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Fosshotel Baron
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Sigtun 38, Reykjavik 101, Iceland (Miõborg)   |  
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Ranked #30 of 46 hotels in Reykjavik
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“Incredible staff with local knowledge. Clean hotel. GREAT location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2009

Incredible staff with local knowledge. Clean hotel.

Booked a trip with Icelandair. Choose this hotel out of the options. Went on a weekend trip with a friend (both girls 32).

The staff at this hotel that we dealt with were amazing. Claudia (Italian) and Vlad (Bulgarian) were so incredibly helpful that I honestly don’t think our trip would have been so good without them. They advised us on a car rental company, where to eat, where to party, where to try and see the Northern lights, where to check out in Iceland on our mini road trip. Nothing was too much trouble.

The hotel is in a great location to walk out to bars, restaurants, and shops – literally 2 mins away from the main street (free parking too). The Hilton hotel for example is slightly out of town.

Regarding the hotel. It seems there are different types of rooms. We were in a basic room I believe as allocated by Iceland air, however, the hotel also has ‘historical’ rooms, which are much much nicer, and I believe the same price e.g just request them, some people we met sent an email in advance to request and were allocated a historical room with no additional fee. It’s worth noting bathrooms are same in both though.

The basic room was basic, but comfortable. We had a twin room, it wasn’t big and when we first walked in I think we both felt a little disappointed, but by the end of the trip it was home and were had a really comfortable stay.

The bathroom was small – but the hot water, hot and aplenty, which counts for a lot when visiting Iceland in December!! I don’t recall seeing any tea or coffee making facilities.

Breakfast – had everything you could want. Not fancy, but enough to choose from. Ohhh and I had fun making my own waffles!

Free WiFi in rooms

Iceland Rocks and I want to
go back.

We rented a car and did our own tour.. went to a few places including Gullfoss, Geysir and we searched for the Northern lights.. way cheaper than booking separate tours and so much fun.. Buy a map though, and don’t rely on Sat Nav!!! (If I went again, I would rent a car airport to airport to save the boredom of bus transfers).

Also Blue Lagoon is a MUST!!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2009

My husband and I booked a five day holiday to Reykjavik through Icelandair and we had a thoroughly great time.

Icelandair use Reykjavik Excursions http://www.re.is/ which is a big tour company for transfers to/from the airport and for tours to see the Northern Lights and the Blue Lagoon.

On arrival at Keflavik airport we had to exchange our print-out of the transfer details for
actual tickets. This isn’t made clear but once you head for the signs to the buses, you’ll see a queue of people at a booth where you do this, right by tourist information. The coaches were parked outside so there was no need to walk around aimlessly.

We stayed at Fosshótel Baron (known as ‘Baron’ to the locals) which was a really nice hotel by the sea with views of the mountains. The staff are really friendly, speak excellent English and were so helpful. They are happy to book hire cars, tours, restaurants and check any booking details for you.

We paid an additional sum to upgrade our room as we wanted a sea view and were given a studio room with a fridge, hob, toaster and microwave. No kettle though. Furniture was quite chic but our bed was really squeaky! Comfy though. There were additional pillows in the wardrobe and the huge iron radiators could be maxed out if you wanted the room hotter.

There’s a free safe which is easy to use and a fair sized tv (no dvd player as some people have had). Hair dryers are available for free at reception if there isn’t one in your room.

The bathroom was a little tired and we had no bath, but it was clean and the towels were fluffy and replaced everyday if you wanted them to be.

Whilst we liked the hotel, it’s wasn’t very ‘plush’ so I would imagine the Hilton is a better bet, however that seemed a bit too far out of town without a car so we didn’t go for it.

The contimental breakfast was lovely - lots of cereal, rolls, bread, crackers, fruit, hams, cheeses and even a waffle maker which was ace! For 5000Kr each they allow you to make up a sandwich for the day and give you a choc bar and drink, however if you eat loads of breakfast as we did you won’t be hungry!


FOOD - We ate at some great places, here’s a run down -

Eldsmidjan - http://eldsmidjan.is/

Great pizza place round the corner from the hotel. Fast, friendly service and the pizza was delicious. Free soft drink refills. Fairly priced.


Geysir Bistro & Bar - http://www.caruso.is/Default.aspx

Stylish bistro serving burgers, fish and lamb. Fish and chips comes served in newspaper and the burgers was tasty, accompanied by freshly made potato chips with skins on. Also sells whale burgers. Nice atmosphere in the evening, nightlights on tables but a bit pricey.

Tapas Barinn - http://tapas.is

Amazing tapas restaurant next to Geysir Bistro & Bar. Busy and bustling, great atmosphere, fast service and the best food we ate whilst in Iceland.


We had one of the best Paella dishes ever (including those tasted in Spain!), trying the smoked Puffin is a must and lamb is devine.

Order as much as you can afford to, we ordered 6 dishes between two of us and it was plenty. Also got free break with it.
Ristorante Caruso

Classy but relaxed restaurant on the main high street. Friendly service, tasty food, romantic atmosphere. Some folks dressed up, others didn’t. Fish of the day was lovely and quite cheap too compared to the lamb dishes.

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur – a little hotdog shack!
250Kr for a hot dog with everything - ketchup, sweet mustard, raw onion and a mayonnaise-based sauce with sweet relish. Be aware these are tiny so you may need a few to fill you up! Very tasty though.

SIGHTS –

Tourist Information is a 5-10min walk from the hotel and they can arrange a variety of tours and car hire for you. We arranged car hire through Thrifty and it cost us £50 a day which was really cheap.Please be mindful that in the winter or if you intend on driving on any unpaved roads you are probably better off hiring a 4x4, as the roads can be quite icy/snowy. Unfortunately for us we had a little car and got stuck in snow on a really quiet, unpaved road (road 365) and had to call for help. Luckily we had a book with numbers in and were able to call for assistance.

We booked a Northern Lights tour through Icelandair and sadly didn’t see them. On the day of your tour you should ask the hotel reception to check that it is on, because seeing them is dependent on the right weather conditions. We had great weather and were just unlucky but we had a good few hours out anyway. The Reykjavik Excursions coaches head out along the road towards Þingvellir sometimes transliterated Thingvellir), a national park part of the Golden Circle. It’s about an hour out of town and they stop at the lake, where you can walk in the canyons.
There are a few places to pull in along the way and coaches do this quite often. If you want to go out on your own, it’s highway 36 all the way and aim to be there from about 11.30pm, lights are supposed to appear around midnight . We actually went out on our own another night and ended up following the coaches up and down the road! No sign of the lights though.

We also booked a Blue Lagoon trip which was great and really worth doing. After 3hrs of beautifully hot water we’d had enough though, I don’t think you need much longer. I didn’t think much of the silca which they swear is good for the skin, in buckets around the lagoon and on the water bed. On the right hand side of the lagoon you can even take in a pint of beer with you which was a real winner!

Have fun!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2009

My wife and came here with our 19 year old daughter and 21 year old son for a long weekend in November to celebrate my 60th birthday and we had an excellent time. The hotel is in a great location with sea views and only a short walk to the downtown area and all the main shopping/dining/drinking facilities. The hotel is very comfortable very clean, warm and welcoming. It's a 3 star so don't expect luxury but it is certainly all that we needed.

As some other reviewers have said - you get a shower curtain rather than a shower door which makes the bathroom a semi-wetroom unintentionally but that's no great hassle. Likewise the natural hot water supply from thermal springs does have a slightly sulphurous odour but it's really not that unpleasant.

Beds are comfortable and the surprisingly thin duvets are actually amazingly toasty! TV has a small selection of UK channels on offer too. The breakfast is a truely continental version with cold meats and cheese, and also various pickled fish options, as well as the usual cereals, bread and toast. Added bonus was the do-it-yourself waffle maker!

Desk staff were very courteous and helpful all with excellent English and only too happy to help out with booking tours and coach pick-ups.

Overall this was pretty good value for money in a good location.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2009

We have just returned from an excellent Icelandair trip.
The hotel staff were all extremely helpful and friendly, on arrival we were given one of the historical rooms, although there was nothing wrong with the room we prefered one with a view, the hotel receptionist changed the room for us with no problems at all.
The staff were more than happy to assist with the booking of tours and we we're never left either waiting for our room keys on our return each evening, or if we wanted something from the bar.
The rooms are more than adequate, clean and warm, and you do eventually get used to the smell of the sulphur in the water!
The breakfast buffet is extremely varied (you can even make yourself waffles!), there was plenty of food which was replenished constantly!
There's a fantastic burger bar across the road from the hotel (no wonder a certain fast food chain are pulling out of the city, they just can't compete with the quality!).
Behind the hotel is a 10-11 supermarket (open 24hrs),where you can purchase hot drinks & soup (this made up for not having tea/coffee facilities in the room).
There's plenty of restaurants to suit all tastes, and it's worth checking out the discount cards at the hotel reception for some of the restuarants.
All in all the Icelanders were fantastically friendly and seemed to go out of their way to help you. - if you go to the sports stadium (where the public baths are) there's a little fast food place there - ask for a hot dog with everything- it was recommended to us by a local who saw us looking all confused in a street whilst staring at a map.
We booked an hours horseriding on the great little Icelandic horses and the trip was combined with the blue lagoon - expensive but a must do.
We would highly recommend the Foss Baron and would happily return there in the future.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2009

We stayed for four nights in this hotel. We were made to feel very welcome. The staff were attentive and helpful at all times, the breakfasts great and the rooms had a wonderful view over the sea. The Fosshotel Baron is at a central location, with easy access to the shops, the main restaurants and cafes in the capital. The harbour is not far away either, so handy for the whale-watching tours. The trip from the international airport lasts about 40 minutes. Do stay here - we had a great holiday!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2009

We have just returned from 5 nights at this hotel. We would definitely recommend it due to its great location, helpful and efficient service, delicious breakfast and comfortable rooms.

We were in one of the classic style rooms. Our room was small but adequately sized and very warm. The bed was probably the most comfortable that I have ever slept in with fluffy pillows and two fluffy single duvets (so no arguing over them!). Importantly, the double bed was actually a double rather than two twin beds pushed together as in many other hotels. The bathroom is again compact but big enough, with a powerful shower, shower gel in a dispenser and hair dryer. The hot water did have a slight sulphur smell but this was the same in every place in Iceland. The room also had a free safe and TV with a DVD player (useful for playing the disposable DVDs that can be purchased from the convenience store behind the hotel). The wall clock in our room had stopped when we arrive but the battery was replaced the next day without us asking. There was no view as we had two skylights windows however this was not a problem as the sun rose at 9.30 and set at 16.30, so we would not have seen much anyway. Only issue was that one of the windows didn’t close properly so there was a slight draft and the wind whistled in the pane. We didn’t complain as we liked the room but I’m sure that we would have been moved if we had asked.

There was a good spread at breakfast with lots of different cheeses and ham, boiled eggs, fruit, salad items, jams, other spreads, fruit juice, hot drinks, cookies, breads, fish and (the best thing) a waffle maker with different toppings available.

The reception desk was open 24-hours and the staff were polite and helpful. They offered to call one of the tour operators for us to check that our excursion was running and they provided an efficient service. Never had to wait for more than a minute to be served. There is also a computer with free internet in reception which again we never had to wait long to use.

The hotel location, as others have said, is really excellent. It’s about a 7 minute walk to Hallgrimskirkja and 18 minutes to City Hall, which is on the far side of town. There are a few moderately priced restaurants within a 5 minute walk too, and a convenience store just 2 minutes walk away.

A few travellers tips:
* The Welcome Card, which can be bought at the tourist office, gets you free entry to lots of museums and acts as a bus pass and discount coupon. Details are on the Iceland Tourist website. It can be bought for 24/48/72 hours. Note that it actually lasts for that amount of hours exactly so if you ask for it to start at 1pm on one day it will last until that time on the following day.
* The National Museum and Culture House are free on a Wednesday, so on this day the Welcome Card may not save you money.
* The Golden Circle tour was nothing spectacular, but the Northern Lights was well worth it. With the NL tour, buy it from your hotel when you arrive. That way if the tour is cancelled due to bad weather the hotel will refund you (saves you from having to visit the bus terminal/tourist office).
* Take an umbrella, as it is not always so windy that you cannot use it.
* The water from the taps is mineral water; it is ice cold and tastes delicious. Don’t bother buying bottled water as it is just the same as what comes from the tap.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2009

Booked this as part of a discount package deal. Excellent location, just a block down from Laugavegur, and nice sea views (if you're on the right side). But fairly basic; very spartan bedlinen (thin quilt, slightly-too-small undersheet, pillow; that's it); no mini-bar or hot drink facilities in the room or indeed anywhere in the hotel (except when the bar / restaurant is open). Very basic toiletries in dispensers on bathroom walls. Room and bathroom clean and functional but a bit tired looking; breakfast buffet adequate but lacked Skyr, and the coffee was not up to usual Reykjavik standards. Perfectly adequate as a base but not the place for a spot of luxury; good for the low price but we got the impression that corners were being cut - possibly due to the economic climate.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sigtun 38, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Reykjavik
#16 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Fosshotel Baron 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fosshotel Baron with its 120 rooms and apartments is a official 3 star hotel down town Reykjavik, open all year. Located only few steps away from the main shopping street and other interesting attractions in Reykjaviks city center. All rooms and apartments are equiped with shower/WC, TV and WIFI which is free in the bar and reception area. Fosshotel Baron is a family friendly hotel and offers special features for families and children. All guestrooms, restaurant and bar are non-smoking ... more   less 
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