I loved this hostel! My boyfriend and I spent a week in Reykjavik, we stayed in a private double deluxe room. It was just like a hotel but at half the price. The hostel is very new and is extremely clean. I never saw a trash can anywhere go more than an hour before being changed. The bed was very comfortable and you get towels and linens included. The room had a few drawers for clothes and a little desk in the corner. The shower was a little small and the shower curtain would not stay put but it was a really great shower itself! We had a great view of the street below. Although, I would recommend ear plugs, especially if you're going to be there on a Friday or Saturday night. The club down the street plays really loud music until about 4am, and you can hear every word of the people on the street.
It is so centrally located, you can basically walk anywhere you want to go in the central part of the city. For the tours we booked we almost never paid for pickups. We just walked to the tour office/dock/etc. If you take the Iceland Excursions-Gray Line bus from the airport, just pay for the drop/off pick up at their bus station. It's a 3 minute walk to the hostel. You can even see the building when standing in the parking lot of the bus station.
The kitchen area is great and there is a grocery store right around the corner. We made our own breakfast and lunches most every day. There is also a lot of food left over on the free food shelves and we took advantage of that as well. Normally it kind of grosses me out to eat other people's leftovers but there was some food that was never even opened, still in the packaging. So that was great, and it helped us save money on the otherwise pricey dining scene in Iceland.
Happy hour is from 4-8 and a lot of times there are activities or live music going on. Overall I really loved this hostel. The staff was great and they were always willing to help with anything. (They especially liked to help my boyfriend play an April Fools prank on me, telling me they over booked and there were no rooms and we would have to sleep on the couches in the lounge) Our convertor broke while we were there and they let us borrow one for the whole week free of charge. They were great with helping us book tours and anything else we could have wanted. When we come back to Iceland we will definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Loft, recently voted by guests as the best HI hostel worldwide for 2014. Loft is located downtown Reykjavik, on city's main street, next door to all the major attractions and buzzing nightlife. Loft boasts one of the finest views in town with its large top floor balcony cafe overlooking the center - a great spot to people watch or catch a glimpse of the northern lights in winter. Loft Cafe & Bar offers top quality Cemex coffee, beer from local breweries as well as some homemade sweet and savory treats. The famous (often vegetarian/vegan) Coocoo's Soup is served Mon-Fri from lunch. Fast and free WiFi throughout all areas. Facilities include guest kitchen with BBQ terrace. Free luggage storage during stay. Free Computer access. Board Games. Book Exchange. Children's Corner. Selections of great rooms! All rooms have complementary linen. All rooms are en suite. All 4-8 bedded rooms have lockers for valuables (bring your own lock or buy at the reception). Spacious 6 - 8 bedded dormitories (mixed / female only). Private 4-5 bedded rooms. Deluxe Double or budget Twin/Double rooms. Loft is an ECO certified HI Hostel. Inspiring events every week: live music, DJ's, movie nights, markets, art collaborations and unmissable hostel events featuring the best local talents. Foosball tournaments. Reception / Tour Desk / Cafe & Bar is open 24 hours a day. We are there to help you out with anything; give you the local scoop on bars, restaurants, music-scene, the way out of town - and more. We arrange all excursions with complimentary pickup & drop off. Loft Team awaits you! ... more less
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