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“An eclectic blend of funky retro and spartan chic” 4 of 5 stars
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Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Myrargata 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland   |  
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Ranked #14 of 49 Hotels in Reykjavik
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“An eclectic blend of funky retro and spartan chic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Icelandair Reykjavik Marina Hotel was, for us, a fittingly upmarket place to end an energetic holiday of Icelandic hiking. Its arty retro-modern industrial look in the reception and bar areas provide a warm contrast to the clean, crisp white of the rooms which overlook the working harbour and the hills beyond Reykjavik.

The hotel is extremely well situated in relation to the main shopping and eating streets of Reykjavik, while its location beside the harbor allows it a less claustrophobic city air. The Volcano House, Saga Museum and Viking Museum are only a block or two away. The hotel bar and restaurant is popular with trendy locals and tourists alike, but the music carries upstairs, so better to join them than to try to avoid the noise if your visit coincides with a weekend night. The menu is brief but excellent and the gourmet flatbreads highly recommended.

Our room was sufficiently spacious to accommodate two very large duffels and peripheral bags and backpacks without blocking all the floor space and the abundant plug points meant that almost every electronic gadget could be charged simultaneously. Our attic room did have one major design flaw though: the en suite bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a piece of semi-opaque frosted glass, and the toilet is less than a metre from the bed, making ablutions a rather exposed affair. While this may be acceptable in some cultures, it presents a distasteful situation in ours, and on several occasions I opted to use the facilities in the restaurant downstairs.

Breakfast was sumptuous, particularly after the meagre morning offerings of some of the country hotels we stayed at. Sadly though, and it seems to be a country-wide problem, the small coffee cups meant continual trips to the counter for refills.

Those travelling in hired cars should be aware that the hotel has no parking and that cars must be parked a short distance away adjacent to a construction site (for no charge). Bags can be dropped off in reception first though.

All in all, a very good experience. I would defnitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Attic rooms have balconies and lovely views
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is funky and nice and conveniently located. Ask for a room on the fourth floor to get a balcony.

For $400 a night, you think you would get a bathroom with a real door. This had a sliding glass door that doesn't provide much privacy. Also, the only toiletries in the bathroom are a bottle of soap for washing hands and a bottle of shampoo in the shower. No soap or even shower gel for washing up.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Rooms were small, but comfortable and clean. We stayed on the second floor and surprisingly did not hear any noise from the bar and restaurant at night. Our room faced the water, but the noise from cleaning the boats was quite loud in the morning.
Breakfast was not included in our rate, but we happily paid the cost twice since they have the best breakfast buffet we had in all of Iceland.
Lots of lounge space, helpful staff, and a theater where they played World Cup games.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The Marina is a great hotel. Clean, modern, unique spaces with unapologetic views of the gritty marina next door. I found the room's proximity to such huge, daunting ships to be something special. Our room was a second floor room with a balcony.
The bathroom was absolutely fine; in fact I expected something much smaller. Size-wise it worked well. The bathroom is not soundproof but the frosted glass does add the necessary privacy. If you have trouble getting to the bottom of how the heck to turn on the shower, the on/off knob is the one opposite the knob with the temperature numbers printed on it. It's the knob on the left. I only mention this because ours was stuck so tight we thought for sure we were pulling at the wrong knob and I was searching online for the answer to the weird shower fixture riddle at the time. This info would have helped.
The bed was very comfortable, the TV had some interesting channels (including several British stations) and there is a snack fridge in the lobby where you can score the best yogurt on the planet - Skyr - as well as beer, wine and other treats. My husband and I were happy about that! It's especially nice when coming in on a late flight and worrying about finding something to nosh on in the early AM hours. The Slippbarinn, located on the first floor, has some indulgent food offerings as well as fantastic and truly unique cocktails. Best of all the hotel is close enough to the main shopping street and so many of the sights in Reykjavik that we easily walked to these things.
Overall it was a great experience and we certainly will return!

Room Tip: Our room had a "balcony", and that room was a good size. Not a small room.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We stayed in this hotel 2 nights before a round Iceland sea trip ; we did not choose the hotel and cannot comment on the cost because our visit was part of a package. However we found our room on the first floor comfortable and perfectly adequate for a short stay. There was little space to store clothes but we did not bother to unpack completely for a 2 night stay. The décor was unusual - we had maps on the wall and part of the ceiling. There was a good choice for breakfast but the food was ranged on a counter next to tables where people were sitting so it made it quite congested. We had a set meal for our party which was very good. We did find the bar area busy, it being a Friday night and very popular with locals but overall the impression was good. It was an excellent location for us because we were boarding our ship a short walk away but it was also easily walkable to the city centre for sightseeing.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Stayed for four nights recently and were pleased with our stay. Location is very cool, right on the harbour with some good restaurants close by. Short walk into city centre. Room was small but comfortable, would have prefered the space the balcony took up to give a larger bathroom etc. Not sure the 'wet room' concept works very well, not too pleasant standing in puddle when using the toilet after partner just had shower but not a major issue.
Bar and restaurant very modern but laid back with good quality food at breakfast.
Overall good experience and would recommend.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Background: city break from Bristol couple in their mid twenties

Room: 1st floor above reception. Fab has we had fast free internet :) room was quiet clean and comfortable. No issues with the "bathroom" thought it was funky!

Breakfast: wasn't the best tiny selection and tiny room. With hindsight would haven't of paid for it. Far better reasonably priced places 10 min walk away. But saying that the breakfast box was nice to have on the coach to the airport.

Trips: so many good ones but the ATV was AMAZING booked through grayline

Top tip: alcohol is expensive we used the hotel bar for happy hour.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Myrargata 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 49 Hotels in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 108
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