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Fosshotel Baron
Ranked #39 of 54 Hotels in Reykjavik
Reviewed April 3, 2013

This place was perfect for a weekend away,breakfast, location were really good.room clean and bright although maybe a little small for anything longer, but we really only slept in it. What really stood out was the brilliant staff who just seemed so friendly, helpful and courteous perhaps it's just a part of being Icelandic because everyone including the bus driver seemed brilliant. Special mention to the northern lights guy who was funny,keen and informative (sorry don't know his name). We are planning on returning to iceland this summer, if we have one,and whilst we always like to try different places. Will be retuning to the Baron.p.s if your lucky enough to be going here ask for directions and try the public pool up the road,cheep,quiet and the hot pools outside on the veranda are really special,enjoy.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Peter C
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Kristbjorn, Manager at Fosshotel Baron, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for providing us with your excellent feedback

Looking forward to welcome you back to our Hotel in the future.

Best Regards
Kristbjörn
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Stayed here on a Northern Lights City break with Icelandic Air Holidays. What a perfectly situated hotel! Easy walk into the centre in about 10mins, and on a clear night all you have to do is cross the road to the path along the Bay and one is able to see the Northern Lights (if it's doing it's thing!!) quite clearly form this vantage point! We saw them better here than on our Northern Lights tour the next night! The hotel staff are very friendly, and on the front desk they help with any questions and couldn't have been nicer. Rooms very good, and if you're not that hungry they do a soup and bread in the evenings for only about 5 Icelandic Krona. Excellent value for money!! Will definitely stay here again if ever in this quirky little city again!

Room Tip: Anywhere is good, but the ones facing the bay are better!
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3  Thank Gary B
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Kristbjorn, Manager at Fosshotel Baron, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us and providing us with this excellent feedback.

Very glad you enjoyed our location and that our staff was helpfull. Our front desk staff strives to assis our guests in any ways possible so i´m always happy to read when they do just that.

To our others readers I want to point out that even though our soups are moderately priced, the price is not 5 icelandic kroner I am sorry to say. The correct price is 950 kroner.

Thank you once again for posting your review and I hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future.

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Kristbjörn
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed there from March 26-28, 2013. Our room was fine and had the view of the bay and the mountains. Only problem was that the drapes were not enough wide to cover the windows and was difficult if you want to sleep late as the day light will come in. It must be very difficult during the summer months to stay in such a room. By the way the room had a balcony and would be very pleasant to sit out during the summer time. However, the balcony was not kept in good condition. The steel structures were rusting. I also recommend the staff to provide a toilet brush in the bathroom.

The desk staff was great and very helpful. The breakfast was OK. The location is very convenient to walk around in the downtown area.

I would give it a 2 star rating as we did stay in other hotels in Iceland which were lot better.

Room Tip: A room not facing the bay would be better from not getting day light even though you will not have a...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Very good location. Near the water and fabulous views of the mountains. The hotel was near the High Street, with a useful supermarket nearby and an easy walk in to the centre of town. All the staff and especially reception staff were very helpful. Our room was at the back of the hotel so no views of the water but a good view of the church that was lit up at night. Comfortable beds. Shower space quite small but adequate. Our basin was very cracked. Only criticism would be that my towels were changed despite my hanging them back on the rail. We were only there for 4 nights so it didn't feel ecologically sound to have towels changed during that short visit, unasked. The breakfast was self service but loads of choice, cereals, fruit, cheese, meats etc. The bread was fabulous. Alcohol is expensive in Iceland and you have to go to a special store to buy it. The traditional Icelandic drink was MUCH cheaper at the airport duty free shop.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Silvertraveller12
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

We have just returned from a five night stay at this hotel as part of the Iceland Air Northern Lights Package. I was very impressed by the service and amenities offered by the hotel. Every need was met very well. We had an afternoon arrival and hired a car for the duration of our stay from the airport. The journey from Keflavik took approximately 40 minutes. The hotel offers free parking and is set back from the bay by just one street. You still get a fantastic view through the buildings in front across the bay to the snow capped mountains. We were fortunate enough to be given a front facing room, which meant we had this wonderful view to wake up to.
The room was well furnished and the tv and several English channels, sky news, BBC entertainment etc. The wonderful thing about Iceland is they pump the water from the natural springs for the cold water, so fresh and the water from the thermal springs for the heating and hot water. This does bring with it a slight sulphur smell but you do get use to it and your skin really feels the benefit.
Like the rest of the buildings you go to in Iceland the building is kept warm and you can control the heating in your room, through an adjustable thermostat on the radiator.
The breakfast is plentiful, with a choice of fruit, cereals, breads, cheese and meats as well as the equipment to make your own waffles.
The location of the hotel is slightly out of the main centre but Reykjavik is small enough to walk from one side to another so everything is within walking distance.

Room Tip: Request a room facing the bay and high so that should the Northern Lights visit you are above the st...
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We stayed for 5 nights in a studio room. We had an early morning flight and arrived at the hotel at 10am. Despite check in not being until 4pm they had our room ready and we were able to check in straight away. There was a bit of a mix up in that they had us down for a double room but this was quickly sorted. Make sure you have your booking email if you have booked directly!
The room was just what we had expected with a kitchen and a sitting area so there was plenty of space. Having been in the double room for a few minutes we were very pleased to have booked the studio as there was a lot more space and a much better view. As we had booked direct we also had free wifi access which was very handy. Kitchen was basic but adequate. It was a bit strange to have paper cups mind you. The room was on the first floor with a great view of the sea and mountains beyond. There was a balcony outside which was great if you were a smoker!
Breakfast was fine with a selection of meats and cheeses and breads. It was always well stocked and worked very well
Happy hour in the bar was good with 2 glasses of wine at 1200 ISK - if you have an iphone it is worth downloading a free app called Appy Hour. Helps to keep the costs down if you want to hit the bars!
The best thing about the hotel was the staff on reception. They could not have been more helpful. Nothing was to much trouble and they really set this hotel apart. We had an early morning pick up when we left - it seemed half the hotel did - and breakfast was laid on at 3.30am for everyone
Were we to go back to Iceland we would have no hesitation in staying here again

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

I think this was the only disappointing factor in our trip to Reykjavik, despite the friendly staff. I think we got given one of the basic rooms, and if you are spending the majority of your time exploring the city, it isn't so bad, the beds were super comfortable. However, after a day's walking or hiking, you would look forward to a decent shower or bath. The bathrooms in this hotel was cramped, without a extractor (so got a bit musty) and had mildew. The antiquated system of handing in your keys when you leave the hotel, only added frustration when you came back to the hotel, and queued in long lines to get your key back. Why not provide key cards? The hotel probably gets it's 3 star status from it's decent breakfast buffet, bar/restaurant area and location to the city centre. Otherwise I think i would have chosen another, more modern hotel to stay in.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Sigtun 38, Reykjavik 105, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Reykjavik
#13 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range: $137 - $314 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fosshotel Baron 3*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fosshotel Baron with its 120 rooms and apartments is an official year-round 3-star hotel in downtown Reykjavik. We are located only a few steps away from the main shopping street Laugavegur and the main attractions in Reykjavik's city center. All of our rooms and apartments have a bathroom with a shower, TV and there is free Wi-Fi in all areas of the hotel. Fosshotel Baron is a family friendly hotel and offers special features for families and children. Our reception is manned at all hours for the convenience of our guests. All rooms and areas of the hotel are non-smoking. ... more   less 
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