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“Great Location & Great Amenities” 5 of 5 stars
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Room With a View Apartments
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Laugarvegur 18, Reykjavik 101, Iceland   |  
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“Great Location & Great Amenities”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2007

I stayed at Room with a view with 3 other friends for 5 nights and the hotel was fantastic. The staff arranged our transportation to and from the airport. They also provided good insight on places to go while in Iceland.

Payment for the hotel was very simple too and there were no logistical problems that came up at any time. The rooms itself were well kept and the staff did a great job of cleaning the rooms during the day.

The location is also a plus since it is in the middle of the nightlife and all the great restraunts in Reykjavik.

To not stay here would be a mistake if you went to Iceland!!!

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2007

Great place to stay, centrally located. We are a family of 6 and found that the extra space is better than a hotel. A previous occupant seemed to have used the kettle to boil milk in so it was unusable but that was the only gripe. Very comfortable beds. Arni was very helpful, Reykjavik Excursions pick you up from there, and it is 2 mins walk along the street to the Tourist Office, 5 mins walk to whale watching ships & the renowned hotdog stand visited by Bill Clinton (yummy sauce). Noisy on Saturday nights mainly due to the noise of car tyres on the cobbled street but better than staying somewhere dull. Will stay there again if we go back.

Stayed April 2006
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2007

We booked direct with Room with a View and basically got a reduction on the third night that meant that we only paid for two nights.

We stayed in room 411 which is very spacious and the whole place was clean and tidy. The view from the window was superb!

A great place to stay if you want to be in the centre of everything, but it is an apartment and not a hotel, so no bar or restaurant. The people that own the place are extremely friendly and very trusting.

We did find that the hot tub was not that great and you can really smell the sulpher in the water. When we were there they had construction work taking place in the room next door, but we were out and about, so we were not disturbed.

Arriving in Iceland, I would advise going to the Duty Free on arrival and getting alcohol and food. Prices are expensive here!

The FlyBus takes you from the airport directly to your hotel or lodgings and I would recommend using it. There is a transfer at the bus depot called BSI, so don´t get worried when they drop you off and ask you to transfer. It does seem that they are dropping you in the middle of nowhere and you have to fend for yourself, but this is not the case.

Top tips: go to the National Bank in the main shopping street. As I said, food and drink is expensive. If you go to the bank to change money you can also get a free drink, doughnuts and check the internet! There is no commission for changing money - it is in the rate.

Tours: Be careful here as the trips in the town centre are not that great. They make it sound better than it real is. HOWEVER, the Golden Circle tour is well worth doing. Go for the cheaper tour - it is far better. We also stayed at the Blue Lagoon, so check that review for the details of who to book your tour with.

The Northern Lights - AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE. It is not guaranteed, but try, try, try and if you still don´t see them, try again!

Buses are easy to use with a flat fare, but remember to ask for a change ticket if you plan on switching buses on route to avoid having to pay again.

Overall, we would say that it is worth coming to Iceland, but only for a long weekend (City break) unless you want to travel extensively and you are happy just chilling out and taking it real slow.

WARNING: The Ice Bar - avoid. Enough said.

Stayed March 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2007

We stayed in apt. 402, a one bedroom, from 16-22 Feb. and enjoyed our stay tremendously. The hotel is wedged in between a bookstore and clothing shop, the entrance a bit grungy but opens into tidy clean hallways. The apt. is clean and neatly furnished, the bathroom small but modern, bed comfortable, linens and towels good quality. Having a kitchen in the living/dining area with enough implements for simple cooking and a decent sized refrigerator makes for a much more comfortable and economical visit to this costly city. Places to buy food and coffee beans are nearby. Location is great, walking distance to opera and museums, and our hosts were friendly and helpful. Will happily return.

  • Liked — felt like a real apartment
  • Disliked — not enough TV channels
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 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 January 16, 2007

We arrived on 1/13 very early and left in the afternoon of 1/15. We stayed in room 501, which was 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. We had plenty of space. On the last day Siggi told me that they were going to put down new floors, which will make the apartment look nicer. They are also renovating the apartments on the top floor. RWAV is really centrally located, but be aware that come Friday night our apartment had a lot of the street noise from down below. It is really load and doesn't stop until about 5-6 am. That is the one negative of the place. If you are a light sleeper, try an apartment perhaps in the back of the building. Reykjavik is a great city.

  • Liked — central location. owners of RWAV are great and helpful. Apartments have everything you need
  • Disliked — noise from the street
  • Tips/Secrets — don't be afraid to rent a car and drive around
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2007

My husband and I stayed here from 1/2 through 1/4 - a quick Icelandic stop on our way home - and had a great time! The hotel was great - must better than we anticipated (I am always a bit weary of hotel pictures and trick photography - but this hotel did not disappoint at all! Exceeded expectations!).

The apartment was quite spacious, beautifully decorated and extremely convenient. The location is just perfect. We stayed in Room 313 which was an upgrade since our originally booked room wasn't available (we had no complaints - this room was fantastic). The only even vaguely negative thing that I can say is that we didn't really have must of a view from this room - although there is a gorgeous wall of windows in the living room, you need to crane your neck over the balcony in order to glimpse the mountains - otherwise you are looking at houses and a small street. But believe me - the room itself is so great that you don't miss a 'view' and this did not concern us in the least.

The kitchen was very well stocked with appliances and necessities and we very much enjoyed beign able to have breakfast in the room (finding local restaurants that opened before 11am was a bit difficult). Also, the owners are great!! Arni even called our room on our last night there to let us know that the Northern Lights were strong and we could even see them from the Hotel RoofDeck (which is very large and has a 10 person jacuzzi!)

We very much appreciated the hospitality and are looking forward to a return trip. Enjoy!!!

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City Girl in Country
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2007

Have just returned from a wonderous New Year's vacation in Reykjavik, Iceland. Room with a View was an incredible value in the heart of Reykjavik and will continue to be our first choice for accomodations when we return to Iceland.

Room With a View is conveniently located downtown. It's a little quirky to find when you first arrive but the lack of a formal "lobby" is more than made up for by the friendly, helpful and warm welcome we received. (The bus driver from the airport showed us exactly what entrance to use so don't let this insignificant detail deter you.)

The apartment was spacious, very clean and much larger than we anticipated - the high ceilings and wall of glass in the living area made it seem even larger. The kitchen facilities were so complete that we had breakfast at "home" almost every day and even cooked a lobster dinner on New Year's Eve! The bathroom facilities were magnificent; two of us easily (and happily) lounged in the room's spa almost every night covered by mountains of bubbles. (Every light switch is a dimmer so it was easy to change the mood to suit our whims.)

If you have no interest in cooking, or even making a pot of coffee, this is still a venue to consider - there are restaurants, coffee houses and shopping EVERYwhere.

Arni and Omar were both incredible. They made us feel like part of an extended family, looked after our best interests and helped us to find our way around town with no muss, fuss or bother. They are the perfect hosts.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, location, friendly staff
  • Disliked — some nightclub noise on weekends...but perfectly manageable
  • Tips/Secrets — Book Early!
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Laugarvegur 18, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 64 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Room With a View Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Room With a View is an Apartment-Hotel in the centre of Reykjavik, Iceland. We have a wide range of apartments, from small studios upto 5 bedroom apartments. Our apartments on the top floor have spectacular view over the city, ocean and mountains. Sometimes you can even see the Norhterns Lights from our balcony in the winter. Iceland is a great country to visit all year round. We welcome you to Room With a View.Free WiFi ... more   less 
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