Jan 1, 2017
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Alba Guesthouse, Reykjavik, Iceland – Review

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Alba Guesthouse Reykjavik was the first accommodation we stayed at on our first year long round the world trip. From the outside, it looks like a dismal huge grey house but the inside is where the magic happens.

It feels like home as soon as you walk in. The central heating was blaring (in the height of a freezing cold Icelandic winter) and the owner took our coats and hung them up for us, making us feel at home.

If you are looking at where to stay in Reykjavik, stay at Alba Guesthouse. We loved it that much, that we came back after a sneaky few days in Greenland to stay another night.

Alba Guesthouse Reykjavik

“A beautifully quiet retreat with a very welcoming and accommodating host”

Alba Guesthouse in Reykjavik, Iceland

Image Credit: Expedia

The Rooms
The room was very cosy and had just enough room to host 2 people. It had a decent sized comfortable double bed and a small window where you could stand and watch the snow fall.

Room Options:
Alba Guesthouse hotel Reykjavik has a range of single, double, twin, triple and family rooms.

Alba Guesthouse bedroom, Reykjavik, Iceland

Image Credit: Agoda

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor as there are some rooms in an underground floor. We’re not sure what they were like as we stayed upstairs.

The Facilities
The bathrooms were shared with separate toilet facilities. One bathroom even had heated flooring (a bonus when the temperature falls).

No kitchen was available for guests, but the hosts were very accommodating and gave us hot water for our flasks on numerous occasions.

Free Wi-Fi internet was included.

Food and Drink
The free breakfast was delicious, coffee, toast, fruit, cereal, the usual continental selection.
Although no kitchen facilities were available to guests, the hosts offer a packed lunch at a cost.

We paid – £26 for a double room including breakfast.
This was in February which is classed as low season.

Website Rates –

Room Type Low Season (September – April) High Season (May – September)
Single Room From € 44 From € 124
Double Room From € 56 From € 143
Triple Room From € 68 From € 164
Quad Room From €75 From €182


  • 12-minute walk to Reykjavik city centre, just straight down the main road.
  • 15-minute walk to the Hallgrimskirkja.
  • 45-minute drive from Keflavik airport (we recommend Grayline or Bustravel)

    Location Tip: The nearest pick up point for excursions is at Bus Hostel, which is a 3 minute walk.


    Would we stay here again? YES, absolutely!

    Alba Guesthouse has a special place in our hearts because it was the first place we ever stayed when we set off on our first round the world adventure in 2015.

    Round The World Magazine rate this guesthouse as one of the best places to stay in Reykjavik.

    Alba Guesthouse in Reykjavik, Iceland, 6* Rating

    Why Round The World Magazine gave Alba Guesthouse a 6* rating –


  • Cheap Rooms
  • Very friendly Hosts
  • Great Location in Reykjavik centre
  • Heated Flooring in bathrooms
  • Delicious free breakfast
  • Cons

  • No kitchen facilities

    Contact Details:

    Alba Guesthouse
    Eskihlid 3, Reykjavik 105, Iceland
    [email protected]
    +354 552 9800
    Website: http://www.alba.is/

    RoundTheWorldMagazine also reviewed Bus Hostel and Snorri’s Guesthouse in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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