Reykjavik

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Reykjavík Backpackers
Laugavegur 28
+354 578 3700
Dorm: 3,000 kr. winter, 4,500 kr summer; double room: 8,000 kr. winter, 12,000 kr. summer

A new hostel right on the main shopping street, run by travelers and adventurers.

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Guesthouse Aurora
Freyjugata 24
+354 899 1773
15,000 kr

A friendly little guesthouse in a residential part of the city centre.

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KEX Hostel
Skúlagata 28
+354 561 6060
Dorm: 3,000 kr. winter, 5,100 kr. summer; double room: 8,000 kr. winter, 14,400 kr. summer

A hostel that was recently opened in a former biscuit factory down by the sea. Very cozy and looks distinctly unlike a hostel, which is not surprising given that a set designer created the appearance. Has a bar and restaurant which serve non-residents as well. Staff are very helpful.

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The Capital Inn
Sudurhlid 35-D.
10 min walk south from Kringlan shopping center

Price 2,700 dorm-bed in summer, bed-linen and blanket included. The Capital Inn is near the Fossvog churchyard about 35 minutes walk from the center of Reykjavik. It is close to Nautholsvik geo-thermal beach and the Perlan park area. 24-Hour front desk. Bike rental available. All rooms have free wifi internet. Parking is free outside the inn

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Reykjavík Downtown Hostel
Vesturgata 17
+354 553 8120
3,500 kr. dorm

A hostel in an old apartment building right next to the city centre, by the harbour.

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Víkingur Guesthouse
Þverholt
+354 896 4661
13,990 kr. double room

Just outside the city centre. In addition to accommodations, they also offer car rental services.

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Gistiheimili Hjálpræðishersins
Kirkjustræti 2
+354 561 3203
Dorm: 2,200 kr. winter, 11,500 kr. summer; double room: 7,500 kr. winter, 11,500 kr. summer

Literally in the heart of Reykjavík, a few meters from Austurvöllur and the parliament building.

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Star Guesthouse
Miðtún 46.
+354 821 5888
14600
10 min walk east from Hlemmur

Star Guesthouse is a friendly guesthouse located in a central part of Reykjavik. It is close to Hlemmur, the main transport station and Laugavegur, the main shopping street. All rooms have free wifi internet. Parking is free outside the guesthouse

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Laugardalur Campsite
Sundlaugavegur 34
+354 568 6944
1,100 per person, per night

Open 15 May - 15 September. The cheapest place to stay in Reykjavík, and an approximately 30 min walk from the city centre, or a short bus journey. The campsite is big and offers decent washing and cooking facilities and people often leave their leftover camping stove fuel for others after leaving Iceland. Fuel is really expensive in Iceland! On cold and rainy days, Iceland's biggest pool is situated right next door. Clothes can also be washed at the neighbouring youth hostel.

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Guesthouse Sunna
Þórsgata
+354 511 5570
Summer: 15,600 kr. double room; winter: 8,900 kr. double room

Great guesthouse located in one of the most iconic places in Reykjavik, right across the square from Hallgrimskirkja. Very clean, very comfortable, with friendly service, and internet. They also include breakfast in the morning, with fresh bread baked on the premises. A little on the expensive side--11600 kr for a single room. Another great feature is their airport/tour bus service.

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Be warned that there is very little in the way of affordable lodging in Iceland, particularly if you are travelling with a family. The cheapest option in Reykjavík, by far, is to stay at the city's only campsite. If that's not for you, there are several hostels with affordable dorms located in and around the city centre. Fortunately for the traveller on a budget, this seems to be the fastest growing type of accommodation in Reykjavík. Most of these hostels also offer single or double bedrooms, and a few small guesthouses have rooms at similar prices.

Midrange

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Hótel Frón
Laugavegur 22a
+354 511 4666
20,000 kr.

By Laugavegur, the main shopping street.

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Hótel Björk
Brautarholt 22-24
15,000-30,000 kr.

A 15 minute walk away from the city centre in a office neighbourhood.

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Hotel Klöpp
Klapparstígur 26
+354 595 8520
15,000-25,000

In a side street close to Laugavegur. Very close to a number of bars and clubs, but surprisingly quiet apart from one bar across the street which often has live jazz or folk music on weekends. Part of the CenterHotels chain like Hotel Plaza below.

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Fosshotel Lind
Raudarastígur 18
+354 562 3350
10,000-30,000 kr.

Located one minute walk of the city centre close to the main shopping street Laugavegur. Rooms on the upper floors have great view of the Hallgrimskirkja. There is a restaurant at the hotel called Confusion. It offers aperitivos for reasonable price. Tours are bookable at the reception.

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Fosshotel Baron
Barónsstígur 2-4
+354 562 3204
10,000-30,000 kr.

Located on the eastern edge of the city centre close to the main shopping street Laugavegur. Rooms on the upper floors on the northern side have great views across the sea. There is a 24/7 supermarket right behind the hotel. There is a restaurant, bar and tour desk. There are many types of rooms and price ranges.

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Hotel Óðinsvé
Þórsgata 1
+354 511 6200
17,000-27,000 kr.
by Óðinstorg

In a side street a few meters off Skólavörðustígur. Comfortable rooms which include free wi-fi and satellite TV, but breakfast is not included in the price.

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Hotel Plaza
Aðalstræti 4
+354 595 8550
15,000-25,000 kr.
By Ingólfstorg square in the city centre.

Literally in the centre of Reykjavík, by the oldest street in the city Aðalstræti and the Ingólfstorg square. Close to the heart of the nightlife, and so noise is to be expected at least in rooms facing the square. Free wi-fi. Part of the CenterHotels chain like Hotel Klöpp above.

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Best Western Hotel Reykjavík
Rauðarárstíg 37
+354 514 7000
17,000-30,000 kr.

Just outside the city centre, 10-15 minutes walking, but well located with regards to the bus system.

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Hótel Leifur Eiríksson
Skólavörðustígur 45
+354 562 0800
21,000 kr.
facing Hallgrímskirkja

A rather basic hotel, but at a good price given its location just across the street from Hallgrímskirkja. Rooms have satellite TV which includes one English-language channel. The hotel also has a bike rental.

Top end

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Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel
Pósthússtræti 2
+354 599 1000

New hotel in an old iconic building built in 1919 which previously housed the head offices of the shipping company, Eimskip. Eimskip's pre-World War 2 logo was a blue swastika, and this used to adorn the front of the building. When it was converted into a hotel a sign was put over the swastika, but as it's a listed building the swastika could not be removed and is still there, behind the sign.

Top end
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Hótel Holt
Bergstaðastræti 37
+354 552 5700
30,000 kr. and upwards

By a quiet street in the centre of town. When it opened in 1965 the hotel restaurant was one of the first fine dining locations in Reykjavík.

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Just as there are surprisingly few cheap accommodation options in Reykjavík, there are surprisingly many expensive ones.

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101 Hotel
Hverfisgata 10
+354 580 0101
40,000 kr. and upwards

Named after the postcode for central Reykjavík.

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Hótel Borg
Pósthússtræti 11
+354 551 1440
40,000 kr. and upwards
by Austurvöllur square

By the same square as the parliament and the cathedral. Built in the 1930s but newly renovated, Hótel Borg is a Reykjavík landmark in its own right famed amongst other things for its World War II history.

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Hilton Nordica
Suðurlandsbraut 2
+354 444 5000
30,000 kr. and upwards

Premises include a spa NordicaSpa and a restaurant called VOX. The hotel is located outside the city centre, but the area is well served by busses.

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Radisson Blu Saga Hotel
by Hagatorg
+354 525 9900

A large hotel just outside the old town a 10 minute walk from the city hall, by the University of Iceland campus. The building rather than the hotel occupying most of it is called the "Farmer's Palace" Bændahöllin, referring to the fact that it was originally erected by the powerful farmer's association and still houses their offices.

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under 15,000 kr.
Mid-range 15,000-30,000 kr.
Splurge Over 30,000 kr.