I booked through a booking site after filtering for free car parking in Reykyavik which I required and B-14 apartments shows as it has. I emailed B-14 several days prior to departure about how I access the parking, but received no response on this.
The apartments are very central, very modern, clean and well set up. We stayed in October and the city was very quiet so finding a park on the street (not free) was no problem and there was no noise from bars or downstairs.
I would have given B-14 5 stars, but the parking fiasco, lack of communication and the fact we could not turn the water temp down in our bathroom faucet were the reason for only 4 stars.
Let's start with the positives - great location and clean. There are plenty of dishes, glasses and we used the dishwasher and washer/dryer while there.
Now, onto the rest. We booked back in the early part of the year for NYE holiday, for which prices are high. We wanted a space that was large enough for our family traveling of 14 people so that we could have some shared space to catch up as we do not all live close to each other in the states. So we paid an exorbitant amount including paying about half price for the night prior to our early AM arrival so that we would be guaranteed a place to sleep.
Communication with Maria was not easy. I actually emailed other trip advisor reviewers to make sure this place was even legitimate and having few other options, decided to book. Another person joined our party and so booked a separate room in the building from Maria. She did not reduce our price going from 14 to 13 people but no big deal. Less than a week before departure, she emailed our friend to say there had been a mistake and they could only have the room for the first 2 nights and wondered if they could stay with us or would they like to make other arrangements?! She insisted this apartment could sleep 19 (5 bedrooms) but we had everyone comfortably assigned to bedrooms already and did not want to use what looked like a small living space for 2 people to sleep and store their stuff. Since it was NYE, what was left at hotels was crazy and so we ended up setting up an air mattress and moving some people around after the first few nights. She did tell us she would be kind enough not to charge us for the two extra people! She also said she was not quite sure how it happened but TripAdvisor was changing their listings and caused the double bookings.
On the day the extra two moved into our apartment, a family of four showed up ringing the buzzer and we thought it was for the other room. They had just arrived from the airport and had booked one of OUR rooms! They were exhausted with no place to go and Maria was trying to find them someplace to stay apparently after contact with her. We thought maybe we should hire some security to watch our rooms and stuff :)
About the place: this is actually five separate rooms with shared living space. Rooms 6, 8 and 9 have a closet of a bathroom. Literally the tiniest bathrooms I have ever seen! Room 7 had a large bathroom and room 10 has a bath in the shared space (so for us, it became a little bit of common space although there was a lock if you were renting just the one room). The bunks we used mostly for the kids but they were not comfy. The other beds were comfortable.
Someone came to collect the garbage several times. With 15 people, there was a lot of garbage, though, and we were building up and didn't know what to do with it and ended up with a few bagfuls of it sitting by. I had emailed Maria about providing other items, like toilet paper, paper towels, etc. No response and those items were not refilled so we did have to buy them. On the plus side, there was a big jug of laundry soap in the unit (although we brought some pods because we had no info on this).
The living space: there are two love seat size sofas and stools seated around the area and at the bar. It was really tough to get comfy in this space unfortunately with most of us hunched over on a stool and even less comfy once an air mattress and two extra suitcases were taking up a bunch of the living space as well.
The doors on the rooms were solid so you did not hear much coming from the living space but the place needs double windows to reduce the noise coming from downstairs. There is a coffee shop that turns into a dance place at night until about 4:45 AM. It is thump thump thump for hours until you think you are going to lose your mind honestly. As if the time change when traveling is not bad enough, this made for some really miserable nights. I think I'm a good sleeper but I could not get through this easily! Rooms 6, 9 and 10 were the worst for it since the noise would spill out onto the street as the door opened and closed downstairs.
Also, the heat was not working in Room 9 and when we told the manager (not sure if that is what he was but he was the one emptying the garbage and a very nice guy), he made a call and we never had it fixed. We had to take one of the bulky stools and prop open the door to keep it heated.
Lastly, the codes for the doors left us all feeling a little uneasy. There is one code for the bottom door, one for the entry to the living space and different codes for each bedroom. We just weren't feeling so confident that many others might also have the codes. I don't know if these get changed each time or not but when the other family showed up for one of our rooms, they did not have a code actually but we were not sure who was going to show up with one possibly!
Bottom line is I don't think just for the sleeping reasons alone that I could recommend this - it was so loud that ear plugs and ambien would not do the trick even and then you add in the other part of the experience and I think it would be too nerve wracking to do it again.