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Hotel Hafnarfjordur
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Hafnarfjordur
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Hotel Hafnarfjordur”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

The Hotel Hafnarfjordur is great, but it is a long way from the centre of Reykjavik! It would be fine if you had a car, or intended to rent one, but otherwise the location is not what I would have chosen for a city visit. However, the staff are great, the price is good, the service is excellent, so I would suggest the location certainly the only drawback.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Graz, Austria
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights because it was close to family in Gardabaer, and the hotel was very good. Staff were very helpful, the rooms clean and pleasant. They even made us some breakfast sandwiches and coffee for us before our 4:30 departure to the airport.
Don't eat at the Chinese restaurant that is close by - it was not good.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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columbus
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We stayed 1 night as we wanted to be close to airport for our afternoon departure. Check-in was smooth, friendly and with a smile. Our room was on the first floor so transporting luggage was easy with parking right outside the front door. The desk clerk provided us a nice map of the harbor area so we could find a place for dinner. Our room was large with a small kitchenette area. The bathroom was clean and bright, however towels were rough. The shampoo bottles were not sealed so I suspect they are refilled each day. The breakfast is standard fare and included waffles.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Centennial, CO
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

We arrived about 8:30 PM after a long drive from northern Iceland and found the hotel without any problems. As it was nearly dark the road signs were still visible and street lighting was adequate. The two gentlemen at the front desk were efficient and prompt with the paperwork and we were settled in our room in short order. The hotel was very quiet and clean with a good sized room including a small kitchen area. It is located in an area of the city lacking anything of interest for the tourist but that was not an issue for us as our need was to be able to get to the airport for an early flight. It was perfect for that.

The only negative was the sandwiches made for us in the morning since we were departing prior to when breakfast was served. The juice was very thin and was best not consumed. We do understand that it is impossible to serve every guest especially when hours are not convenient but a danish or croissant would have been nice.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Haukur B, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Hafnarfjordur, responded to this review, December 22, 2012
Dear Sir/Madam

We are pleased to hear your feedback for our hotel. We put effort on personal service and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our Hotel.

As a response to your comment, we have updated our juice machine, so from now on our guests can enjoy fresh juice every morning.

We welcome you again to our Hótel Hafnarfjörður.

Best regards,
Magnús
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Aberford, Leeds
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Just back from a 5 night stay. Very comfortable and convenient for use as a base for exploring Reykjavik and south west Iceland. Room was large and very clean - particularly important for both of us. Adequate choice for breakfast (but avoid the orange and apple juice).
I chose this hotel knowing that we would be hiring a car and is considerably cheaper than the city centre alternatives.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

This hotel was close enough to Keflavik for an easy ride to the airport. We reserved a family room for 4 which turned out to have 2 bedrooms with 2 beds in each, plus another bed in the living room area, 2 full bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchenette. The rooms were plain but spotlessly clean. The area was convenient to Reykjavik with a number of restaurants and grocery stores close by. The breakfast was a welcome addition as was the free internet service. All of the staff that we encountered were friendly and helpful when needed. The next time in Iceland we would consider a longer stay at this location as quite a few interesting sights are within a few hours drive.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Rochester, NY
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We spent two nights at Hotel Hafnarfjordur in early August, as part of a trip that began in Toronto (after a drive there from Western New York) and ultimately took us to Amsterdam. We thought we would add three days of Iceland to the intinerary since we were flying Icelandair, and we are glad we did.

We rented a car when we arrived in Iceland so we were able to get to the hotel without any problem, though we did get looped up on the directions when trying to find the place the second day of our stay (GPS would be handy to have in Iceland, since the roads seemed to be only sporadically marked). The timing of the arrival was such that we arrived at the hotel very early, around 7:30 am, which was well before when the room was ready. Since we arrived on a Sunday and were very hungry after the trip, we paid for breakfast at the hotel since it was our understanding that few places were open on Sunday morning and we were too tired to mount a search. That worked out well and I was glad they could accommodate us. I should also note that there is a pizza place next door which saved the day after we came back exhausted after a long day of sightseeing later that night.

The hotel itself is utilitarian in kind of a Scandinavian-type of way which means big emphasis on function, no emphasis on bling. That was fine with us as we used the hotel primarily for sleep; too much to see elsewhere. The room we had was the largest in the hotel, with 5 beds since we had 5 people in our group. As anyone who has a family with 5 people knows, the hotel world is traditionally made for 4 or less, so it can be difficult to find one room for everyone. We were pleased that this hotel did since we did not have to rent two hotel rooms. There was plenty of room for everyone.

The breakfast was great. The oatmeal was very good, there were sliced meats and yogurt too. There were also tomatoes which, I believe, were grown locally in greenhouses and were quite tasty. There was also melon (looked like honeydew, but I don't recall it being green; it did taste great, though). I believe they also served toast and cereal.

The hotel room appeared to have room darkening shades, which is something you need since it only gets dark for maybe an hour a day in early August. The tubless shower worked fine, though the second tub and shower had no shower curtain which may be typical for there, but is strange to an American. Also, you may notice that the shower water has a sulphur odor; I'm not sure if that is something typical to Iceland (my guess, based on the island's use of geothermal energy) or is something that is hotel-specific.

As for Iceland itself, there is a lot to see. If we had to do it all over again, we would have added another day or two in Iceland, and subtracted a day or two from Amsterdam. The natural beauty is stunning, especially the Golden Circle route including Gulfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir. We really only scratched the surface and Iceland is big enough that you probably want to stay a few days in one place, and then go someplace else so you can do more exploring without having to drive all the way back to the Reykjavik area. Reykjavik is also quite charming, and is only about 10 minutes or so away. The older section is cute, and there are lots of eating choices. We ate dinner at a place called Caruso, and the food was excellent. Don't miss the Gull lager, which is great.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Hafnarfjordur
Address: Reykjavikurvegur 72, Hafnarfjordur 220, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Hafnarfjordur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Hafnarfjordur
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Hafnarfjordur 3*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Hafnarfjordur is a newly build three-star hotel in the capital area of Reykjavik. The centre of the harbour town, which is famous for its stories about elves and mystical beings, is just short distance away. The hotel is the ideal choice for independent travellers, companies and families for both long and short term stays. The hotel has a friendly atmosphere aims to make guests feel comfortable and to give them a home away from home.We offer 71 deluxe and soundproofed guestrooms with beautiful furniture. The range of accommodation is spacious, bright and well-equipped. The hotel is a non-smoking hotel with non-smoking rooms only. Many of the rooms provide a kitchenette with a microwave oven, a toaster, a refrigerator and all other necessary cooking utilities.Unfortunately we do not have a proper restaurant but if you wish we can recommend you some good ones which are nearby.Hafnarfjordur is Icelands 3rd-biggest community. Hafnarfjordurs harbour is just 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Here you can take a walk and enjoy the sunset. The town has its own culture and entertainment and hosts an annual Viking Festival plus the Bright Days Festival and the Christmas Village. ... more   less 
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