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“Sweltering Iceland!” 3 of 5 stars
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CenterHotel Thingholt
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Thingholtsstraeti 3, Reykjavik 101, Iceland (Miõborg)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 46 hotels in Reykjavik
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“Sweltering Iceland!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2008

All the good things other people have written are true - great location, good breakfast, great design, great rooms etc, the only thing which ruined it for me was there was no air con in our room (410) and as it was a 28 degrees heatwave and our room was facing the sun which shone virtually all day and night it was just sweltering in there. There was a tiny window which could only be partially opened. Also the bed was right infront of the window. If it wasn't for this I'd give it excellent, but even on a cooler day of about 16 degrees it was like an oven. We just couldn't sleep at all. They didn't have any fans to loan us. I wouldn't stay there again because of this. Some areas of the hotel had blowers on, the reception area was cooler and the corridor, but not the corridor for our room. The Icelanders don't do air con in shops, restaurants, anywhere really, so if this bothers you go another time of year!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No air con in our room
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Leeds, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2008

I booked the hotel as I like modern design hotels. I was not disappointed, the interior is interesting and they have made a real effort with the design of the rooms.

The bathroom was behind a glass sliding door and we had a free standing bath in our rather small room, it was a nice feature though.

The breakfast was included and was sufficient. Stock up though as eating out (well doing anything) is VERY expensive in Iceland.

Beds were comfy, curtains blackout which was good as it was light all night.

Reception staff a little rude and unhelpful on calling but the bar staff were very friendly and full of local knowledge.

The hotel is just off the main street and near lots of the city's coolest bars and restaurants. The is a great bar at the end of the street (B5 or something similar) with a brilliant atmosphere. However the loacls party all night long and it can be prety noisy in the hotel over the weekends as they seemed to smash glasses when they come out of the bar? It did not ruin our stay but we were conscious of it. Also our bath had a very noisy plug which glugged in the night and kept us awake!

Lots of amazing scenery and some great adventures to be had in the surrounding countryside. You must vist Geysir and the Blue Lagoon, it was awesome!

I was very disappointed by a whale watching tour we took with ELDING, they were a scam who charged £50 pp to see no whales. I understand it is chance if you see them but so many people we saw (including locals) said they were unreliable and took advantage of tourists (they take you out when they know no whales in the area). You may have more luck!

  • Liked — Interior
  • Disliked — Rude staff
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2008

The Hotel is very nice and close to all of the good action in Reykjavik. The decor is interesting, but modern and high class. All of the employees are helpful and provide good food recommendations. The morning breakfast is excellent, especially after a long night out.

This hotel is also close to traveler information center and they can provide you would great advice.

Things get a bit loud at night, but I hope you don't plan to stay in.

The first day we were there, the people at the front desk booked us a tour to the blue lagoon. The second day, we decided to rent a car and drive around to see things (good choice for americans, considering they drive on the right). They organized everything we asked for perfectly. I highly recommend skipping tours and renting cars so as not to be caught up in a tourist cloud.

  • Liked — Location and helpful staff
  • Disliked — We stayed in one night and it was a bit loud...but it was really our fault for not going out.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2008

Small but perfectly formed hotel right in the centre of the city. Really stylish nordic minimalism throughout. Comfortable, stylish room with great 'wetroom' bathroom and fantastic shower. Friendly and helpful staff. Good breakfast. Highly recommended

  • Liked — So much style!
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Barbara, CA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2008

Reykjavik is not a city for affordable hotels, but since my partner and I were traveling during the low season (early March 2008), we decided to shop up-market from our usual price point of $100 per night.

Copious amounts of research led us to the Thingholt, whose website was offering 40% off the standard rate. Attempting to book through the CenterHotels site led to a nightly rate of ISK 10 000 (about $150) -- still too much for our budget. But, by booking through Orbitz, we were able to obtain a rate of ISK 7800 ($120). Lesson learned: always try booking through multiple sources.

Upon arriving, I was bowled over by the elegance and design that have gone into this newly-constructed boutique hotel! The lobby is a dream in black stone and leather, with a dead-sexy waterfall wall at the entrance, sculpture all over, and a comfy (if a bit severe) lounge equipped with art books and other accoutrements of the terminally chic. The lounge adjoins an up-market Japanese retaurant, Domo, which seems to be operated by the same organization.

Our standard double room continued the parade of chic with a floor of leather tile, frosted glass-walled bathroom enclosure, and designer furniture and lighting. Virtually every object in the room was matte black, chrome or stark white. Everything was spotlessly clean, the linens were fresh and comfortable, and our room was cleaned and tidied daily. Reading through the literature I learned that every room has been designed by a different local woman artist, and no two rooms are furnished alike.

Additional in-room comforts include a heated bathroom floor. mini bar with enough extra space for a few of your own groceries, widescreen flat-panel television, free wired Internet access, and lighting with full dimmer control to set that extra-special romantic mood.

The buffet breakfast, included in room price and served from 7-10, is a cut above the standard Scandinavian affair with breads, pastries, meats, cheeses, cereals, fruit, boiled eggs, juices, milk, coffee and tea.

Downsides: the rooms are European-sized and the wardrobes are on the small side, so leave your steamer trunk at home. The shower is tiny, though clean and functional. The rack rate is positively astronomical by the standards of the budget traveler, and the hotel's design aesthetic may feel sterile to some.

In conclusion: the Thingholt is an ultra-modern, chic boutique hotel and I would be overjoyed to stay there again. If you can finagle a deal such as we did, then it is also an outstanding value (especially for Reykjavik). However, the quality of this hotel is top-notch at any price.

  • Liked — The amount of care that went into its interior design, and the friendliness of the staff.
  • Disliked — Its price would be out of my league without the special off-season deal we obtained.
  • Stayed March 2008, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2008

My husband and I went to Iceland and had no expectations really as we had never been before. What a lovely surprise! The place is absolutely fantastic and I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone – regardless of age or interests. Be warned though, it is very, very expensive.

The food was amazing (try the lobster soup at Lebrekker or the lamb anywhere – mouthwateringly good), the people were lovely, everywhere was well appointed and cared for. We just had such a good time. The Thingholt was a great choice as you couldn’t be more central. Their rooms can be small but very nice all the same. We were concerned as someone had reported that the rooms on the front of the hotel are noisy at night but (and maybe this is because we come from London) but it really wasn’t a problem at all… unless the window was open.

The sights were great – very unusual. Definitely allow 1h30m for the lagoon though – it’s lovely. One word of warning though. Don’t hire a small car and expect to do sightseeing in the winter months because the roads are treacherous, icy and slippery… very scary if you don’t have snow chains. A 4-wheel drive would be OK but we had a Yaris and it was awful.

  • Liked — Centrally located, clean and modern
  • Disliked — A larger room would have been nice
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2008

Whilst the exterior of this Hotel may stir fears as to its interior these are soon lost as you decend in to a world of cow hides; frosted glass and leather recliners.

We have just returned from a weeks' holiday in Iceland and used Centerhotel Thingholt. We found this Hotel outstanding. The location is spot on, rooms cool and trendy (yet warm and clean) and the staff unobtrusive, yet friendly and helpful.

We found the customer service excellent. Whilst the staff do not jump up when you enter the Hotel they are very helpful and accommodating when you seek their help (embarassingly Icelanders have a truely fantastic grip of the English language). Their approach merely reinforces the view that the staff want you to enjoy your stay in your own way rather than to be constantly pawed. This view was substantiated upon our arrival: A large group had decided to stay on for a further day and as such we were whisked off to one of their sister Hotels (Hotel Plaza) by private car. As compensation a bottle of Champagane and chocolates were delivered to our room As you will appreciate these are hugely expensive items in Iceland and greatly appreciated.

The breakfast is a buffet style arrangement. The scope of the offer is more than ample; you can brave the pickled Herring through to a simple bowl of museli and fruit to start your day. Again the staff quietly went about their work ensuring that everything was topped up and fresh, even at the end of the breakfast period at 10am.

The rooms will probably not be to all tastes. Repleat with leather sofas; cow hide on the floor; large frosted glass dividing doors and untiled concrete floors & walls in the bathrooms. Very cool and trendy. We were on the first floor and only heard the last few hours of the weekend madness early on Saturday morning (around 5am). Other than that a restful and chilled time was spent in this Hotel.

We had hired a car for our trip and only on one day we had park on a meter. Parking is free, and plentiful, outside the Hotel. This is outstanding when you consider that the Hotel is located off of the Reykjavik equivalent of Oxford Street.

Overall a brilliant Hotel and when we return to Iceland this will be our first choice without doubt.

  • Liked — Location & coolness
  • Disliked — Not being there today
  • Stayed February 2008, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about CenterHotel Thingholt

Address: Thingholtsstraeti 3, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
#1 Spa Hotel in Reykjavik
#11 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — CenterHotel Thingholt 4*
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