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Hotel Cabin
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Borgartuni 32, Reykjavik 105, Iceland (Laugardalur)   |  
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Ranked #40 of 51 Hotels in Reykjavik
Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“Excellent Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Unfortunately we arrived at this hotel the night Hurricane Sandy decided to visit Iceland. We were in a room on the top floor, and the wind howled - no, screamed - all night and the room shook. We had a great view of the waves cascading on to the road!!!
(We changed rooms the next night so the wind wasn't so noisy).
It is fairly basic in the Standard and De Luxe rooms, but very comfortable, clean beds and lovely and warm. The staff were great - friendly and helpful - as were all the Icelandic people we met.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Just returned from a week-long stay at the Hotel Cabin in Reykjavik. Travelled with 2 friends. The Hotel Cabin is a great hotel for those who are looking to explore the city and country while staying in a budget. The hotel is clean and the staff, especially the ladies at the front desk, are very helpful and friendly. Yes, the rooms are tiny but they are efficient. Reykjavik isn’t a city where you’d want to stay inside your hotel room anyways. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking to get out and see what the city has to offer. The only “con” i had would have to be the breakfast buffet. Not a huge selection (ham, cheese, sliced oranges, bread and some cereal) but it is enough to get you going. Don't let that keep you from going to Reykjavik. Have fun!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I stayed 2 nights in this hotel in October. I book it for 3 nights but thought 2 nights were more than enough. The last day I stayed in Center Hotel, downtown. Cabin hotel is cheap but is definitely not close to anything espcially to the city center. Other reviewers said its walking distance but unless you want to normal walk about 30 minutes in the cold & chill weather along the coast. Honestly, I think this hotel should not be categorised as walking distance to city downtown. Its 5 minutes by city bus but each ride will cost you about 2 Euros.
Staffs were average and they dont communicate much unless we ask something. More smiles from the receiption staffs would have made my stay better.
However hotel is clean and all excursions will do pick up from here.

More happenings in the downtown area and I would suggest visitors to stay in downtown only though the hotels are slightly more expensive. More eatery choices.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We loved Iceland and liked this hotel, it was basic but it is cheap and cheerful, with wonderful original art on the walls, and a small shop where you can buy trinkets or tours.
The bedrooms are based on a boat cabin idea, so think small and compact! They were so small the doors opened outwards, and only one person could move around at once, with the smallest shower room I have ever seen. They offer upgrades to better rooms for €35 a night.
The breakfasts were basic continental style, and had tasty bread. The earlier you ate the better, as the food is put out from around 4 am and the croissants go very quickly!
The public areas were modern and warm, but the reception staff did not rate highly on customer service as it seemed you were disturbing them!
The location was around 20 mins walk to the centre of old Reykjavik, but it's straight forward to get there. There are plenty of maps available in reception area. It was a lovely walk along the sea shore and to watch the sunset over the sea was unforgeable as it lasted ages not seconds as in UK. After seeing some of the other hotels and their location, we thought that this was one of the better places to stay. The Hilton and the Grand were the wrong side of a major 6 lane road in the business district and the hotel Natura is right next to the city airport and out of the way. Other hotels had a steep climb and some were in dark back streets.
Close by were a bank, supermarket, fast food outlet, garage, off licence and a bus stop. Within 15 mins walking in the other direction (out of town) we found the sculpture museum, botanical gardens, Zoo, and a large shopping mall. The Perlan building was less than 30 mins walk away. There are large outlet places on the outskirts but these need transport as they are too far to walk!
The bar has a happy hour from 4-7 pm where the draught beer is 241 approx 950K. We did not eat in the hotel in the evening so could not rate the buffet.
The tours all pick up from this hotel and drop you off outside the door. The fly bus also picks up if you prearrange it with the reception the night before. So could not be simpler. Do your homework on the tours as prices and options ranged considerably and these are not cheap! If you have limited time in Iceland plan what you want to see carefully and forget self drive (unless there is a party of you) as you will miss out on the tour guides knowledge and insight into the country. The barren landscape does get boring after a while, but the natural attractions although spectacular, can be easy to miss. The downside is that you are tied to the tour company timetable and the major attractions do get busy. The biggest rip off tour is the Northern Lights, as we were all herded onto buses (after chaos at the bus station) driven out of town for an hour, dumped on a car park in the freezing night for an hour or so, then herded back on the bus and driven back to Reykjavik, where, we were told, had seen a spectacular display. What you are not told, is that you need to be a certain distance away from the lights to see them move and that they are difficult to see in colour by the naked eye. You have to use a camera to get the green colour etc., Otherwise they just look like somebody shining a weak torch in the sky! (Not to be confused with the Peace Light).
Reykjavik old centre is compact and easily accessible on foot or bicycle, but it does have some steep hills, stairs up and down into shops, bars and restaurants, so would not be easily accessible to wheelchairs. The old centre has some amazing and numerous art gallery's, (it seems that nearly every other shop is a gallery)!
Ensure that you have lots of money as everything is expensive here especially as a tourist,(You can buy a drink in a bar which can be more than 10 times the cost of a supermarket) and ensure you have warm layers as the temperature really drops outside when the sun goes down. (Indoors it is usually too hot and the locals tend to have the windows open, so watch were you sit in restaurants)!
Reykjavik is a city for young (at heart) and active people, so go with an open mind and some curiosity as sometimes things are not always easy to find and need a closer look.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

You couldn't swing a cat around in the rooms, as they are so tiny. Some of the rooms have windows on to the corridor, so no natural light. No hair dryer in the room and it is packed with Geography school groups during short school holidays. It was hard to find a seat at breakfast, as it was so busy with the students. On the plus side it is very cheap, has satellite TV and is only 20mins walk to the main high street and bars.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Krakow, Poland
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Reviews in 124 cities Reviews in 124 cities
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

In the city center the hotel is located Cabin. Rooms are small but cozy and functional. Breakfast is very tasty and varied - you can order an early breakfast. The rooms are modest bathroom with toiletries. There is a tv with satellite channels. You can not catch the free wireless internet - only at the front desk can subscribe online. The rooms are small, and sometimes you can hear what's going on in the next room. In the neighborhood there are no restaurants and bars, but you can go to the thermal pools, which are tens of meters away. The hotel nice service will order a tour, rent a car and book airport transfers.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed in the Cabin during our week-long break in Reykjavik. It is located a short stroll from the centre of town, close to the waterfront and a few bars and shops in the business district of the city. The Hotel Cabin is a budget hotel, and it shows. The rooms are small and dated, though I couldn't fault the cleanliness or the standard of housekeeping. A significant downside was having two single beds rather than a double. In fact, I wouldn't call them 'single beds' as they were smaller than the standard size. They were actually 'cabin' beds, I guess the clue is in the name!

Our room was on the fifth floor and had a beautiful view out over the bay to the mountains in the distance. This was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. The room was in a quiet part of the hotel, away from the accommodation for school groups (more on that later) and being relatively free of street noise, not that it's too much of a problem in Reykjavik. The breakfast was of a reasonable standard, though it lacked some variety. There was always plenty of food, however, and the attendants kept it well stocked and tidy. As mentioned earlier, the housekeeping was very prompt and not at all invasive. The hotel seems to be very well run and guests well looked after.

Probably due to its reasonable pricing, the Hotel Cabin is popular with school groups from the UK and continental Europe. This, for me, was a significant downside. Whilst my room was well away from the school parties, it became a problem at breakfast time. Even though the breakfast room is large and seating was never an issue, I did find myself getting annoyed by the hordes of poorly-supervised adolescents pawing at the food and trying to fill their flasks with hot water (one cup at a time, from the only coffee machine). Every morning there was a different school group - I assume it is used as a stopover for those arriving on late flights.

The hotel is located around twenty minutes walk (at a slow pace) from the start of central Reykjavik. There are plenty of buses running this route, so it shouldn't be a problem for those who don't want to walk. One option for those walking to town is to take the scenic route along the seafront and past Reykjavik's new Operatic theatre. A very pleasant walk and hardly a chore.

Overall, our stay was quite trouble free. Despite the slight annoyance of the school groups, I cannot fault the Hotel Cabin when I take into account the price. It really is a bargain for Reykjavik, and I would stay there again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Borgartuni 32, Reykjavik 105, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Laugardalur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 51 Hotels in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Cabin 2*
Number of rooms: 252
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Cabin is a modern hotel designed for the modern traveler and equipped with all the facilities that a modern traveler needs. Our main policy has always been, to offer travelers visiting Reykjavík comfortable and economic accomodation right in the heart of the city. The standard rooms are the cheapest accommodation we have to offer and as the name implies they are very basic but comfortable. The Deluxe rooms are bigger and come with a bathtub with a shower and refrigerator. The Superior rooms are all on the hotel´s 7th floor and offer a magnificent view of the city or the ocean. They come with a free wireless internet, a refrigerator, a tea- and coffee maker and a hairdryer.The hotel is excellently located within a walking distance from the city center as well as the Laugardalur area.Laugardalur (Hot Spring Valley) is a centre for sports and recreation in the capital. In Laugardalur you will find the Botanical Gardens and the largest outdoor thermal pool in Reykajvík, Laugardalslaug. The facilities there include a water slide, hot tubs and a geothermal sauna. Also located in laugardalur are Laugardalsvöllur Sport Stadium and Laugar fitness spa. The popular family park and Zoo in Laugardalur is open all year round. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Cabin Reykjavík
Reykjavík Hotel Cabin
Hotel Cabin Iceland
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