Published September 17, 2013
Reykjavík’s Kex Hostel has now earned the distinction of being considered one of the world’s “swanky” hostels.
CNN posted their compilation of accommodations for the budget traveler that they consider to be amongst the most “swanky” in the world. Topping the list was none other than Reykjavík’s own Kex Hostel. To wit:
More often than not, guests will catch a band playing in the bar area or at Gym& Tonic, a small venue within Kex equipped with old-school punching bags (it also doubles as an art gallery and movie theater).
Then there’s the occasional pop-up concert. In fact, Russell Crowe once showed up to belt out some tunes with rock legend Patti Smith. Even comedian Ben Stiller has been seen there nursing a pint of local stout.
Don’t worry: There are peaceful activities, too. Like yoga and meditation. There’s even a retro barbershop so you can go home looking snazzy.
This wouldn’t be the first time Kex Hostel received international recognition, either. In 2011, the hostel won an innovation award for their “forward-thinking” approach to the industry.