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City Center Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Austurstraeti 6, Reykjavik 101, Iceland (Miõborg)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 47 hotels in Reykjavik
London, UK
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19 hotel reviews
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“Excellent Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Had a fantastic stay here.

The good:

Great hotel in a great location, close to pretty much everything downtown
Lovely staff, super helpful.
Great bar downstairs
Great water pressure and showers, despite the sulphur smell.
Free parking out the front if you rent a car. Name another hotel in a capital city where you can park for free outside the front door.... :)
Free wifi - always a winner..

The not so good.

Can be a little noisy on Friday & Saturday night as there are a couple of bars/clubs nearby and these guys go for it.
Beds were maybe a little soft, but no big deal really.

All in all though, would totally recommend staying here though.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

As the name suggests, the hotel is centrally located in Reykjavik. There are no parking space available by the hotel but there's some parking space around the hotel - if you are lucky. There are plenty restaurants, bars and night clubs just next the hotel, which is nice in general. However on weekends this will mean noise caused by people having good time and also by the music played in bars. If your room is facing the street and is at low floors it will disturb your sleep. I'm not a light sleeper and usually the noise is not a problem for me, but I propose to check where you room is when you are staying over weekend. Hotel has it's own bar downstairs and it offer probably the best foreign beer selection in the city. Bar closes at 23:00 already and it is used for simple breakfast buffet serving at morning. Even if the selection is simple it is quite nice and I didn't really miss any basics. Stuff seems to be quite young and I believe that at least some of them are foreign students or similar. In any case they where providing good service topped with smiles. The room itself was not too large, as you can expect from a city hotel with this price level. Comfy bed is taking most of the space in room itself. Bathroom was nice and well cleaned. If you like to stay at center with couple of steps from restaurant and bars, this is your choice. Stayed for 3 nights.

Room Tip: If you are staying during weekend I would avoid street side rooms due the noise.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We loved the location, the staff (especially Heiðrún Harðardóttir and the servers for the breakfast buffet), the price and the breakfast buffet. Extremely resonable price! The staff were so, so, so helpful.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

This stylish and modern hotel lives up to its name, making it an ideal choice for a traveler looking to participate in the vibrant nightlife in Reykjavik. The rooms, like most places in the country, are compact, but comfortable. And the staff was tremendously helpful. And the price was remarkably reasonable for what you get.

On arrival, someone had been accidentally moved into my room, without proper logging into the computer. The manager came back in at 1 am to resolve the issue, which shows some true desire to do right by the customer. By the time my friend and I had wrapped up our Friday evening out, my room was set.

However, if you don't plan to be out and about on Friday or Saturday night, you best have a deep love of thumping base coming through the walls from the adjacent clubs, or you're not going to be especially happy.

Regardless, this is my favorite hotel in Iceland amongst the seven I've tried.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Gotta say, though we were moved from another hotel into this one, I think we lucked out, gaining a great view of the city and a prime location in the middle of everything. The room was a little on the small side, but it was a great experience and the free breakfast was solid. They did a great job taking care of us. The only downside is that it was slightly rougher around the edges than the hotel we originally planned on staying in, particularly around the elevator — nothing a little renovation couldn't fix. Either way, we totally would recommend this hotel again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Hollywood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Right in the center of town. Staff is wonderful and really go out of their way. I can understand that front facing rooms would be noisy and my friend did have one and it was noisy. However I had a back facing room and it was incredibly quiet....just perfect. Very good breakfast with great bread and baked products. Very good choice close to everything.

  • Stayed January 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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Firstly, I have to say I got this room at a ridiculously cheap price through an external agent. I think I paid something like £27 a night, so my review is a little coloured by that. I know regular prices are several times that amount, even with a discount. I could not believe the luxury of this place - all previous complaints about the nearby nightclub can be disregarded; this was NASA, which was shut some time ago (though I signed the petition to save it, it may be just as well on this occasion as my room was directly overlooking the venue). The bed was simply the most comfortable I have ever slept in. It was extremely big too. I had a huge flatscreen TV with access to a mass of channels (including the regular UK ones!) and a spotless, modern ensuite. There was good WiFi access and the view from my balcony (with French windows along one wall) looked straight out over the Parliament Building; possibly one of the most sought-after views in Reykjavík! The room was warm and the staff were extremely efficient in cleaning it each day. The lift was a little unusual in that it has no internal safety door (I personally found that quite fun). The reception staff aren't particularly friendly, but nor are they unpleasant and they are happy to help with whatever request you may make. As for the location, you are right in the centre of downtown 101. You couldn't really get better. One point, though - breakfast wasn't provided as part of the price. However, if I can get anything like that deal again, I will absolutely search this place out. I felt thoroughly spoilt.

Room Tip: If you have a choice, a room on the upper floors is advisable to get away from any street noise.
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Austurstraeti 6, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
#10 Family Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — City Center Hotel 3*
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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