Since the hotel was only opened in 2011, we had little by way of previous reviews to make a judgement on booking. Other reviews stated that the town centre could be very busy especially at weekends and since we are an older couple, our sleep is more important than partying. The hotel is close to Laugavegur, one of the main streets but at the quiet end of it so we had a fair walk to reach the busy end where most of the restaurants/cafes/shops/attractions are. This ensured a peaceful night's sleep and the beds and bedding were very comfortable. The slight downside was the walk to eat or stroll in the evenings- perhaps not a problem for some but it was for me as I'd hurt my knee just before going to Iceland and the 20-25 minute walk each morning/evening were more than I would have liked.
The hotel is however very close (3 minutes walk) from Hlemmur bus station and local buses could be used to get to certain attractions such as the Botanic Gardens and public swimming pools. It's worth getting a day pass as this costs the same as one return ticket (one journey is the same price no matter the distance) and was around £4 each.
Hotel Klettur offered a good cold breakfast buffet and staff were pleasant. We paid for the superior rooms on the top 2 floors (of 6) so we had a bit of a view and would do the same again if we returned. Not cheap for a 3* hotel at £114 per night but Iceland is not cheap in the first place (though not as bad as we'd expected).
We took the 24 hop-on and -off bus tour of the city which only takes one hour for a full circuit (it's not a big city) and two tours into the island, one full day of the Golden Circle and one to the South Coast, to see waterfalls, glaciers, geysirs and volcanoes. All worth doing as the city does not begin to give an impression of the island. We were extremely fortunate with the weather and had warm sunny days with blue skies and our photos are pretty impressive! I suspect the more typical grey days could leave you with a rather different impression.
We also went to the Blue Lagoon and although I had read reviews stating it was better to go to the geothermal swimming pools in Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon is unique and definitely worth a visit. We found a tour that took us there by bus - a good 50 minutes away- and included hotel pick-up and lagoon entrance for the same price as the entrance fee alone (30 euros, plus towel hire!), The Perlan is also very much worth a visit (on the hop-on and off tour) and has its own geysir and good views over the city.
We really enjoyed our Iceland week; people were warm, relaxed and friendly and there was a good variety of restaurants (even vegetarian ones for me). Everyone speaks excellent English so getting help on any query was easy.
Overall, good value and a pleasant experience but be prepared for the walking distances from the Klettur to the city centre if that is a relevant factor!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Klettur is a beautiful first class hotel, a stone´s throw from downtown. The hotel´s name is derived from the rock that breaks through the wall on the first floor. When choosing the color theme and the interior decoration for the hotel we had in mind the unique color scheme of the Icelandic nature.Hótel Klettur has 86 rooms, of which there are 66 Standard rooms and 20 Deluxe rooms. The rooms are all modern, bright, spacious and well quipped. The Deluxe rooms are located on the top two floors of the hotel and have a shared lounge and balcony facing south.In every room you will find a refrigerator, telephone, satellite TV, internet connection, ironing board, clothing iron, hair dryer and a safe.Hótel Klettur is well located in Reykjavík, only about two minutes walk from the main bus terminal and Laugavegur shopping street. The hotel is within 2 km walking distance from all the major sights and only about 1,6 km from Harpa concert hall and conference center. ... more less
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