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“Enjoyable stay, perfect location, nice rooms” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Borg
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Posthusstraeti 11, Reykjavik 101, Iceland   |  
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Ranked #25 of 51 Hotels in Reykjavik
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“Enjoyable stay, perfect location, nice rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

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.

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boston, MA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We recently stayed 4 nights at the Borg. The location is perfect with excellent walking distance to most restaurants, bars and shopping. I was a bit apprehensive because of other reviews regarding noise. However, of the four nights, I heard noise only one night and it did not keep me awake. The double paned windows really help mitigate the sound. The staff is professional and helpful with tour and/or airport arrangements. The art decco decor is quaint and well maintained. The bar area is nice but the staff is a bit stiff. One word of caution: Do not bother with the breakfast buffet. It is over-priced and not very good. Instead, walk directly across the street to the Cafe Paris for the best breakfast you'll have in Iceland...or anywhere else!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Windsor, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

While we really love the location, our room was disappointing. We were in room 302 and although it was larger than the first one they showed us, we did not like having to go up the decrepit old elevator. The room itself was pretty stark. Also, they need to do a better job at blackout curtains.
The staff in the restaurant was terrific, very personable and attentive.

Room Tip: Not sure how to choose a good room at the Borg
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We stayed at the hotel for two nights during November and we had a lovely stay. We were in a deluxe room on the 5th floor, which was very comfortable and elegantly furnished in art deco style. The hotel is very conveniently located in central Reykjavik and its perfect base to explore the city where all the restaurants and shops are located. I was disappointed that a hotel in this price range should include breakfast as standard. When not included, one would expect something better than the standard continental breakfast because of the 18€ price tag. I also did experience a problem once home as the hotel double charged me a large bill (which had been settled in the hotel) by taking this out of my bank account before checking with me…it took almost three months between many emails and phone calls some of which were not returned before my account was refunded, so please be careful.

Room Tip: deluxe room very Spacious
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Eatontown, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed here for 5 nights and loved it. Hotel Borg is in a perfect location in downtown Rejkayvik. There are plenty of great restaurants and pubs within walking distance. The hotel itself is beautifully decorated in the art deco style and the staff were very friendly. Parking on the street or right up the road in a big parking lot is very convenient since it is free overnight and you only have to pay at the meter from 10am on. Breakfast was very good as well although at 18 euro per person (unless you book a room that includes free breakfast) we did opt for the cheaper option of coffee and a Danish around the corner a few times

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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New York City, New York
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

So here's the deal. I recognize that this review will not be for everyone. In fact, if you are planning on visiting Reykjavik with your family or significant other or something like that, then The Borg Hotel will probably suit your purposes just fine, and you can stop reading this now.

If on the other hand you are single, visiting with friends, and interested in experiencing the highly-touted Reykjavik party scene by "mingling" with local ladies and/or fellas then DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES STAY AT THE BORG HOTEL!

The issue is this, the hotel has an unwritten policy about guests: IT DOESN'T ALLOW THEM. The problem with this policy, and specifically the fact that it is unwritten, is that, short of posts like this, you are unlikely to find out about it until you stumble through the doors of the hotel at 6am, arm in arm with the companion you met during the course of the evening's adventures, wearing the self-assured smile of someone who is undoubtedly on the home stretch. At that point you will be greeted - briskly I might add - by a burly front desk attendant, who will inform you in no uncertain terms that the person you have with you is not crossing the threshold.

At first you will assume he is joking, that won't last long. You will attempt to reason with this person, you will argue, bribe, threaten and eventually beg. None of it will do you any good. This singular individual will have the resolve of mule and the personality to match.

You may be reading this and thinking that this is just the disgruntled post of some guy who got c*ck-blocked by a desk attendant, and you know what? You're 100% correct. That has absolutely no bearing, however, on the fact that the information in this post is information I wish I'd had before I booked a room at The Borg.

Also, get down from Mount Pious and stop pretending that I am the only person who visited Iceland with more on his mind than glaciers and hot springs.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Herk-de-Stad, Limburg, Belgium
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Right in the centre of Reykjavik, on the main square, this is the perfect taste of luxury before heading into the wilds of Iceland. Everything about it is excellent, if pricey - rooms, cocktails, breakfast. The staff are friendly and the bathrobes are fluffy and I'd recommend it to anyone!

Room Tip: Can be noisy on the side facing the square, although the windows are triple glazed
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Hotel Borg

Address: Posthusstraeti 11, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Reykjavik
#9 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
#12 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
#13 Family Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Borg 4*
Number of rooms: 56
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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