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

Start Hostel

2.0 star property

4.5/5 Wonderful

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Kitchen
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping
Lindarbraut, Southern Peninsula, Reykjanesbær

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationStekkjarkot4 min drive
  • Popular LocationThe Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll5 min drive
  • Popular LocationViking World Museum6 min drive
  • AirportReykjavik (KEF-Keflavik Intl.)8 min drive

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About this area


Located in Reykjanesbær, Start Hostel is near the airport. Stekkjarkot and Old Garður Lighthouse are local landmarks, and some of the area's attractions include The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll and Viking World Museum.

What's nearby

  • Stekkjarkot - 4 min drive
  • The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll - 5 min drive
  • Viking World Museum - 6 min drive
  • Útsýnissvæði - 6 min drive
  • Reykjanes Heritage Museum - 8 min drive

Getting around

  • Reykjavik–Keflavik Intl. Airport (KEF) - 8 min drive


  • Langbest - 14 min walk
  • Serrano - 6 min drive
  • Kina Panda - 6 min drive
  • Kef - 7 min drive
  • OlsenOlsen Diner - 7 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 like:
  • A gift shop, tour/ticket assistance, and a 24-hour front desk
  • Luggage storage, multilingual staff, and a TV in the lobby
  • Coffee/tea in the lobby and an elevator
  • Guest reviews give top marks for the breakfast
Room features
All 24 rooms offer amenities such as free WiFi. Guests reviews give good marks for the spacious rooms at the property.
Other amenities include:
  • Free toiletries and hair dryers
  • 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/140°F or hotter
Follows 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 sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • No onsite parking available

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast available daily 4:00 AM–9:30 AM
  • 1 bar
  • Coffee/tea in common area(s)

Things to do

  • Playground

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Playground
  • Snack bar/deli


  • Elevator
  • Gift shop/newsstand

Guest services

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


  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access

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Check-in from 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM

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

Access methods

Staffed front desk, key retrieval


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
2 children, up to the age of 1, can stay for free if using existing beds when occupying the parent or guardian's room
Rollaway/extra beds are not available

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Property is also known as

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

Frequently asked questions

Is Start Hostel pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

How much does it cost to stay at Start Hostel?

As of Dec 2, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Start Hostel on Dec 8, 2022 start from CA $104.3, excluding 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.

How much is parking at Start Hostel?

This property doesn't offer parking.

What time is check-in at Start Hostel?

Check-in is from 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM.

What time is check-out at Start Hostel?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Where is Start Hostel located?

Situated near the airport, this hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark, Stekkjarkot, and The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll. Viking World Museum and Útsýnissvæði are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Start Hostel and receive a full refund?

Yes, Start Hostel offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Start Hostel cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 157 out of 257 reviews" "
" "5 - Excellent 61%
Rating 4 - Good. 82 out of 257 reviews" "
" "4 - Good 32%
Rating 3 - Okay. 15 out of 257 reviews" "
" "3 - Okay 6%
Rating 2 - Poor. 2 out of 257 reviews" "
" "2 - Poor 1%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 257 reviews" "
" "1 - Terrible 0%




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Property conditions & facilities



5/5 Excellent

Byoungjune, Seoul
Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Good location to use airport. Wonderful staff. Clean. Good to meet young travellers.
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family and small children
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This was a rare find for us to get beds for all 5 of us in a room together. The place was spotless and the gentleman at the desk was very nice. He even knocked at our door to tell us about the Northern lights. Great stay close to the airport.
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Good location
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Excellent value.
Stayed 6 nights in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
First of, the property is close to airport - about a ten minute taxi ride (take the property's advice and use the cab they suggest - it is cheaper) so it was quite easy to pick up our bags at 630 am , hop in a cab, get to our our room, and rest-up after our overnight flight. Secondly, the area is unique, in a good way. It is on the grounds of a former US base along with other hotels and businesses, and so you can easily walk to restaurants or to get a drink. We liked the Take Off Bistro nearby. Thirdly, the staff is friendly and helpful. Finally, it is a great breakfast buffet with lots of options for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. In face, you good easily get enough to eat there to make lunch unnecessary. The buffet starts at 4 am which is great if you have an early flight.
Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
well situated beside airport and car rental for start and end of trip. prolonged breakfast schedule very practical before flight. spacious and confortable family room
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Very clean property with friendly staff.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

leszek, San Jose
Travelled with partner
Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Very clean place, professional staff. Paweł went above and beyond to help organize our stay. Thank you
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
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!
Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2022