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Hlemmur Square
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Legnano, Italy
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“Highly recommended!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

I was in Reykjevik for 13 days and everything was perfect thanks to these guys! Bed in the 14 seats dormitory was comfortable and the big personal drawer in the room permit to sleep without worries (just get your own padlock and put what you want in!). In the kitchen I was able to cook my so-loved spaghetti and there was also other rooms for enjoing moments of peace or lot of fun, such as the lounge with a billiard. Don't forget to have a beer at the bar - wide range of local drinks and a beautiful welcoming bartender! Definitely 5 stars!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

Stayed one night in the 14-bed dorm on a layover. The roommates were just coming back from a trek so the room was a little... ripe, but was otherwise pretty well equipped. The breakfast in the morning is great, the entire hotel is beautiful, and the staff super friendly.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

Staff is always there and very helpful, you get a luggage room to store your stuff before check-in or after check-out, there is a nice lounge for every floor where you can socialize with other backpacker.
Kitchens are smallish but there is one for every floor so they never felt crowded, and they are well furnished (cooking plates, oven, dishwasher, fridge).
Rooms have personal lockers under the bed and black curtains for the luminous Icelandic nights, lots of wall plugs for electricity and personal lamps. Only downside is that being open 24/24 you will get people coming in during the night and, especially during the weekend, the streets might get a bit noisy.. Bring earplugs and you'll be set. Sheets and beds were very clean.
Showers and bathroom are there in decent amounts, and with average hygiene.

Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Anchorage
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

Hlemmur Square is a tastefully decorated hostel. I stayed in a ten bed room which was well organised and that had sturdy bunk beds, a must when you sneak into bed late at night. The location was across the street to the Hlemmur bus station, very convenient if you plan on traveling around. It was a good 15 min walk from the heart of Laugarvegur, the main thoroughfare. The front desk staff were very friendly and helpful, despite being understaffed at times. The showers could use some work though, there were only two dimly lot curtained stalls on the third floor that lacked any form of rack or clothes storage while showering. The kitchen facilities were excellent as well, containing all the utensils and cooking ware needed to make a meal. A little pricey even for the larger dorm rooms, overall I would recommend.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

Here is my list of pros and cons of Hlemmur Square:

+ Good location (a short walk from the city center and most of the restaurants)
+ Mainly helpful and nice staff (there was only one staff member who wasn't so enthusiastic to help)
+ Big room with wash basin and hair dryers
+ Beds were comfortable
+ Nice selection of beers in the bar, including many local ones.
- There was often water on the floor of our corridor near the shower room
- Our room was next to the kitchen and the voices carried from the kitchen to our room quite easily. I'm heavy sleeper so it didn't bother me, but I guess it can be a problem for some people.
- Expensive (If this hostel was in some other country, I would even say that the hostel was not worth the money. However, everything is expensive in Iceland, so it was okay)

Bathrooms and showers were like they usually are in the hostels; not dirty but not super clean either.

All in all, Hlemmur was a good hostel, maybe not as nice and fancy as you would expect by looking at pictures, but still good.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

Stayed in this hostel for 4 nights at various points during my visit to Iceland. The beds are seriously comfortable! Duvet and pillow etc provided. The hostel did my laundry for 1000kr which I thought was reasonable. When my friend needed his to be done in 3 hours they also managed it! I would recommend it to others. The only things that let it down were 1) The amount of time it took for a group of 6 to check in...every time my ID had to be scanned etc and it just took ages when we were tired and needing a rest. 2) If you end up on a top bunk in a dorm there is nowhere to put the little things you might need during the night like a drink, phone/alarm etc. A little ledge or something would be useful. The top bunks are also really high so you can't easily pop down and get these things when you need them.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

The staff is really nice and helpful. Large and comfortable beds even in a 10 beds dorm. A bit noisy at night... and maybe some things may be improved, such as the room with the showers, hangers/chairs would be much appreciated.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hlemmur Square
Address: Laugavegur 105, Reykjavik 105, Iceland
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Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 98 Speciality Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hlemmur Square 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Hotel and Social Hostel with cafe, bar, restaurant and tourist information office. ... more   less 
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