hotels, iceland, travel Friday, December 05, 2014
When we were booking accommodations, my husband and I scoured the Internet (and consulted friends) for recommendations on hotels, guesthouses and hostels. And then all of those recommendations were already booked... because we were too slow.
Since we were staying one night in Reykjavik at the beginning of the trip and two nights at the end, we decided to book a hostel for the first night and an Airbnb for the days where we would really be spending quality time in the city.
Here's the deal with both of those spots.
The first night we were in Iceland was right before we embarked on our big road trip. We booked a double room with a shared bathroom at Kex Hostel, which by all accounts is a super cool place. The bar and patio are a lot of fun (and beautifully designed!), however I'd recommend just going for a drink rather than staying the night. Our room (in contrast to the rest of the place) was sterile and way too expensive, especially considering we were sharing a bathroom.
See? Look how cool the common space is? I read that a lot of the furniture was actually curated from thrift stores, antique shops and salvage places in Pittsburgh.
In addition to the nice common areas and library, Kex has a huge patio and a lot of live music acts that perform regularly. And unlike other European cities, you might actually see locals hanging out there.
When we returned to the city at the end of our trip around the Ring Road, we decided to go the Airbnb route and rented an apartment in a chill, central neighborhood near the Hallgrímskirkja church (which looks like it's from the future, BTW). We spent two nights there and I wanted to renounce my American citizenship and move in—it was that nice.
I posted a picture of the apartment on Instagram (the one at the top of this post) to show off how awesome the place was. Airbnb saw the picture and emailed us a $70 Giftly gift card for a honeymoon dinner. WAY 2 GO, AIRBNB.
It was a huge bonus that the apartment was almost across the street from Reykjavik Roasters, the coffee shop where we spent most mornings just reading, drinking perfectly poured lattes and eating black and white Sarah Bernhardt cookies.
P.S. Here's vol. 1 again, in case you want to brush up on the ten things you should know before you go to Iceland.