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“Pleasant stay and a most charming friendly host”
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Aurora Guesthouse
Ranked #30 of 110 Reykjavik B&B and Inns
Adelaide, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
62 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Pleasant stay and a most charming friendly host”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

I stayed at this charming and friendly guesthouse for a total of 10 days. They were broken days and the owner was so accommodating to this broken stay. It is a popular place to stay, and it always seems to have larger groups staying there. It is right in the 'Old Reykjavik' area, and close to everything it would seem.

Hallgrimskjirku is very close a few minutes walk, and parts of the guesthouse are in the same street. Loki's café is also in the same area. This is a good place to eat, and you will be able to enjoy the shark or not :-)

The guesthouse is clean, neat and comfortable, and the private bathroom was of a good size. The room had twin beds, a small wardrobe, with baskets, and a working desk. Siggi brought me a lamp, which was good for my work.

My room was not actually in the main part of the house, but over the road in another building. It had an unusual key locking system of three keys. I had a private bathroom, and the opportunity to share a kitchen, which had a fridge, stove all the necessary to cook a meal if wanted. It did not have a jug or kettle to boil water for coffee, so I asked for one. The owner provided one for me and told how people decide to boil milk in the jug/kettle, and that makes them useless for coffee. But he came with a new one, and as I was staying in a lot to write, I was able to make a coffee, and get straight back to work. I appreciated him so well,.

This very pretty guesthouse will not be for everyone. If you are a person who wants to be pampered with large screen TV'S, phones in your room, chocolates on your pillow, and wake up calls, then don't book here, you will not be happy. However if your need is for an honest, open charming host with integrity who will go out of his way to help you, then this place is for you.
Breakfast is excellent and keeps up the Icelandic tradition, of warm breads and rolls, cheese, ham hard boiled eggs, and conserves with coffee juices, and tea. On the last day of my stay Siggi produced some of Iceland's rye bread, of the soft variety. I had eaten this around Iceland, and at Loki's. It is so delicious, one just has to try it. It does have a little sweetness about it.

The biggest problem here, if it is actually a problem is the breakfast room. It is very small, and also acts as reception,. So there were times when people were checking out or in, and at the same time they were trying to serve breakfast, and also trying to get information from the delightful Siggi the owner about tours they might be doing , and all at the same time. I felt compassion for Siggi, he works so hard. There was one thing that did annoy me, and that was the rudeness of some people, as they pushed and shoved in their attempts to get food. Then they stood at the bench buttering bread holding onto the butter knife as if it might get away from them if they did not. Why could they not use the knife to put the spread on their bread, and take it to the table and complete the buttering there. But no, it had to be done of the bar, there bye holding up the works, and everyone else.

There came a time when I was taking a side tour of Greenland. Siggi offered to take me to the Reykjavik Airport in his car, I accepted his kind offer. Then when I returned to Reykjavik/Iceland from Greenland, I walked out of the airport toward a taxi, and a car pulled up in front of me, Siggi had returned to pick me up. I was overwhelmed by his kindness and interest.. Always ready and willing to advise. Thank you Siggi, I appreciated you. What a lovely man you are

Now for some be aware that not all rooms have an ensuite, some rooms share a bathroom. So if this is a problem, then you will need to state your requirements. Don't turn up here and expect it all, to be right.
Just enjoy, Iceland is amazing, I should know I have been there 4 times now - and still counting

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Lancaster, California
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

My roommate and I were quite pleased with the convience and cleanliness of this guesthouse. We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast with homemade bread and found the manager to be very helpful and accomodating. We were able to take in the sights of the town center by walking. We would definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2013

I stayed at this Guesthouse as the place I had originally booked was overbooked so they organised for me to stay here. It is a nice guesthouse with decent sized rooms and very comfortable beds. The bathrooms (separate) were very clean and the shower had good pressure. There are kitchens that can be used and have all of the normal facilities. There is free wifi available in all rooms and was a good speed. Breakfast is included and has a large range of breads, cereals, drinks, etc. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2013

we stayed here with two triple rooms the first day of our trip and our last. The first night was in teh newer section around the corner- very nice, shared bathroom with two other rooms but had a nice kitchen area to 'spread out' a bit. The last night of our trip was in two triples right above the breakfast room- on the corner of the street- VERY noisy, oe room smelled so bad of smoke it was unbearable and shared bathroom with three other rooms wth no kitchen or common area. The breakfast room looks big enough until the guests arrive- 30 at one time in a very small congested area. The staff are not personable and seem only interested in getting you in and getting you out.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Guest house was clean; shared washroom/WC with shower; breakfast had a lot of variety; price was reasonable as everything in Iceland is expensive; Siggi, the owner was pleasant; wi-fi available. Overall, a good experience

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

We stayed here only for one night thankfully.
The place was very clean although very small, there was hardly room to move in reception & the breakfast area was so small you had to move from your seat to let people past.
At 17,500K for a room without ensuite, it is overpriced.
The receptionist never smiled once & was minimal in conversation with all guests.
i can't recommend this place at all. There are other places nearby that offer better value

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

We stayed 3 nights here. This guesthouse is just a 5 minutes walk away from central Reykjavik boulevard and the church. The room was clean and the breakfast okay. The free WIFI network was reasonable fast and always working. The stuff was always friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aurora Guesthouse
Address: Freyjugata, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
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Ranked #30 of 110 B&Bs / Inns in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Aurora Guesthouse 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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