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“Downstairs stay was OK”
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Litla Gistihusid
Ranked #10 of 10 Isafjordur B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
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“Downstairs stay was OK”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

Isafjordur is the biggest town in the Westfjords, but there is an apparent paucity of choice in places to stay (and no hostel to provide budget alternatives). Based on the few reviews on TA, we stayed two nights at Litla - and it was OK. It is in a nice old part of town and we had a choice between a more spacious room upstairs next to the kitchen and bathroom that served six, or a smaller room downstairs that shared a bathroom and tiny kitchenette with one other room. It was nice to be offered the choice (we arrived early that day) and chose downstairs as hopefully being less exposed to noise from other guests using upstairs bathroom and kitchen, but regretted the choice as it was not a great place to spend any time indoors, and while the kitchenette and bathroom arrangement was fine when we were the only occupants downstairs, it was not comfortable when the other room was occupied (kitchenette opens straight onto the rooms and you had to walk through it to the bathroom next to it), though would work OK for a family or friends occupying both rooms and sharing the facilities. It does however have a separate entrance to the rest of the guesthouse. This was also one of the more expensive places we stayed in 15 nights in Iceland but did not provide a better standard of accommodation than the less expensive places we stayed. Being downstairs we did not see much of the proprietor, but he did answer without fuss our early morning call to fix our electricity which had gone off.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Halle
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Ok strange title but hey his self-made shower was heaven after a 500 km trip to beautiful Isafjordur. Very nice host to chat with and gave us good advice. Will definately stay here again when i'm in the area !

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

We were welcomed by the friendly owner Halldor, who speaks brilliant English (he's lived in the USA). He's very knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife, the weather and local restaurants and services. The rooms are simple and very clean with good quality, comfortable beds and a blackout blind at the window (handy in summer if you have trouble sleeping in daylight). The spacious kitchen is very well equipped and the bathroom, as noted by another reviewer, is the best in Iceland. The guesthouse is very well located in the oldest part of town (central - and close to the harbour) and it's walking distance to the supermarket, tourist office and Vinbud. The price was also very reasonable - we were charged ISK 5,000 per person per night for sleeping bag which is currently about £25 each. Halldor would be an ideal source of advice for anyone planning on exploring the local area including hiking and also told us about the best restaurant we've found in Isafjordur - the Tjoruhusid - don't miss it. I would happily go back to the Litla Gistuhusid any time.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

we were staying 5 nights in isafjördur and made hiking trips in the surroundings.
very clean rooms, best bathroom in iceland, very friendly and helpful manager, well equiped kitchen, strange wall paintings in the corridor though ;).
we really can recommend this place to stay some nights!
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  • Stayed August 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

The owner of this guesthouse was very friendly and helpful. We were staying here either side of our hiking trip to Hornstrandir and we were able to leave a couple of small bags at the guesthouse while we were away, which was very useful.

The guesthouse itself has a well equiped, clean kitchen guests can use and clean, comfortable rooms. The rooms had both a black out blind as well as curtains, which was good for keeping out the midnight sun!

Possibly the best thing was the wonderful (shared) bathroom, which provided a very welcome hot shower after 5 days of no washing on Hornstrandir!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Litla Gistihusid
Address: Sundstraeti 43, Isafjordur 400, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Westfjords Region > Isafjordur
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Isafjordur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer homely and cozy accommodation located in the heart of Isafjordur. Conveniently in walking distance to the town centre, coffee shops, restaurants, swimming pool, tourist information, and local attractions. ... more   less 
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