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Rey Apartments Hotel
3.5 of 5 Condominium   |   Grettisgata 2a, Reykjavik 101, Iceland (Miõborg)   |  
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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“very noisy!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

On the first night of our stay we were left a note by a resident (I think permanent) of the flat above to say they were having a party and to expect some noise. Despite a good few glasses of wine and ear plugs we were kept awake during the early hours by music, shouting, constant traipsing up and down the v creaky stair case and doors slamming etc.... The noise did improve but there is a male resident of one of the ajoining flats who loves nothing more than an early morning sing song (Adele tunes mainly) which was amusing at first but became annoying. There is no sound proofing at all so even fairly moderate levels of noise can be heard from other apartments (quiet conversations, TV etc).

On a positive note the apartment is well kitted out (although couldn't get the DVD player to work and 4 fairly rubbish English channels only), the wifi is fast and reliable and the kitchen has everything you'd expect- even had some decent coffee and a coffee maker available. Shower is hot and powerful, beds v comfortable. Lots of towels and extra duvets available. In summer the rooms wouldn't be protected enough from sun light in the morning for a lie in but fine for us in January. No clothes storage available.

The city is lovely- v relaxed and full of cosy cafes with tasty coffees and cakes. The bars and pubs are friendly- bit expensive but generally have a happy hour between 5-7pm. Definitely check out the public swimming pool and spa (the one with the slide which costs about £3 each to get in) was the highlight of the trip!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

stayed here when all domestic flights were cancelled and I needed a place to stay in a hurry. After a fast online booking, I got an upgrade to an apartment that's designed to sleep four people (apartment 203). Given that I had to work and didn't want to dine out, this place worked great for my overnight. I used the dishes in the kitchen for a takeout dinner from the nearby Indian restaurant (Hraðlestinn) and then breakfast from the delicious Sandholt Bakery, and had plenty of space to work in the kitchen/living area in the morning.

pros:
-excellent location for access to all the shops and attractions of Reykjavik
-very clean
-kitchen is well stocked with basic tools and dishes
-extremely comfortable beds
-huge windows & high ceilings make the place feel very airy and bright, even in the depths of January. For a group sharing the apartment there's plenty of room for everyone to be together but not on top of each other.
-classic Reykjavik town views from the windows
-free wifi

cons:
-street outside is rather noisy, especially in winter with the nail tires. It's also easy to hear people going up and down the stairs, or vacuuming the halls. Bring earplugs if you're a light sleeper.
-I missed a bathmat in the bathroom. With the open-plan shower, it was easy to get water all over the floor.
-the sink drain didn't quite function properly, and without a front desk it's hard to report such a fault.
-The artwork was rather generic. For a tourist I can imagine wanting something that feels a bit more "icelandy". None of the pictures on the wall had anything to do with Iceland.
-there's not much in the way of staples left behind in the cupboards, so if you're only staying one night, that means takeout for everything or a breakfast of instant coffee with no milk. It's not a HUGE problem given that Laugavegur is right around the corner and there are about 10 coffee shops within a block though.

I'd recommend this place for a traveler who wanted to "live like a local", but not for a light sleeper. Overall, I'm glad to see the branching-out of such offerings for overnights in Reykjavik though. As a regular traveler through my old hometown, I'm enjoying sampling the variety.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Accrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We stayed for 4 nights last week. We were able to check in early, the girl was very helpful and our studio was lovely, well equipped, clean and warm. The apartments are in a fantastic location and I'm so pleased we booked there, I felt the price was more than reasonable and will definitely recommend to friends.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Presteigne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We stayed 3 nights in a one bedroomed apartment. The location was central Reykjavik. Kitchen/dining facilities were excellent for a short city break. Longer stays might require a dishwasher/washing machine. All rooms were very clean and well equipped. Large double bed was very comfortable. Traffic noise could be heard but this should be expected in such a central location and since we were out most of the nights looking for the Northern Lights this wasn't really a problem.
Rey apartments is located very close to many city centre attractions, shops, bars, restaurants.
Would definitely stay there again and recommend it to others.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

Excellent location right next to main street. Clean with a nice kitchen/living area. Wifi was great and staff were very kind. Extra towels in cupboard and tea/coffee etc in cupboards. Felt very homely and quaint.
One bedroom apartment - The beds were crammed into quite a small place. Ok for a family but a bit difficult for 4 adults. No dishwasher and no washing machine which I think should be included in any apartment. Bathroom floods with showering as glass doors don't close properly. No plugs near mirrors for the females (there were three of us so it became a small problem)

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The location of this apartment couldn't be better. It is sitting in the center of a quieter area with those amazing little shops unlike the tourist area shops. We stayed at Rey Apartments for a total of 2 nights with 3 of us. They set up 3 beds for us (1 double and 2 singles) in the sleeping area, which makes it a little crowded. The kitchen/living area was big enough that most of the time we just stay there when we are not sleeping.

The street could get loud during the night and the apartment is not very sound proof. You can hear everything from morning traffic to late night drunk talks/singing... Parking could be a big issue here. There is a large parking lot like 2 mins walk from the apartment, but it is almost always full so is the street parking. We arrived pretty late the first night, so all the nearby parking were full and we were circling around for a while and had to park like 5 mins away. Parking is free after certain time (I forgot the exact time) to like 10 in the morning. So you just gotta move your car or go put in for the meter before 10 if you plan on stay in late.

The apartment is clean and has all the basic kitchen amenities, but I wouldn't see myself making a full meal in the kitchen. Just simple breakfast or late night snack.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We stayed at Rey Apartments for a total of 4 nights during our trip to Iceland and loved it!! It is in a very convenient location which was walking distance to many shops/restaurants/bars. It is also a 5 min walk away from a supermarket so you can buy food and cook in their huge, full-service kitchen, which came complete with cutlery, water kettle, dishwasher...everything you need. I was traveling with my family so it was nice to all be together but still have our own space - it truly felt like a home away from home. I definitely recommended staying at Rey Apartments over a traditional hotel. I have no complaints and would be happy to stay here again! Thanks Rey Apartments!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Grettisgata 2a, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
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Ranked #8 of 58 Specialty lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rey Apartments Hotel 3.5*
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