I really wanted to give the hotel four stars but I can't overlook some of the things that bring the rating down. On the good side, the staff was excellent, pleasant and helpful. The free wifi was the best reception I have found in Europe. We loved the walk in shower with excellent water pressure and no sulfur smell the tour guides warned us about. The beds were clean and comfortable even though the room was poorly arranged. Moving the bed closer to the window would open up a lot of space and save the wife and I from crawling over one another to get in and out of the room. The breakfast was fabulous. That only a Frenchman would complain should tell you enough about how good their complimentary breakfast is. Though the hotel is no where near the city centre, which is a good 10-minute drive, the major tour companies conveniently pick up and drop off in front of the hotel.
On the downside, the renovations were a bit much to ignore and get over. Even with GPS we couldn't find the hotel because it does look like a demolition zone with no markings whatsoever, not even a temporary sign identifying the place as a hotel. I was not aware of the renovations. Failing to look up the comments on trip advisor was my fault, but I received no notice either warning me of any renovations. The drilling and hammering, directly above us, started early in the morning (7-ish) and went on well into the evening (7-8pm). We requested a room on the upper floors hoping for a room with a view. Instead we got a fifth floor room facing the front which has a spectacular view of the street below and the office building across the street. If we stretch, way off to one side we sometimes could catch a glimpse of the Hallgrimskirkja. The one tiny overused elevator was occasionally monopolized by the workers. There is no business centre, or so the receptionist told me. Perhaps it is being renovated. I was allowed to use their reception computer to print tour vouchers, though I would suspect that is some kind of security breach.
Even when renovated, we would likely not stay here again. We would choose some place closer to the city centre or with better views of the bay and mountains.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the new business district & within walking distance to the picturesque city centre; near Kringlan mall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Park Inn By Radisson Island Reykjavik Hotel
- Park Inn Reykjavík
- Reykjavík Park Inn