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Fosshotel Raudara
Ranked #41 of 55 Hotels in Reykjavik
Reviewed November 4, 2012

We spent 8 nights here at the end of October 2012. After a 2 hour flight delay we finally arrived at our hotel at 3 in the morning. We had been booked into a family room (No 419) even though there was just the two of us. We crashed out but the next morning found our room to be a bit noisy from the traffic and asked if we could be moved. No trouble. We were moved to Room 423 at the back of the hotel. A smaller room but much quieter and very comfortable.
Our new room had no mini-bar and less storage but it was a lighter and more modern room. It had a bigger bathroom and the following facilities: room safe, wall mounted TV (with BBC Worldnews), tea/coffee making facilities, alarm clock, free wi-fi, hairdryer and a few complimentary toiletries.
One member of the staff was a bit dour but all the other were extremely friendly and helpful throughout our stay, especially a great older guy who sported a natty ponytail.
Room 419 was very large with a bed/settee to accommodate any children. It had a tiny bathroom for a family room. The furnishings were a bit old fashioned and tired but there was a lot of storage space and it had a mini-bar. Also, as it was an ‘attic room’, it had a slopping roof and you could not sit up properly in bed.
The hotel has secure parking. There is a computer in reception for public use which was free to use. Tour buses pick up from the hotel if you did not have a car and there is a very good selection of excursions available.
Breakfast is continental style buffet. Not a brilliant selection but quite adequate. Also, they did provide a basic breakfast before our very early (5.30am) airport departure, which was very welcome.
We went to the pizza restaurant next door (La Luna) one night. The food was good but rather expensive for a pizza house. We much preferred Harry’s Restaurant on the other side of the hotel. This was a proper (but very small) restaurant with a good menu, good service and reasonable prices for Iceland. Another good restaurant that we tried a couple of nights is Hofnin Restaurant at the harbour.
You will find that in Iceland the cold water is ‘spring water’ and is fine but the warm water is geo-thermal hot water and it always has that slight smell of sulphur (rotten egg smell). It is a bit off putting but one thing you have to get used to in Iceland. But, do not let that put you off from going there. It is a fascinating country and well worth visiting.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

My husband, teenage daughter and I stayed in this hotel x 4 nights recently as part of a Travel Department trip. Hotel is well located and only 15mins walk from city centre, so very central. We stayed on the 4th floor, facing the courtyard (so was quiet at night). The hotel corridors appear to be well maintained. I felt the room was not kept up to the same standard. Our daughter's bed was a sofa bed and our bed was up a spiral staircase to a mezzanine. The bed was very comfortable. But our towels were not changed or re-arranged during our stay, apart from one hand towel which I left on floor of bathroom. Our beds were made only once, but our daughter's bed was made each morning. Breakfast was a basic continental breakfast. Fruit: pieces of melon and orange still with skin/rind attached. I don't think this hotel was up to a 3* standard.
The bathroom was smallish and I agree with the positive comments re the shower. The hot water smelt of sulphur (or rotten eggs according to our daughter!)
I would recommend this hotel, but considered it basic.

Room Tip: Our room was on 4th floor, facing internal courtyard, so quieter based on other reviews
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

Just back from Iceland where we spent part of our week at the best western. Like all best westerns it's not the most up to date in terms of decor however it was clean, breakfast always well stocked, housekeeping efficient and staff very helpful.
They have parking available, will make you packed lunches and have great links with the tour companies ensuring you are kept up to date on your amendments and cancelations.

My only negative comments are with regards to the hotel restaurant La Luna. Sadly we were situated above the restaurant and they felt it necessary each night when they shut to turn up the music to night club volumes despite complaining each night the next night they would still do the same. With two small children this became a huge issue as it woke them. Hotel staff were brilliant at getting them to turn it down (it never got turned off). If you do stay here ask for a room the other side to the restaurant!

I plan to stay here again when we return to Iceland next year.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

My husband, adult daughter and I shared a triple room for 2 nights while we explored Reykjavik and took the Golden Circle tour on a two day planned layover en route to Paris. We were very happy with this hotel. Our room, although small, was very clean, the beds were super-comfortable, and we loved the huge showerhead. The wifi worked well. Breakfast was not particularly noteworthy (except that they served skyr, yum). However, on the day we left we were able to enjoy a modified breakfast at 4:30 am (we really appreciated not having to leave for the airport hungry). Reykjavik is a very walkable city, and the hotel was close enough to walk everywhere although a few blocks from the main action (noisewise, that was good). It is just across the street from the excellent Harry's restaurant, where we ate the first night. All the tour companies and the Flybus shuttle back to the airport made pickups from the lobby, so logistics were easy even without a car. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

Hotel was ideal for location nice walk into town. Very clean throughout, breakfast was great, reception very helpful. Would return again depending on cost, can get good deals if you shop around we went through an operator so not sure if this was the best rate but it fitted into our price.
Top tip remove ALL silver jewellery when washing hands and showering the Sulphur in the natural water is the reason it will turn black, you can remove it with proper silver cleaner when you get back home.
Go with artic adventures on the walking on ice it was out of this world.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Me and my girlfriend traveled to Iceland in April 2012. We reserved a room at the Best Western Reykjavik prior our arrival. We arrived at the hotel around 10h50am and our room was ready. The hotel is very well located dowtown Reykjavilk. The room was clean and the bed comfortable. The only thing is that the shower wasn't working and that we had very low signal for the hotel WIFI in our room. But the breakfast was more than what we could ask for. We ate at the hotel every morning and saved on restaurant. I can tell you that we got more than we paid for. Cheap price and good service. If I am going back to Iceland I would definately saty there again.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

The Best Western is in a really great position just a few minutes walk from the centre of Reykjavik. It is quiet and extremely clean. The rooms are a good size and the bed and pillows were very comfortable. The breakfast is more than adequate with lots of really nice bread and rolls, cereals, yoghurt, and fruit along with meats and cheeses too. The staff on reception were very helpful and we enjoyed our stay very much

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Additional Information about Fosshotel Raudara

Address: Raudararstigur 37, Reykjavik 105, Iceland (Formerly Best Western Hotel Reykjavik)
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #41 of 55 Hotels in Reykjavik
Price Range: $158 - $374 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fosshotel Raudara 3*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Attractive and modern hotel located near the city centre. Family friendly and attentive service and calm atmosphere. With 85 comfortable rooms, including junior suites and family rooms. Free parking and free wireless internet. ... more   less 
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