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Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Ranked #18 of 54 Hotels in Reykjavik
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Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

First two nights in Iceland. Not too much to look at from the outside but very stylish inside and friendly staff. Room slightly cramped. Good location- near lots of restaurants. Good pillows/ bedding. Nice breakfast and good 'happy hour' for drinks.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

I have just returned from this hotel and thought it was brilliant. We stayed Friday to Monday and although the bar does get busy between 4-6pm because of happy hour, if the locals are drinking here it can't be bad. Our room was on the 3rd floor with a harbour view and although the room was slightly small, it was immaculately clean, warm and very comfortable. The breakfast is not to be missed, good selection of fruit, cereal, cold meats, eggs and hot selection of cooked vegetables, salmon was amazing. The staff were polite and helpful, nothing was to much trouble. The hotel seems very well organised and could not be in a better position for sightseeing, touring and some of the best cafés and restaurants. We watched the northern lights across the harbour from our window. I would recommend this hotel to anyone, they were great with my 5 year old.

Room Tip: Harbour view if available
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

We have just returned from an enjoyable six night stay at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina.

The hotel is small and funky and has a relaxed, playful atmosphere. Our room was quite nice, on the large side for the European hotels I have stayed at. The décor is IKEA-esque, my only complaint is there were no drawers to offload clothes into – a nice to have for longer stays. We stayed in room 324 which is the only one that has a balcony, which doubled as a refrigerator.

On the Plus Side, the room was spacious, clean and had comfortable beds. The staff were friendly and helpful. The location is excellent – most amenities are an easy walk. The facility / area are generally quiet; at least on the water side. They also offer free Wi-Fi and Parking.

The only negative is the alley gets noisy when the bar shuts down. We brought this to their attention and hopefully they will post signs asking people to be a little more respectful at 2:00 AM.

I would recommend and return to Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina

Room Tip: Water side rooms are quieter and offer great views. #324 in the only 3rd floor room with balcony.
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

We stayed in a 4th floor attic room for our stay in Reykjavik and were really glad we booked it. The balcony had a great view across the marina and made for a great place to sit with a glass of wine and watch the moon rise over the mountains on the other side of the bay; we were lucky enough to have amazing weather while we were there. The room was nowhere near as small as we were expecting from other reviews. The bathroom is also of adequate size although as others have mentioned the glass door maybe an issue if you really value your privacy.

The staff were all very friendly and helpful when booking excursions, transfers etc. It is true that the bar gets very crowded on a Friday & Saturday night (the barman said they average around 300 people each night). They also put a 'pop-up' bar in the hotel lobby as an overflow to the,main bar which was a bit of a surprise as it made finding anywhere to sit, as a guest, almost impossible. We didn't hear any noise from the bar however but we were out on the Northern Lights trip until late on both Fri & Sat nights. We ate in the restaurant one night and the food was amazing.

Location wise this hotel couldn't be better placed. There are lots of great restaurants within walking distance. We had a great meal at the Icelandic fish & chip place (2min walk away); you have to go in to see the menu as it depends on what the days catch is. Its a very casual place but the fish was excellent. We had breakfast at The Laundromat Cafe on our last morning and wish we'd found this place sooner as the food was fantastic. You are also only 5 min walk away from the famous Reykjavik hot dog stand (walk into town toward the concert hall and it is opposite the Radisson Blu 1991 hotel). This place is definitely worth a trip to.

All in all if we came back to Reykjavik we would definitely stay in the same hotel as location wise it knocked spots off all the other hotels we passed. The popularity of the bar maybe off putting, especially at weekends and it is hard to identify where this hotels priorities lie, hotel or bar.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

I have never written a hotel review, but my stay at this hotel was so horrible that I am writing one. I am actually writing this review from the hotel lobby because I am so angry, I cannot wait until I return home. My husband and I stayed at this hotel for three nights (Thursday to Sunday). On Friday and Saturday nights, the hotel bar/restaurant turned into a music-thumping nightclub. We are 31 years old and enjoy going out, but this was ridiculous. Our room was on the third floor of the hotel and the music was so loud I thought the DJ was in our room. We even tried ear plugs and no luck. It was absolutely impossible to sleep. We called the front desk multiple times and the only response we got was, ´´the bar closes at 1am.´´ We were even told that the hotel manager wants it this way. For a place that prides itself on all day outdoor excursions and a comfortable place to relax when you get back, it is a complete lie. We are experienced travelers who have spent many nights in cities such as New York, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Athens, and Las Vegas and never have I been unable to sleep in a hotel. I will never stay at this hotel again. In fact, I would not stay here if they paid me. DO NOT stay here under any circumstances. Absolutely the worst hotel experience I have ever had.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

The Marina Hotel offers modern lodging, an ideal location right at the marina, an ideal launching point to explore the hidden treasure of Reykjavík, Iceland. Shopping and sites are within walking distance and tours pick up right at the hotel, offering the utmost inconvenience....

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

We spent a long time choosing our hotel for a short 3 night stay in Reykjavik and we chose Reykjavik Marina because of the reviews and location. The hotel is situated right on the busy harbour with its 24 hour lights and heavy industrial sounds; these did not bother us, in fact, we enjoyed watching the activity. However, a large fishing vessel pulled high up the slip did compromise the view of the distant glacier, and the lights put paid to any chance of seeing the Northern Lights from our attic room. The position of the hotel for the main attractions in Reykjavik could not be beaten, and there are many restaurants and bars nearby. Having said that, you might prefer to eat in because the food is really good and not that much pricier than other nearby hostelries.

The décor of the hotel has been referred to as quirky in many reviews and we were a little disappointed to be honest. Not so much quirky as a mishmash of themes obviously put together by an interior designer hoping to create a ‘quirky feel’, and failing. The same designer is presumably responsible for the entire Icelandair hotel chain, because they are all the same. That’s not to say it doesn’t work, it’s fine if you like IKEA meets British Homestores, but there is not any real character to the place as it is so manufactured.

The public areas were being decorated while we were there, but this did not cause us any difficulties.

Apart from one regrettably dippy girl at reception, (she was really annoying and completely ineffective) the staff were fantastic. Friendly, efficient and so very helpful. We did find that waiting by a till with your money in your hand was not always sufficient to attract the attention of two girls serving at the bar, and to stop them talking long enough to serve us, but this was easily overcome by being more demonstrative and calling them over. In fact this apparent laid back attitude, which might come across as being unhelpful, is typical of the Icelandic people who prefer to be approached more directly.

The room was a disappointment. We paid extra for an attic room with balcony and view over the sea. I do not know what the other lower rooms are like, but ours was tiny. Way too small to consider unpacking our suitcases and with no closed storage whatsoever for things like cameras, chargers, underwear etc. I think that the publicity pictures are very misrepresentative, giving the illusion that the rooms are a lot bigger than they actually are. This could be a problem to some people, or to guests who are staying longer than a few nights. A sign in the bathroom admits that it is ‘small but functional’, whereas we felt it was a decent size and adequate. What we did not like was the sliding glass partition wall with gaps that meant the occupant has very little privacy. While for most aspects of sharing a room this is unlikely to be a problem, there are some times when you are likely to want more privacy than is offered. While the frosted glass did obscure the actions of the occupants, you might still feel as if you are in a goldfish bowl, and that sounds in particular travel. I hope that I have tactfully described the truth of the situation! The balcony on the other hand was generously proportioned and we did spend a lot of time sitting out there. You can request a kettle at reception for your room, otherwise one is not provided.

Would we stay there again? Probably not, because we are unlikely to want to stay in Reykjavik again preferring to stay at another location in Iceland away from the city. But if you are after a city break, then Reykjavik Marina appears to be a smart choice.

Room Tip: Having a balcony is nice.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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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
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Ranked #18 of 54 Hotels in Reykjavik
Price Range: $189 - $382 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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