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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