Loft Hostel

Oh man, it’s been a while since I stayed in a hostel, but I figured it was about time my boyfriend and I re-introduce ourselves to the scene as a social couple. It was our first time staying in one together as we were enjoying our new couple bliss staying in bougie hotels. I was very happy we went back to our roots and booked this charming hostel, nestled in downtown Reykjavik.

Staff
We arrived to Loft around 9am, which was well before check in time, but they happily held our luggage until the 2:00pm check in time. We then departed on our Reykjavik Day Tour. This itinerary was planned with help from the knowledgable staff at the front desk. We returned to ask them about dinner options and they weren’t just naming places out of a tourist book, but they took time to listen to our requests and led us to a wonderful dinner at Seafood Grille . Reception is open 24 hours, so if you ever need anything don’t hesitate to ask!

Location
Loft hostel is located in the smack dab middle of all the shopping, restaurants, nightlife and major sites in the city. We didn’t need to worry about getting lost or needing transportation to any of the sites even in the cold winter. I could not have asked for a better location when staying in Reykjavik. Part of a larger building, it has it’s own door access, locked securely after hours. Reception is located on the 4th floor, but there’s an elevator when your legs give out on you with the backpack after a few flights.

Rooms and Cleanliness
Even thought Ganesh and I are a rather social couple we do prefer our privacy and booked the Double Deluxe room, which was spacious enough for the two of us overnighting in Reykjavik. The cosy and very clean room was painted with fun bright colors. The shower was very small and flooded into the bathroom, but it was clean and hot, to me that’s all that matters while traveling. The bed was a standard hostel cot mattress, but the blankets were thick and warm for the winter. The only downside to sleeping here was on the weekends, Reykjavik is know to be a wild party city and this hostel was no exception. With an early flight Saturday morning we had a very restless night listening to doors constantly slamming until we had to get up at 5AM. Normally I would be out there partying with the rest of them, but this hostel could do with a quiet at 10PM, or heck, even 1AM on the weekends, policy, as their rooms are not sound proof. I couldn’t imagine sharing a dorm on the weekends and needing sleep.

Bar and Social Area
One of my favorite parts of this hostel. With an outside deck for long summer sun hours and a cosy inside on long winter nights this is the perfect place to come and chill or socialize. They have a shared library, games, couches and a dance floor for the weekends. The bar is adequately stocked with happy hour menu and pricing. The kitchen is good for long term backpackers who want to grocery shop and cook. They also serve a light menu for those that don’t want to cook. Breakfast is not included. During the day most people seemed to keep to themselves, but during happy hour and into the night the more social the atmosphere.

Price
Fits in with the cost of living bar in expensive Reykjavik, but definitely one of the more expensive hostels I stayed at. With all the basic amenities most hotels have they did not go above and beyond with added bonus to make the price feel worth it. It was comparable to other hostels in the city when I was searching, but it might be difficult for backpackers on a budget to stay here for several days. Mixed dorm bunks are about 35 euros per person per night with the private room at 50 euros per person.

With a 9.3 suburb rating on Hostel World, you really can’t go wrong with Loft Hostel. My favorite thing about this hostel was the amazing location and the cosy social room. I would definitely say here again, but hopefully next time I can join the weekend party!

Website: http://www.lofthostel.is/

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