What you see on the internet is almost solely the penthouse. These apartments are VERY small, the ceilings have no insulation, and the surrounding immediate area IS tacky. Yes they are not typical hotel furnishings, but Ikea design is more interesting. The owner makes friends with people and this is likely why people do not rate it more poorly, but if you read the reviews you will see what is wrong here as it is echoed in many. Please understand that I was not expecting paradise, but I did expect a bed (barely) a reasonable bathroom (not at all), a kitchen (marginal), and the ability to have rudimentary living space (not hardly).
The owner tried to construct a business without the acumen or skills needed to manage such a venture. He needs professional help. This costs much more than far nicer places. The worst aspect is having loud parties replete with some profanity, alcohol and noise right over your bed all night, and a proprietor who takes no action. He sent my husband up the outdoor stairs at night to ask them to be quiet. The party was too rough for us to get any sleep at all. Also if you do not mind essentially sleeping on the floor and having a hard time getting up, albeit on a very comfortable mattress, and eating from a barely functional table, go ahead, but this is such a lovely city you can do better for far less. (If you do decide to go, take a bar of soap, and ask for directions in advance). There is no microvave, no kitchen towels or anything to wash dishes, minimal dishware, no can opener..etc, etc, etc. There is so much overlooked. The sound system is a tiny single CD unit ont he windowsill, albeit with Bose speakers.
While the area is potentially nice, this alley is a grimey and proximal to a noisy street not too bad if you can keep your windows closed). There is a tiny market in the parking space on weekends. It may have been the only really redeeming feature. The owner makes promises he does not keep and seems to appeal to people's emotions to overlook the serious problems here. While he apologized, he would not remit any of our payment but said he would give us a free stay our next trip (pay for a dinner, a glacier trip, etc)---how bizarre----the cost here is more than double some much nicer places, also listed on Trip Advisor, more highly rated also. We did go look at other places, and realized we had been seduced by the misrepresentation posted by Home at Trip Advisor and elsewhere. I
t is not a good place for children at all and I would question safety if above the first floor. Adults adults over 40 are probably used to something nices, esp for the money. People who cannot climb outside stairs, should not even consider this.
What you see on the ad is the penthouse--and the rest of the house is nothing like the penthouse. It is somewhat dishonest, and fairly sad when the potential for better is there. They appear to be redoing the house next door for something similar, so beware! This place cannot last without better management and probably much lower prices. Don't get seduced and ripped off like we were. I wanted so much to like this place that I stayed the week, but I would not want anyone else to have this experience. Iceland is far to beautiful to spoil it at all!
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