We had a lovely, but small double room on the 4th floor overlooking the ship repair slipways. Other people mightn't like this but we loved it. How often do you get a close up view of ships undergoing repair/refurbishment? We were there on a Saturday and Sunday night and found it was very quiet and peaceful.
Our room had a little balcony which in keeping with the quirky nautical decor, had one of those orange ship's life rings attached to the railing. Both the door and a window open onto the balcony and there is a little bench for sitting on and admiring the view when it isn't raining.
The room had the usual Icelandic double which is two single beds put together. The room had excellent lighting, 2 bedside tables each with its own lamp, a suitcase table, a usefully sized counter above which are several power points and a USB charger port and an enormous flat screen TV which we had trouble making work. NB to start TV in Iceland you usually have to press 1. Mind you we have found in Iceland that our days are so full that we don't want to waste time watching TV.
There is free wifi in the hotel but this might just be a trial. Ask reception how to access it as it is slightly different to the other hotels with free wifi.
The room also had a bar stool and an armchair. The bathroom had a hair dryer, tissues and lovely smelling pump pack soap and pump pack shampoo. The bathroom is unusual in that it doesn't open from the passageway from the door but from the room itself. The door and the wall facing the room are of frosted glass and even though I have read some people don't like this, we did rather like it. Mind you if we were 2 singles sharing a room we wouldn't have felt the same way.
The staff at reception were about the friendliest we have come across in Iceland. The breakfast (ours was included) was equal to the best we have had in Iceland. There was a range of hot food too including a delicious mushroom mix and a potato and bacon mix. For those of us who have horribly early flights you can select a range of items from the open fridge beside reception. Our shuttle bus was at 4 am and we were to help ourselves to Skyr (delicious Icelandic joghurt, although this was the low sugar variety which isn't as good as the usual Skyr), sandwiches, long life juice in popper-style packs, and hot drinks from a machine. Just make sure you eat the Skyr and drink the juice before you go through the scanners at Keflavik airport!
The hotel is about 3 minutes walk from the Vikin Maritime Museum (if you are interested see my review on this) and maybe 10 minutes from the 871 +/-2 Settlement Museum (see my review on this too if you are interested). I'd recommend a visit to both if you are interested in history and culture. It is maybe a little bit over 5 minutes to the main shopping area for tourists. We thought the hotel's location very convenient.
I can't comment on value for money as I don't know how much the hotel cost.
- 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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