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Room With a View Apartments
Ranked #16 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Reykjavik is a great city to visit and although the city center is quite small and most hotels are in the same location, i think this was a great choice for a week long stay.

Room with a view are serviced apartments , the room we had was a spacious room with a small kitchenette that was quite useful.

Upon arrival, the staff greeting us were really friendly and helpful about tips on things to do. Not that it was necessary because there was a tour operators office right across the street so we didn't have to go too far to get information or book any excursions. The hotel entrance is right on the main street so it was very convenient to go out and shop closeby. The closest supermarket is maybe 10 mins in either direction and there is a pharmacy right next to the hotel, book shops, restaurants, bars, everything is within a 5-10 min walking distance.

The rooms were very spacious, with large comfortable beds, with the usual technological amenities supplied in the room. Based on other reviews i had read about the place, it is true that at night there can be some noise from the street below, especially considering sunlight lasts until 3 a.m. during the summer and people are partying on the weekdays at times! But it wasn't that bad, we didn't have any major issues with the noise as the windows were well insulated.

The hotel is right next to the famous Lebowski bar, yes, you heard right. Its fashioned after the dude himself :-) The burgers were pretty good, but then again, food in Iceland was fantastic all around. There is a great italian restaurant maybe 3 mins walk from the hotel , i would highly recommend it!

The internet was a bit of an issue as it seemed the hotspot had a weak signal inside the room, but it wasn't a big deal as we just bought a local data package to use while we were there and we were not in the hotel much anyways. There is a small jacuzzi / bathtub on the top floor, the view from there was fantastic as you can see over the harbour from there, just make sure you take along some raincoat or warm clothes because the weather in iceland is very unpredictable. It goes from sunshine to rain in a matter of hours!

the location of the hotel as i mentioned above is perfect, it is right in the city center and the furthest you would have to go to catch a tour would not be more than 15 minutes. Some of the tours pick you up at the hotel so that's pretty convenient.

Some of the tours were all day tours, would definitely recommend the whale watching and the day long trips showing people the geysirs/ blue lagoon, etc. We actually decided to rent a car one day and just drive up the coastline, it was great because we could visit the sites based on our own schedule and if we liked a place , we stayed longer rather than stick to the tour bus routine.

All in all, a great stay , with friendly staff and much better to stay in than a regular hotel because you can manage expenses by storing/cooking your own food if you are feeling adventurous. Reykjavik is a great city, but the best sights are outside the city so you won't be spending much time in the room.

I would highly recommend people to stay in this property, when we return to Reykjavik, we will definitely stay here again.

Bon voyage and enjoy Iceland !!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

We were lucky enough to get the penthouse apartment with a rooftop balcony and the best views I have ever seen anywhere in the world (and I have travelled around Africa, Asia, America etc). Mountains, sea, city - 2am in the morning with the sun and moon lighting up a deep blue sky..... and the rooms were great too. Modern and well equipped. The water is natural water so is bound to smell as a previous review mentioned. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful as we had messed up our booking and they were fully booked the night of our arrival they found us a similar room in another hotel and sorted everything out for us which meant we didn't waste a minute of our break. I cannot praise them highly enough! As people had commented on the noise we took earplugs but they weren't needed over the weekend.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

If you want a conveniently located real apartment (hot plate, microwave, frig, kettle, toaster) plus a table to sit and eat at (cutlery and plates included), the studio option at this hotel is a reasonably priced choice. Our room was comfortably furnished and large by European standards.
Although it is an apartment, there is a real hotel front desk, manned 24 hours.
A minor disadvantage was the late night street noise from rowdy drunks--both Saturday and (surprisingly to a lesser extent) Sunday nights. Weeknights were very quiet and the location is excellent.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stayed in apartment 801 for 7 nights 200 mts down the road from the main hotel so no noise at all from the street or the clubs even at the weekend. Apartment quite large an newly refurbished. Hot water smells foul and the TV only worked on two channels and some noise from the apartment above apart from that all good. Would stay again

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

This is very convenient as it is right on the main shopping street in Reykjavik. However the pick up for the airport is 2 blocks away, not so convenient if you have a large case and it's pouring with rain. Its great if you wish to self cater as it’s a large apartment with a kitchenette. The double bed was really comfortable and it was very quiet so far as hotel noise went, however being so central there is some street noise. I was in room 405 which I don’t recommend as the bathroom is across a public hallway. I didn’t meet anyone but going to the loo at 4am is rather irritating, locking and unlocking doors. Also the bathroom is one of those which has the shower in the same room as the basin and toilet, I believe its called a wet room which is exactly what it is – I find it a juggling act when all I want to do is wash my hair and I need to exit with dry feet. I really don’t know who thought it would be a good idea in such a tiny room – also the sink is really tiny about 6 inches wide, quite challenging to clean your teeth in. One final mention, there is a large mirror but you can’t use it to see to dry your hair as there is no plug near the mirror. However the room is very good value for Reykjavik as single rooms really don’t come cheap.
The staff are nice and I was offered an extended check out.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

We stayed in room 512, which did indeed have a lovely view.

Pros: Excellent location (on the main street in town, so easy access to shopping, restaurants, bars, and excursion pick-up locations), comfortable bed and roomy shower, great service.

Cons: The bathroom design was the major con for this room. There are two windows in the bathroom without shutters/blinds/curtains, and there are glass blocks in the wall between the bathroom and the bed, and also in the door to the living area. This meant that 1) all of the light from the bathroom windows streamed into the bed area and the living area, so the hotel never got dark and 2) there was zero bathroom privacy, as the glass blocks give a perfect view of the person on the toilet, in both the living area and the bed area.

Overall, our stay was wonderful, and the bathroom design wouldn't stop me from staying there again.

As others have noted, the proximity to bars does cause a bit of noise, but only on Friday and Saturday nights. Any other day of the week is fine, and my husband (who wakes at the sound of a pin drop) had no problems.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

While the room was beautiful, bed comfortable, and service excellent, the hotel was located "too close" to town. In other words, the sheer noise of the "party people" on the street prevented us from getting a good nights sleep.

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Property: Room With a View Apartments
Address: Laugavegur 18, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #16 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Room With a View Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Room With a View is an Apartment-Hotel in the centre of Reykjavik, Iceland. We have a wide range of apartments, from small studios upto 5 bedroom apartments. Our apartments on the top floor have spectacular view over the city, ocean and mountains. Sometimes you can even see the Norhterns Lights from our balcony in the winter. Iceland is a great country to visit all year round. We welcome you to Room With a View.Free WiFi ... more   less 
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