Had the opportunity to stay in the Best Western Hotel Reykjavik (also known as just “Hotel Reykjavik” to some tour operators – just FYI) during my awesome Iceland visit in July 2012. Overall, for the price I paid, I was fairly satisfied with the hotel although there were a few quirks which may or may not be a dealbreaker for you (discussed below)
Price/booking – I booked my queen room well in advance directly on Best Western’s site for about $350 CDN for 3 nights. My booking was done about 6 months in advance, and although it was a “non-refundable” pre-booking, the company did not charge my credit card until I checked out. Felt that was a fair price to pay for (the somewhat expensive country of) Iceland
Location – Overall the location isn’t too awful, although I would say it is a tad out of the way. However, the good thing about that is you get to walk through some areas/neighbourhoods of Reykjavik you might not have otherwise visited if you were staying in a more central hotel. However, I will say that this hotel is located in a much better location than another hotel I was considering, the Hilton Reykjavik Hotel, which just seemed wayyyyyy too out of the way for someone without a rental car. In the immediate area there are a few decent restaurants, and a pizza joint just a few minute walk away. However, a slightly further walk will take you to a far better choice of places to eat, shopping areas and a few good grocery stores (i.e. Bonus).
Room – Overall, I’d say the room was fairly bland/generic...nothing too exciting or interesting (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). It was clean, and VERY spacious (as you can see from my pics, the bed was located on a separate floor after climbing a narrow set of stairs). However, I found that to be a bit of a negative since it was a bit boring to go to bed “upstairs” and not have any TV to watch (which was located “downstairs”). Didn’t really like the two level layout much. My main problem with the room was the fact the “upstairs” portion where the bed was located had a huge skylight located right above the bed. Seems cool, except when you remember the sun doesn’t go down in Iceland during the summer...and your room is basked in daylight while you sleep! For some that may not be a problem, but I found that to be really irritating and made it impossible to sleep without a face mask or something. If you’re sensitive to light when you sleep, then try to get a “normal” layout room (which I assume does not have this skylight).
Other than that, the room itself was clean and had just the bare essentials (plus a mini-fridge, which was useful). I was glad to see the room was cleaned well, although it was pretty tired/worn out looking overall...nothing to brag about at all. Nevertheless, you spend very little time in your room (hopefully!) while in Iceland, so it’s not the end of the world. Internet service was decent, although the password seemed to expire every 24 hours so I had to go downstairs and get a new one everyday (a bit annoying); the old-style tube TV had a few basic channels, but didn’t spend too much time watching it so can’t comment on the selection.
+Great value for your money in general
+Clean and stocked up with the usual toiletries everyday
+Somewhat decent (although not exceptional) location
-Pretty bland/generic hotel...nothing too memorable
-Layout (with skylight and second floor bed) was not that great
Overall, for the money I paid for this hotel, I had no complaints. However, I know that the prices do fluctuate depending on when you book and all that, so if you end up paying more than 100 euros/night for this hotel, I would probably suggest looking around at some other properties. If you can snag a decent rate (like I did), then I would say go ahead and book the hotel – especially since you won’t be spending too much time in your room. Enjoy Iceland!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Attractive and modern hotel located near the city centre. Friendly and attentive service and calm atmosphere. With 79 comfortable rooms, including junior suites and family rooms. Free parking and free wireless internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Top Hotel Reykjavík
- Reykjavik Top Hotel
- Top Hotel Reykjavik
- Reykjavík Top Hotel