A new hostel right on the main shopping street, run by travelers and adventurers.
A friendly little guesthouse in a residential part of the city centre.
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.
The Capital Inn
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
Reykjavík Downtown Hostel
A hostel in an old apartment building right next to the city centre, by the harbour.
Just outside the city centre. In addition to accommodations, they also offer car rental services.
Literally in the heart of Reykjavík, a few meters from Austurvöllur and the parliament building.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Laugavegur, the main shopping street.
A 15 minute walk away from the city centre in a office neighbourhood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Western Hotel Reykjavík
Just outside the city centre, 10-15 minutes walking, but well located with regards to the bus system.
Hótel Leifur Eiríksson
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.
Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel
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.
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.
Named after the postcode for central Reykjavík.
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.
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.
Radisson Blu Saga Hotel
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.