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“Fine hotel, nice room” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Cabin
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Borgartuni 32, Reykjavik 105, Iceland (Laugardalur)   |  
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Ranked #41 of 48 Hotels in Reykjavik
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“Fine hotel, nice room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2007

We booked this hotel through Iceland Air's vacation site. The hotel rooms were not nearly as small as most people have stated here- at least not ours. I suspect that some are smaller though. Ask for a room on the 6th floor with view of the sea.

Rooms- Smallish, but not any smaler than the average European hotel room. Bathroom was small, but again, not bad.

Breakfast- Included. Cold cut meats, cheeses, boiled eggs, toast, coffee, tea, and cereals.

Location- About 2Km from the town center with the sea accross the road. There is a bus stop right accross the street; change busses at the main station to go downtown. Trip takes about 15 minutes total and costs 260Kr per person. At night the transfer ticket was good for an hour and a half, during the day up to 3 hours.

Staff- Extremly helpful. One of our tours was over an hour late and reception called the company to confirm that they were coming. She actually brought them back after they had been on the road!

  • Liked — The location was good with the bus stop. Great budget hotel
  • Disliked — Too far to comfortably walk to town in the cold weather
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2007

After reading some of the reviews prior to my stay I was more than a little worried. However, upon arrival I couldn't see what all the complaining was about... the rooms aren't, by any means, "large" but neither are they "ridiculously small". We had a twin room on the second floor and found enough space to move around in.
Room and bathroom were clean, tidy, and although smaller than the average, were worth it for the price and a good nights' sleep.
The walk into the city centre along the harbor was beautiful and interesting, and wasn't a chore on any day (although I can't imagine it being too nice in an unexpected rainstorm). There is always the option of buses though, which run from near to the hotel entrance. We found the shop and subway over the road useful for stocking up on snacks for day tours and fairly cheap compared to some places.
The breakfast was fine, even for a fussy eater like me. The only thing we found a little off-putting were a couple of decidedly rude staff, but the rest were helpful and kind.
I see no reason to complain about this little hotel, it was certainly pleasant enough.

  • Liked — Clean, tidy, quaint
  • Disliked — Some rude staff
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2007

We cant believe the reviews we are reading about the Hotel Cabin.We have just come back from staying there for 4 nights and we couldn't fault it.We booked a deluxe room for only £10 extra it was spotless.We had a wardrobe with drawers and we put the cases in there,there was a small remote control flat screen television.The room was well heated with a towel radiator in the bathroom.The room was tidied every day and clean towels every day.We requested a sea view a by e-mail a few days before we went and we got this.
The breakfast was included,it had plenty to choose from,toast,cereal,ham,cheese,bread and rolls etc,tea/coffee/juice.The evening meal was also very nice at only £10 and this included salad,bread,a hot dish and fruit also soft drinks and this was eat and drink as much as you like which we thought was excellent value.
The staff were very friendly and helpful,we left our debit card on the counter whilst paying for a trip and didn't realise until we had gone out in our hire car.When we rang the hotel they said it had been left there and they would get a maid to put it in the room for us and when we got back many hours later it was there on the table in our room.On our first morning the plug in the sink wouldn't work and that was fixed straight away.
We did have a petrol station and a subway opposite which we thought was quite handy and we used it quite alot too.The dual carraige way didn't bother us atall and it got quite busy but we were out all day and at night with the window closed and the blackout curtains closed we had a brilliant nights sleep every night.
The walk into town took us about 25mins which was ok,it was nice to walk.We caught the bus a couple of times and yes they are quite expensive but you can buy a book of tickets at a discounted rate,we didn't do this because we didn't use them that often.
We would definitley reccomend The Cabin hotel to anyone travelling to Reykjavik.It was excellent value for money.

Stayed September 2007
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2007

Being another victim of the BA delay, I too was forced to stay in what is the worst hotel I have ever experienced.

The room I had was the size of broom cupboard. My Feet touched the wall at the end of the bed, and I am only 5'10. The bed covers had holes in them. The bathroom was no bigger than a shower and had dirt and mould everywhere. The Tv was a tiny portable type from 1980 with no remote control and was attached so high on the wall it was impossible to watch.

It really did remind me of being in the scouts and staying in youth hostel accomodation.

The staff were rude, and unhelpful and made no effort to help a group of people that clearly were not expecting to stay another night in Iceland, especially in this dump.

Its also in the middle of an Industrial estate, opposite a petrol station on a dual carriageway.

I know that a room is just for sleeping in so you can get out and discover a city, and because BA paid I have no idea of the cost, but I would say anything over £15 per night is too much

  • Disliked — The tiny rooms
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2007

The hotel is clean and the staff are friendly. The rooms were clean and ideal for sleeping. The food was of a high standard. Within 15 mins walk you can be in the city centre. It provides all you need to have an amazing time in Iceland. Tours can be booked from the reception and taxis are readily available. A hotel is somewhere that you sleep in and leave to explore, not sit in your room all day. All in all a good time had by all.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed August 2007
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2007

Good location, only 10-15 minutes away from city center. However smallest room I ever stayed in. No space at all! Not even enough space to open your (budget airline size hand luggage) and room wasn't very clean!

Open buffet food is only around £10. It is very cheap in icelandic standards but very dissapointing quality.

Overall It s ok place if you are travelling on budget. It isn't anywhere like hotel quality but a bit more like hostel!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — room
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2007

BA sent us here to stay after their plane broke down, causing a flight cancellation and overnight stay.
We were given a twin room which measured approximately 9ft (3m) x 12 ft (4m), including the bathroom. To put that in perspective, the 9ft width comprised two single beds shoved against the walls, separated by a single bedside cabinet. That's not an easy space fror two adults to move around in. Cosy room? Absolute rubbish. Prison cell more like.
The hotel is around 3km from the the centre of Reykjavik and overlooks a busy 4 lane highway on the front and what looked like a bus station at the back. The location is an industrial area of town with several car dealerships in the vicinity and, whilst the rates might be reasonable for Iceland, the eye-watering taxi fares to and from town will make the prices rather less attractive. Even the allure (?) of the Subway across the road was not enough to make us stay more than 10 minutes and we moved at our own expense to Hotel Fron, which has much better rooms, is cheaper and right in the centre of town.

  • Stayed August 2007
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
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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 #41 of 48 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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Hotel Cabin Reykjavík
Reykjavík Hotel Cabin
Hotel Cabin Iceland
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