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My friend and I spent seven nights in Iceland last month, and all of those seven nights were spent at Loft Hostel in Reykjavik. We initially picked this hostel because it had stellar reviews, and was named one of the best hostels in Iceland. So, let me break down my thoughts.
Overall, the location of this hostel is great. Within a walkable distance are many of Reykjavik's attractions, as well as several shops and restaurants. It's also very easy to find. The downside, however, was that it was located on a major street in Reykjavik, Bankastræti.
Although there were several bars and restaurants just down the street, there were a few nights where the outside noise was very loud, even with the windows closed. A lot of this was due to the fact that we went in the summer, and in the summer there is nearly eternal sunlight, so the bars were open until 4 or 5 in the morning. So, if you are traveling in the summer and are a sensitive sleeper, this is something to consider.
The room itself was great. We stayed in an 8-bed dorm. The beds were set up in bunk beds, with sets of two on each side of the room. What was really nice about the room was that it had a separate room for the shower and the toilet, so you didn't have to wait for someone to get out of the shower before you use the restroom, and vice versa. Oh yeah, and we had our own bathroom.
My understanding of hostels was that you had a shared bathroom with other people on your floor, so that was really cool. The beds were comfortable, and each one had an outlet so you could charge your electronics. And, the windows had black-out curtains...which was a lifesaver.
The staff at this hostel were so friendly and so helpful whenever we had a question. I can't think of any bad experiences we had with them. I have nothing negative to say.
For about $16 a day, you could have daily breakfast added on to your entire hostel bill. I'm gonna be honest, the breakfast was a little skimpy for $16. Although it is Iceland, so everything's expensive. The breakfast was basically the same every day; cereal, fruit, muffins, cheese, bagels, milk, and coffee.
It was good food, just...not a lot of variety. Especially for $16 a day. Also, breakfast only ran from 7 AM to 10 AM. I don't know, 7 AM as a starting time seems a bit late to me.
The top floor of the hostel is where the reception desk was located, which doubled as a bar and a mini coffee shop. I personally did not purchase a beverage, however, I'm giving them extra points just because I think this is cool and convenient.
The top floor is set up like a modern apartment (or loft, hence the name). There were a lot of tables and couches for people to sit in, and there was a full kitchen for hostel guests to use. The kitchen was equipped with everything you might need: silverware, spatulas, plates, bowls, strainers, colanders, peelers, can openers...the list could go on. This was especially convenient because we wanted to a lot of our own cooking, seeing as how eating out in Reykjavik can add up very quickly.
Also on the top floor was a balcony, which had a wonderful view overlooking the city. There was also a foosball table (I didn't play, but I was tempted).
Overall, I was very pleased with Loft Hostel. It was a very cozy and friendly atmosphere. There are a few things to consider about this hostel when deciding where to stay in Reykjavik, but I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
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