We stayed for 4 nights in July 2011, arriving early on a Sunday morning. We expected to wait until much later to get our room. However they had an early checkout, so they prepared our room and let us in after 45 minutes - about 10 am. We were given a room on the 5th floor. The room had access to a shared balcony. We asked for - and received - a key so that we could lock the door to the balcony.
The lift/elevator is not completed to consumer standards, but it works and is safe. It only goes to the 5th floor, so people on the 6th floor have to walk up one floor. Twice, while we were there, it did not respond to our calls, so we had to take the stairs. I suspect it was due to the doors not being closed correctly on some floor.
The room was good, clean and with hardwood type floors. We appreciated the coffee/tea facilities - a kettle and cups - in expensive Reykjavik. We had to ask for extra supplies, as they were not automatically restocked daily. This is probably just a teething problem. Whenever we made a request (supplies, balcony key) they responded very quickly. The mini-bar fridge was useful for our milk and our own beers.
Wi-fi worked well, the room was pleasant, the bathroom had a particularly good shower, there was a hairdryer but no bath. Staff were friendly.
The newness of the hotel caused minor difficulties. The airport transportation delivered us to a different hotel - it was just round the corner. The hotel is on a street with limited vehicular access, so the guy collecting us for a tour was wandering up and down shouting our name, rather than going in to the lobby. They will learn.
Definitely recommended. I would expect that as it is a new hotel you would be able to find good value for Iceland, until such time as it builds up a client base. There are minor disadvantages by being new. They were not important to us and will eventually disappear. The plus points were the coffee/tea facilities, a fridge, helpful staff, a great location and an introductory rate.
On our way from/to the airport we used the newish Airport express http://www.airportexpress.is/ which is operated by Grey Line. Their office and departure point is a short walk away at the other end of the street, so is handier and cheaper than the more established Flybus service, which involves a pickup and a transfer at their bus station. This is quite a distance away, so you need the connecting bus or a taxi. Airport Express is much more convenient.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- City Center Hotel is a new hotel located in the heart of Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. Standing 6 floors on one of the oldest streets in Reykjavik, Austurstraeti. City Center Hotel is a 3 star accommodation with individuality, location and personal service for all its guests to enjoy Reykjavik and Iceland. City Center Hotel has 30 rooms, with modern and classic amenities such as: free high speed wireless internet access, hair dryer, slippers, bathrobe, mini-bar, telephone, LCD TV with satellite and Pay-TV, radio, alarm clock, coffee & tea maker. All rooms have bathrooms with a shower or a bathtub. The hotel has handicapped facilities. Some rooms have great views over parliament square and some have balconies. City Center Hotel seafood restaurant "Wine and Shell" specialises in Icelandic mussels and seafood. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- City Hotel