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Reykjavik Downtown

Vesturgata 17, Reykjavík, 101, Iceland

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Overall Rating 93%

From 77 Reviews

Hostel rating (77)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 95%
Cleanliness 90%
Location 97%
Security 94%
Service 93%
Comfort 87%
Green rating 94%

Cosy, comfortable and Swan eco certified boutique hostel. Voted the Best HI Hostels worldwide 2015 according to our guests.

  • Dorm
    From $41.00
  • Private
    From $123.01
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Reykjavík Hostel

Hostel Reykjavík

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Reykjavík Downtown hostel is nestled in a quiet street just a stone’s throw from the lively harbour area, in the heart of downtown Reykjavík, and minutes from most of Reykjavík’s bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants.

The hostel boasts spacious 4 and 10 bed dorms, family rooms for up to 5 people, and double rooms with shared or private facilities. There’s free Wi-Fi in all rooms and lounges, free computer access, a book exchange, coffee bar. The building has 4 floors and there is no elevator.

Whether you want to go glacier walking, lava caving, do the Golden Circle tour, visit the National Museum of Iceland or see the majesty of the northern lights, Reykjavík Downtown hostel is the perfect place to stay.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 8 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 4 stay free.
  • Children under the age of 13 qualify for a discount on the advertised price at check-in.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of ISK 700 - 1400 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - At a cost
  • Car parking nearby - Less than 500 m
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Reykjavik Harbour (At or next to the hostel)
  • Lækjartorg (Less than 500 m)
  • Harpa (Less than 500 m)

See the full list of attractions



Special thanks to Aaron (Spain) and Evan (Denmark), who did a tremendous job at everything they did. They really made my stay most enjoyable with their pleasant conversations, helpful advice and information, and genuine overall friendliness. Tell Aaron that I plan to walk the El Camino and thank him especially from the large blonde US lady. Thank you! The only thing that I would suggest is to have somewhere to mail some postcards. Front desk ladies wouldn't help me post them


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Fri 02 Mar 2018

Dear Renee, Aaron and Evan say "Takk Fyrir" and they are looking forward welcoming you back in Reykjavik! #proud! -Thomas, Reception Manager

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Thomas Banakas, Reception Manager

Sun 04 Mar 2018

Great location cozy and comfortable


Avatar for Lucinda


Mon 26 Feb 2018

Ostello molto frequentato, ma la pulizia ed il confort sono alla soglia della sufficienza. Suggerisco più pulizia


Avatar for Vincenzo


Mon 19 Feb 2018

Dear Vincenzo, We will make sure our Housekeeping Supervision Ragga will review your comments. Thanks for staying with us. Thomas, Reception Manager

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Thomas Banakas, Reception Manager

Wed 21 Feb 2018


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (3 to 5km)
  • Beach (3 to 5km)
  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (3 to 5km)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (More than 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500m)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Shopping area / Mall (1 to 2km)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (500m - 1km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (More than 10km)
  • Water park (3 to 5km)
  • Wooded Area (3 to 5km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Keflavík (International) Airport: FlyBus/Airport Express will drop you off nearby the hostel upon request. Domestic (local) airport: We advice to use a eco-friendly taxi.
Local city buses - Stræto these reach some outer suburbs and Selfoss and Akranes. Schedules/routes -
Metered parking directly outside the hostel which is free after 18:00 and on Sundays. Otherwise free parking is available a short walk away.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Scuba / Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted
  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights
  • Insulation and ventilation systems
  • Light/energy sensor control
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency appliances


  • Educational programs


  • Recycling areas
  • Composting
  • Fairtrade food served
  • Organic food served
  • Local and seasonal food


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water savers in taps
  • Water savers in toilet

Sustainability labels

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