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Hotel Cabin
Ranked #47 of 54 Hotels in Reykjavik
Reviewed April 28, 2012

We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights in November 2011. We had a superior room on the top floor of the hotel and had a very lovely view out to the water. There was no problem with getting up to our room as there are lifts available. The room was just the right size for us, and had enough space to unpack our cases. We recieved tea and coffee making facilities and a little fridge for milk etc. The hotel staff were always happy to help and very friendly, and provided info on the area and things to do. On one of our nights our room key wasnt working, but the hotel staff were very helpful and provided us with free coffee while we waited for them to fix it. The breakfast was ok. Much the same each morning, but was still very nice. The bar area/hotel lobby/reception was always very clean. The alcohol at the bar was quite expensive, but this is the same in the bars in the City too so was ok. The hotel was about a 15min walk into the center of the City, but it was a nice walk along the sea and very easy to find our way to the main area where all the bars etc were. All of the trips that we booked had hotel pick up and there was no problem in the coaches getting right outside the front doors of the hotel. Opposite the hotel is a petrol station and a Subway, and 5 mins away is another shop and a cash point, which is very convienient to pick up snacks etc. Overall this was a great hotel, we were not expected such a good hotel for the price we paid but was very happy, would definatly return to this hotel in the future.

Room Tip: If you want a largeR room with a nice view i would definatly recommend paying the few pounds more fo...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

We travelled to Iceland for the Easter weekend and stayed 5 nights with Iceland Air - really good value. Picked up a car at the airport as with 4 of us it made sense for the transfers and for sightseeing. Iceland Air included a South Island tour on day 1 and we spent the other 3 days driving miles in this empty and fabulous place.

Hotel was more than adequate on what we paid. Strangest thing was that our window opened out onto an internal corridor - only slept in it so didn't bother us - but if you need fresh air I would request it!

Caught the Northern Lights - weird and wonderful - magical!!

Would definately go back in the summer and experience 24 hour daylight.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

we were in the so called deluxe rooms stayed one night on two occasions. we wanted somewhere fairly central that really was just to sleep, have brekky then go as we were driving then returning from the country. staff were a little surly but everything worked fine. brekky ok. rooms, bed and shower really absolutely ok. its very popular with coach and school trip parties. we loved Iceland and although this was easily the budget part of our spend, it didn't diminish our enjoyment of the whole trip in any way

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

I considered the upgrade to a Deluxe Sea View room to be very reasonable and glad I did. Much larger room & bathroom, with a bath, but no tea/coffee making facilities. A refundable deposit, payable at reception, is needed for a hairdryer. Breakfast self service & reasonable as well.
The location of the hotel is very good, 20 / 30 minutes walk into town, and as mentioned in other comments, the hotel is first to collect & drop off in respect of the excursions which is brill !!.
My room had a lovely sea view with snowy capped mountains in the background. While the garage opposite the hotel blocks a full panoramic view of the bay, it was handy to buy a sandwich/coffee for lunch or late afternoon.
The sights & excursions are wonderful ie Whale watching, Northern Lights, Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a Deluxe to get the bath and thaw out !!
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

My husband and I have just returned from a three night break at the Cabin Hotel booked as a package through Iceland Air. We have travelled extensively throughout the World and can therefore give an informed review of this hotel.

Location - the hotel is located a 20 minute walk from the centre of Reykjavik - and that is a relatively brisk 20 minute walk. However, it is a very pleasant walk along the sea front and on one evening we watched a beautiful sunset as we strolled back after dinner. We got a taxi one morning as it was raining and we didn't want to get soaked on the way into town. This cost us 1600Kr (approximately £8) and arrived 2 minutes after booking at the front reception desk. A massive advantage of the hotel being slightly further out of town is that you are collected and dropped off for trips first. This means that you are always collected at the time expected (rather than having to hang around outside the hotel waiting for the bus to turn up!) and you are dropped off first (brilliant after a late night watching the Northern Lights or a long day sightseeing).

Rooms - the rooms are small, not dissimilar to those which you experience in New York. We did not pay to upgrade to the deluxe room, however, emailed the day before travelling to request a sea view room and this was provided. All standard rooms have twin beds, however, they are easily pushed together and are some of the comfiest beds I have stayed in! The bed linen is of a very good standard. Bedroom has a TV with lots of English channels - not that we watched v much TV - far more interesting things to do in Iceland! The bathroom is tiny, but adequate. Nice hot shower but no bath. Towels are provided, however, these are very small so don't expect a huge bath sheet! There are no coffee making facilities in the room but breakfast is included in the package so coffee is just downstairs. There is also no hairdryer so remember to take your own.

Restaurant - the huge advantage of staying at the Cabin (over other hotels offered by Iceland Air) is that breakfast is included. This was very nice - good selection of bread and spreads, cereals, ham, cheese, salad which set you up for the day. The fruit juice is more cordial like, but fine and plenty of tea/coffee is available. All food at the restaurant is self service, however, we preferred this as wanted to get on with our day rather than hang around eating breakfast. We also sampled the evening menu on our last night - excellent value for money. For £1500 Kr there is an all you can eat soup (x2 flavours) and salad buffet (inc pasta and the usual salad affair - think Pizza Hut). There is also one hot dish (meatballs and potato on the night we tried). Soft drinks are also included and again, plenty of bread and butter. We found the evening offering really very handy if you could not be bothered, or did not have time, to walk into town. Alcoholic drinks from the hotel bar were not crazy prices - Approx £5 for a pint of lager and £5 for a small bottle of wine.

Transfers - the Flybus through Reykjavik excursions is widely publicised. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the internet, however, no need as there is a kiosk in the airport terminal straight as you walk out of arrivals. However, we did not use the Flybus as I had researched via Trip advisor before travelling and noticed that it was approx £10 cheaper to use Iceland Excursions - again they have a kiosk in the airport terminal (right next to the Flybus terminal). A return ticket including drop off and pick up from your hotel was £3,500Kr (about £18) which we thought was fairly reasonable for a 50minute journey. A taxi would cost a lot more. I had debated the cheaper option of using the Flybus to the central bus terminal and then walking to the hotel, however, I am really glad we didn't as the bus terminal is a fair way out and you would really struggle to locate your hotel.

Excursions - Not strictly related to the hotel but possibly a couple of useful tips! We did the Northern Lights trip on our first night. Again, I had researched through Trip advisor before travelling and decided to go with GTI (Gateway to Iceland). This is a smaller tour company which has the massive advantage of being on a small minibus rather than a huge coach. This meant we could travel quicker and further, with far less people to get on/off the coach at various stopping points and far less people to annoy you using flashes on their camera! The cost was the same as other tour companies so nothing to lose! The guide was excellent - we had a relatively cloudy night but he never stopped looking for the Northern Lights whilst driving an incredible distance and we eventually saw a fantastic display. The tour was supposed to finish at 1am but we actually didn’t get back until 3.30am as we had stayed out waiting for a break in the cloud - totally worth it to be stood up on a mountain road at 2am, in the middle of nowhere watching the Northern Lights above. The other big advantage of doing the tour this way was that we only had limited time stood outside in the freezing cold as the driver told us when the Northern Lights could be seen and we got off the bus then. We spoke to another couple in the hotel the next night who had travelled with Reykjavik excursions and they had spent a freezing night stood up on a hill and never saw the Northern Lights. The Blue Lagoon trip was included in our package and was really good fun - definitely worth a visit. We also did a Golden Circle with snowmobile trip through Reykjavik excursions. This was far cheaper than other tour companies and again, because its possibly less popular than the bog standard Golden Circle Tour, had the advantage of being on a small minibus rather than a huge coach. I must say that had I only done the Golden Circle tour I would have been disappointed. There is not enough to see for a full day tour and I imagine it would be quite tedious hanging around at the sights for longer than necessary. The snowmobile trip broke the day up and when else will you get the opportunity to be taken across a glacier in a superjeep and then drive your own snowmobile to the edge of the glacier?! Stunning!

Reykjavik Centre - Again, not strictly related to the hotel but possibly worth a mention. We ate in town on two of the three nights. The first at a small Italian (the oldest restaurant in Reykjavik). Pizza's were massive and not too expensive (around £12 to £14) and the house white wine was really lovely at only 750Kr a glass. We also ate at Islenski Barrin (on a side street just off the main drag). They served 'jars' of Icelandic food which meant we were able to sample the Icelandic delicacies for only 1100Kr per jar. Well worth it if you want to try something unusual - including puffin / minke whale!

All in all, a fabulous, if tiring, trip! I would certainly recommend the Cabin hotel to friends / family as a comfortable central base for exploring Iceland.

Room Tip: Email in advance and request a sea-view room.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

It's not great, but you get what you pay for I suppose. The hotel is pretty uninspiring to look at from the outside, the first member of staff I met on reception couldn't be paid to smile, but luckily that improved the next day and the next two people behind the reception desk where a lot nicer. My room was a single and it was miniscule with poorly made beds, and I mean made as in made up with sheets and stuff, the bottom sheet not even being tucked in. The linen was however clean, and the bed comfortable. The room was too hot, and perhaps in my tired state I walked right past the heating controls, or otherwise they just weren't there, so I ended up opening the window, which to an eco minded tourist was not something I felt too good about doing, letting all that expensively heated air out. There was another thing in my room that bugged me, ok, quite a few, the wires for the lamps were not completely covered with insulater, so potentially they could hsve been a bit dangerous. There was no hairdryer, no kettle, the TV was ancient etc. They need to work on putting school kids all together and not spread out around the hotel as I was inundated with a mini teenage riot on my third night shich did not go down well. The food is basic in the morning, but picks up a little with the salad bar in the evening.
Essentially, the Cabin Hotel is good value for money, if that's what you're looking for which I was. However, next time I go to Iceland, I would rather splash out a little more cash in order to have a few more 'luxuries'.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

This had the smallest hotel room we've ever stayed in. There was hardly enough room in the shower to wash and the sink bizarrely had a shelf above it that all but made it unusable! Also, like other guests, we had to ask for an extra pillow as only 1 was provided. Not impressed with the room. On the plus side, the evening dinner buffet was very good value in this very expensive city.

Room Tip: Get the biggest they've got (if they have any) or go to a different hotel!
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Borgartun 32, Reykjavik 105, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Laugardalur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range: $121 - $216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Cabin 2*
Number of rooms: 252
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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