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City Center Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Austurstraeti 6, Reykjavik 101, Iceland   |  
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Ranked #14 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“What a great hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed at the City Centre Hotel from 28th Jan to 31st Jan 2013. We can't recommend it highly enough. It is small with only 30 rooms but has a 24 hour reception. Our room (505) was great with a very comfortable bed and also has a balconey. The staff were all so friendly and helpful. Breakfast was very good with plenty of choice. There is a micro brewery inside the hotel and the room is also used for breakfast (it didn't smell of beer). The micro brewery opens at 4pm for a 3 hour happy hour. They have several beers on draught and over 100 in bottles!! The location in downtown is perfect for walking to everything around the city centre. The hotel doesn't serve food apart from breakfast but you are only seconds away from many places to eat and drink. The only surprise for those who have not been to Iceland before is that the hot water smells of sulphur (but is harmless).

Room Tip: Rooms on the lower floors facing the main street can be noisy on Friday/Saturday nights so we were t...
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  • Stayed January 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 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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Lake Placid, Florida
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

A friend and I stayed here for a week. It was a wonderful experience. It was very clean, centrally located and front desk people very helpful. Lots of great restaurants within walking distance; Harpa the concert hall is also within walking distance. Tour companies will pick you up and take you to the starting point of sightseeing trips. It tended to be noisy on the weekends but call the front desk and they will see to the problem.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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California, USA
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Stayed for 5 nights and this cozy hotel served as a wonderful base for exploring downtown -- within walking distance of the main shopping street to one side, the marina to the other, and the symphony hall straight ahead. The famous hotdog stand is a mere 2 short blocks away. The main BSI bus terminal is about a 15 minute walk away. The cathedral is about an 8 minute walk up the hill. There is a micro bar downstairs that is very popular at night & serves a good variety of beers.
Breakfast (extra charge) is available in the same space from 7-10am.

Pros:
Fantastic location, close to the bus stop, tours will pick you up from the front door, LOTS of places to eat & shop nearby, convenience store pretty much across the street, good continental-type buffet breakfast (I really enjoyed the fresh baked bread from the local bakery), Free wifi, clean room decorated in a modern fashion, comfy bed, good value for what you get, friendly & helpful staff

Cons:
Not much of a view outside the rooms, light sleepers might be bothered by the noise from weekend bar hoppers

All in all, I would recommend staying here. There are only 30 rooms, so book right away or you could miss out.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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London, UK
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24 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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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Helsinki, Finland
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21 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 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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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 reviews
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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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Address: Austurstraeti 6, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
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*
Number of rooms: 30
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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