The rooms are located on the upper floors of a drab office building, approximately a 25 minute walk from the center of town. The wifi did not always work in the room, but the signal was fine in the dining area. Rooms have antiquated electrical outlets which, according to what I was told, were standard in the 1970s. Today you need an adapter (provided by the manager) to convert to standard Icelandic/European outlets.
But these were the only negatives, which were more than overcome by the plain, but clean and comfortable rooms, the friendly and helpful manager (and her husband), the nice breakfast and the reasonable price.
Even the non-central location had its advantages. The facility is within walking distance of Laugardalslaug, the best of the local geothermal swimming and recreational complexes. You are also within walking distance of the Brasserie Askur, a well-reviewed restaurant with an excellent Sunday buffet. All the tour buses pick up at this hotel and there is public transit to downtown if it is too long a walk.
It was good value for the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guðmundur Jonasson’s headquarters at Borgartun in Reykjavik house not only our main travel office and fleet of vehicles, but also a good standard 22 room Guest House – all comfortable bedrooms are en-suite and have a colour TV. There is also a breakfast room and lounge with internet access and it is only a short walk to the main swimming pool and close to a good selection of restaurants. Reykjavik City Centre is within easy reach, either by foot or by local bus. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Borgartun Guest House Hotel