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“Great Place to Stay in Reykjavik” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranargata 8a, Reykjavik, Iceland   |  
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Ranked #5 of 102 Reykjavik B&B and Inns
Salem, Oregon, United States
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“Great Place to Stay in Reykjavik”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Our party of 3 adults spent 3 nights in the Butterfly Guesthouse in August of 2013 and we would highly recommend it to other travelers. The location is excellent as it is in a quiet neighborhood just a few blocks west of the tourist information center and within easy walking distance to all of the key sites in the central part of the city. This is a particularly good place to spend 2 or 3 nights before touring around the island. You can do without a car for the days you spend here (the Flybus from the airport will drop you off a few blocks away) but parking is available nearby if you have one. The guesthouse is clean, organized, and has a self-service kitchen that can help cut down on eating expenses. Breakfast is self serve with a good selection of fruit, cereal, milk, eggs and other foods and provides a good opportunity to compare notes with other visitors. Each guest room has a reserved shelf in a refrigerator as well as access to common food items and a full complement of dishes, pots and pans, and cutlery. Jon is a great host. He was quick to respond to all of our email prior to our visit and was willing to spend time talking about places to visit, Icelandic history, geology, and other topics. We felt welcome and comfortable from the moment we walked in the door and we will definitely stay here again on our next visit.

  • Stayed August 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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  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Rome, Italy
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in Butterfly Guesthouse in August. The room is nice, cosy and clean with a small but complete bathroom and a big shower. The place is very clean and all the facilities for breakfast are available. We rented also the camper for a 2 weeks tour around Iceland and it was even better. The camper was almost new and very well kept and equipped with anything you may need like linen, towels, kitchen equipment, cleaning items, detergents etc.
Jon and Olafia are really great, they stayed in touch with us while we were around Iceland sending us mails with suggestions on what to visit, weather forecasts etc.
Next time in Reykjavik we'll undoubtedly go again to Butterfly.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pinawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Honeymoon in Iceland was amazing, but starting our trip at the Butterfly made it perfect! Jon & Olafia always had time to help set up activities for the day and answer all our questions. We found the Butterfly spotless, staff and guests very friendly, and close to everything you need. Their massive selection of Breakfast keeps you going all day, which makes it an easy decision to stay there rather than the hostel life of groceries... booo! Some good friends are heading to Iceland this year and we told them they must stay at the Butterfly. Give it a chance for one day and you will fall in love. I wish you all safe holidays.
Brandy & Leslie

  • Stayed June 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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Norangdal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We felt really welcome at Butterly Guesthouse. The hosts, Jon and Turid, were very helpful with advice about what to do and where to go. We also had good communication on e-mail with Jon before we arrived.
The guesthouse is central located, but in a quiet street with no noise from traffic or resturants/bars. Walking distance to good restaurants, the harbor, the culture house "Harpa", and the city center. The airport bus stops nearby the Guesthouse.
Jon helped us rent a car. The appartments and rooms are modern, clean and well kept. They serve a traditional Icelandic/Norwegian breakfast; bread, jam, cheese, coffee, milk, juice. We really recommand staying at Butterfly Guesthouse, and we would stay there again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Iceland in general is quite expensive, so with that being said location was one of our criteria which The Butterfly House had. Located on a quiet street and within walking distance from all the places we wanted to visit such as shops, restaurants, harbor, concert hall, tallest church, etc.
Jon was quick to respond to my emails prior to arrival and accommodating the 3 of us. The room was small and bathroom very small, but grateful to have a private bath(and washcloths).Our room overlooked the street. We didn't need our car the whole time and were grateful to find a spot close by to park for free. After 6p.m. and before 10a.m. you can park right on their street free, so we just moved our car the night before we left.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sunnyvale, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This was a terrific place to stay! Jon was super-helpful, and he went out of his way to help us when we needed it and to accommodate us in every possible way. The location is very central, being walking distance to the downtown area, the concert hall, and the harbor. We had the downstairs apartment for the three of us, and it was perfectly spacious. All is very clean. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed June 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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Charlotte, NC
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Jon, the hands-on owner/manager, runs an lovely guesthouse that is tucked away in a quiet side street within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops, and harbor from this location.

We opted for the apartment, which provided a wide array of cooking utensils, and we put it to good use. In addition, the community kitchen area, also available to the apartment renters, is furnished with an abundance of breakfast options, including fresh fruit, meats, cheese, nuts, etc.

Most important, Jon was quick in responding to my reservation inquiry . His email included detailed information and links regarding bus transportation to the guest house. He advised us NOT to take the taxi due to its high cost.

As a frequent traveler, I give the Butterfly Guesthouse my highest recommendation.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Ranargata 8a, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #5 of 102 B&Bs / Inns in Reykjavik
Number of rooms: 6

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