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“Art and the right area” 4 of 5 stars
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Home Luxury Apartments
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Skolastraeti 1, Reykjavik 101, Iceland   |  
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Boston
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Art and the right area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2009

This apartment is a nice little gem smack in the center of Reykjavik.

Granted that Reykjavik isn't the largest city, but this apartment features everything 2 minutes away: tourist information, groceries (to take advantage of the kitchen), Laugavegur (the shopping street in Reykjavik).

The apartment is perfect for 2 people. It has a modern design, yet a friendly and cozy feeling (plenty of wood). Additionally, the owner is an artist so there's original art throughout the apartment. The kitchen and nice and functional and fine for cooking during vacation. The only amenity you might miss is a dish washer, but we took it as a team sport.

The owner is very helpful and very available. Once it took a second call, but we certainly got help we needed throughout the stay.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Copenhagen
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2009

Just back from a wonderful visit to Iceland where we stayed at Home Apartments for 4 days. We loved the place
- because it was located very centrally in the heart of the city and yet only 2 min. from the ocean
- because of the extremely friendly and helpful owners
- because of the terrace-area with hammock, bench, barbarcue-possibility etc. in front of the house
- because of the large room with good facilities

We highly recommend this place!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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London
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2008

I thought that the Home Apartments were great. The beds were soooo comfy, we had a lovely kitchen, bathroom and spacious loune with a huge TV and we were right in the middle of town. The location couldn't have been better. There were 4 of us and we got upgraded to a bigger apartment for free!

The owner was lovely, really helpful in giving us advice on good local bars and restaurants.

I would highly recommend staying at Home Apartments.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noise from outside
  • Stayed May 2008, 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
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Bifröst
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2008

Since I don't live in Reykjavik location is essential for me when I visit the city. That's where Home Apartments comes in, since it's location couldn't be better, at least not for the ones that prefer the city center.
The studios give you a home away from home feeling. It's not the typical hotel-hassle and you rarely meet or even notice the other guests.
Although Home doesn't offer breakfast, room service or carry a mini-bar, it's something I'm ready to forgive - who needs a beer for $10 from the mini-bar anyway? ;)

So without hesitation I recommend this place,
Lei5ure.

  • Liked — Location and the cool rooms
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2008

We arrived at Home to find that they had overbooked the apartments and that we could not stay there. We were taken round the corner (literally) to an apartment on Bankastraeti (owned by the same people as Home), and apart from the fact it was not quite finished, the apartment could not have been furnished to a higher standard. Whilst the owners were putting the finishing touches to the apartment, they treated us to a free meal at the bar/restaurant opposite and brought us a bottle of Moet later that evening, which was very nice of them. The apartment had a five-ring cooker, american-style fridge, huge tv, tempur mattress in the bedroom and very stylish furnishings and artworks. I thoroughly recommend staying there and both of us had a fantastic time.

As for Home, I recommend asking any taxi/bus driver to take you to 'government house' as it is very close to skolastraeti (skolastraeti is a very small one-way street and drivers simply do not know where it is even though it is right in the middle of town). Alternatively, ask for Bankastraeti as Skolastraeti leads off this main street. I also recommend the brand new 'restaurant O' (the old Siggi Hall) in the Hotel Odinsve. The food was amazing although not cheap by any means - 3 courses each with coffee and one bottle of Cloudy Bay came to £170.

I also thoroughly recommend the Gullfoss and Geysir tour run by Iceland Excursions - Reykjavik is fantastic but it's great to get out and see some of the natural sights Iceland is famous for.

  • Liked — Location; the style and decor
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Iceland
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2007

We just got married in July and w had heard of Home sometime before so we decided to book a studio for 2 nights after our wedding. We had contacted the good people at Home to inform them of our arrival time (wich was pretty late). When we finally got there they had a person waiting for us at the building, welcoming us into the beutiful studioi which had fresh flowers and a complimentary champagne for us. The check-in was quick and any help we needed was just a phonecall away.

The studio was very nice and had everything we needed, free local calls, cable TV & WIFI Internet (which we didn't use (obviously!)). We just loved the bed. It had the most comfortable mattress we had ever slept on. The floor beneath the matress was also very cool, it's made of small smooth stones, bound together with somekind of resin or glue. It feels funny in a good way without your shoes on:) The sofa was awesome, the way it pulls out so we could both lie in there comfortably with lots of space to spare.

We must admit that we could hear walking from the floor above. but what else can you expect from a 100 year old building? It really didn't bother us.

The service was great! No housekeeping barging in on you at the break of dawn. We got all the privacy we could possibly ask for. When we needed something like fresh towels (on our second day) we just asked for them and they were brought immediately. The staff at Home were also very helpful. They helped us book a restaurant on our second day which they recommended and it was perfect.

The location of Home is perfect, maybe a little hard to find at first. It's right in the middle of Reykjavik's city center, close to everything. Although it didn't matter since we stayed in the apartment most of the time.

Great place, would definately come back!

  • Liked — Great design, high in comfort
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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New York City
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2007

My friends and I stayed at Home for a few days, namely during their Independance weekend. Needless to say, Reykjavik's reputation as the Ibiza of Scandanavia proved itself to be true, especially during this stretch of weekend. Anyone going to Reykjavik should do their research and expect the city to party (truly until 8-9am on Fridays and Saturdays) --- a quiet small town it is not.
My friends and I found Home to be particularly homey, for lack of a better word. However there were some rough patches during our stay that the owner and manager tried to compensate to make sure our stay there was pleasurable.
For anyone who has stayed in apartments or hotels in Europe, rooms tend to be smaller than American counterparts. Pictures, whether they're on the web or otherwise always tend to make rooms, spaces larger than original scale (thats their job, how else would hotels get booked?).
We were a group of 6 and stayed in 2 adjoining apartments. While space was small, it was by no means uncomfortable. Our apartments had dishes, pots, pans, utensils, cleaning materials, even food in the cabinets (oils, seasoning, foil, plastic cling and the like) which we weren't expecting. Decor was very Scandanavian modern, minimalist which was nice. Loved the artwork and as a previous commentor wrote, the pebbles on the floor. The owner and manager provided towels, rags etc whenever we asked for them. They were always on-call and available if anything came up (for example our keys didn't work the 3 rd day we were there and he came by with a new set within 10 min).
Home's location is key. It's in the middle of everything -- restaurants, bars, clubs, the docks, shops, taxi stops, etc. Couldn't have asked for a more central location.
Overall, I give Home a fair review. It's not the Four Seasons but it's not like staying in a favela either.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No opinon
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Skolastraeti 1, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 64 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Home Luxury Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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