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“Off Beat and Proud Of It” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina

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Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Ranked #17 of 59 Hotels in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
USA
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79 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Off Beat and Proud Of It”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

The Marina takes pride in being off-beat. This shows nowhere more than in the service which is not only friendly but almost neighborly. The staff was sympathetic and genuine in its dealings with me. There was none of the slick, professional attitude found in chain hotels and the graduates of hotel schools. When the bus to the airport was late, hotel employees were concerned and helpful in getting answers to my questions. (The bus showed up when the staff said it would.) The hotel is simply furnished, bright, and clean. The decorations are unusual (e.g., an exhibition of knots) as befits a one-of-a-kind. The bathrooms are minimalist and functional, but there is no marble or granite or any frills in mirrors or cabinetry. The door to our bathroom did not close fully but enough for visual privacy. The restaurant has mostly Icelandic dishes that vary as much as any cuisine does, although if you do not like fish or seafood your choices become more limited. As you might expect, the wine list is adequate but not impressive. The local beer is well worth trying.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed the stay; service from the front desk was top notch. We had a glitch with the plugs and they came through with a solution. Crisp. Lots of night action on the first floor. Interesting boat repair projects right outside the front door. All tour drivers know to come in to ask for patrons. Good coordination with all local travel services.

Room Tip: Look out over the marina; not the street
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

If you are coming to Reykjavik then you should definetely consider staying in this hotel. Situated by the docks right next to the city centre it has the best atmosphere and gives you the vibe of what Iceland is really like. Lobby, rooms, restaurant and bars has cool design. Staff is friendly and very helpful. Breakfast is amazing! Oh, and the views... Definetely recommending this one!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Columbia, South Carolina
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49 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

The hotel has wooden floors and sparse built-in furnishings which work to maximize space. In June, the room was very bright - a little too bright at 2am as the curtains did not close tightly. The common areas are funky and uncluttered - a small library, free computers, small store with snacks, bar, restaurant, several sitting areas, and a small gym. The morning breakfast was very good.
The location was perfect for us - right at the marina so there were lots of interesting things to see. We walked everywhere we wished to go. The front desk personnel were very helpful, even telling us they could exchange currency for us but that the banks have better rates. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: some rooms look out on the harbor - you need to be on a high floor to have a view
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hengaoxing
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Homosassa, Florida
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135 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

We visited a dear friend who resides in Reykjavik and stayed in the hotel. It is a recently converted paint factory right alongside the harbor in downtown area. While a bit apprehensive about the language differential, we were relieved to find most people there spoke fluent English and were very accommodating in every respect. The rooms were a bit on the small side, and furnished a bit sparsly in " early Ikea" design..... but quite clean with very comfortable beds and flat screen TV. The programs were multi-national with few in English. The baths were a bit different with a shower area enclosed with a curtain over a drain, but plenty of hot water. The restaurant on the first floor is a bar/pub style with good service and a small but tasty set of offerings. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet each morning with a surprisingly wide selection of local and friendly alternatives. It was here I was introduced to SKYR, a yogurt style dish that I am still searching for in Florida! Loved the salmon, breads, salads, and a few items that while very tasty, were not identified. The location is right in the heart of the downtown area and convenient to most attractions. The staff is very friendly and helpful in every respect, possibly because our host friend was a retired Government Minister there. . Remember, your Euros and Stirling are not good here.... you must convert to the local currency or use your credit cards.... accepted everywhere we went.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the harbor side for the best views.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ronald R
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Hotel is very nice and clean, with a fun design. Great location which is close to everything a tourist would want to be near. I actually liked that it wasn't right in the heart of the shopping area. The staff is EXTREMELY friendly and welcoming, particularly the kitchen and bar folks...I cant stress enough how kind they were. Food is very good, some of the better meals we ate while in Reykjavik (which unfortunately has some very, very bad food all over). I was surprised how popular the bar is with locals...I think we were the only hotel guests there around 9pm on a Friday. Get an Old Cuban cocktail, by the way.

Be warned about the following: the bathrooms are hysterically small, and I think there are nicer showers in most prisons. There is very little storage space for clothes. Finally, and this is the one I dont get, the blinds do a poor job of covering the windows...not fun in the middle of the summer with clear skies. I wish they would invest a little more in total blackout shades, it would be worth the money.

Still, I would highly recommend it.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

We were a bit hesitant after reading the previous reviews but quite happy with the size of the room. Bathrooms are definitely not that small! The bar downstairs is cool but we couldn't get a table to done! Staff quite helpful. I would stay here again

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Normadic
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Property: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Address: Myrargata 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 59 Hotels in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, steps from downtown Reykjavik, is situated in a completely renovated four-story building that has become a landmark among local residents. It is located next to the historical, and still fully functioning, dry-dock called Slippur. With an emphasis on blending the dynamic, creative atmosphere of this rapidly developing district with the country's strong fishing traditions, the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina offers everyone the opportunity to see and experience the capital at its most creative and colorful. ... more   less 
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