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 !!
- 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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