We took this hotel as one of two offered as part of our Icelandair package. If I could give this hotel 3 1/2 stars I would, but they are certainly better than a 3, so I gave them 4. The hotel was clean and well appointed. Staff was quite friendly and helpful. Monica at the tour desk took good care of our needs. The hotel sports a nice indoor pool and hot tub (that may cost extra with some rooms/packages but not with ours, which was the smallest room so who knows). It was has a restaurant (Satta) open for a buffet breakfast (not included with our package - about $20) and dinner, with options for lunch. Breakfast included many options, from scrambled eggs and soft boiled eggs, to different cold meats, cereals, fruit, skyr and breads (breads were excellent, as were the hams). Just be careful as breakfast runs to 10am, and by 10am, they mean they will start to remove it exactly at 10.
We had what they called a "double bed" in our room. This is closer to an American Queen size, being 63 inches wide, not the standard 54 inch American double. Another of our group had two twins pushed together which was 70 inches wide total. The beds were comfortable with a duvet instead of top sheets and blankets, which worked well except that I am quite tall and had minor issues with my feet being cold. The duvet covered them, but not without coming up a bit, letting a little air in.
One of my quibbles was with the lack of any drawer space in the rooms. We knew the room would be small (they advertize 226 sq ft), but it was having to live out of our suitcases that was the biggest pain. The shower had great water pressure and nice hot, hot water, but there was no room even to bend over to soap my legs. I've been on cruise ships with more space. Water from the tap was available hot or ice, ice cold and was refreshingly clean and delightful. No need for bottled water here.
There were plenty of outlets to charge all my gadgets and the room was very quiet. We had a view out the front, but friends had the airport view, and there was no noise from anywhere with the windows closed. It's mostly occasional prop planes and lear jets. You could open a window for some fresh air, and that did let in some noise, but I'd think the airport view would be preferable at night since few if any planes landed at night, but busses did come and go in the front.
My other quibble would be location. You are about a 20 minute walk from town involving crossing or walking on the sidewalk of some busy roads, and there is really nothing around the hotel itself (Perlan is up the hill 10 minutes away, however). They apparently used to have a shuttle that ran between the hotel, downtown and the Nordica Hotel, but now they just give you a free city bus pass. Perhaps more useful if you are going anywhere but downtown, but to get to downtown requires a bus trip to the Hlemmer Station and a change to another bus or 10-15 minute walk (which no one explained to us). Bus runs about every 1/2 hour which is fine going in, but had to plan for coming home (and on Sundays don't start till after noon). Both times we tried bussing back, we just missed the transfer in Hlemmer and had to wait quite a while or walk. It's particularly a problem if you want to get a quick breakfast somewhere other than Satta (which did not change day to day) before your next tour. You have NO options besides Satta or some pre-made sandwiches (which were not bad at all, BTW). Although the Nordica (also offered on our package) is not any nearer to the town center, I think it would have been a better option in this regard as it was in a neighborhood, rather than isolated at an airport. Note taxis from the hotel for 6 people were expensive at nearly 2500 Kr (about $20) for what was about a 5 minute ride, but there were almost alway taxis right outside the front door for the taking.
One real big advantage to the Natura was that on every tour we took, we were picked up and dropped off at the hotel and did not have to transfer to any other bus. We took the Flybus, the Reykjavik Excursions Northern Lights tour (twice) and an Icelandic Mountain Guides tour, and the tour either left directly from the hotel or stopped at the bus station without us having to get off. Particularly great with the Flybus not having to transfer the luggage.
Two tips -- during the day, take a walk up the path to the Perlan and check out the view from the observation deck. It's free and you get great views of the City and surrounding area. On the path, check out the ruins. Second tip, if there is predicted to be a strong Northern Lights and you don't have a tour, there are places along this very same path where you will be out of the lights with an unobstructed view north. We were able to see the Lights in at least some of their glory from the Perlan's hill (though we were in a different area, not knowing about this path at the time), and were so glad to have the opportunity to view them. Just look right over the City, which is north) to see them if they are visible with sufficient intensity to overcome the City's light pollution. This is one advantage the Natura offers over the Nordica, since there would be no where to get out of the City lights there.
Wifi in rooms costs about $7 a day per device, and we didn't use (had a data package on phone). There were two Apple computers in the lobby that were completely free, and a third computer in the lobby hallway to the back door specifically for checking in and printing boarding passes (definitely do this as it greatly sped up checkin at Kefalvic). PC users just note that you need to hit the Alt key on the right side of the space bar and the Q key for the "@" sign.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík
- Hotel Loftleidir
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