As a previous review mentioned, it is a hotel that appears to attract kids on organised school trips and I must say on our first evening in the bar area; we did feel a little overwhelmed as they poured in to wait for direction from a teacher.
We were also staying in a room that was on the same floor as they were and after hearing the excited chatter and doors slamming, it did quieten down after about 9.30pm and we were not disturbed for the rest of the evening or on subsequent nights.
The kids also all had a separate dining area on another floor from the rest of the guests and so on the whole they were not a problem and as these trips are probably organised mostly around Easter, I cannot think that this is a year round issue.
The buffet breakfast and evening meal was excellent - plenty of fresh salads, fruit, soft drinks and Tea & coffee on tap and a variety of lovely breads and in the evening an additional hot meal.
The hotel staff were helpful and as we found with all of the Icelandics that we met, all spoke very good English. The rooms are small, but think Premier Inn standard of cleanliness and furnishings, but with a decent power shower. The only problem we had here was lumpy mattresses and flat pillows. To resolve this issue we were given additional pillows by reception and we made sure we had plenty of fresh air and exercise, so that we didn't notice the uncomfortable beds.
We did the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle and Northern Lights excursions and the only real let down was the Northern Lights. We were promised in the leaflet that we would be taken right away from artificial lights and that we would be driven around the area in search of the lights. The reality of this trip was that we were taken to the outskirts of Rekjavik where there was still plenty of house and lampost light and there we stayed for the next 3-4 hours.
There was a glimmer of a show, but the sheer cold and boredom set in quite early on for most of the passengers and I think for the price, a hot drink wouldn't have gone a miss and if we had been driven around, I think that it would have broken up the monotony.
Staying at this hotel, that is an easy 15 minute walk into town and 1 road away and parallel to the coast road is I think better positioned than some of the better known hotels situated further inland where a bus or a taxi would be a necessity. And as a budget rate hotel in Iceland, it is I think very good value for the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Cabin is a modern hotel designed for the modern traveler and equipped with all the facilities that a modern traveler needs. Our main policy has always been, to offer travelers visiting Reykjavík comfortable and economic accomodation right in the heart of the city. The standard rooms are the cheapest accommodation we have to offer and as the name implies they are very basic but comfortable. The Deluxe rooms are bigger and come with a bathtub with a shower and refrigerator. The Superior rooms are all on the hotel´s 7th floor and offer a magnificent view of the city or the ocean. They come with a free wireless internet, a refrigerator, a tea- and coffee maker and a hairdryer.The hotel is excellently located within a walking distance from the city center as well as the Laugardalur area.Laugardalur (Hot Spring Valley) is a centre for sports and recreation in the capital. In Laugardalur you will find the Botanical Gardens and the largest outdoor thermal pool in Reykajvík, Laugardalslaug. The facilities there include a water slide, hot tubs and a geothermal sauna. Also located in laugardalur are Laugardalsvöllur Sport Stadium and Laugar fitness spa. The popular family park and Zoo in Laugardalur is open all year round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Cabin Reykjavík
- Reykjavík Hotel Cabin
- Hotel Cabin Iceland
- Cabin Hotel Reykjavik
- Cabin Hotel Iceland