I stayed here for 3 nights with my mother. The hotel is very well presented, modern, clean and the staff were helpful and friendly.
We had a standard twin room, which was actually really nice. Lovely size room with plenty of space, big wardrobes and a well equipped bathroom. There were a couple of things that let the room down. The first was the lack of lighting in the room. Whilst I understand they are going for the ‘ambient mood lighting’, this wasn’t helpful on those long dark nights. We found it difficult to see properly at all, even to get dressed, find items and do our make-up. The other downside was that the room was incredibly warm and there was no way of controlling the temperature (no air con) other than opening the window. Although we were at the back of the building this meant that it was quite noisy at night, and because the window had a health and safety catch on it, it would only open a couple of inches. On the last night, I managed to over-ride the safety catch to enable us to have a comfortable night sleep. Having said that, the bed and duvet were very comfortable and we slept well (long days meant we were exhausted).
The happy hour 5-7pm is well worth it. This was the only time we bought wine, as generally it is quite pricey. However a glass of wine in happy hour was approx £4, so good value. I thought breakfast was good. A small selection of pretty much everything, cereals, pastries, cooked food, bakery goods and more traditional Icelandic fish. I’m sure most people would be able to pick something from the selection.
The hotel has recently opened a small spa area which is not advertised anywhere on their website. I did enquire why this was and told that as it is brand new, they haven't had a chance to update their website....Missing a trick here I think!!
The hotel is well situated just off the main street with plenty of restaurants and bars nearby (the restaurant next door ‘Caruso restaurant’ was particularly good, great food, great service). If you are booking tours, I would recommend you book with GrayLine (also known as Iceland Excursions.....NOT to be confused with Reykjavik excursions), as their office / start point is 2 minutes walk away. This means it’s easy to pop down and see if the Northern Lights tour is on / off. It also saves you a transfer to the bus depot.
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