My husband and I stayed in the Radisson Blu on a family trip to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate, but we had a nice time in Iceland anyway. It was our first visit to Iceland. The Blu is about a block away from the town square in Reykjavik, and a short walk to the commercial area that's crowded with shops and restaurants. Rooms are Spartan, with hardwood floors and minimalist furnishings. The bath reminded me of the bathroom in my college dorm: functional but decorated on a small budget. Ours was equipped with a small shower stall, a very small sink, and a toilet. Having read reviews that the hotel is smack dab in the middle of the popular pub-crawl area, we requested a quiet room at check in. This was wise - the others in our party didn't do that, and everyone else wound up complaining about street noise from people partying (and duking it out) on the street below. Our room, on the other hand, faced the nice, quiet (but view-less) courtyard. The party starts after midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and goes until 6 a.m. according to our fellow travelers, so if you wind up with one of these rooms and you're not a reveler, bring earplugs.
Breakfast was included in our room rate; the buffet is small, but has a nice variety of breads, meats and cheeses, and some predictable hot items. You can also order omelets and eggs to order.
The fitness room is one of the smallest I've ever seen, with a single elliptical and a single treadmill, and a couple of weight stations, but we had no trouble snagging a machine. It was very stuffy in there - a fan would be a nice addition.
We were thrilled to hear our room was ready when we checked into the hotel around 8 a.m. after our trans-Atlantic flight. This was very nice service that we appreciated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Refurbished, classic building in the heart of Reykjavik offering accommodation in style and comfort. Hotel located next to main shopping street with restaurants and bars. Cultural attractions close by like the Parliament of Iceland, art galleries and museums. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik Hotel
- Radisson Reykjavík
- Radisson Reykjavik
- Reykjavík Radisson