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Hotel Leifur Eiriksson
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Skolavordustigur 45, Reykjavik 101, Iceland   |  
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Ranked #33 of 49 Hotels in Reykjavik
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“Great value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Warm welcome. We checked in early. We had room on top floor which had restricted headroom-not a big problem. Room was warm and clean-but basic. I borrowed a hairdryer for the stay-no charge. Free coffee/tea/juice etc. available in breakfast room which is off reception-ground floor-24 hours. No kettle in room. Free Wifi dodgy upstairs, but perfect off reception. We even took sandwiches (as packed lunch) from breakfast for free 2 days. Hotel are happy to book excursions for guests. Very friendly staff. No lift! Location is perfect as church spire is fabulous landmark- it can be seen for miles... Ten minute walk from downtown. Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: I think rooms downstairs could possibly be noisy due to reception 24 hours, but there is no lift ups...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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leamington spa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

I am currently at the Leifur Eriksson as i write this review and It is fantastic. Really made the holiday. It is a very attractive, clean building and located right outside the Cathedral.

Staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Helped me book the golden circle tour.
All the bad reviews on here I personally dont understand. You get what you pay for.
Dont expect a cooked breakfast etc it is a help yourself service; Hot & cold drinks, Cereal and toast, that sort of thing.
As long as you aren't expecting ridiculously high standards you cannot fault this hotel.

On our first day we sat waiting for a bus to pick us up for the Wale watching we had booked and paid for, the bus never arrived (this being booked through our holiday provider Cresta NOT the hotel). The lady at the desk was very helpful immediatley getting on the phone to the right people and it had in fact not been confirmed the other end (again this was all down to Cresta) she managed to re book it for us for a different day, and also confirmed all our other excurstions had been properly booked. If it wasnt for her it would of been a real blow to the holiday, not the best of starts for day 1 and your first excurstion doesn't even have you on there list.

I will definitely be staying here again! Highly reccomend.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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bristol
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

This hotel was very good for its 2 stars, the room was clean warm and comfortable and shower room was also clean. All the staff were helpful and friendly, breakfast was good and plenty of it, the complimentary 24 hour beverages machine was fantastic. The only blot for us was that there were a crowd of Canadian women in the hotel that quite forgot that there were other guests, they were very noisy loud and rude and used the down stairs dining area as their own front room even to coming down to breakfast in their pyjamas, If we wanted to use this hotel again we would check that there were no parties in as they really spoilt our time there as it did many other guests. We did complain to reception but it still continued. A shame as otherwise it was good

Room Tip: We were in 208, it was a little noisey from the road and down stairs so would recommend asking for a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We used the Icelandair website (http://www.icelandair.co.uk/#tours) to book our flights from Heathrow, the shuttle bus, the Leifur Eiriksson and a selection of trips. Very informative and easy because all the timings are co-ordinated!
The hotel is basic but comfortable and clean. Room was small, as is usual throughout Scandinavia, and was furnished very simply. We stayed 4 nights, not long enough for the basic facilities to become irritating. There is a reception area with cafe tables on the ground level where free hot drinks are available all day; all the guests say hello and chat, so it was a friendly stay. Staff are all fluent in English, and helpful.
Like all of Reykjavik the hot water is from thermal sources, so the shower water smells slightly sulpherous, but thankfully this odour doesn't cling to the skin. It's hot 24/7.
Views of the cathedral from our window were great, and walking back there from anywhere in the city was a breeze with such a prominent visual cue.
Eating out wasn't a problem as restaurants and bars are just 5 minute's walk down the hill.
For a few night's stay Hotel Leifur Eriksson is adequate, if simple and no-frills is acceptable to you.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

On the plus side, the hotel is in a great location and the staff were very friendly and helpful. There was also free wi-fi, but I could only get it in the main lobby area. The room was a reasonable size and clean. We had a room in the second building over road from the main hotel with a great view of the Hallgrimskirkja.

On the negative side, the bathroom was tiny. It was a wet-room with a shower, toilet and tiny washbasin. So if someone has a shower and then you want to use the toilet, you are going to get wet feet. The curtains in our room were very thin and hardly shut out any light at all. Breakfast was not good and I think you would be better going out to a cafe and paying for something decent.

In summary, the hotel was fine for a couple of days and was reasonable value, but it could be better.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stayed twice during our trip (once at the beginning and once at the end). We were on the 4th floor, on different rooms. There is no elevator (you must be in a minimal physical shape to bring your 50 pound luggage upstairs!).

It is the very best location: across the street to Hallgrims church; 10 minute walk to go downtown and 15 minute walk to the Pearl.

One of the rooms we had had a nasty smell "odeur de moisissure" (nothing to do with sulfuric water) and there was mildew on bathroom wall.

It is the kind of room you don't spend time in. You go out and you come back as late as possible, just to sleep. It is perfect when you have a limited budget and want to visit Reykjavik as much as possible.

The staff was particularly helpful. They helped us out even when we were staying at another hotel!

Wifi works well.

Breakfast is good.

Room Tip: Next time, we will ask for a view on the stunning Hallgrims church.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

we have just returned from a 10 night stay at this hotel and it does have its good points, the location is excellent, most of downtown reykjavik is within walking distance from the hotel, there are many cafe's, shops even a supermarket nearby, the view of the church to the front of the hotel is great, the staff are helpfull and friendly, we even enjoyed the breakfast. but there is no lift, you have to carry your cases upstairs, our main disapointment would be the rooms, they are dated, worn, and bear no resembalance to those shown in the hotel website, our first ,306, was tiny and cramped, the bed (two small singles put together) had no headboard, there was only one tiny single wardrobe, it meant we could not unpack our cases the hotel later moved us a slightly bigger room,404 on the top floor, in this room there was black mould on the shower floor and on the bathroom wall, again two small beds put together and no headboard, this is not the worst hotel we have stayed at, but it comes close.

Room Tip: ask for the room shown on the website.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Skolavordustigur 45, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Leifur Eiriksson 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a 3 star family run hotel located in the centre of Reykjavik city opposite the famous Hallgrims Church .Our Hotel is in a quiet part of Reykjavik city and offer free parking opposite our Hotel .We offer 50 rooms all with private bathroom facilites and free wi fi internet connection . ... more   less 
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