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Reykjavik Downtown

Vesturgata 17, Reykjavík, 101, Iceland

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Overall Rating 92%

From 44 Reviews

Hostel rating (44)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 91%
Cleanliness 93%
Location 95%
Security 94%
Service 91%
Comfort 89%
Green rating 92%

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

  • Dorm
    From $34.71
  • Private
    From $119.30
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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 11,11 % of rates quoted 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
  • Computer Charges - Free
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

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

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
From 05:00 to 12:00
From 15:00 to 21:00

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



Das Hostel ist sehr zentral gelegen und auch die 10-Bett Zimmer sehr gemütlich. Ich habe mich wohl gefühlt. Bei ein von 2 Aufenthalten war ich nicht zufrieden mit der Sauberkeit der Bettwäsche. Ich denke das ist also eine Glückssache. Ansonsten ist von dem Frühstück auch abzuraten. Meiner Meinung nach sehr klein und zu wenig für das Geld. Das Hostel an sich gefällt mir trotzdem sehr gut und die Anbindung an jegliche Ausflüge ist auch sehr gut.


Avatar for Mirja


Tue 18 Jun 2019

Additional toilets on the floor of the rooms would be very helpful and raise the comfort. Apart from this, a very nice hostel in the center :-)


Avatar for Agnetha


Thu 13 Jun 2019

Komfort und Grüne Bewertung weil das Fenster in unserem Zimmer nicht dicht zu schliessen war Grüne Bewertung ohne mehr Infos ist etwas heikel


Avatar for Michiel


Mon 03 Jun 2019

Alles Super, ich hoffe die rote ist die beste Bewertung


Avatar for Peter


Sun 02 Jun 2019

The hostel reception shuts a chain locked security glass doors during daytime while staff are absent and noone can be contacted by the door buzzer. This can be a major disaster for guests who have left luggage at reception during the day before leaving for their flights out. The guests MUST BE ADVISED OF THIS. I was so very lucky that these chain locked doors can be rotated slightly inwards to gain access to stored luggage.


Avatar for Brendon


Thu 16 May 2019

HI Brendon, thank you for your stay and bringing your experience to our attention. We are sorry for your discomfort regarding the luagge storage. Based on this, we hope to have improved the procedure and the inhouse information and signage. We now have a form to sign for guests in need of luggage storage on their departure day. There, they clearly read about the reception opening hours and their options. The phone in the lounge and door buzzer are connected and help is always close by even though reception staff is temporarily absent. Thank you again for your stay and I hope that you got home savely!

Manager avatar

Sigridur Olafsdottir, Chief Operations Officer

Sat 18 May 2019


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

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