Start Hostel

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Shared Dormitory, Men only | Blackout curtains, free WiFi, bed sheets
Shared Dormitory, Women only | Blackout curtains, free WiFi, bed sheets
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Overview of Start Hostel

Start Hostel

2.0 star property
No-frills Reykjanesbær hostel with bar/lounge

9.0/10 Superb

251 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Shared kitchen
  • Bar
  • 24/7 front desk
  • Laundry facilities
Lindarbraut, Southern Peninsula, Reykjanesbær
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Bar/lounge
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Fridge in a common area
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Multilingual staff
  • Gift shops/newsstands
  • Luggage storage
Feel at home
  • Children stay free
  • Playground on site
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Blackout curtains

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Blue Lagoon - 18 min drive

Getting around

  • Keflavik International Airport (KEF) - 8 min drive
  • Reykjavik (RKV-Reykjavik Domestic) - 39 min drive

About this property

Start Hostel

Hostel near the airport
You can look forward to free continental breakfast, a terrace and a playground at Start Hostel. Free in-room WiFi is available to all guests, along with laundry facilities and a bar.
You'll also find perks such as:
  • Tour/ticket information, luggage storage and a TV in the lobby
  • Multilingual staff, coffee/tea in the lobby and a lift
  • A 24-hour front desk and a gift shop
  • Guest reviews speak highly of the breakfast
Room features
All guest rooms at Start Hostel have amenities, such as complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests reviews speak well of the size rooms at the property.
Extra amenities include:
  • Free toiletries and hairdryers
  • Communal kitchens and daily housekeeping


English, Icelandic, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 24 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 4:00 PM until 11:30 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • If you are planning to arrive after 4:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Up to 2 children (1 year old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No on-site parking

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 4:00 AM–9:30 AM
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • Snack bar/deli

Travelling with children

  • Children stay free
  • Playground


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas


  • Lift
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift


  • English
  • Icelandic
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place and guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Contactless check-out is available.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Start Hostel Keflavik
Start Keflavik
Start Hostel Reykjanesbær
Start Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Start Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Reykjanesbær

Frequently asked questions

Does Start Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Start Hostel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Start Hostel?
As of 3 October 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Start Hostel on 2 November 2022 start from €80, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Start Hostel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Start Hostel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Start Hostel?
Sorry, there's no on-site parking at Start Hostel.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Start Hostel?
You can check in from 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
Are there restaurants at or near Start Hostel?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Langbest (14-min walk), Serrano (2.7 mi) and Kina Panda (2.9 mi).

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

With the airport being approx 45km from capital, this hotel is great if you have a late or early flight. The hotel is clean, spacious, quiet, with, kitchen, dining room, and breakfast being served from 4am. Cannot falt this place. Would definitely stay here again!
1-night trip with friends
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

You can Start me up!
Excellent affordable hotel near airport. Very good free breakfast. The staff were very helpful. At 4:45am, one staff member bussed my empty breakfast plates (breakfast starts at 4am), personally knocked on my door for the wake up call I requested and coordinated taxi transport to airport (cancelling one taxi so I could share taxi cost with another departing guest). Amazing service and at o' dark thirty! Lots of cool seabirds in the area too! Nothing to do in this area without a car, but lots of peace and quiet and great for walks. Note: I took bus from airport and it was a little tricky to find the hotel. I did a bit of walking. However, I did not have wifi with google maps...that would have better helped my bus driver to know the closest bus stop. Wifi could be a bit stronger and the rooms need do not disturb signs (I made my own sign after housekeeping mistakenly woke me up on day 1). Overall, I highly recommend Start Hostel. No frils but great value for Iceland!
William, 3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Very helpful
Erin, 1-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Top notch!
This is one of the best hostels I have stayed in. Very nice public spaces, the showers were fantastic, breakfast was spectacular. All of the staff were very friendly and always offered assistance. It was especially nice to be able to book a room with separate twin beds and not bunks! I highly recommend this hostel. There is a bus stop nearby to get to/from the hostel if you aren’t departing/arriving at odd hours. I managed to share cabs with other travelers, which seems common. Full kitchen and simple foods available for purchase at the front desk since there are limited options in the area.
Colleen, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Wonderful people and facility.
Timothy, 1-night trip with friends
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Stefán, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The woman who checked us in was superb. She went way out of her way to help us, was most helpful and professional.
John and Caroline, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

It is still a little far from the airport so the owner booked me a taxi in the morning. Otherwise it’s a really nice hostel. Bed cleaning and comfortable, facilities looks new.
Qingyi, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

We had a very early check out because our plane was leaving early. They prepared our breakfast for 4AM. The rooms were big and very comfortable. Don't get fooled by the name hostel. The only negative was the shared washrooms. So it you are a family needing 2 rooms that is no problem. But it might be a problem if you shared a washroom with another unknown family.
DAVID, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Clean and comfortable.
Michael, 1-night family trip
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