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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Reykjavik, Capital Region

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FortyNine...
Washington DC
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Just what we needed”
Reviewed October 2, 2011 for a stay in July 2011

This townhouse was perfect for us.

I travelled to Reykjavik with my girlfriend, her sister and brother-in-law, and their 12-year-old twins. Jenny met us at the bus station in Reykjavik in the morning and took our suitcases for us... it was 9am, and the previous group hadn't checked out (we expected this), but Jenny was kind enough to take our bags for us, so we could go out and explore. (We ended up going to one of the public pools in Reykjavik, and soaked away the jet lag in their hot pots... highly recommended.) By the time we had breakfast and soaked for a couple of hours, it was 2pm and time to head to the townhouse.

We found the townhouse easily; it's a five-minute walk to the heart of the city, but located in a quiet neighborhood. You can see the ocean from the top-floor bedroom. The townhouse has a master bedroom upstairs, a room for the kids (bunk beds plus one more bed), and a TV room that could sleep two (though a bit tightly). The lower level has a half bath, kitchen, dining room, and living room. The basement has a full bath, washer/dryer, and a bedroom. My girlfriend and I were in the basement and it was just fine... not glamorous, perhaps, but fine for what we needed. It was nice to have the washer/dryer, but it was entirely in Icelandic and we had to guess at what the knobs meant. Eventually the washer gave us our clothes back.

Kitchen was great. We had three guests over for dinner (they were friends who happened to be in Iceland at the same time) and we all fit comfortably. There are grocery stores about five minutes away. Food is expensive in Iceland, so cooking at the townhouse is a good way to keep costs down.

The townhouse was perfect for us. The only downsides were the fact that there is only one full bath (but with separate shower and bathtub), and you might want to take a roll of toilet paper with you! We were rationing it at the end. Still, I would definitely stay here again. It was quiet and very convenient. I loved being able to brew coffee in the morning, and sit outside on the patio.

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Liked best: feeling like we lived in Reykjavik
Liked least: 1.5 bathrooms was a bit tight
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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SandyRive...
Stamford CT
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Highly recommended”
Reviewed September 3, 2011 for a stay in August 2011

We stayed at Jenny's house for a week, and it was an excellent experience. We are a family of eight -- six adults, and two young children. The location is great -- easy walk to town, and even closer to the Old Harbor area, with whale and puffin tours, and a number of excellent restaurants. We enjoyed the Hofnin, the Sea Baron, and the Fish and Chips place. Also there are two supermarkets with close to the house. Our little ones (ages 2 & 4) loved all the toys in the play area of the living room, as well as in the kids' bedroom. Having crib plus kid height seating at the dining room table was great. As noted, the kitchen is very well equipped, and we had all our breakfasts "at home" and even made dinner two nights. The house is on three levels, with a bedroom/full bath-shower/laundry in the basement level, living area and 1/2 bath on the main floor, and three bedrooms on the top floor. The bed in one of the bedrooms is a bit tight for a couple, but we managed. The shower is pretty small, especially for tall folks, but it was fine. Although we never met Jenny, she responded promptly to all emails (the house has wi-fi) and was always extremely friendly. Speaking of which, we found all the Icelanders we met to be extremely friendly and helpful, and excellent speakers of English! We also found all the restaurants and sights we visited to be exceptionally family friendly. A terrific experience overall, although plan your budget carefully -- this is not an inexpensive destination.

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bwinogra
Medfield, Massachusetts
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“Exceeded every expectation”
Reviewed July 26, 2011 for a stay in June 2011

Our multi-generational family of 7 selected Jenny's home from Tripadvisor reviews for a week long vacation. We travelled throughout Iceland during the days and spent wonderful evenings together in Jenny's spacious and comfortable living/family room. The 4 bedrooms were perfect for us. The kitchen was stocked with every appliance one could want (loved that coffee brewer) and a washing machine/dryer in the lower level would be a great combo for longer staying vistors. The 2 bathrooms were fine for us though a little tight as other reviewers have noted. Location/location/location... perfect for access to down town happenings, restaurants, and stores. Street parking was easy and convenience stores around the block. Jenny was a wonderful host, responding immediately to every question before and during our stay, and then being immensely helpful when one in our party suffered a debilitating migraine headache just hours before flight time. Thank you Jenny! In summary, 5 stars.

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Your age range 50-64
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Two_if_by...
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“Great Reykjavik apartment, residential and quiet but close to everything”
Reviewed July 21, 2011 for a stay in July 2011

We stayed, a family of three, in Jenny's wonderful townhouse in Reykjavik. The space was of course far more than enough for our small family -- we could have had two or three more with us and felt comfortable. Very well-stocked kitchen for preparing meals -- we ate all our breakfasts and most of our suppers in the apartment, to save on money and avoid too much restaurant food.

The location just outside the Old Harbor and a short walk from downtown made us feel as if we really lived there -- the townhouse was in a residential and very quiet neighborhood, with free onstreet parking always available within a block -- and yet it was so close to everything we wanted to get to.

There aren't enough photos online: you can see the main living space very well (living room, dining room, kitchen) and the master bedroom, but there is also a great children's room with a bunk bed and an extra single bed (our daughter chose the single), and then two more smaller bedrooms, one of which we used for our luggage and one we didn't really use.

There is only one shower, so for us that was not a problem at all but for a multi-family trip might require some juggling.

it was especially convenient to have the laundry right in the house, since we were in Iceland for two weeks and didn't want to bring so many clothes. That was one of my primary considerations when searching for houses, and it didn't disappoint -- washer and dryer both worked well.

Jenny met us upon arrival (we called from the airport and she was at the apartment before us) to show us all around and teach us how to use all the appliances.

The house is full of wonderful artwork (both professional and by her children) and photographs, as well as hundreds upon hundreds of books in many languages including English. Lots of photo books of Iceland by Jenny's father, as well as the usual assortment of guidebooks, brochures, etc. Also many movies and CDs; we listened to some good music on the living room stereo. Didn't watch much Icelandic TV, though, for obvious linguistic reasons.

Beds were comfortable. We didn't always manage to get the rooms dark enough on the brightest of midsummer nights, but we slept well.

We had a car, but within Reykjavik we walked almost everywhere from the apartment -- shopping, museums, harbor -- except to a couple of far-flung areas like Perlan. We used the car mostly for day trips (and a couple of overnight trips) out of the city.

We would stay here again in a heartbeat!

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Reviewed June 14, 2011 for a stay in June 2011

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Reviewed January 11, 2011 for a stay in January 2011

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Reviewed November 9, 2010 for a stay in November 2010

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