The hotel is fairly central to town, located directly opposite the impressive church of Hallgrimur which is visible across most of the city and where is an excellent landmark if you lose your bearings and are trying to get back to base. It only takes five minutes to walk to the very centre of the shopping and dining area of town and you could walk to the BSI bus station in ten to fifteen minutes if you needed to.
The staff on reception were all friendly and efficient. They'll gladly confirm your bus transfer reservations, book excursions, arrange a taxi etc without any problem. In fact Iceland in general seems to be very tourist friendly with hotels and tour operators working closely together to make it as easy as possible for tourists to see and do all that they want. It's great for the traveller and, of course, beneficial to the Icelandic economy in helping to encourage business.
We had room 406 on the top floor of the hotel. Be aware that the hotel does not have a lift so you will have to take your luggage upstairs yourself. If this is an issue it may be worth requesting a room on a lower floor. Rooms with even numbers seem to be at the front of the hotel facing the church, odd numbered rooms seem to be at the rear and presumably face the town, river and mountains - having not been in them I can't vouch for the view but as the hotel is in an elevated position I imagine the view from the top floors may have been good. Our room was small, furnishings were basic and a little worn but it was in generally good decorative order and clean. The windows could do with a good wash though. It was low on frills - no refreshments, room safe, hairdryer, minibar etc - but this is reflected in the price which is low in Icelandic terms. You can have as much free tea, coffee and hot chocolate from the vending machine in the reception/restaurant area though. Breakfast is reasonable and includes cereals, yoghurt, meat, cheese, salad vegetables, toast, waffles, preserves etc as well as drinks. It's not spectacular but it's enough to keep you going.
On the whole this is a decent enough option and represents good value in what is a very expensive destination for most overseas visitors. If I were to go back I'd happily stay here again.
I will cover specific excursions in other reviews but I'll give some brief tips here as well.
If visiting the Blue Lagoon try to arrive in the morning when it is quieter as it gets busier around lunchtime. Also, it is best to try and book any treatments you want in advance as they can be fully booked if you try to do it when you arrive.
If you want to hire a car to visit the glacier lagoon (Jokulsarlon) then allow at least five hours each way for the journey. Not many tours operate out of season so hiring a car is a cheaper option even with the cost of fuel. The road surface is good and traffic sparse but be prepared for variable weather conditions. The landscape on the journey is diverse and often spectacular.
We booked our Northern Lights tour with Superjeep (www.superjeep.is) and they were very good. They are much more expensive that the coach tour offered by Reykjavik Excursions (RE) but they are less likely to take you out when the weather conditions are less favourable for seeing the lights. Superjeeps postponed our tour on a cloudy evening while RE still went out and the lights were not seen and there are quite a lot of poor reviews for their coach tour. Obviously there's no guarantee of seeing the lights no matter how much you pay though.
- 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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