Stayed at the Aurora for three nights as part of a tour and stayed in room 23.
Positives - Guesthouse is located close to the centre of Reykjavik (walking distance to central shops/bars and cathedral etc). Room was basic but we had been led to expect this in Iceland (if a bit cramped) and was clean - two single beds, a table & chair, wardrobe, bedside unit, lamp and washbasin and the blackout curtains did a great job of cutting out the 24hr daylight. Breakfast was typical scandinavian fare - choice of cereal, tea/coffee/juice, bread, cheese, meat, tomato/cumber, egg, jam etc.
Negatives - Noise: the layout of the Guesthouse is such that all the rooms lead off one wooden staircase. The noise from people going up and down the stairs and the noisy door locks tended to echo up and down the stairs and could be clearly heard in the rooms. Our room was also next to the toilet/shower and we could hear when people were using the room. We got through this by wearing ear plugs but others in our group weren't so prepared. However, the real issue for us was the shared toilet/shower. Room 23 was on the first floor together with 4 other rooms and there was just one toilet/shower. We checked the guesthouse room plan and even though a couple of rooms were singles others were family rooms, which meant with all rooms full potentially 14 people needing to use one toilet/shower (the toilet and shower are in the same room). It wasn't quite that bad for us - just 8 people booked into our floor, but that was bad enough. The ratio on the other floors wasn't much better. Overall this place may be considered good value based on location (although difficult for us to say how the cost compares because it was booked as part of a package) but if I came back to Reykjavik independently I would choose to pay more and stay somewhere with en-suite facilities or at least where there was a better ratio of bathrooms.
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