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.
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