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Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Ranked #37 of 54 Hotels in Reykjavik
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

Like many, this was a default choice for us in Icelandair package. Quickly browsing some negative reviews, my expectations was not high. I am very happy I stayed there now. Very clean, small but cute bed, perfect for me and my friends. Check in was a long line but they managed just about 30 minutes later. Yes, bit of walk from town, but nice shuttle service. No issues at all. Carrot soup was excellent. Breakfast was so delicious, I want some more right now. My friend loved the bread, I loved the oat meal. They use Numi organic tea, and Jam are both sold in Wholefoods in USA. Both items are my favorites. Pool is beautiful. Free classes in pool, lots of fun. For the price, I have nothing to complain. People there were just nice, warm. Their facial expressions are maybe not as friendly as you see in the US, but they are really helpful and made me feel happy and cared for. I like the airport view and the Pearl view. I would give five starts if not for a distance to town. Best hotel I stayed anywhere so far, Just a happy, fuzzy feeling everyday. Even it as raining outside, we saw rainbows. I seldom give 5 starts, but I am tempted to give one. Thank you for making me so happy while in Iceland, I want to see you guys again! The other thing is that they maybe part of Icelandair, but they are not that kind of commercialized place I imaged, very authentic, professional. All tours they arrange at the hotel has been great. I hope you enjoy the hotel as much as I did if you chose to stay there.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

Well, you are thinking about doing something out of the box, an adventure in Iceland!
You have an opportunity to fly on Icelandair and go to this a place you had always wondered about and knew existed, but in your life were you going there? The answer is YES!
This hotel is one of the reasons why.
We just came back from a mesmerizing and awe inspiring, whirlwind 5 day, 4 night trip to Iceland, as part of a packaged trip by Icelandair, who also happen to own this clean, friendly and stylishly modern European chic hotel.
Here you feel safe and nurtured, where outside the wind may be howling and the views of the outlying landscape may be almost unworldly and strange. You look at where you are on the map, and you question that you can be in such a civilized and wholesome environment, hosted by unpretentious efficient and caring staff. Your room is very clean, yet simple, there is no wasted space, you sense that everything here is done to meet your needs, and yet not in a flamboyant or excessive way. The beds are comfortable and relaxing, the linens soothing, and the clean white comforter gives you any warmth your body may need after a day outside in ever changing skies and winds.
Downstairs you can book tours to all sorts of exciting and breathtaking locals, or just take the shuttle into town. Our package included daily breakfast, which was a great way to start our day, lots of choices and many new tastes for our conditioned North American palalates. The waffles were great, lots of wonderful fresh jome baked breads to sample, even the butter had a sweeter and more flavorsome taste, yogurt and fresh raspberries was very yummy. Evenings after a day of tours of the outlaying countryside it was often easier to grab dinner at Satt, the in house restaurant, that was reasonable (by Icelandic standards) and served enjoyable meals that were not overly filling, but tastey. I was able to enjoy a nice glass of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon with my dinner, so I was a happy man.
Downstairs is a wonderfully warm indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and spa, we took advantage of it on a couple of occasions to start the day and honor the Icelandic tradition of having a swim in a Geothermically heated pool as part of their daily routine, relaxing and healthy way to start your day!
It seems everyone is up and on the go early, daylight is a key concern as the days shorten in the fall, our trip was in the last week of September and the days were almost exactly the same length as the ones in Ottawa Canada, where we live. The weather was not harsh, as one might suspect at such northern climes, daytime temperatures reached about 11* C or just over 50*F. The wind was everpresent, at the very least a moderate breeze, and sometimes strong and pushing showers of rain at times, we were told that the weather is predictably unpredictable, so pack wind and water proof garments and shoes. The outdoors in this country is to be enjoyed and experienced, the scenery is breathtaking and ever changing.
I am just reading some of the other reviews of this hotel, and it seems the destination "Iceland" is being reviewed and not so much the hotel. So in fairness I will say that this is rated as a 4 star hotel, and it is, just not in the opulent fashion of many you have been to, but more in the sense of a cosy and safe feeling habitat, that provides you classy, comfortable surroundings, with an efficient and understanding staff to respond to your needs. The Icelandics are a proud and independent people, proud of their history and heritage, and caring to their visitors in a quiet and unassuming way, not too loud or gregarious, more modest and genuine. This hotel is all of that, clean, modern, efficient, unassuming and with a sense of cultured class, but not snobbery, it is a welcome haven to those that are brave enough to step out of the travel box and adventure somewhere unique thoroughly exciting, and beautifully intriguing. Don't expect eye popping oppulence, but do expect cleanliness and comfort, warmth and attention to detail, Hotel Natura was a hit for us on our trip and just what we needed to compliment our adventure to a land of natural beauty and a people of genuine warmth and quiet charms.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Bleuemoon2
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

We stayed 3 nights at this refurbished hotel as part of a package deal. The decor is simple and pleasing, the restaurants proved more than adequate. Our room was quiet...the adjacent domestic airport was no problem. Staff was consistently helpful. Located 25-35 minutes' walk from the center of the city, with inconveniently-timed shuttles, we were rained on several times on the walk home from dinner. The hotel rents bikes for 1,500 ISK for 3 hours, which proved the perfect time-efficient transport... in good weather.

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2  Thank kab0406
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

This hotel is owned by Iceland Air and is included in many promotional packages. In case you have never traveled internationally to, or through Iceland do not be confused by airport location. This is next to the domestic airport and not the International Airport in Keflavik. Do not worry about being disturbed by aircraft, just not that many flights out of the airport even if you could hear them.

The hotel has recently been renovated, and despite comments comparing the rooms to IKEA dorm rooms they are typical Scandinavian rooms.

The booking service at the hotel is excellent and they are very helpful. A note of caution; tours/transportation pick up either in the front of the hotel or in the back. Be sure you ask which location your tour/transportation will be leaving from.

The hotel is not located directly in the tourist district; the walk is about 20 minutes. The walking paths are paved, wide and safe. There are alternatives to reaching the tourist district. The hotel has a scheduled shuttle bus we did not use it but understand it runs on a set schedule a couple times a day.

The hotel rents bicycles which are another easy way to go, bikes come with locks. They are rented in 12 hour increments. Cycling in Iceland is easy; plenty of wide paved pathways, a lot of people do it.

Taxis are available, fares one way between the hotel and downtown, depending on traffic and signal lights, is between 1.200 and 1.500 kr. Taxis are metered. Taxis operate from stands and are not typically flagged down; these are not your NYC or DC cabs. Almost any establishment will call a taxi for you and the waits are not long at all, 5 minutes typically.

A city bus picks up, and drops off, directly in front of the hotel, the cost is 350 kr each way; the fare must be paid in coins. The bus is an easy, clean and efficient method to navigate Reykjavik. Most city maps (free tourist maps) also contain the bus route map. The route that serves the hotel is route 19, this route leaves downtown from the Hlemmur station. There is a grocery store right across the street from this station which makes it a good spot to grab some snacks, skyr, for the room—there is a mini fridge in the rooms. Snacks are also available at a convenience store about 10 minutes away from the hotel—towards downtown.

We only ate at the hotel restaurant once, breakfast, it was fine. It is really easy to eat downtown, and too many good restaurants to pass up. Café Loki, Harry’s, prir frakkar (15 min walk), fru berglaug, and Balkanika Matsala to name a few. Keep in mind that dining in Iceland is different than in America. Wait staff usually do not approach you while your menus are still open, they do not usually return after you have received your food, and they will not normally bring you the tab, you must walk to the counter. This is all typical and not necessarily the rule, this is just so you are not left wondering how long you have to wait for a refill on water, or where the tab is. Politely ask if you need something, the staff is not being rude; it is just culture not to disturb you.

We did not use the spa. If you are interested in television stations are limited. Internet is free so stream your television shows if you can’t be without them.

If you would like to embark on any adventure tours may we suggest http://www.scuba.is/. Otherwise most tours are run by Reykjavik Excursions who are the 800 pound gorilla in Iceland tours. What this means is with Reykjavik Excursions you get the typical tour group make; big groups, tight schedules, not as personal of service. So if you are the type of person(s) who would rather engage your guides, experience the culture, and not listen to people talk about how ways things are done back home, go smaller on your tours. To be fair, we did use Reykjavik Excursions for a Glacier Tour which was part of our package, the service was fine and the guides were excellent. Sometimes other companies use Reykjavik Excursions to provide the transportation. We just don’t find the bigger groups to our liking.

If you like an alcoholic beverage before bedtime, pick some up at the duty free when you arrive. There are handy signs which show you how much alcohol you can bring into the country, as an example, 3 bottles of wine and a 12 pack. You will save a couple bucks doing it this way.

Iceland is a different place; the Icelandic people are independent people. They do not impose themselves, and to some appear to be standoffish. Nothing could be farther from the truth; they are just respecting your space and are quite engaging if you take the time to do so.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank andyandsally
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Natura during a few day layover on our way to Europe. Our flight got into Reykjavik from JFK at 6:30 a.m. The hotel is about a forty minute bus ride from the airport in Keflavik. Just because Natura advertises as an airport hotel does not mean that they are close to the Keflavik airport. The airport the hotel is close to is a domestic airport. However, the proximity to the airport does not create obnoxious noise. The hotel is actually very quiet. My husband and I slept very well the two nights we were there. The front desk help is pleasant, however, we learned that you have to ask questions to get the information that you are looking for. As with the other reviews, the hotel is a little bit of a walk from the center of town. It's not bad if you like to walk. There are free shuttle buses that run into town in the morning and then then in the afternoon. I felt however that they were a little sparce in the afternoon.
Overall the hotel is clean. The lobby is very contemporary and chic. The rooms are a little on the small side, but cleanly decorated. Think Ikea dormroom. If you have a room on the ocean side, you will have wonderful views of beautiful sunsets.
The onsight restaurant was decent. I had hot cucumber soup and absolutely loved it. We had to pay for breakfast. It was a really nice spread though. Everything you can possibly think of.
My husband and I had a pleasant stay, however, if we go to Reykjavik again, we will probably look for something a little closer to the center of town.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jennie H
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

I shouldn't have booked this with Pricline, aka "the used car salesman of internet travel". As soon as I booked it, I saw it was next to Reykjavik Domestic Airport, not Reykjavik Int'l, over an hour away. I tried to change it with 30 minutes of my mistake, 2 months before staying there, but they refused. Worst thing was it was actually cheaper on the hotel website.

The hotel is the least charming hotel in an incredibly charming city. It's industrial, gormless, and utterly drab. And it's overpriced, and far from the heart of the city.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank IronPigFan
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  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Nautholsvegur 52, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Reykjavik
#8 Spa Hotel in Reykjavik
#19 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range: $137 - $298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura 4*
Number of rooms: 220
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four-star Reykjavik accommodation showcasing the best of Icelandic nature. Newly-renovated Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura (formerly Hotel Loftleidir) is close to the city centre, in the quiet Oskjuhlid wooded area near the sea. ... more   less 
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