Our online booking was for Reykjavik Residence Suites at Hverfisgata 21, but when we saw the dark ground floor back room we were going to get, we asked the front desk if they had anything lighter and airier. What they came up with was SUPERB-and just down the street at Hverfisgata 45 in the same centrally-located 101 District, a second property they have renovated: Reykjavik Residence Hotel. (So ask, it never hurts.) They paid for a taxi to take us and our luggage over after my husband had gone with the manager to look at it--and came back smiling. That seems to be characteristic of the hospitality, graciousness and problem-solving skills at these two apartment suite hotels.
WiFi and a flat screen TV just for starters. A spacious, sunny, quiet well-organized 3rd floor Junior Suite for two w/handsome modern furnishings, a sophisticated grey and black palette, a big window looking out over the street and an ample kitchenette where a fresh breakfast basket with several gourmet cheeses, cold cuts, fruit and Skyr would be placed in the under-counter fridge every day. Early in the am, freshly-baked bread would be delivered in a bag slung over the door knob. Coffee, tea and a delicious hot chocolate mix with counter-top coffee machine were available for any-time sipping.
The concierges on-duty were first-rate: always willing to recommend and call restaurants--and to keep trying when Dill and Fish Market said "nothing available". One arranged my last-morning-in-Reykjavik visit to to the unforgettable mammoth Laugar Spa, then, suggested I walk the three kilometers from the hotel: an easy 35-minute walk, pleasantly interrupted by window-shopping on a sunny day through the tourist-focused shopping street one block from Hverfisgata and out into a suburban area. The concierge chose the easiest route, then marked it clearly on a map that this directionally-challenged visitor could follow. The Opera House? Old Reykjavik? Most of the better restaurants? Outdoor cafes to sample Iceland's great craft beers? It's all within 10-15 minutes walking distance of Reykjavik Residence Hotel. Only drawback: room cleaners didn't always get around to each room before we returned in the afternoon.
This hotel gets my vote for a perfect centrally-located hotel that is lovely to return to after a day of heavy sight-seeing. We gave it a 9 out of 10.