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Kalli's Apartments
Ranked #43 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
“Great stay at Kalli's”
Reviewed October 19, 2010

My partner and I just spent three great days at Kalli's. The owner, Systa, was super friendly and she helped us plan our days in Reykavik. She kindly picked us up from the bus station and dropped us back off there. (I don't know if this is service that can always be expected but it was really appreciated.) The room was quite beautiful. Clean, bright and modern! The kitchen was well equipped and we made good use of it. The street that Kalli's is on is quiet -- even during this past Iceland Airwaves music festival weekend (ie. no problem sleeping at night!) Systa's fine artwork was thoughtfully hung throughout the building adding a personal and sophisticated touch. We had a great stay and look forward to a repeat visit!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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alfonsine
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Reviewed September 6, 2010

I was seven nights in August with the family. Apartment clean and comfortable in an excellent position to visit Reykjavik. Together with the availability and kindness of the owners make it a top choice.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Boston
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

I traveled with another adult and a young baby in August to Reykjavik, staying for four nights. As many people have already pointed out, Iceland is an extremely expensive place to travel, and as a general rule, lodging in Reykjavik is expensive for what you get in return. That's perhaps what made Kalli's Apartments such a pleasant surprise. For approximately $150/night, we were able to stay in a beautifully furnished studio apartment (#4) with a full kitchen (everything except microwave), en-suite bathroom, comfortable bed, copious linens, couches, TV, a dining table, free wi-fi, a laundry machine, and free parking. The location was excellent - it was only about 10 minute walk to the center of Reykjavik, but it's far enough away from the main street Laugvegur that you don't have to contend with noisy drunk people on weekend nights. There are six apartments in the unit and the surrounding neighborhood is largely residential, making for a good night's sleep. There is a bakery, ATM, and grocery store within a 2 minute walk as well.

Perhaps the greatest asset of Kalli's Apartments was the owner, Systa, a nice Icelandic lady who went out of her way to make us feel comfortable. On e-mail, she was extremely quick with her responses and very clear about what to expect. She picked us from the main BSI bus station after our exhausting overnight flight and took us to the apartment (BSI is where the FlyerBus from Keflavik drops you off). After arriving in the apartments, she helped us settle in and oriented us to the city.

A few things to note:
1) This is a self-catering apartment; no breakfast is included. But you can easily cook for yourself using the fully stocked kitchen and the nearby grocery stores.
2) Systa accepts cash only (either kronur or Euro) and expects full payment on arrival for your stay. The nice thing about this is that you don't have to give your credit card number to anyone over e-mail.
3) The pictures on the website are very representative of the apartments, at least for apartment #4.

As far as I can tell, there are very few other places in Reykjavik that offer such a comfortable place to stay at such a reasonable price. I would definitely recommend Kalli's to anyone, and it will be the place that I stay again if I ever come back to Reykjavik.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Krakow, Poland
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

Kalli's Apartments is a must for everyone looking for convinient accommodation in a luxurious surroundings! The owner of apartments is talented artist with plenty of originally inspired works, which surely she will show you too. Apartments are lovely, beautifully decorated and comfortable. Every single one has its own kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. You can enjoy the quitness of the area, being in the same time just few steps from the city centre. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

We had a fanastic week staying at Kalli's apartments. The landlady is lovely and came to pick us up from the bus station even though we were delayed by 10 hours... the apartment we were in - number 4 - was beautiful and very good value for the price we paid. It's in a quiet part of the city but is close enough to the centre that you can walk back and forth several times a day if you want. Absolutely recommend this place

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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New London, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

As others have already said, Kalli's Apartments was a wonderful place to stay during our time in Reykjavik. The location is perfect - just a few blocks out of the shopping and restaurant district at the end of a residential street. Close enough for a nice easy stroll to get in to "the thick of things", but far enough out to allow us to relax at night (although night is a bit of a misnomer when the sun doesn't set until well after midnight). It was also close enough to the main routes in and out of the city that it wasn't a panic to drive to areas outside of Reykjavik (I am usually a bit intimidated driving in cities). And, parking was always available when we came back from our long day of exploring the wonders of Iceland.

Systa was an absolutely wonderful host. She cheerfully greeted us at the apartment upon our arrival at 2:00 AM and spent the next hour or so with us showing us the apartment, and detailing out on a map the places we could go to buy food, eat a good meal and see some of what Reykjavik had to offer. I don't think you would find too many other places that offer that kind of service at that time of the day/night! She even spent a few more hours with us at the end of our trip asking about the things we had done and the sights we had seen.

We are already looking forward to our next trip back to Iceland - not only to see even more of the country but also to hopefully spend some more time with Systa.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Nürnberg
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Reviewed June 19, 2010

Kalli's apartments was our base to explore Reykjavik and the landscape nearby. It is a really wonderful place to stay since the centre with restaurants, bars and supermarkets is so close. The apartment is very clean, comfortable with a well equipped kitchen as promoted on Kalli's homepage.
Systa is a lovely and helpful landlady with great sense of humor. We would recommend this place to anyone and we will definitely stay in one of Kalli’s apartments again.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Property: Kalli's Apartments
Address: Storholt 1, Reykjavik 105, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kalli's Apartments 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kalli's apartments are located in a quiet street in the center of Reykjavik, only a few minutes walk from the Municipal Art Gallery, the main shopping street, the bus terminal and the National Theater. There are a number of restaurants, bars and supermarkets within walking distance. There is wireless Internet access. The apartments are non-smoking. ... more   less 
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