I was staying in this hotel on Aug 1 and Aug 9-13. I booked this hotel through Expedia because it offered a special rate at CAD$160(= 130 euro) per night. We checked in at 7:30am. One of our rooms was ready but the other was not. The front desk person quickly located another room for us so we could rest after our red-eye flight from North America. We were also invited to use their breakfast buffet even though it was technically included only for the next morning. On Aug 1, we got room 652 and 749 in the new tower. 749 got the street view but we could hear the noise from the traffic even though all windows were closed. The bathroom was quite large with a bath tub and separate shower area. On Aug 9-13, we got room 332 and 334 in the old low-rise building. Rooms in the new building and the old building have different decor. The bathrooms in the old building are bit smaller and the shower and tub share the same space. It seems that the rooms in the old building were recently renovated as the outside of the building has some noticeable tear and wear. Free WIFI is available in the lobby. However, we were able to access the free WIFI in the elevator lobby on the 3rd floor in the old building. This allowed me to sit outside the elevator lobby on the 3rd floor to use my laptop without going all the way down to the sitting area in the lobby. Also, the elevator lobby also provides a very good view of the atrium of the hotel lobby. There are also 3 computers for guests to use and many times they were occupied. Breakfast is standard with some hot items (wienners, quiche, scrambled egg, bacon, beans with tomato sauce), cold cuts, smoke salmon, fruits, crossiants, breads, cereals, yogurt, milk, coffee/tea and juice. However, it offered the same items every day during our stay and we started to get bored by them. Staffs are very friendly and offered to lend me an adaptor so I could charge my laptop. The hotel is about 15-30 min walk to the Centre and a taxi ride is about 15000-19000 ISK depending on the traffic. It is about 20 min walk to the Kringland shopping mall where you can shop, eat at the food court and get items from the supermarket. To walk to the Pearl, it takes around 30 min. A very large geothermal swimming pool with water slides are located behind the hotel about 15 min walk. I think admission for adult was 300 ISK. My recommendation is to bring your own towel to avoid the rental charge on towels. A convenience store is located at the N1 service station north-west of the hotel about 10-min walk. The cruise ship harbour is also close to the hotel and it is a nice walk along the harbour in the evening. FlyBus also drops off and picks up at Grand but you need to inform the front desk if you require pick up by FlyBus. Overall, it was a nice stay at Grand given the price we paid. If you want to get easy access to the shops, restaurants and nightlife in the Centre, this may not the best choice for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hotel Reykjavik is a first-class, four star hotel for business travelers, conference guests and tourists who demand excellent service and facilities. Grand Hotel Reykjavik is now the largest hotel in Iceland with a total of 311 rooms and 15 meeting and conference halls, seating anywhere from 6 to 470 people. Grand Hotel Reykjavik is a member of Top International.The hotel is situated in a quiet area within a short distance from all services, recreation and business centers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Top Cityline Grand Reykjavík