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“Amazing Apartment- Perfect Location” 5 of 5 stars
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Embassy Luxury Apartments
Gardastraeti 40, Reykjavik 101, Iceland   |  
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Ranked #5 of 108 Reykjavik B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Amazing Apartment- Perfect Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

This was one of the best stay ever, unfortunately we could just got it for 1 night, it being over booked for next 2 days. Facilities/Location was just perfect. very well managed. Would really like to come back one day and book in advance this time. Kitchen was so well maintained and had all needed stuff. Its must have specially in Iceland where you would be going for whole day tours and would like to have packed lunch. We didnt felt like leaving the place and move to another hotel:-)

Room Tip: Try for Castle house, location is much better than embassy.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Just stayed in Apartment 110 (Basement) for a few nights (I use that term loosely as there was actually no darkness at all!)
Overall - happy with service, communication, cleanliness and location. Free WiFi a real winner IMO.
A few small negatives -
Tiny Tardis-like shower with a real risk of burning your a*s on the super hot faucets if you are anything size XL or above.
Satellite TV but no channels actually unlocked except a few local Icelandic stations. Too bad if you don't speak Icelandic!
Odour of Hydrogen Sulphide pervades the apartment due to geothermal hot water and limited ventilation. Locals probably wouldn't notice it, but some people could find it offensive. Not a huge deal for us.
Needs proper block-out window shades for bedroom as midnight sun in summer can be disconcerting and create insomnia.
A few more rugs on the wooden floors wouldn't go astray.

A tip - at the end of the street, about 50m from the apartments is the Holavallagadur Cemetery.
This is an absolute must see when visiting Reykjavik even though it is probably not listed anywhere in the Travel Guides. Costs you nothing and you could spend hours there.
It's beautifully maintained for a 19th century graveyard, has lots of lovely trees planted in early 1900's and a real old world "spooky" feel to it - especially if you walk around under the midnight sun like I did. Do it, you won't be disappointed.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Ingibergur T, Manager at Embassy Luxury Apartments, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Thank you for your review.

The apartments have satellite TV with around 60 English channels plus a remote marked "satellite" You only need to turn it on for the channels to come on as explained in the guide
in the apartments.

We offer guests who do find our blinds dark enough free eye-shades, as is explained in the guide. And we have a 24/7 service for help and information.

Icelanders drill for hot water like some nations drill for oil. All buildings and the scores of open air swimming pools in Reykjavik are heated by this geothermal source with great benefits for the atmosphere which is clear and crisp! Sometimes you can even see clearly Snæfellsjökull glacier, 100 km. away!

The hot water does sometimes smell slightly of sulphur, but we think this is a small price to pay for all the benefits it provides.
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Washington DC
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Perfect spot in downtown. Greeted immediately and allowed to check in early. Loved the place because it was quaint and homey. It is an actual apartment ideal for staying for long periods of time. The staff was friendly and courteous. I can understand why they won a trip advisor award. We are already booked to stay at their sister apartments a few blocks away later in the week. Would definitely recommend this one.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We stayed in apartment 80 which wasn't very big but was more than adequate for a couple. The apartment is modern and extremely clean. It is well equipped - everything you need in the kitchen as well as a dishwasher and microwave. There's also tea, coffee and sugar provided. There's an iron, mini ironing board and hair dryer. Free local phone calls, free view tv. The wi-fi only worked if you stand at the front door of the apartment which was a bit disappointing and there was no DVD/cd player but apart from that it was fab. The owners were great and even allowed us to loan towels for the blue lagoon after we'd checked out as well as storing our luggage for free. They couldn't have been more professional, attentive or helpful. Daily cleaning and fresh towels included.

Excellent location - 5 min walk to harbour, to main shopping and nightlife and 5 min walk to 24 hour supermarket.

The only problem we had was upon arriving in Reykjavik the coach company (iceland excursions) dropped us at the castle house luxury apartments by mistake - luckily it was only a 10 min walk to the embassy apartments and they did refund the fee.

Whale watching trip and blue lagoon was fab - free pick up and drop off at the apartments - the highlight though was the visit to Gullfoss and the Geyser - Gullfoss was amazing.

Prices for food was high so great to be able to make meals at the apartment.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ingibergur T, Manager at Embassy Luxury Apartments, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Thank you for your review. Apt. 80 is the smallest and least expensive apartment at the Embassy.
It is very well equipped, as you point out. DVD players are available on request and we have a 24/7 service. This apartment now has it's own internet router plus the possibility of LAN (wired) connection.

I am sorry to hear Iceland Excursions dropped you off in the wrong location. They are usually very good and they pick up from the Embassy for tours etc. as do all the other tour operators. For buses from the airport we do reccomend airportexpress.is since they always stop at the smaller hotels while the FlyBus usually stops only at the large hotels.
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Fairfax, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We stayed in Apartment 70 (3 bedroom unit) during our 3 day/2 night visit to Reykjavik. There were a total of 5 of us and one toddler. The hotel was perfect for us. The rooms were spacious and very clean. There was a fully equipped kitchen which was very helpful for our friends who had the toddler. The only drawback was there was only 1 bathroom. The service was great. In-room free Wi-Fi was available but somewhat slow. The hotel was a short 5 minute walk to the heart of Reykjavik. We took a private taxi from the airport to the hotel upon our arrival, which was a big mistake. WHen booking, the hotel offers to arrange for a transfer service which in retrospect we should have done. The price of the hotel was very reasonable. All in all a great stay!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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durham
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Stayed in Apartment 80. Absolutely spotless and well maintained by friendly, informative staff who were a good souce of info and advice about the city. We payed for the breakfast option which was a great decision allowing a relaxed start to our mornings there. Bread, cheese, meats, fruit, yogurts, milk and fresh coffee kept us going for most of the day.
The location on the apartment is unbeatable in a quiet, residential and diplomatic area and yet just a few minutes walk from the city lake, harbour,and the pedestrianised bar/restaurant/shopping streets. Literally around the corner is the superb Settlement Museum and the oldest street (Adalstraeti) in the city.
Local prices are high but I would also highly recommend Sea Baron Rest. in the fishing harbour area for great and reasonably priced kebabs of whale, scallops, salmon, cod, prawns etc and the house speciality of lobster soup. Iceland Horizons were excellent for the Golden Circle Tour. The best bar by far if you want to try Icelandic microbrews was the nearby Micro Bar in the City Centre Hotel. Top quality draught beers for under £3 a half litre during happy hour (4-7pm with 2 for 1 offers on Sat. nights).

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We stayed in Apartment 80 for two nights while sightseeing Reykjavik. I think it's the smallest apartment but suited my husband and I fine - bedroom with double bed, two poing chairs and small dining table, bathroom and well-equipped kitchen. It's also one of the cheaper apartments ~£70 per night. We didn't bother paying extra for breakfast, there are plenty cafes just a few minutes walk away. Just a 5 minute walk from downtown Reykjavik and views of the Hallgrimskirkja from the window.

Only minor issues we had were just after we arrived my husband put the kettle on and it blew the fuse cutting all the electricity. There's no fuse box in the apartment so we had to wait for someone to come round and fix it. However they were very prompt in responding to the situation. The other thing is that the blinds in the apartment still let a lot of light in so it was quite bright at night.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gardastraeti 40, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 108 B&Bs / Inns in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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