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“Great value and friendly guesthouse.” 5 of 5 stars
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Guesthouse Bina
Bugdulak 1 | 105, Reykjavik, Iceland   |  
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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“Great value and friendly guesthouse.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I recommend guesthouse Bina for anyone looking for budget accommodation in Reykjavik. This is a B&B type establishment in a modern apartment building in a pleasant suburb of the town. My room was very small, but perfectly adequate for my needs (as I spent a lot of time out on excursions and visiting the centre). I supplied my own sleeping bag, which made the room very cheap and in my opinion great value. Bina is very hospitable and helpful and a great host. I believe there are frequent buses to the centre although I always chose to walk along the shore (in midsummer, this is a beautiful walk with the the sun above the horizon for something like 22 hours of the day). Bina provides an optional breakfast with a large variety of cereal, fruit juice, cold meat, cheeses and breads . There's also a small bakery close by, which is great for pastries and inexpensive sandwiches. Bikes can be hired from the nearby City Hostel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Krakow, Poland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Bina Guest house is located close to the thermal pools in Reykjavik. The owner of the hotel is nice, but staying there will not remember well. In the room, there were no facilities, no TV and a shared bathroom with only hosts. You can not use the kitchen, which was close to my room. Allowed me only to make tea and boil water. Using the wifi was for a few minutes, because it's just for home use only. The room was not even count sheets, which should be with you. You can not pay by credit card. The owners do not care too much for the guy out of bed and payment information at check-out. I do not recommend this family-run guest house

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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London
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

Stayed for four days in total, two at the beginning of our holiday and one at the end. A great base from which to see all of Reykjavik, short distance from tourist info and bus stops, great value for money compared to other guesthouses in the area and it is run by a friendly, warm and welcoming lady. Much recommended...

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

After having had two not so nice stays i Reykjavik this was a nice suprise. Nice room, nice landlady, nice breakfast! I am going to make this "my B&B" in Reykjavík.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

Given how expensive hotels in Reykjavik are, it was a relief to find this cheaper option online after much hunting, and I would 100% recommend it. Although it is about 25 minutes walk to the city centre, the walk itself, along the beautiful seafront with the mountainous backdrop, was wonderful every time, and gave a view most tourists would not otherwise see. The guesthouse is also near a fantastic open air swimming pool, far cheaper and less crowded (and for my money more fun) than the Blue Lagoon.

Bina herself was great, and speaks excellent English. The rooms are good, with a thick blind to block out the midnight sun. Nice shared bathroom, and breakfast was very tasty, and very good value. Not a luxury hotel by any means, but we had a fantastic stay. Only criticism is you have to pay by cash, which was a bit of a pain. Otherwise I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone travelling to Reykjavik.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Denmark
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

I have seen many hotels and guesthouses around the world, and this is one of my best and most personal experiences I have ever had !

You will have a warm welcome, good rooms and beds and a superb breakfast.
We stayed in the appartment on the top floor of a 3 story building with view to the sea. The area is quiet, 2 min. to the sea and 7 min. by bus to the city center or a good 20-30 min. walk.
We can only recommend this to those who have seen plenty of regular hotel rooms, and wants to have a homely and personal experience.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2007

I stayed here for four nights while visiting Reykjavik for the Iceland v Northern Ireland football match on 12 Sept 2007.

I had booked my stay directly with the proprietor (Bina) who had advised me that it was a short walk from the Youth Hostel, one of the stop-off and pick-up points for the FlyBus to and from the international airport at Keflavik.

I was warmly greeted on arrival and shown to my room, which was plain but neat and tidy and more than adequate for my stay. I had not paid in advance but said I would do so half-way through my stay, which was fine. The rooms are not en-suite but, with few guests, it is effectievly shared with one other room at a time, which worked out OK. It, too, was always very clean.

Breakfasts were simple (cereals, cold plate, bagels and toast, juices and tea/coffee) but substantial, and you could always make a cup of tea or coffee, etc, if you were there at other times. Bina was also flexible with breakfast times, including on leaving for the early return flight.

Guests are given keys and there is no curfew, but it is Bina's house, so be reasonable.

The big advantage of a B&B or Guesthouse over a hotel is that you can get to know the proprietor and get tips, learn about the city and country you are in - probably even more important if you are staying in a property in your own. Bina is an excellent host.

The place itself is quite a walk from the city centre, though it is a lovely walk along the coast if the weather is good enough and you wear the right clothing. You could also get the bus.

The property is less than five minutes' walk away from one of Reykjavik's great bargains: the geothermal pools at ....., less than £3 to spend the whole day there if you like. The sports stadium is also close to it.

Reykjavik itself is a great, quirky wee city and a gateway to a unique country. It is expensive, but not nearly as bad as some of the scare-stories would have you believe. If you look you can get a pint of local beer for about £3, a pizza or burger in a basic cafe for £6, and something more substantial for about £12. Equally, you could burn £50 in your wallet for a a meal in a more exclusive place and £100 on a night out, but you don't have to.

The people are generally friendly and chilled, very helpful and efficient, and genuineness and honesty oozes from them

It's a city and a country well-worth visiting for all sorts of reasons and, if you do and you want a change or just don't like the impersonality of hotels, try Guesthouse Bina.

  • Liked — The proprietor and her husband
  • Disliked — Quite far from the city centre
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled solo
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Address: Bugdulak 1 | 105, Reykjavik, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #38 of 82 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
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Number of rooms: 18
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