Like other recent reviewers this was booked as part of an Icerlandair package, and like the others I agree that the rooms are very small but at least you have an en-suite (there are also no tea/coffee making facilities so bring your own kettle and tea/coffee or pay for an upgrade if you want a cuppa) and the buffet is average (the bread was decent but the oranges and almond pasties were the tastiest item on the menu!). We also had the evening (almost entirely cold) buffet on the day of our arrival, it wasn’t very exciting but ~£9 for an all you can eat buffet really can’t be beaten anywhere never mind Iceland - there were 2 soups and the meat & veg soup was lovely and hearty. The only other hot item on the night we ate were chicken wings.
If you don’t fancy the buffet every night but still want to eat cheap there’s a petrol station with a Subway sandwich shop across the road, prices are roughly the same as those in the UK. The prices of snacks in the petrol station were a good bit dearer than the supermarkets though – look out for BONUS supermarkets as they seemed to be the cheapest – there’s one on Laugavegur, the main shopping street) There are 2 ATMs with-in a 3 min walk of the hotel on Borgatun and there’s another on Saebraut a 5 min walk away.
There’s also a pretty good off-license a 3 min walk away on Borgatun however when I tried to buy some local beer to take home the cashier insisted that I put it back and buy it at the airport as it’s cheaper! Booze actually is substantially cheaper at the airport – you can pick up good quality vodka, gin and whisky for ~£15 a bottle but for the more unusual stuff the local booze shop had a great selection and it really wasn’t that much dearer than in the UK.
There’s a bus stop a short walk from the hotel on Borgatun too. We never actually used the public buses preferring to walk in/out of town (which is 20 - 40mins away depending on where you’re going) but we saw plenty of them so the service seems to be good.
We packed thermals and pyjamas for our trip but the hotel was so hot that we had to open our window at night to actually get a decent night’s sleep! The room overlooked a bus depot but if you upgrade you get a room at the top with views of the sea and mountains to the north east – on a clear day this is a good view! The key to the room is a bit weird and not one I was used to so I had to get help to open the door but once you had the knack it was easy…
Our main problem with the hotel was that in order to use WIFI you need to purchase a paper slip with a username and password from reception. These come in 15min, 1 hour and 24 hour time periods (covers total time online rather than time period from when used) and we wanted 24 hours however on the first night they only had 15min slips left so we had to purchase these which obviously isn’t as economical as the 24hr slips and means constant trips back to reception if you want a top-up (The lift is very quick though)! Most of the channels on TV are English or have English subtitles if you don’t want the bother with WIFI.
There’s a souvenir shop and bar next to reception. Staff all spoke perfect English and were friendly and helpful…well, actually some were a wee bit grumpy but wouldn’t you be if a tourist asked you “do you have shops in Reykjavik?” or “do you take Sterling?” or “how do you say ‘Thanks very much’ in Icelandic?” and then proceed to make a dozen attempts at it and get it wrong every time. I felt quite sorry for the poor staff having to keep a straight face whilst dealing with some difficult tourists and stupid questions! Reception staff were able to book a local restaurant for us (and good job they did as they were turning people without reservations away when we were there – and this was a Monday in November!)
As others have mentioned the hotel isn’t in the centre however the “Flybus Plus” bus to/from the airport picked us up and dropped us off right outside and the same applied for all our tours, and if you’re coming back from a tour the drivers will happily drop you off in the centre – the main shopping street “Laugavegur” is full of bars, cafes, restaurants and boutique/gift shops. Happy hour lasts a few hours each evening and the sole pub we visited did BOGOF on 8 different draft beers between 4 – 8PM and you got a FULL PINT for just £2.50!!! That’s cheaper than back home!
Also pay attention to the dry humour of Icelanders – especially from tour guides and bus drivers – as there were a few confused faces on some of our tours, especially from Americans (“is he serious?”, “what did he say!?”)
TL;DR – A great budget hotel – I would happily stay here again!
- 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