morning rush, the shower water can sometimes be a bit lukewarm. Guests should remember that the faint smell of sulphur from the water supply is normal, since Iceland uses a geothermic heating system.

The Common Spaces

Upon entry to the hostel, guests will be greeted with a cozy lounge area with a cafe, TV, and candles and flowers on every table. In the morning, the lounge becomes the breakfast area for guests. Although the hostel advertises a full kitchen for cooking, it is actually reserved for the use of staff and the cafe. However, hostel staff are happy to put some food in the fridge for guests, if requested. There is free wireless internet for guests, but bring a laptop because there are no computers for guest use. Unfortunately, there are no laundry or game facilities available in this building. This is a very small, quiet hostel, so guests looking to party should expect to visit the local bars instead.


Overall, this is an excellent hostel for an amazing price -- ideal for travelers looking get a good night's sleep in the centre of downtown Reykjavik without busting the bank. It won't be long before this newly-opened hostel is listed all in the travel guides!

Lisa Jackson


Modern, comfortable and award winning hostel in downtown Reykjavík!

Reykjavík Downtown Hostel has firmly established itself as one of the most highly recommended HI Hostels in the world, providing comfortable and classy accommodation and excellent service at an affordable price. It is nestled a stones throw from the lively harbor area, in the heart of downtown Reykjavík, within minutes from most of Reykjavík’s bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants, yet in a quiet residential street. It has been an Eco certified place to stay since 2010

The hostel facilities include free WiFi in all rooms and lounges, free computer access, book exchange, a coffee bar and a fully equipped kitchen and lounge. Free luggage storage during stay and long term storage on request. Our mostly organic breakfast buffet is a good start to the day. Free movie nights and music events are hosted in the lobby on a regular basis.

The Hostel boasts spacious 4 and 10 bed dorms, all with lockers included, family rooms that accommodate up to 5 persons, and double rooms with shared or private facilities. Female only dorms and single rooms are available upon request.

The hostel team is happy to give local advice on services and attractions and arrange your tours for free; car rentals with free pick up, bike rental and all local transport. Great specials and package deals available. You can also prebook your tours through tours@hostel.is

Our aim is to contribute towards a style of travelling that increases people's knowledge of their environment, concern for nature and respect for the cultural values of cities and towns in all parts of the world. The Hostel is a certified Swan Eco labeled Hostel and has been awarded the HI Quality Certificate.
We look forward to welcoming you

We look forward to giving you a warm welcome in the heart of Downtown Reykjavík.

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Location and Contact




Address: Vesturgata 17, Reykjavík (Reykjavik), Capital Region, Iceland

HI - Reykjavik Downtown Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website HI - Reykjavik Downtown Hostel Reykjavík www.hostel.is
Phone Number: +354 553 8120
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)

Solo Traveller


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup


Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage



24 Hour Security

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Genders: Females Only

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Large (60-100 beds)


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