The City Center Hotel is very aptly named - for that's exactly where it is: a perfect location surrounded by cozy restaurants, shops, tourist information, and really anything that you could need in Reykjavik. Walking around the area is very pleasant both day and night.
As for the hotel itself, it's charming and has lots of character. This isn't a big-box chain hotel - it's a small little place that looks like it could be an apartment building from the outside. But once inside, there's a small but nice lobby area, all the info you could need on tours and activities, and a bar/breakfast area (we didn't try it out but it was bustling at night and breakfast looked simple but nice for 10 euro). The room we had was very nice - we had a balcony (though a bit too cold to use it), wooden floors, minibar, bathrobes and slippers, and free wifi (Iceland is general is very well connected and you can get free wifi in a lot of places - but it's very nice to have it included in the hotel). The water does smell like sulfur - but it's not terrible and it is part of the location. If there's anything to be aware of, it's just that the room can get noisy at night (especially Friday/Saturday) as Reykjavik nightlife doesn't end early!
Reception was very friendly and helpful in booking tours for us. Blue Lagoon is a must - it's so beautiful and relaxing (and the buses leave every hour back into the city so your return is flexible). We also went on the Northern Lights tour with Iceland Adventures (great jeeps and guides, unfortunately we didn't see any lights though, so it ended up being a very expensive - and cold - tour without seeing much) and with Iceland Excursions/Greyline for the Golden Circle (typical big bus tour, but the Golden Circle itself is a must). We also tried out several restaurants - Buddha Cafe, Austur Indian, and Uno. We'd been cautioned ahead of time that Iceland isn't a place to find great food - but everything we tried was really great - mild tastes, but very clean fresh ingredients cooked quite well.
Overall, a really nice stay. This would be my first choice for a return trip to Reykjavik.
- 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