I didn't have much time to research the merits of this hotel before booking a well-priced package from Icelandair. Fortunately the risk paid off. The hotel is clean and quiet. The basic rooms are pretty small and basic, but everything functions. There was always hot water in the shower and I slept well every night. The wi-fi (free for guests despite what it says on the web) is reliable and fast.
The hotel is something of a walk from Reykjavik, which would be more of an inconvenience in the winter. The bus pass provided free of charge by the hotel is very handy. Not many people use the bus and it only takes about 5 or 6 minutes to get to a bus station where you can switch to many other lines. There is also a grocery store (1011) just across the street from the station that was very handy considering all the hotel rooms have a mini fridge. As well, most tours include hotel pick-up so the distance is not really so inconvenient.
There is a restaurant in the hotel that is the only dining option nearby. (Next closest are two restaurants in the Perlan and a couple of take out type places near the long-distance bus station.)It is pricey, but comparable in price to similar class restaurants.There is a daily special, but if it does not strike your fancy, there is not a lot of choice. The buffet breakfast, by contrast, has lots of choice. They have the typical northern European breads, cold cuts and cheese as well as smoked salmon and jams. They also have fruit, granola, cereals, porridge and some rather rubbery eggs.
Despite the somewhat confusing information on the web, entrance to the spa is free for hotel guests. They do give you a towel, but robes and slippers are extra. There are lockers in the change rooms for your things. It's in the basement, so it is rather dark. There is a small pool, a sauna, and a very large hot tub (without jets). A nice extra to try out one day, although the hours are not terribly convenient.
The location near the domestic airport means that there is easy access to car rentals and roads leading out of Reykjavik. The paved roads in Iceland are well maintained and there is little traffic outside of the capital. Although gas is expensive, the agencies tend to rent diesel cars with standard transmissions, so the cars are efficient. Also, there is free parking at the hotel.
This is not the place to go if you are expecting luxury. However, it is very good value for those who plan to spend most of their visit outside of their hotel rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four-star Reykjavik accommodation showcasing the best of Icelandic nature. Newly-renovated Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura (formerly Hotel Loftleidir) is close to the city centre, in the quiet Oskjuhlid wooded area near the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík
- Hotel Loftleidir
- Icelandair Hotel Loftleidir