Reykjavík accommodation offers choices for every taste and budget. From a camping site to a 4-star hotel, you'll be able to find your home away from home fitting your needs and wallet. Advance booking is strongly recommended, especially when visiting in summer.
Reykjavík boasts 3 Hostelling International hostels. Two of them situated in the very centre of the capital, Reykjavík Loft and Reykjavík Downtown, were named no. 1 and 2 in the world, respectively, in 2014.
Reykjavík City Hostel in Laugardalur is located a half-an-hour walk away from the city centre near the camping ground, a swimming pool, the Zoo and botanical gardens. Both Flybus and Airport Express will drop you off there. At other times, city bus no. 14 stops nearby.
All HI hostels offer some double rooms with linen and private facilities, as well as breakfast buffet, cooking facilities, free Wi-Fi and luggage storage. The Loft houses a fully licensed bar on its premises.
KEX Hostel occupies a former biscuit factory building close to the Hlemmur bus station east of the centre. It's a rather big venue with 142 beds. 12 single and double rooms, 2 of which have private facilities, and 2 family rooms with bunks offer made-up beds. There is a fully-licensed "gastro-pub" in the house and a lounge area which regularly hosts small concerts and other events. Tuesday nights are usually reserved for jazz performances from Icelandic and international artists; admission is free.
Most accommodation options in the capital area, and elsewhere in Iceland for that matter, will probably fall into this category. They offer simple single/double or family rooms with shared and/or private facilities, small kitchens, free breakfast and Wi-Fi/computers with Internet access. Often conveniently located and reasonably priced, they are great value for otherwise rather expensive Icelandic standards.
Situated just opposite Hallgrímskirkja, within walking distance to everything in the city centre, Guesthouse Sunna offers rooms with shared or private bath, studios, and apartments for up to 6 persons. Breakfast is included in all room rates, Wi-Fi is free anywhere on the premises, and the reception is open around the clock. Both airport transfer services are available. NB: There is no elevator in the 4-storey building.
Not far away, in the embassy quarter, Guesthouse Galtafell is a historical building from 1916. Several rooms with shared facilities and suite-style apartments for up to 4 persons with private bathrooms are available. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi Internet access. Breakfast is included. Pets are welcome and actually live in the house – a cat and a dog. Both airport services provide direct transfer to and from the guesthouse. The entrance to the guesthouse is above street level over a flight of stairs. There is no elevator in the building.
Within a short distance from the domestic terminal of Air Iceland, in a quiet residential area, Bed and Books B&B offers 4 rooms in the family home of its owners, a French-Icelandic couple. The house was built in the 1930s. The hosts will borrow you books from their extensive collection, and DVDs for the player in your room. Free Wi-Fi is available, as is a self-service breakfast. Every 2 rooms share a bathroom. Flybus+ provides a direct transfer to the B&B. With Airport Express, you can choose to get off at the national airport nearby. NB: Evening check-in is possible until 8 pm.
West of the city centre, close to the exciting Old Harbour and Grandi districts and only a few houses apart, Butterfly and Captain Reykjavík guesthouses are very much alike. Family- or friends-owned and -operated, they both offer rooms with shared facilities, as well as apartments with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi on the premises and complimentary breakfast are provided in either accommodation. Direct airport transfer is available with Airport Express. Ask to drop you off at Hotel Metropolitan in the same street when arriving on Flybus.
Captain Reykjavík has now a second location near the Hallgrim's church, at Bergstaðastræti 60.
For self-driving guests, Minna-Mosfell Guesthouse off road 36 to Þingvellir, in Mosfellsdalur, is a charming and cosy alternative to staying in the city. 3 available rooms share a self-catering kitchen stocked with breakfast fare, a dining/sitting area with a balcony, and a bathroom. There is a double bed in each room, with 2 additional twin beds in larger rooms. Parking and wireless Internet access are free. There are several hiking trails in the vicinity of the farm, and both the capital and the Golden Circle are a mere 20-minute drive away.
With the abundance of other accommodation options in and around the capital, it is not really necessary to stay in a hotel. First, they tend to be on the expensive end of the already elevated Icelandic price range. And then, service at smaller guesthouses is often a much more personal affair.
However, if you crave for some toiletries in your bathroom, the 3-star Hótel Frón on Laugavegur is centrally located and reasonably priced. They have different room types in several adjacent buildings. The Scandinavian brasserie next door offers 10% discount for hotel guests.
No matter what accommodation option in Reykjavík you choose, I wish you a pleasant and exciting stay!
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