We stayed here for 3 nights in March 2013. (midweek). We were intially taken to another hotel with similar name by insistant coach driver and thankfully we had seen pictures on trip advisor so knew it was wrong one!
It was nice to be greeted by English speaking guy on reception. He was very helpful and friendly throughout our stay, helping us by making telephone calls to confirm pre-booked trips and giving advice on dining, site seeing and shopping.
We asked for a room on high floor in advance as had heard it can be advisable to avoid street noise from clubs. I am pleased to say this request was met and we had a lovely clean room on the top floor of this small hotel. The room was perfectly quiet and there was no noise during the week except from the odd novel plane flying inches from the window from nearby domestic airport. This was not frequent and not a problem btw!.
The room had twin beds (though a bit on small side if you are large!), radiators you could choose to turn on or off yourself for a change which was nice, kettle and tbags/coffee (you will need to pinch some milk from coffee station in reception). There was a small mini bar and good size tv. (only one English channel available which we did ask to be looked at to no avail but hey ho you dont come away to watch tv so never mind!). The Bathroom was spotless and there was a hairdryer in bathroom. Our only small issue with room was although it did look nice to have alcove from stairs between bedroom and bathroom, one does need to be cautious when spending penny in night or it can hurt your head seriously at a minimum! Think Health and Safety would probably ban that in UK lol
The hotel had a gym which we didnt try. The self service breakfast had a good selection. Would be good if open a little earlier for days with early trips/early airport return but just a suggestion.
The Hotel also had a small bar. This was our only complaint. One evening we went down for a drink and were refused entrance. There was a piece of paper stuck to the door announcing a private function. Apparantly the Manager was enjoying a beer tasting private party with locals. We thought it was wrong that there were no other facilities available for paying guests and we were not advised it was to be closed beforehand. We were permitted to enter and buy a drink to take out. Apart from the fact that we felt eyes glaring at us as if we were lepers we were told there was no lager and no brandy for the 2 drinks we asked for! This was a little disappointing but not end of the world. It happens.
The hotel was in a great location in the centre of the town. There are plenty of places to eat and drink within stones throw. It is worth pointing out that everything seemed very pricey in Iceland full stop. 2 drinks in the bar were between 12-15 GBP equivalent so be prepared to stay sober! In fairness the prices in nearby off licence were also a lot more expensive than UK so not hotel at fault.
I would definately recommend this hotel, if just for its location alone. It was quite pricey but that is the norm for a City location and it is great to be in such good spot. The fact it is only 2 years old and very clean with good breakfast makes it ideal for a short break to Iceland.
Would I recommend? Yes at the right price, midweek only.
- 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