The hotel lobby is currently undergoing some remodelling work and it currently looks half finished. It's a laid back hotel for the under 35-40's so it didn't really bother us, we didn't see anyone older than us the time we spent there, if anything we were a little confused because we saw a lot of backpackers kicking around!
We worked out later on in our stay that the hotel has apartments, rooms and hostel rooms, we stayed in a room and booked it a month ahead. We chose it for the pictures of the rooms and price and we weren't disappointed!
We were VERY pleased with the room upon seeing it. Everything was brand new and beautifully decorated, mostly in a minimalist style. The bed was a double bed , huge, soft, comfortable and with extra pillows. I usually go for a harder mattress but for some reason the soft bed didn't bother me on this trip, in fact I had great nights sleep night after night!
The minibar was kitted out to perfection, chocolate, crisps, nuts, Icelandic treats and beers, soft drinks and pretzels.
The bathroom was really lovely! Walk-in shower, tiled in lovely new and expensive looking slate tiles. Two showers head, and overhead larger one and a smaller one on the side in case you don't want to get your hair wet. Hair drier was supplied and so was soap, shampoo, conditioner and a small box with complimentary goodies like a shower cap, earbuds etc. they also provide luxurious bathrobes and slippers, we felt so pampered!
The room had underfloor heating and even though the main window was very large giving you great views, it doesn't open, only the smaller one next to it does and even then, only a fraction, meaning the room got pretty warm at times. Never quite uncomfortably, however I do prefer a colder room to sleep in, I didn't mind it so much but my partner did. There's no thermostat so the only way to quickly cool the room down is by opening the door which is not the best option but it did work and we didn't need to have it open for long. We stayed mid August so this might not even be an issue come winter time however.
The 2seater sofa at the end of the room along with the writing desk and chair were very comfortable and got used for hanging out more than the downstairs lobby.
The tv was flat screen, new and mounted on the wall, slightly off centre to the bed which was strange since there was plenty of space on the wall for it to be centred. It had UK channels only but missing Chanel 4.
Breakfast and coffee were served on one side of the lobby in the morning but due to refurbishment there were no tables to eat at. This wasn't an issue since we usually prefer local cafes.
The desk people were very helpful and were happy to book and arrange whatever we needed.
Free wifi was great and a huge plus specially since most people staying in the hotel were travelling and could use it to check maps before heading out.
The hotel has a supermarket right in front, the hlemmur bus station, a taxi rank and several cafes nearby making it a perfectly located hotel in my opinion.
We did a few tours and every one of them picked us up from our doorstep.
When I come back to Reykjavik I will make sure I come back to this hotel, I was very much impressed specially considering the price and location. We also stayed at 2 other hotels during our stay and neither were as competitively priced, as well located, as new and beautifully fitted as hlemmur square hotel!
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