The City Center Hotel is a small (30 rooms) hotel located on the main street of central Reykjavik. We stayed there on two separate nights while coming and going to other parts of Iceland. The hotel was our introduction to what we thought of as “Nordic accommodation”. The rooms were small, as is often the case in European hotels. However, they were well-appointed and very clean and comfortable. The hotel had an elevator (or lift) that was large enough for two people and their baggage. As a reminder to readers from North America, you do have to open the door yourself, when both entering and exiting the elevator. (Perhaps we were just very tired the first night we arrived. However, we did stand there for a minute wondering why the elevator had arrived but the door was not opening.) The hotel also has a desktop computer in the lobby for guest use, which was very convenient for those of us not travelling with laptops, etc.
Both our stays were at the beginning of the week. We asked for quiet rooms at the back and experienced no problems at all with respect to noise, either outside or inside the hotel. Being somewhat noise sensitive, however, we would not wish to stay there on weekends. There is a recently opened “micro bar” on the ground floor and a nightclub is located a couple of doors down. As well, we can imagine that the street in front of the hotel, with its traffic restrictions, could become a major partying zone for pedestrians on the weekend.
We took the Flybus+ in from the airport. The mini-bus was not allowed to come down the street in front of the hotel. (Due to its width, it is restricted to automobile traffic only.) We got off the minibus by the far edge of the plaza at the top of the street and walked diagonally across to the hotel (about 3 – 5 minutes).
We had asked for twin accommodation and were given a different type of room each time. The first was larger and the two beds were quite separate. The second room was smaller. There were two box springs, with a common mattress, but separate bedding for each side. Both arrangements worked fine for us. However, if it is very important to have two completely separate beds, visitors should discuss this with the hotel when booking. (I rather suspect that, for the second night, the staff member at reception was more concerned with assigning us the requested “quiet” room than the “twin” part of the request.) Both rooms came equipped with two bathrobes and two sets of slippers, as well as facilities for making tea/coffee and a minibar.
The bathrooms were large with showers (with both a regular showerhead and a “rain” style head). The glass barrier between the shower and the rest of the bathroom, however, only came part way. So it took some refining of shower direction to avoid washing the bathroom floor while taking a shower. The bathroom came equipped with a “goodie basket” that included toothbrushes and a small sewing kit, in addition to the usual shower cap and shampoos. As mentioned by a previous reviewer, the toilet paper dispenser was in rather an odd place, near the floor, and we moved the roll up for easier use.
Breakfast was served on the ground floor in the micro bar. It was not a lavish buffet. The hotel does, after all, have only 30 rooms. However, it had everything we needed – juice, fruit, skyr, cereals, bread, scrambled eggs and so on.
We found hotel staff to be very pleasant and helpful. For example, housekeeping staff was very quick to come over to the elevator when we were checking out with our baggage and hold open the elevator door while we pulled everything inside.
One thing to note is that, although prices on the website are quoted in Euros, the actual rate at the time of check-out is adjusted according to how the ISK (Icelandic kronur) is valued against the Euro at the time the charge is put through. In other words, the rate in ISK remains constant. However, the rate in Euros fluctuates. (The hotel points this out on its website so guests are aware of it at the time of booking.) In our case, the Euro rate was actually higher than the rate we had booked at. Since we were paying in Canadian dollars, we asked that the charge be put through in ISK, rather than Euros, (to avoid paying foreign exchange fees twice).
All in all, we enjoyed our stay at the City Center Hotel and would gladly stay again, however, not, as indicated above, on weekends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- City Center Hotel is a new hotel located in the heart of Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. Standing 6 floors on one of the oldest streets in Reykjavik, Austurstraeti. City Center Hotel is a 3 star accommodation with individuality, location and personal service for all its guests to enjoy Reykjavik and Iceland. City Center Hotel has 30 rooms, with modern and classic amenities such as: free high speed wireless internet access, hair dryer, slippers, bathrobe, mini-bar, telephone, LCD TV with satellite and Pay-TV, radio, alarm clock, coffee & tea maker. All rooms have bathrooms with a shower or a bathtub. The hotel has handicapped facilities. Some rooms have great views over parliament square and some have balconies. City Center Hotel offers service to its guests like a small gym, lobby bar and a shop with Icelandic design and music. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- City Hotel