Myself and my Fiance booked a 3 night stay at the Hotel Laxnes, my main reason for going to Iceland, to see the Northern Lights.
Iceland is amazing, so clean and everyone was so friendly. I tried my few words of Icelandic that I had 'googled' but everyone we met spoke perfect English.
We booked a coach from the airport to Hotel Laxnes and I have to say, after viewing the other hotels on the drop off, we definitely made the right choice by staying at Hotel Laxnes. It is set next to the mountains and is within walking distance of the estuary/coast, yet there are a few shops and restaurants in the same location, along with a bus stop right outside the hotel, so that you don't feel too isolated.
The location of the hotel is brilliant. If you love to walk and experience fresh air and culture, this is perfect.
I did read a lot of the hotel reviews before I went and did worry a little, but there was no need. Shaun, the hotel manager is brilliant, really friendly and helpful and Max is the same, nothing is too much trouble for either of them.
The hotel is always warm, even when its not so warm outside. The pillows were fine, although I did take my own after reading the reviews, but I didn't need to and could have used the extra luggage space for more clothes ! The duvets are thin and this did worry me as I am always cold, but the hotel is that warm, the one thin duvet is just right. We even slept with our window slightly open, something I don't even do at home as I am so nesh !
The bathroom was great, the room was great, breakfast was lovely, even for a fussy vegetarian. I had toast and porridge, yogurt, coffee and juice each morning. The breakfast staff (husband and wife team) always said good morning and always were willing to help. I don't understand the reviews that say different. Maybe they don't speak as much as Shaun and Max, but they certainly aren't rude.
The lady that came to clean the room one day was very polite and happy to come back a bit later once we had gone out for the day.
I can not say one bad thing about this hotel and would recommend this place to anyone that wants to experience fresh air, Icelandic countryside and village life. Personally, I didn't want to be in a built up city centre and unless you want to party all night, I would say try the Hotel Laxnes. I will certainly be going again as unfortunately, I didn't get to see the Northern Lights during our stay.
Guys, see you again soon and thanks for making our holiday fantastic.
Josie and Simon. xxx
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE RETREAT MINUTES AWAY FROM THE CITY CENTER OF REYKJAVIK.Hotel Laxnes is overlooking Mountain Esja and located opposite a river,we offer the best of both worlds. Great for Hiking and seeing the Northernlights.Our Village is like stepping back in time into a fairytale world !10 mins from Reykjavik City!We are next to rivers,waterfalls,mountains,sea ,a beautiful lake and close to Reykjavik city !The Hotel Laxnes is a modern country style hotel lodge with a mountain view in the greater Reykjavik in Mosfellsbaer close to the country and near to the City ! Only within a 10 minute drive into the Reykjavik city centre offering a country feeling to it, located close to the Alafoss Viking Wool store, Laxnes horse riding, a Golf course, a fishing lake and on route to the famous Golden Circle trip. On-site parking is free for guests.Why stay in the city centre if you can experience both country and city life staying at the laxnes Hotel.We offer both Car and Mountain bike rental at great prices ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Laxnes Iceland/Mosfellsbaer, Reykjavik