Doing Iceland on a budget? With its futuristic sleeping pods, Galaxy Pod Hostel offers its guests modern amenities at affordable prices.
*A big thank you to Galaxy Pod Hostel! We were offered a complimentary stay in exchange for this review but, as always, all opinions are our own.*
It’s a well-known fact that Iceland is an expensive country to visit. To save some money, but still have modern amenities, we recommend staying at Galaxy Pod Hostel.
During our visit to the Land of Fire and Ice, we based ourselves in Reykavik. The Galaxy Pod Hostel was perfect for us as it was only a few minutes walk from downtown and close to restaurants, bus stops, and a grocery store.
The hostel is located on the 3rd floor of an office building (you can take the stairs or an elevator). The first thing that catches your eye when you walk in is the lounge area. There are a bunch of couches and pillows, perfect for relaxing after a long day of exploring Reykjavik or the surrounding areas. The next thing that will probably catch your eye is the bar (happy hour is from 7pm to 9pm!).
Off to the right is the reception desk. You can check in after 2pm and must check out before 11am, but the reception area is open from 7am to 11pm (which is really convenient if you need help with anything or have any questions about the area). And just beyond the reception desk is a wall that you can write your name on; we thought that was a pretty unique feature!
Galaxy Pod Hostel also has a pretty modern kitchen area. During our stay we saw plenty of people cooking since it’s a lot cheaper to buy food at the grocery store that’s across the street and cook your own meals. Iceland is expensive! There’s also a big refrigerator where you can keep your food (make sure to properly label) or share food with others (the top shelf is reserved for communal purposes).
The bathroom area has multiple sinks, toilets, and showers. It was clean every time we went which is always a big plus for us when we stay in hostels. We really liked that each shower stall was large enough to also have a little stool to put your stuff on; we had plenty of room to dry off and change. There was also a blow dryer which was great because the last thing you want to do in Iceland is go out with wet hair.
Note that the bathroom is shared by males and females and if you forget to take your own towel you can rent one from reception for the duration of your stay for 500 ISK (about $4.50).
The hostel also has a few different styles of accommodation. They have mixed dorms with multiple bunks and they also have a room with 4 queen-sized beds. We did see a few families staying at the hostel, so we imagine those queen beds are perfect for them. The dorms all have pretty large lockers as well that you can open with a key card that is provided (yay for not having to fumble around with locks and keys!).
But what attracts people to the hostel the most is, of course, the pods. Styled after the popular Japanese sleeping pods, Galaxy Pod Hostel is one of the few places in Europe that offers these fun and spaceship-like capsules. The pods are a lot roomier than you’d think and come with a lot of great extras like:
What we loved the most about our pod was that the mattress came with a memory-foam mattress on top and that we could slide our pod door closed and have some privacy, a luxury you don’t often get in a hostel.
We slept really well in our pod thanks to that memory foam mattress and felt ready for the next days’ adventures…
Pro Tip: Go prepared and check out our Iceland Packing List!
This was by far the best and coolest hostel we’ve ever stayed in. Everyone that worked there was really friendly and helpful and the free WiFi was really fast. We loved the modern facilities, how close it was to downtown, and the futuristic pods. We would recommend this hostel to anyone who wants to save money but doesn’t want to sacrifice comfort and convenience. It’s definitely one of the best places to stay in Iceland on a budget.
Have you ever slept in a pod? Would you? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂