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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Metropolitan Hotel Reykjavík