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“Fantastic stay. Highly recommend”
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Our House
Ranked #34 of 110 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

Stayed in the private twin bunk room with my teenage daughter. Bathrooms are shared but this was never a problem. My daughter loved Bedda. She reminds you of a middle school teacher. Outgoing. Helpful. Caring. Instructional. The location could not be better. Right next to the church. And literally two minutes from downtown. Which is abouts small a downtown as you will ever see :-). Our House is clean, cozy and warm. Highly recommend Our House. Ruben in Tampa, Florida.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

The place is operated by the house owner Bedda. She is extraordinary caring an helping. The sauna room and jacuzzi are fab! Something even expensive hotel cannot offer. Great value and nice people!!

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Thank CandiceLei
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

A fabulous place to stay in Iceland - we felt really welcome and at home here. The location is excellent - right in the heart of the city with shops, cafes and bars on your doorstep. We were encouraged to treat the guesthouse like our home - using the kitchen whenever we liked, chilling out with a book in the comfy lounge area or using the sauna after a day of exploring. There is a fab atmosphere between guests - it's a laid back, social place - Bedda takes pictures of all guests as they arrive and places them in reception so you always know who is staying with you. There are a good selection of maps and leaflets available to help you plan your trip in Iceland. There is also a useful noticeboard which is updated every day with events happening around town so you get a chance to do things you may have missed. The breakfast is self service and there is a basic but good selection of cereal, toast, cheese, juice, tea/coffee - you can help yourself at any time in the morning. If you like somewhere with the personal touch, don't hesitate to book this place!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Katestevensonuk
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

We stayed at Our House because we didn't want to stay at some cookie cutter hotel, we wanted to really see Reykjavik and meet people. As others have noted, it really does feel like coming home, if home has a sauna in the basement and someone there who can answer any question you may have: Ernesto, the caretaker is so wonderful we wanted to take him home with us. One night after wandering the streets looking for something sweet to eat we gave up and went back to Our House - where Ernesto was able to tell us of a place nearby that made wonderful cheesecake and was open late - we never would have found it on our own. Bedda (the owner) posts what events are going on around town every day on a blackboard, complete with mini-reviews of musicians (as she is a musician too), so you really get a window into local life.

The furnishings are kitschy but comfortable. We stayed in a downstairs room and got the chance to see all the rooms, which range from doubles to bunkrooms. This is not the place to stay if you want to be left alone, as the walls are thin, people are friendly, the kitchen, bathrooms, living room, rooftop deck and sauna are all shared with the caretaker and who ever else happens to be staying there at the time. Bedda provides food for make-your-own breakfast, and basic cooking supplies and tools are on hand. There are also lots of guide books and maps on hand, and Ernesto is more than happy to help you figure out what to see and where to go.

The location is great, just around the corner from the Hallgrimskirkja church so you can always find your way home by looking for the church.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Our House is a true home from home - Bedda has a fantastic house - several bedrooms with comfortable beds, shared bathrooms (a sauna with shower, a separate bathroom with shower and jacuzzi, and a separate loo). The kitchen is shared and is fully equipped, breakfast being provided but on a help yourself basis.

All of the little details are taken care of - even down to a cabinet in the bathroom containing "hangover pills"! Ernesto is the caretaker and is phenomenally helpful - nothing is too much trouble, from restaurant recommendations to help with navigation.

The house is clean comfortable and beautifully done - as soon as you arrive you feel at home and not as though you are intruding on someone else's home - rather as though you have arrived at your own holiday home in Reykjavik, with CD player, DVD, TV, and all the facilities you would expect at home.

A fantastic place, centrally located and amazingly well done - thank you Bedda and Ernesto

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

Our House was amazing, it was about a minute walk to the Hallgrimskirkja church and less than a 5 minute walk to Laugavegur street. Bedda was so helpful before we arrived sending us travel tips and answering all of our questions and upon meeting her she was just so friendly and welcoming. Ernesto is the caretaker of the house and he was so friendly and helpful, he recommended restaurants, things to do, even mapped out where everything was for us. We really felt at home here - there was breakfast and coffee for us whenever we wanted it (make yourself), a computer to use, a sauna, an upstairs deck, bikes, laundry if needed, you name it. Bedrooms were cozy and comfortable and the entire house was very clean.
Overall this is one of the best places I have stayed in all of my travels you are missing out if you don't stay at Our House. Thank you Bedda and Ernesto for making our stay wonderful!

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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

I stayed here last year but forgot to leave a review! I loved Our House and Bedda was the best hostess. She'll tell you what's worth seeing and what local bars are featuring live music. It felt like staying with friends. In fact, I even made some friends who were also staying there, and we went out together on my last night in town. Great for solo travelers who want to meet people.

It's a bit lonely during the weekdays because most people come during the week, but that also means it's extra quiet. It's a great location, right near the main shopping street. Most local tour companies will pick you up right at the house for trips. I've been recommending Our House to everyone I know who's going to Iceland.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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Address: Karastigur 12, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
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Ranked #34 of 110 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range: $130 - $248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Our House 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This guesthouse is located right in the city centre, surrounded by quirky little shops, bars, cafés and museums. Kárastígur is a residential downtown side street only a few steps away from the main shopping street and the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church. We call it a guesthouse but you could also call it a hostel or a Bed and breakfast with more emphasis on the bed than the breakfast. We run it but the guests pretty much take care of themselves. You get your own key, the facilities are all included in the price, and all you have to do is make yourself at home. ... more   less 
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