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“Style and Location in Central Reykjavik” 4 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Hverfisgata 10, Reykjavik 101, Iceland (Miõborg)   |  
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Ranked #26 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
New Westminster, Canada
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173 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Style and Location in Central Reykjavik”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Part of the Design Hotels affiliation, the Hotel 101 is centrally located about one block off the main shopping district and nearby to the harbour.

We had one of the Junior Suites and it was quite large, with both a shower and a separate freestanding tub. We had a decent view of the harbour and plenty of light, especially when we were there during the Summer Solstice. The one negative might be the hallways, which are quite dark and can make the stairs a little tricky when coming in from the light.

Overall the room was excellent, the lounge is very convenient, the service was on a par with other experiences in Iceland and the location is tough to beat. Like many of the higher end hotels in Reykjavik, the hotel is not cheap by any standard, but if you are looking for something with a little panache, the Hotel 101 is a nice choice.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Unless you will be happy at these prices for the location alone, I suggest you look elsewhere. Under-lighted hallways and hip music alone cannot make a good hotel.

Front desk help is nonexistent. Most of the time, you have to call out to get someone to help you. And I underscore the comments of the previous reviewer about the attractive female front desk staffer who is never there and seems more interested in preening than being helpful. There's no concierge and other front desk staff weren't all that knowledgeable about the basics in the city.

Food is good, service is terrible and slow. Even the buffet breakfast struggles because it was understaffed.

And for a hotel aiming so high, the mattress was not what you would expect.

Disappointed and would not recommend 101 Hotel.

Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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72 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is not the best hotel I ever stayed in - but it was a very good choice for a short stay of 2 nights in Reykjavik. It is not a five star, so no one rushes out to help with your luggage, and the service at breakfast is basic. It is within the context of this particular city and the nature of this trip that my rating is 5 rather than 4.

However - here are some serious pros:
It is in an excellent location - easy to get to all sites and easy for getting in and out of town. Not that this is an issue, this is a very small city.
It is beautifully designed, very tasteful.
The room was spacious enough, light and bright, bed and beddings comfortable.
Front desk staff super-helpful and nice - they gave us excellent restaurants advice, booked us on a tour we wanted, and were extremely helpful when we needed some technical help.
Plenty of magazines on the shelf in the relaxed lobby - a nice touch.

OK:
Breakfast buffet OK, has enough for most people to eat, coffee OK too, mostly self service (decent but not brilliant)

Cons:
Not enough cupboard space
Toilet arrangement not the best (there is a glass door, but the bathroom is semi open space)
Shades/block screen on windows not entirely perfect (an issue in summer when it is light all night). Pack eyeshades!
A bit of street noise (maybe only our room/that side - we had 207) - but, be warned, make sure there is no event taking place in the public area around the Harpa (concert hall), as in summer they do have them weekly, we were told, and they are incredibly loud. I assume it affect most hotels, though. So if there is something going on I'd advise booking as far from it as possible.

Room Tip: Ask not to face the street if possible (not sure it is) - from noise point of view.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manhattan Beach, CA
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202 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The 101 Hotel is smack in the middle of downtown Reykjavik one block off of the main walk street. There are a variety of restaurants and pubs in the local area as well as the headquarters for bus tours around the island. The hotel is modern but the interior is painted black and the hallways leading to the rooms are dark. Parking is available close by. The buffet breakfast and dinner were good but pricey. The staff were helpful and professional. A bar is located across the street from the entrance so be aware that night time revelers go on until early into the morning and are loud if they have parked just outside a side room. The windows fog up when showering and opening a window may let in flying insects and allow the street noise to enter the room. We were there two nights and both nights there was substantial noise outside our window. With the window closed there is minimal noise but then the room remains hot. The room was clean and the closet space sparse. The hotel is expensive and breakfast and dinner is not included in the price. Wifi worked very well.

Room Tip: Request a room off of the street for reduced noise.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manhattan Beach, California
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80 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

One of the best features of this hotel is it's central downtown location. It's only a block away from the main shopping street with lots of restaurants. Also, if you're interested in taking any organized tours, the Grayline office is down the block. The room was fairly large with a comfortable bed and plenty of storage. The bathroom setup is a bit odd. The large shower is part of the bedroom and is fully visible as the walls are clear glass. However, the shower works very well. The room is well stocked with plenty of towels and toiletries and is clean. The hotel restaurant serves an excellent buffet breakfast. We also had dinner there one night and it was also quite tasty. However, the menu is fairly limited. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The only negatives I can list is that if you open the windows for cool air it is quite noisy on the street below since there are lots of bars in the area. Also, the hallways are quite dark so it is difficult to see. Lastly, it's rather expensive compared to other hotels n the neighborhood. Although the hotel is a bit quirky in its decor, we would consider staying here again because of its superb location.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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61 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

I went to Reykjavik on a lads weekend so its remarkable that I can remember the staff being so unhelpful, but I have a clear memory of a particularly attractive but rude receptionist and a barman who really though he was very cool, and wasn't.

We chose the 101 because its a bit funky and in the very best location for a middle aged version of a pub crawl. I will probably stay again at the hotel because there is not a lot of choice but I will not have high expectations of the over sparse rooms or the hospitality.

By the way, I have the impression that half the population drink themselves into the ground on a Friday night and the other half on Sunday. It's a messy and noisy town at the weekend, relatively good natured, that's relative to their pillaging heritage. Be prepared for minor carnage and noise, the hotel is at ground zero.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Helsinki, Finland
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is a small hotel with a nice design in the rooms. The toilet shower room was combined to the bedroom, which made it different to other hotel rooms I have seen. I think the architect have tried to make the room looking trendy and unique. The breakfast and location were both vert good. The hotel was also clean and staff were friendly like everyone seemed to be in Iceland. Only cons were that our room at least (on the first floor) was a bit dark and the water from the shower was running to the floor easily.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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Address: Hverfisgata 10, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Reykjavik
#12 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
#13 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — 101 hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
101 Hotel is located in the oldest postal code of Reykjavik. Though the exterior will reflect the strength and character of its Icelandic history, the interior will be of refined elegance. Those who enjoy a balance of body and mind will appreciate 101 hotel's proximity to the business district, night life and geothermal pools, as well as the attentive amenities and services. Whether you are drawn to Reykjavik for work or play, 101 hotel is purely about you. ... more   less 
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