This is a boutique hotel within walking distance of the centre of Rejkjavik. There is a slight hill up which may prove a bit of a struggle where mobility is reduced. The area is quiet- we stayed over the weekend. Outside the building is nothing special but the moment one stps in one sees a wonderfully tasteful art gallery - apparently the largest in private hands in Iceland. Together with wooden panneling this creates a warm homely feeling . on the landings the imprssion is more contemporary but still very attractive - not what you would find in your average Hilton. Reception staff are the stars, incredibly helpful and accomodating. Sigrun is I think the best Hotel receptionist I have ever come across. A pleasant smile but not overpowering. We arrived at 11am and were given the keys to our room. this was not ready ( why should it be when one is early) so we went for a walk round town. On coming back at 2pm and wanting a sleep ( we had been up since 3 am Icelandic time), She insisted on going up to the room herself to check it was in order before giving us the keys. i saw her talking to some Italian clients and can vouch for her linguistic skills as well. There were other such examples and other members of staff were also highly skilled: I risk being unfair in picking only one- sorry!
Sigrum had arranged an upgrade to a junior suite- this gave us more room but surprisingly a shower as opposed to a bath ( water shortages are not a problem here). I suspect this may well be a structural issue with the hotel building but i did mark another (brand new) hotel down a notch for this in a recent review.
We did not try the restaurant: there were a few too many stomach churners for my taste: am not sure I could manage beef cheeks for example though there was the option of an a la carte T bone steak. I see no reason to question its reputation.
Breakfast adequate but not exceptional. Service here could be better eg milk sometimes not with tea/ coffee and on one occasion samovar empty so delay in getting tea to my wife.I appreciate the manager replies to all reviews and might suggets this area could do with an overview.I was thinking about the truly great breakfasts I have had and they seem to have been in large Hotels ( Jebel Ali and Atlantis in Dubai and the Esplanade in Berlin come to mind). It may be there are issues in a smaller establishment that are hard to correct.,
Nonetheless these are relatively small points and are offered as feeddback.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Holt is an intimate 42 room 4 star hotel on a quiet street in central Reykjavik with an emphasis on superior service and satisfaction for our guests. Hotel Holt houses Iceland's largest privately owned art collection as well as the country's premier fine dining restaurant with affordable prices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holt Hotel Reykjavík