The initial impression of this hotel from the outside was not favourable – but got worse once we stepped inside. The hotel is basic – very basic. The breakfast room (the only meal available) was more akin to a trucker’s diner or one of those rooms in a hostel that they let you eat your take-away in. The stairs leading to the bedrooms needed to be climbed carefully as the rips and tears in the carpet could soon have you tumbling down to the ground floor. Being suspicious, I checked the fire extinguishers – they were last looked at in 2007!
We were shown to a twin bedroom rather that the double room we requested as the owner said “I thought you’d appreciate our biggest room “. As the room was tiny, we checked. He was right, the double rooms were ridiculously small. The ‘largest’ room had an alcove with some hangers in, two single beds, a small table with a TV from the seventies on it and two chairs. That was it, no chest of drawers or other such luxuries. The en-suite wet room was equally as basic and very grubby (although a card promised that the room was cleaned every day, the same toothpaste splashes we made on the first day remained throughout the duration of our stay). Breakfast consisted of cheese and meat slices, sliced bread, cereal, and on one day only - a boiled egg.
The saving grace (other than the price) was our host, who provided lots of advice and cheerfully dealt with our tour problems for us. He forgot to prepare any breakfast for us on our last day but wasn’t in the slightest bit upset when we told him we’d helped ourselves in his kitchen (which incidentally, was the filthiest I’ve ever seen).
The location was fantastic being a short walk to the old town, restaurants and shops.
- 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