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101 hotel
Ranked #45 of 55 Hotels in Reykjavik
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Great location, we got the junior suite which was excellent, but noisy for the first night. Get ear plugs & you'll be fine. Anna at the front desk was very friendly, nice, and helped us a great deal, she was just wonderful. Nick , the night MGR. was very nice too. Room was spotless, great view of the harbour. Walk-in big shower, & seperate bath tub. Could have used an in-room coffee maker. Perfect center city location for the marathon. Anna sent us to the Grill Market & Lobster House rest. , our two favorite restaurants. Avoid itialia, very slow service , the waitress looked at me when I said do you have Chicken Piccata, "What's That!!!", how about fresh fish. answer was "NO", how about Gnocchi, she said nothing and just looked at me. $70.00 for two bowls of pasta. Argenita was very good, but expensive $210.00 for two. We did the Circle tour which was Excellent, The Blue Lagoon was GREAT, could have gone back again, whale watching was fun & well worth it. Breakfast at the 101 was very good. The staff was very warm & friendly.

Room Tip: Walk to the "Church" on the top of the hill, take in the baths up there too. Buy ears plug...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Erla Bjork G, Manager at 101 hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2012

Thank you so much for your review of 101 hotel. We truly appreciate your feedback, and are so happy you enjoyed your stay here with us. We hope to have made your visit to Reykjavik memorable and hopefully you will return to stay with us in the future Thank you.

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We had intended to spend 2 nights in Iceland on our way back to the US from France but, due to illness, were there several days. First of all, kudos to the young staff who were unfailing helpful and sympathetic during our visit! They couldn't have been nicer and we are very grateful.

The hotel's location is excellent. I was able to walk anywhere whether to see the sites, visit a restaurant or stroll by the working harbor. We loved the room..., it had all the amenities one would want ( particularly when stuck in the room while your partner was sick!) from wifi to iPod dock. The decor was "Ikea" and we liked the throw on the bed so much that we bought one to take home. The shades did a great job in keeping out the light during the night.

We will always have a fondness for the 101 hotel due to our experience but aside from that, we would highly recommend it as a great place to stay in Reykjavik.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Erla Bjork G, Manager at 101 hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2012

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of 101 hotel. We truly appreciate your feedback, and are so happy you enjoyed your stay here with us. I am happy that you received a warm welcome from our staff! Our team works hard to ensure our guests feel at home from the start. Please let us know if you are visiting Reykjavik again, as we would love for you to stay with us again.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We aren't big fans of "design" hotels, finding that many of them try too hard to be cool, so that is a bias brought to this review. That said, however, this hotel seemed to be more bare bones than design. We booked a "suite" and boy, was that a misnomer. What we got was a small room with an L shaped section that contained a sofa facing a wall.

The bed was comfortable and that is about as far as ease of living went in the room. Who are all of these people who want a bathtub and sink out in the open near the bed or a semi private loo with a glass door? This isn't great architecture....it's just not wanting to bother with pesky details like doors that take up space and cost money, but it's become acceptable as a form of self conscious chic. As well, the hallways were painted a very dark purplish brown that seemed silly and almost dangerous as it was hard to see before one's eyes adjusted.

There were no surfaces or storage and only a small rack for hanging clothes, so be prepared to live out of a suitcase. The few drawers in the cabinet under the TV and under the sink were literally stuffed with items to purchase, with more options than the average lobby gift store. There were the usual drink and food options in great quantities, but there were also over 30 non food items, including random things like black knee high socks, a calculator, several books about Iceland, and various games. It was irritating to see that a dental kit was for sale. This is often standard in a "suite" and usually available at no fee for a guest who needs a toothbrush. The whole in your face selling struck us as ungracious as we were afraid to touch or move anything for fear of getting charged.

The bed itself was very comfortable and the best selling point of the room. The comforter cover, however, was stained and we had to get that changed which took a while to arrange as the phone at the front desk went unanswered for some time. The location is excellent and convenient to everything in central Reykjavik.

We didn't really have many encounters with the staff with the exception of checking in and checking out and the standard issue breakfast buffet. Everyone seemed fine, but not overly warm. This is not a high service hotel - never once did we see anyone in attendance at the door and all of the guests, including us, seemed to be hauling our own bags.

Many of the previous reviews mentioned noise, and we heard a little during the night but it wasn't as bad as we feared. We were not there on a Saturday evening, which might be one reason. It is my understanding that hotels in Reykjavik are pretty much all susceptible to weekend noise problems.

Overall, this hotel was frustrating in its minimalism and design choices that limit privacy for guests. The retail in room shopping was irritating particularly because the items completely took over any drawer or storage space. Still, there isn't an embarrassment of hotel riches in Reykjavik and I am happy that we gave it a try, but it won't be on our repeat list.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Erla Bjork G, Manager at 101 hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2012

We appreciate your review. We are sorry to hear you didn´t enjoy your time with us. We realize our unique design and feel are not for everyone, but thanks for giving us a try.
We look at each review and try to improve our product and service for the future, so we appreciate your honesty.
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

The most modern design is perfect up to a certain point. I've been there with a boyfriend and all was fine untill I started suffering a stomach disorder (that's a different story - I'm a vegetarian and finding quality vegy food in Iceland is a serious problem). And there are no walls and doors separating the toilet from the reset of the apartment which can be extremely embarrassing in such cases. I had to think off thousands of reasons to send him out just to use these primary facilities in private. Well, now I remember that with laughter but at that time I wanted to sink at the bottom of the ocean.
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If back in Reykjavik, I'll deffinately return to 101

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

Hotel 101 Reykjavik Iceland

I reserved a Jr. Suite through American Express. First of all, the room they label a Jr. Suite is not a Jr. Suite. It has no separate sitting area which by definition is needed to be called a jr suite in accordance with both hotel association definitions and the dictionary. The room has one long narrow desk ,a small desk chair and a 12” wide bench which is needed for luggage storage. There is no place for two people to even sit and have coffee in the morning. Further there is no way to view the TV. It is on a wall on the side of the bed and therefore not viewable from the bed and there is not a chair or small couch to sit on which would allow you to view it from another angle. In a Jr. Suite there should be enough storage space for two travelers to be comfortable and places to put things. There is not. The bathroom is especially poor because the shelves under the sink that should be open for the guest is taken up by towels. The towels need to be put on wall racks.

When I made the reservation through Amex they told me the room was about $500.00 per night. They sent me the confirmation in Icelandic Kroner. When I got to the hotel they told me it was $735.00 per night. I have been all over the world in Jr. suites and not only, is this not a Jr. Suite ,it does not even come close to being worth $735.00 . Even in expensive cities like Rome and London it would command roughly $500.00. To her credit the manager was responsive in attempting to resolve the problem.

The hotel has interesting modern Scandanavian inspired design, but often misses on practicality. The hallway ceilings, walls and carpeting are all black. When one walks from the light of your room into the hallway you cannot see because the lighting is so poor. It is easy to trip over the door jam since you cannot see it or where the stairway begins without holding on to the wall. The blackout shades in the room do not fully cover the windows and so on days when there are 22 hours of light you cannot make the room dark. It has to do with the way they are hung. They are hung with in the window allowing light in from three directions. They needed to be hung on the outside of the window frame in order to block the light. The door knob to my room is attractive but I cannot open the door without putting on gloves because it is so difficult to turn and grip.

Room 201 is on the corner. The view is attractive, but on Friday and Saturday night the street noise is so great one is continually awakened. Especially between 3am and 4:30 am there appears to be dozens of slightly drunk people hanging around on the street , under the windows, having a great time.

The service is at the front desk is fine and very helpful. The rooms are clean , but no one seems to be responsible to wash glasses provided in the room . There is no coffee available in the room and no magnifying mirror. It is clear that a lot of time on money has been spent on this hotel, but it is not yet to be considered world class even as a boutique hotel. Actually there is not much they do to make it a boutique hotel. Complimentary coffee in the reception room in the morning would help . Tourism is growing in Iceland. It was up 20% this year. This hotel has the best location for a tourist of any of the more upscale establishments. I went to the Holt Hotel for lunch. While the downstairs is lovely , the rooms were 30 years out of date. I understand they will be redone soon and a Marriott is coming at the waterfront.

Room Tip: It will be difficult! High is better. The pictures on their web site are pretty accurate.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Overview
Myself and my partner stayed in the Hotel 101 at the beginning of June 2012 for four nights. From the minute we decided to visit Reykjavik for my partner’s 30th birthday there was no question that this was the hotel we wanted to stay at. Advertised as a design hotel, Hotel 101 did not disappoint.

Location
Named after its central location in the heart of the 101 area, this hotel was around 45mins from Keflavik Airport by coach (which we pre-booked with Grayline Iceland costing around 7600 ISK return for two people).

The hotel was located just across from the Harpa Concert Hall and approx 5min walk from the 101 Supermarket. Lot’s of shops, bars and restaurants could be found near by specialising in Icelandic gifts and cuisine.

Room
Our room was located on the third floor and looked out towards the harbor and Harpa Concert hall. We opted for a standard room, but we were not disappointed. Everything you could need was there, from the essentials - hair dryer, bath robes, tv and minibar to things like extra socks and toiletries, which could be bought for a nominal fee from the mini bar area. All that was missing was tea and coffee making facilities.

Each morning our towels and bathrobes were replaced and the Aveda shampoo and conditioner was topped up. Each night we received a turndown service where our towels, shampoo etc were replaced also.

Facilities
The hotel features a great lobby area, filled with design books and magazines together with a feature fireplace. Continuing from the lobby was the bar/restaurant area where we spent most of our nights enjoying the food and sipping on some great cocktails. All of which we found reasonably priced and not as expensive as we first thought it would be. At the weekend, this bar quickly filled up with a variety of tourists and locals alike. So we would recommend getting there early to avoid disappointment.

The hotel also had a gym and spa area downstairs which could be used free of charge for hotel guests and featured a great jacuzzi, steam-room and sauna!

Service
The staff within the hotel were awesome. They couldn’t have been friendlier or more helpful. They truly did go out their way to help. For example, there was a mix up when we were booked to be picked up by a third party trip provider, which the staff quickly sorted for us by calling the provider and arranging a later pick up.

Trips/Excursions
Iceland is beautiful and there is plenty to see, whether your into your outdoor sports and hill climbing or prefer to take a coach trip to some of the island’s best sites, there’s sure to be something to suit.

We spent a day at the Blue Lagoon hot spring and spa for my partner’s birthday and took advantage of their floating massage, where we lay wrapped in hot towels whilst floating in he the water and being massaged from underneath at the same time - a truly unique experience! The Blue Lagoon itself is a great day out where you can enjoy bathing in the world’s biggest outdoor hot spring whilst sipping on a beer or wine bought using your wristband from the bar area in the centre of the water!

We also took a coach trip ‘The Golden Circle’, which took around 8 hours and saw us visit some of the most breath taking lakes and mountains we had ever seen. We also travelled to see the Golden Waterfall which again was stunning. Our day was finished off by seeing the Geysir and an active hot spring, which we saw burst into the air several times. Definitely one of nature’s must see sights.

Eating out
Iceland is very big on its lamb, puffin, and whale dishes, but there were plenty of other restaurants near by from Italian, Mexican, Sea food specialists, and steak houses.

We ate at the Laundromat Cafe most mornings and enjoyed a their signature ‘dirty breakfast’ consisting of eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, beans, fried potatoes and greek yoghurt with honey, all for around £10. This was a great wee place, which turned into more of bar as the day progressed and definitely worth a visit if your looking to enjoy a drink in a chilled-out and relaxed atmosphere.

We’d also recommend Cafe Paris where we ate one lunch-time.

Most night’s we tended to eat in the hotel and even though the menu was on the small side, the food was of great quality and we’d recommend both the chicken curry and the sirloin burger washed down with a cocktail from their great menu. Tip: Try one of the 101 specials!

For Icelandic cuisine check out:
Einar Ben
Laejarbrekka
Panaroma restaurant, Center hotel
Grillid
Fiskfelagio

Also don’t over look the hot-dog stand by the harbour where locals flock daily for a quick bite when out and about.

Summary
We loved Iceland and would definitely return. We would also have no hesitation in recommending or staying again at the Hotel 101.

Also check out the ‘Be Iceland’ iPhone app which is great for finding nearby restaurants, one we wish we had at the start of the trip!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed here for three nights with our children and had two rooms on the ground floor. The rooms are very nice, clean and well designed. They are big enough for a city hotel and have nice and comfortable beds.
The hotel is in a perfect spot withing walking distance to everything in Reykjavik. It does not have parking, which is a bit annoying. Because of the location it is very very noisy at night. The bar in the hotel is quite noisy but the noise from outside is much worse. I did not sleep well at all.
The breakfast is ok. Nothing fancy and not much choice unless you order something and pay extra. We had lunch in the restaurant once and everything was very good. Again...nothing special.
All in all a good but way too expensive hotel. Something is missing so it is almost a bit boring and probably more suitable for business travellers.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Hverfisgata 10, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Reykjavik
#11 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
#23 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range: $402 - $594 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — 101 hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
101 Hotel is located in the oldest postal code of Reykjavik. Though the exterior will reflect the strength and character of its Icelandic history, the interior will be of refined elegance. Those who enjoy a balance of body and mind will appreciate 101 hotel's proximity to the business district, night life and geothermal pools, as well as the attentive amenities and services. Whether you are drawn to Reykjavik for work or play, 101 hotel is purely about you. ... more   less 
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