Many travellers are surprised to find out that Reykjavik is actually a 45 minute drive (without traffic) from the main International Airport at Keflavík. If you’ve got an early flight the next day, or you arrive to Iceland in the evening, or you just want to avoid the expensive accommodation of Reykjavik, it would be worth staying overnight in Keflavík and you can’t go wrong with staying at Keflavík Guesthouse. Indeed this is where we spent our first and last nights on our North Iceland road trip.
Disclaimer: TraveLynn Family were provided with a two night stay at Guesthouse Keflavík, courtesy of Hey Iceland, as part of our North Iceland road trip. As always, these are all my own words. Also, this post contains affiliate links. Should you click to purchase, it is at no additional cost to you, but I receive a small commission. Feature image courtesy of Hotel Keflavik.
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Just a 6 minute drive from the airport along quite streets, you’ll find the very modern Guesthouse Keflavík (located here), with funky artwork painted to its facade by local artists and it’s IKEA-like interior. It’s owned by Hotel Keflavik, directly across the road, and you actually check in at Hotel Keflavik, rather than Guesthouse Keflavík.
Our family room at Guesthouse Keflavík
For those travelling with heavy bags, do note that to get to your room at Guesthouse Keflavík, you need to walk up a short flight of stairs as rooms are on the first floor.
We were booked into a four-bed room, consisting of two bunk beds. The room was very small, but we managed to fit cases under the beds and the kids based themselves on the top bunk, so it didn’t feel too squished. Plus, this room was just a base for our first and last night of our North Iceland itinerary, and we spent less that 12 hours booked into the guesthouse on both occasions.
Our room was very clean and modern, with a distinct ‘IKEA-feel’. There’s a large TV, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a writing desk. I was surprised the room had so much furniture considering how small it was.
There are six rooms available in total.
There are no ensuite bathrooms. Instead there are two shared bathrooms, each with a toilet, wash basin and shower. We were the only people staying both nights, so we left our bedroom door open whilst in the room, and the shared bathroom really wasn’t an issue.
In the corridor there is a kettle, along with mugs and some tea and coffee sachets (no milk).
Their website and booking.com state that there is a small kitchenette with microwave and fridge available. However, when we asked staff at check in they said that there were no facilities like that available, and we certainly didn’t see them. We had thankfully packed noodles (cooked using boiling water from kettle), as well as an electric sandwich and waffle maker. There is a restaurant at Hotel Keflavik, but it looked rather expensive and swanky for our needs. There is a Olís petrol station up the road serving snacks.
Guests can also use the fitness centre and sauna at Hotel Keflavik, across the road.
A free buffet breakfast is served at Hotel Keflavik each morning. It was honestly the best breakfast we had in all of Iceland! There is so much food on offer; including a cooked breakfast, fresh breads and pastries, an array of fruit, cereals, and fresh juices. A great start to your day!
Breakfast is served from 5am. Very handy if you have an early flight.
Where to park at Guesthouse Keflavik
You can park outside Hotel Keflavik (across the road), and there’s also a car park adjacent to Guesthouse Keflavik. There was never a problem finding a parking space. All parking is free.
The WiFi is also free and good quality. Although most of the time I was connected to regular 4G+ network on my phone.
Do I recommend Guesthouse Keflavík?
If you’re after an easy budget stay near to Keflavik Airport, you really can’t go far wrong with Guesthouse Keflavik. The rooms are small and the bathrooms shared, but it’s very clean and modern, and you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep and an excellent breakfast.
However, you can only sleep four in the ‘family room’. Families of five will need to book into two separate rooms.
Where to book Guesthouse Keflavík
Click here to check prices and book your stay at Guesthouse Keflavík.
Where would we be without our Lonely Planet Guide? There’s also a specific Iceland Road Trip edition.
We also recommend you purchase a good Iceland road map (click here), in case your tablet or Google Maps fails.
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