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Our House
Ranked #21 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
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“Home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2014

We booked this place after reading all the reviews here and everything was on point. Bedda and Ernesto are truly the best hosts..they are very accommodating. Our flight got in early morning and our room wasn't available yet, but they had space for our luggage and we just hung around the house, ate some breakfast and then went out to lunch and our room was available by early afternoon. They think of all the little things you need to make your stay comfortable. The house is cozy, clean and fun. It's located really close to the city center and the main shopping street and literally around the corner from the Hallgrímskirkja church. Staying at the house allows you to chat with the other guests and they can often give you great tips and feedback on their own activities. There weren't many people when we were there so it almost felt like it was our own home. Having breakfast available and a refrigerator to stock any food you buy from the supermarket was very helpful for us. Everything you need to cook and serve food is in the awesome fully stocked kitchen. Our favorite part of the home was the sauna. After a long day of sightseeing in the cold, there was no better way to end the day than warming up in the sauna. Bedda communicates via email with you very promptly. I realized I didn't have an electrical outlet converter at the last minute and she emailed back a few hours later saying she had them at the house and I could borrow it. We would totally return to this wonderful gem.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in Our House in september 2013. It is a place we still talk about, because of it's cosy atmosphere and nice staff. We can absolutely recommend it.
Thank you Bedda and Ernesto for a lovely stay! We have travelled a lot and this is one of our favorites places.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

We absolutely loved every second of our stay at Our House! The decor is quirky and fun, everything in the house is immaculate, Ernesto is helpful and hilarious. We honestly couldn't ask for more. It was more enjoyable than staying in a real hotel, because we felt more like "locals" if that makes any sense. We watched Icelandic movies in the living room, we ate local cheese and toast for breakfast in the kitchen with other guests from all over the world, and were even able to do a much needed load of laundry one evening completely free of charge. Bedda has a good thing going with this place, we will definitely return in the summer.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Manchteser, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014

We had initially wanted to stay here however the first night was fully booked but we were fortunate enough to have been able to stay here for the next 2 nights! (which made our experience such a great one as the first place we stayed wasn't very good)

Bedda is an amazing person! After booking online, I was sent an email with a list of all the things to do in Reykjavik and another personalised one to confirm our arrival. We arrived at hers quite early and she was still in the midst of cleaning and the guests were having breakfast. The first thing that caught our attention was the place did look like a home! If you are looking for a 5 star hotel type of accommodation then this is definitely not for you however if like us you wanted to have a home away from home then this is definitely the place for you!

Though she was busy, she made an effort to take us around and explain everything to us! The welcome was amazing!! Won't spoil it for you but if you are reading this Bedda, you made us feel like we were your long lost friends, simply amazing!! We kept our bags there and went to explore the city! Its less than 5 minutes walk to the main shopping street Laugavegur and less than 10 minutes from there to the harbour area.

The next 2 days spent there was really nice, after a long day of walking around town we came back and put our feet up and relaxed in the living area while watching some tv. Maggi, the caretaker of the house was equally nice and friendly sharing his experiences of Iceland with us.

We even popped down to use the sauna! ^_^ We we also lucky in the sense where the was only another couple staying at that time, I guess if you had a full house it might seem a little but more packed and may have a queue to shower (though they do have 1 shower,bath and wc facility another separate wc and another separate shower with the sauna downstairs)

All in all, this is an amazing place and I will definitely come back and stay here!! Keep up the great work Bedda and I am sure to recommend our house to all my friends that will visit Reykjavik!! Love your energy too!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

We stayed here last year as it was highly recommended by a friend.
As soon as you walk in you feel right at home. The house is lovely and warm, so clean and just really inviting.
When we return we will most definitely be staying here again.
There is a shop nearby (couple of minute walk)
Parking for one car.
Unfortunately we did not see the northern lights :-( but cannot blame our house for that)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

Stayed with Our house for a few days, coming into Reykjavik and leaving,,it was a most pleasant experience, our host would bend over backwards to help you out..try it , you won't be disappointed with this hostal. reasonable and clean and lovely..

Room Tip: stayed in two different rooms..all are quiet and lovely.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

felt very emotional leaving here, truly felt like home especially with how well bedda takes care of her guests. if you are looking for a cozy place to stay rather than a large impersonal experience, you can't find anything better than this. awesome music on the turntable, delicious breakfast and snacks all day, a sauna, and the CLEANEST bathrooms of any hostel i've ever stayed in. location: phenomenal, rooms: comfortable, and cozy, energy/atmosphere: warm, welcoming, AMAZING. don't over think it, just book.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Our House
Address: Karastigur 12, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
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Ranked #21 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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