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Hotel Leifur Eiriksson
Ranked #26 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Chatham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Small, clean and convenient.”
Reviewed September 30, 2007

Chose this hotel for a solo visit to Iceland because of the price and location. The single room was quite spartan, but clean, ditto the bathroom. It reminded me of quality student accommodation - not a place to conduct business from, but a reasonably-priced base. The glorious cathedral is just outside the door, and the centre of Rekjavik is within a 5 minute walk downhill.

Breakfast was adequate, and the property very clean throughout.

If I go to Rekjavik again, however, I would probably spend a little more, and stay somewhere with slightly larger rooms - but that might be hard to find and still be so close to everything.

For value and location, this hotel is recommended.

  • Stayed March 2005
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San Francisco, California
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97 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2007

If you're going to stay in Reykjavik, you probably already know it's going to be very expensive. We chose this hotel for its location (near the bus terminal) and because it was relatively inexpensive compared to the others we looked at. The staff wasn't remarkably friendly or helpful but we weren't expecting it.

The breakfast is nothing special but it's free and saves you from having to spend money on a meal. The bathrooms could definitely be bigger and it would be nice to have the shower separated from the rest of the bathroom. I have to say though, everything was very clean.

Overall, it's nothing special and you shouldn't be spending much time
in the city anyway!

  • Liked — convenience
  • Disliked — room size, bathrooms, price
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank ciaoamy
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Washington, D.C.
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2007

As others have noted, the best thing about this hotel is the friendly staff. Next best is the location. But, for the cost, this place needs much improvement. My husband and I arrived to find that we'd been given a room in the hotel annex, across the street -- a battered building with worn carpeting. Our room had all the ambiance of a college dormitory. Bathroom was tiny and the shower flooded the floor making the tiles hazardous. Worst of all was the noise outside-- our windows were directly on the street and as kids left the nearby nightclubs we listened to loud voices, arguments, even screaming from 2 a.m until 5 a.m. Never again....

  • Liked — location, staff
  • Disliked — room size, bathroom, noise
Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank frances42
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WOODSTOCK
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2007

Driving into Reykjavik you see the highest steeple in Iceland and there is Hotel Leifur Eriksson right across the street. Hard to lose your hotel. Rooms were clean and bathrooms a little small. Best was the free coffee and juice machine in the lobby.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — no elevator
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Cindy M
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Birmingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2007

We have just returned from our honeymoon in Iceland, where we stayed for four nights at the Leifur Eriksson. We also stayed there for five nights last year.
The hotel is in a great location, right by the spectacular church and literally a couple of minutes from the main street (Laugavegur).
The staff were very helpful, friendly and spoke excellent English.
The room was basic, but nonetheless spotlessly clean. However, the bathroom (if that word is actually applicable) was the major letdown of the stay. It was basically a 'wet room', reminiscent of those in dirt-cheap Greek holiday complexes. Use of the shower caused a minor flood and also the sink was tiny, with nowhere to put one's toiletries.
Finally, there was a decent enough continental-style buffet breakfast and a handy bonus is the 24/7 provision of free hot drinks in the foyer (very good when a coffee anywhere else will set you back ~£3).

Overall, a perfectly satisfactory hotel, and reasonably priced by Icelandic standards.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — "Bathroom"
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank BOURNVILLE_WOLF
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Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2007

We booked the hotel on basis of price and location and having read the previous mixed reviews, wasn't quite sure how it would be. We booked a single and double room and on arrival, were allocated a double and a family on the first floor so that was a plus for a start! The double faced the church and the family was on the back of the hotel with a balcony. As we were there for the Midnight Sun, the black-out curtains underneath the main curtains were great. The rooms were a decent size and VERY clean and tidy. My philiosophy is you dont go to somewhere like Iceland to spend much time in your room! The breakfast was plentiful and you could have as much as you wanted and the free hot drinks and squash was great. The staff on reception were fantastic, very helpful and booked all our trips for us. They even came to our aid when we booked the wrong bus to go back to the airport and got us a taxi within 2 minutes to get us to the bus terminal in time for the right bus! All in all, for location, price and good service, you cannot go wrong booking this hotel. We would definately stay here again.

  • Liked — All good
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
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5 Thank Supermaddi
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Somerset
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2007

The hotel is clean and cheap, small rooms with helpful staff who could smile a little bit more! The 24hr hot and cold drinks availability was great- mostly because its free (Iceland is VERY expensive)but also a nice meeting place to discuss places to visit with other guests- in the very sociable breakfast room area. Breakfast is basic but plenty of it. Rooms cleaned on request every day and lovely to return to our made beds at the end of a long day. I would certainly recommend this place- near the town-2minutes away-quiet and opposite the massive but beautifully serene Hallgrims church-well worth a visit to the tower for the views- breathtaking!. Plenty to see and do in Reykjavik.

Stayed February 2007
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5 Thank jackadee
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Additional Information about Hotel Leifur Eiriksson

Property: Hotel Leifur Eiriksson
Address: Skolavoerdustigur 45, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Leifur Eiriksson 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a 3 star family run hotel located in the centre of Reykjavik city opposite the famous Hallgrims Church .Our Hotel is in a quiet part of Reykjavik city and offer free parking opposite our Hotel .We offer 50 rooms all with private bathroom facilites and free wi fi internet connection . ... more   less 
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