I just finished an enjoyable 3 night stay at Hotel Borg. The location is absolutely perfect. On a quiet street facing a park right in the heart of downtown Reykjavik. Less than five minutes walk to many bars, restaurants, shops, supermarket, bank, taxi stand, the harbor, etc.
Like many readers, I was concerned about the reports of noise. I had a room on the first floor facing the back of the hotel. Not a nice view, but no outside noise at all. However, my room was about three doors down from the elevator and stairway landing and one night (Friday night) there was some "ambient noise" from the bar/lobby downstairs which seemed to get loud at about midnight. The sound seems to carry up the stairwell and the bar is open quite late on weekends. It wasn't loud enough to keep me awake or really dusturb me, and I was fortunate that I was three doors down from the elevator/stairway. Some of the rooms are VERY close to the elevator and I think a first floor room right next to the elevator/stairway would have too much bar noise and noise from people talking in the lobby. I do think the hotel should turn down the bar volume late at night and put hotel guests' interests first.
I'm kind of surprised that people have complained about street noise from the rooms facing the front of the hotel -- there is little car traffic there, and though there may be late night revelers wandering by, it's not in the middle of a bunch of loud clubs or anything.
I was happy with my room. Decent size for Europe. Comfortable bed, nice decor, quality linens, free wifi, black out curtains, strong hot shower, heated bathroom floors and towel rack, reasonably quiet except for the background noise from the bar late at night.
I almost didn't stay here because of the "Iced at Borg" review below. I don't think hotels should forbid guests from bringing unregistered visitors to their rooms after certain hours, provided the visitors produce ID and behave appropriately.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If ever Reykjavik's history could be contained in one building, Hotel Borg is a living, breathing time capsule that has only improved with age. Guests are surrounded by luxury in Art Deco that extends to every corner of the space and brings the past confidently into the present. Hotel Borg's 56 rooms go even further to create an individual experience for every guest. Custom-made furnishings employ three different kinds of wood and five distinct varieties of leather to capture the Art Deco style, interpreted with distinctive character in every room.Veneered parquet flooring and period globe lamps combine with radios, telephones and flat-screen televisions by Bang & Olufsen. Hastens beds in our Suite and Deluxe rooms provide a full range of modern comforts in a truly authentic atmosphere. ... more less
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- Borg Hotel Reykjavík