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“Travelling solo? Avoid #404”
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Metropolitan Hotel
Ranked #49 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
Edmonton, Canada
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“Travelling solo? Avoid #404”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Ok, so here's the positive stuff. Great location.Go out the door, turn left & it's easy walking distance to main shopping/dining district, post office, tourist office (with internet access & a VAT office), grocery store (go to a "Bonus" store, they're cheaper) & some funky shops (don't miss "Frida Fraenka"). Turn right, walk a block & on the left you have a little convenience store (Petursbud) for munchies. Turn right & it's 3 blocks down to the harbour where you will find the set off points for all the whale watching & boating tours. Also, a great hamburger joint (Bullan), some gift shops & Volcano House. Breakfast is nothing special but you can fill up.Now for the not-so-positive. I know Iceland is expensive but I guess I expected a little more as this was in line with a hostel, albeit with a private bathroom. The building desperately needs upgrading, not just cosmetically but the infrastructure. Finishes are old, worn & not the cleanest. Your TV is an old tube model with an aerial. Also, bring the earplugs. I was woken several times a night by slamming doors, loud conversation & traffic. No beverage stuff in the rooms & no coffee/tea available in the dining room during the day. If you only speak english, you may have trouble making yourself understood. When I travel solo, I'm used to getting the smallest room & I understand the economics for the hotel. However, room 404 has set a record. It was the tiniest space I've ever seen. There was nowhere to put your pack so it went on the floor beside the bed, which I had to step over to get to the bathroom or door. It was hot & it took several trips to the front desk to get everything working (my thanks to the guy working evenings, he did all he could). The bathroom was fine but again, so small you could bump into yourself. In fact, if you are a larger person, make sure you don't end up in here as you'll never make it into the shower. There is about a 12 in. space between some glass block & the wall to get in so turn sideways & inhale. Also, don't leave any clothes on the floor as the drain is very slow & the whole room will be under water by the end of the shower. When I first arrived, I had taken the Flybus into the city & bought a return ticket for my departure. I was told to let reception know which Flybus I wanted & they would take care of the booking but when checkout day arrived, they had booked me with the wrong bus company & I would have ended up having to pay again if not for the great people at Iceland Excursions (Grayline) who comped me a ride to Keflavik. So I guess it depends on what you are willing to live with and/or how much you can afford. I'm not a particularly picky person when I travel & I'd rather spend my money on experiences than accommodations but next time I visit, I think I'll spend a little more at another hotel so at least I'll be rested for the next day's adventure. Just a note about the VAT office at the nearest Tourist Shop. It's closed on the weekends although other locations are open Sundays. Try to do this before you hit the airport as alot of people leave it til then & the line-ups can be horrendous.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

It was a good place to stay. More like a guesthouse, then a hotel. Would not consider it 3 stars by American standards. Not fancy, but totally fine for a short stay in Reykjavik, especially if on budget. I stayed in a single room. Twin bed, comfortable, linens provided. Small bathroom, one small towel provided, but no soap. (Despite cleaning room every day, did not leave fresh towels). The doors had a tendency to slam upon closing so you could hear when people were coming and going. TV provided, but only three channels so a bit pointless to having a television in each room. Wifi throughout place and a computer in the basement. Very basic breakfast included -- bread, meats, cheeses, funky juice. Staff was helpful if you asked them questions, but not generally welcoming or friendly.

My two complaints were the television and the curtains. When I arrived, I had hoped for a quiet evening in before seeing the country over three days, but there was nothing I could watch because the channels were icelandic news, music, and a religious channel. Bummer. Also, the curtains could stay to be a bit longer, especially in the summer, when it never gets dark.

Hotel was in residential neighborhood, so very quiet (plus!) but very short walk to the main street with restaurants, bars, shops and the shoreline, etc.

If I was on another budget trip to Iceland, I would stay at Metropolitan again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Location was good and neighbourhood idyllic, but thats it. Staff was a bit quiet and we didnt feel like we are guests (no good morning or even hello). Its really weird also that this hotel doesnt ask persons names who stays at the hotel, only the person who makes a reservation is on the list(and because of that we had problems with excursions). The room was clean, but very small, toilet was really small and simple. You hear all noice from the other rooms and the door was hard to lock(at least quietly). After all Metropolitan is an old building what would need a big renevation. Breakfast was fine, but not anything special. This place didnt feel like hotel(at least not like 3 star hotel), more like guesthouse and I bet you will find a nicer place at the same price somewhere around...

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Kolkata, India
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

Fantastic Hotel compared to the price you pay. Its located right at the centrum, with an excellent super-market nearby and many places to see. The tour buses starts at a place located only a few minutes walking distance from the hotel. The rooms are average but when you compare it to the prices of the other hotels in the vicinity it's a steal, with ample walking space around and to keep your luggage. The wardrobe is spacious enough to keep everything. The hotel will book whatever tour you would like to have and you have a wide choice of tour providers, not a single one paying a large commission to the hotel.
The breakfast is a good spread with food items that you usually eat, (not 10 types of bread and 10 types of jelly), and you can make your own waffles and eat. The coffee is just great.
I would recommend this hotel to any budget traveller who wants to see the country and not spend a huge amount on the hotel bills as the price of everything in Reykjavik is thrice compared to other Euro countries and believe me you will thank me later on.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

No bells and whistles at this "hotel." You basically get a bed and a shower. The front desk staff is a little elusive, but helpful when we asked about tours and places to see. The location was also pretty good - close to some attractions in Reykjavik. If you're looking for a very affordable place to basically put your bags down, you could do worse.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2012

This is our second stay at the hotel, and thankfully not much has changed in the last year.

To start with; The Metropolitan is in a excellent location within Reykjavik being 2-3 minutes away from a small restaurant area of the city which includes a few bars, post office, and a 24 hour supermarket. If you wanted to have a lazy evening then you don't have to wander far to find some renounded restaurants or even a budget burger hut.

For those looking to go Harpa for a event then you'll find this place less than 5 minutes walk from the location, it does mean avoiding traffic on some of the famous Icelandic road crossings but its easy enough.

Price-wise the hotel is cheap, and that's reflected by its decoration and room layout. The best way to look at this is a upmarket backpackers hostel, overall that's not a bad thing as the rooms are warm and the beds are comfy enough. I feel that some people book for the price only to be disappointed by the quality. You really do get what you pay for.

The rooms come fitted with a TV, and you may get one or two small tables with chairs depending on the room you get, so no hair dryer, no kettle for tea/coffee. You may get a small wardrobe or a rail unit in your room but again that depends on where you are in the hotel.

In other reviews people have mentioned that its not a 24 hour reception, this is true but the core hours of 8am - 6pm are always covered. Outside of reception hours you're told to let yourself in using a seperate key on your set.

Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am, it consists of a basic contental breakfast (tea/coffee, cereals, juice/milk, cold meats, bread and waffles), a lot of places advertise the hotel as without breakfast but it is included, even if this isn't up to your fancy then just 2-3 minutes up the road theres a place called The Laundromat that does some weird and wonderful breakfasts, which is really popular with the locals and travellers.

The staff are nice enough, a few have a bit of trouble with English and usually struggle a little to understand. The owner is more than happy to help out and you'll find that all the staff have a good knowledge of the local area and can suggest some interesting places to eat if you need recommendations.

The hotel itself is listed as a pickup for Reyjavik Excursions, so you can grab the local tours and use the Flybus+ to get dropped off / picked up at the hotel, although the bus station (BSI) is less than 30 minutes away by foot and the little bus you get from there to the hotel can take longer to navigate through the backstreets.

One quick note about noise, if you are a light sleeper then this isn't the place for you. Unfortunatly the walls are quite thin so you can usually hear people in the next room, also the doors have near zero padding on them so with the mechanical closing it ends up slamming the door shut. Combine this with the 3-4am airport transfers you'll usually end up getting woken up by doors slamming at all hours in the morning.

If you take anything away from this it should be this: cheap no frills budget hotel in a great location.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bedford
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

A reduced price tempted me. The free arking turns out to be on the street a min or so walk away but not an inconvience. Excellent location for the 24 hr supermarket by the post office and there is a local 'corner' shop in the next street. If you want to check in before 2pm expect to stump up €15 - I went for a drive exploring outside the city instead. Noisy with renovation work in a propoerty next door but can't be helped. You are right under the final approach to the domestci airport and there are more arrivals than you would imagine, but no issue for me. As with another hotel I stayed in very few TV channels to sample local tele and very poor reception but I got an insight into what the locals see and hear. Two single beds in my room, no headboard and poor pillows but other wise relatively clean and comfortable. At €25 odd Euros a night for Iceland is was about right. Some confusion over access to the kitchinette with the microwave, one receptioned said yes, another no - please ask and then a note was tepped up 'staff only'. Access to a microwave for budget travellers is a major plus so do ask and you should be able to use. Jugs of hot water were laid on one one evening. Some guests seemed to have rather high expectations to have the staff running around following up transfers to the airport even though the reception was closed. It seems to close about 7pm. The bus station is a 30 min walk away, or use the phone, no YOUR OWN, to check up you third confirmation of the reservation. The breakfast spread was pretty good by continental standards. Recommended for budget travellers and those happy with a reasonable standard of stay. Will consider again in Novemeber for right price (have already secured next easyjet flight!)

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Metropolitan Hotel
Address: Ranargata 4A, Reykjavik 101, Iceland (Formerly Fosshotel City)
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Metropolitan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Metropolitan Hotel lies on a quiet street, just a 2-minute walk from Ingolfstorg Square (city center). It offers free in-room Wi-Fi and functional rooms close to Reykjavik’s shopping, restaurants and cultural attractions.A TV, work desk and radio can be found in each guest room. All have a private bathroom with either a shower or bath.Every morning Metropolitan serves a continental breakfast. Staff will gladly recommend area restaurants for other meals.The popular Kolaportid Flea Market is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. The harbour, where whale safaris depart regularly, is located 400 meters away. ... more   less 
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