There is a new kid on the block! Loft hostel is located right in the heart of downtown in Reykjavik, in a former bank building (that gave name to street Bankastræti), which has been recovered and completely refurbished.

It has also a great concern with trying to create a welcoming atmosphere for tourists as much as for locals. With a bar and common areas serving many functions such as concert nights, flea markets, place to read, write postcards, play fussball, meet friends, spend a good time.

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Loft is locally infamous for it’s large rooftop terrace – perfect to soak in the (rare) rays of sun and the amazing view.

Despite being fairly recent in the accommodation scene (doors opened in April 2013), Loft has ranked number one in the world only after three months.

The design identity and branding was kept simple and very intuitive. The interior decoration was left in charge of Steinunn Halldórsdóttir at VA ARCHITECTS in collaboration with Baldur Helgi Snorrason and Klara Arnalds as well, with lot’s of nice touches to take in, from very special details to the wooden floor, to the Arctic plank tables, chairs and the creative illustrations that cleverly blend in to create the perfect surroundings.

Comfortable and very well-thought, the bed bunks are conveniently equipped with plug sockets, individual lighting and a locker for each person’s values and backpack.

 Eco-friendly approach was applied wherever possible.


Images by Adriana Pacheco