I had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Keilir in Keflavik last week and as I promised the lady at the front desk, if I enjoyed my stay I would post something on Trip Advisor on their behalf.
Hotel Keilir is owned and run by a family who really care about their hotel and their guests. Everything is very modern and chic, the rooms starkly white and well lit. The room my friend and I stayed in had 4 beds and was plenty spacious. It also had a balcony overlooking the main street, and the location of the hotel is right smack in the middle of the town. We were there on a Thursday and got to witness the actual runtur, which is so incredibly quirky and funny to behold. The same cars full of kids just driving back and forth continuously, kind of like cruising the strip, but at a considerably fast pace.
The hotel is right across the street from Paddy's, where everybody seemed to be piling into who wasn't engrossed in the driving back and forth. After drinking Thule and taking shots of Brennivin and Opal (which I think is a horrendous mixture between Jagermeister and Listerine) on the balcony, we hopped across the street to check out the local scene. A homely Irish pub, they were having trivia night, and every single question involved American pop culture. Some cute local girls invited us to join them in their booth and they translated what the announcer was saying so that we could help. Witnessing the Islanders guess at the trivia was a trip, I suppose I'm somewhat glad that my impression that people in Iceland watch a ton of American TV was partially wrong. The prize for winning each round was a six pack of beer and for winning all three rounds was a case of Heinekin. Luckily, it was the weekend before Beer Day so beers were half off.
The locals in Keflavik, as also the rest of Iceland, were awesome, fun people with great senses of humor and a love for partying. I don't suppose Keflavik is a big destination for people who go to Iceland, but as chance would have it, we stayed there after driving all over the Reykjanes peninsula during the day and planning on returning the rental car in the morning at the airport. As fate would have it, a spontaneous stay in Keflavik was one of the most memorable, maybe because of the more local, small town feel.
Back to Hotel Keilir, I really enjoyed talking to the lady at the front desk whose name I feel like a hoser for forgetting, who gave me probably the best insight into the psyche of the Islanders concerning the economy and politics. She was like a very sincere and concerned mom and they went out of their way to make sure the room was up to their standards for people who just walked in looking for a room without reservations. Apparently someone had written some negative comments about their hotel before stemming from a miscommunication involving a room in the process of being prepared and the guest commenting that the room was unclean. The lady told me that if someone did not like her, she was okay with that, but assailing the hotel which is the pride of her family's work is what was hurtful.
In the morning, there was the standard included breakfast that you find at all the Icelandic hotels, but the older gentleman attending the desk was all over making sure that everything was sufficient and adequate. Although we didn't get down to breakfast until nearly noon due to an unexpected wild night out, and most guests had already long come and gone, the man got fresh food out of the fridge, opened up new containers of juice and at one point even left the hotel to go to the store to buy more food even though we said everything was fine and enough. This is why I am writing this. My sincere thanks and kudos to the folks at Hotel Keilir and the fine business they keep. By the way, for the room with 4 beds and the balcony facing the main street, it was a very reasonable 10.500 ISK (about $94), which my buddy and I were allowed to split and pay for in halves.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Keilir is a Family run hotel in the heart of Keflavik / Reykjanesbaer . Located on the city's main street, Hafnargata, shopping and other amenities are within easy walking distance and Keflavik International Airport is just a 5-minute drive away. Hotel Keilir is a fantastic place to serve as your base of exploration for Iceland, especially for passengers looking to make the most of a shorter stopover in Iceland. The view from Hotel Keilir is unique both from the street and oceanside. There are a number of quality restaurants in the vicinity and the Blue Lagoon spa and resort is just 15 minutes away. Reykjavik is 40 minutes by bus or car. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Keilir Hotel Keflavík