Iceland is an expensive place for tourists, so you have to set your expectations accordingly. Shocked at the incredibly high prices for normal hotels, my family opted to stay at Hotel Floki as a way of controlling our costs during our three-day stopover in Iceland at the end of a three-week trip to Köln and Paris. I'm glad we did, and I fully expect to stay there again; but it's important to know what you're getting.
Hotel Floki is a no-frills guesthouse close to, but not inside, the main part of "downtown" Reykjavik. Keep in mind that Reykjavik is a small city - ~250,000 - and very low density, so the area around Hotel Floki feels more like a small town or inner suburb than a city location. It's a short walk to the busier parts of town, but it's not a city hotel per se.
Think of the hotel as hostel accommodation that offers the opportunity for a private room - bathrooms are in the halls and shared, and the rooms are no-frills dorm-style affairs with a sink and hot-water pot. The beds don't get made for you and the sheets weren't changed in our three days. The curtains, shades, beds, mattresses, etc. are from the local Ikea - the tags are still on most of them.
So, it's clear that this isn't the Radisson. But the rooms are clean, the shades do a decent job of darkening the rooms during the midnight sun, our room was pretty quiet and the beds were surprisingly comfortable. The staff were pretty helpful, and the included breakfast was of surprisingly high quality - cereals, fresh-baked (from frozen) pastries, good breads, standard Scandinavian selection of cold cuts, cheeses, cucumbers and tomatoes, juice, coffee, etc. It fills up with people from the hostel (or hostels I think - it seemed like lots of people were walking in from neighboring hostel facilities), so it's boisterous and full of travelers.
All in all it's a nice, relatively cheap way to control the high cost of spending time Reykjavik - money you can spend instead on dinner, renting a car, seeing the countryside, woolen goods, etc., like we did. Just understand you'll feel kind of like it's college all over again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reykjavik Hostel Village is a family owned hostel located downtown, in the heart of Reykjavik, at a walkable distance from the main shopping street, from all touristic attractions and places of interest. The 45 rooms are set across 3 residential houses and offer all kind of amenities for a comfortable and convenient stay. All of the houses have a big garden that is ideal for BBQs and outdoor recreation. Play Areas for kids are in two of the gardens and a green public park can be found in the next street. Reykjavik Hostel Village is ideal for single travelers and pairs, but perfect for families and groups as it offers Triple and Quadruple Rooms. Other accommodation option are Single, Double, Twin and Dormitory Rooms, and Apartment. Breakfast Buffet is served every morning. WIFI access is free as well as parking. Bathroom facilities are shared except for in the apartments, which features a private fully equipped kitchen and a large balcony. All rooms include tea/coffee facilities, a fridge and a working desk, and some do have balcony as well. The Tour Desk is at the Reception where guest can obtain tourist information, arrange car rental, tour excursions, airport shuttle, dining reservation, etc. Reykjavik Hostel Village is situated only 6 min walk from Reykjavik's main shopping street (Laugarvegur) and 300 meters away from Hallgrismkirkja Church. Opposite of the road is Sundhollin, which offers an indoor swimming pool, steam baths and typical Icelandic outdoor hot tubs. Restaurants and Supermarkets can be found in the same street and close by. BSI main bus terminal is in a 12 min walking distance and the Domestic Airport only 5 min driving distance. The Airport Shuttles take you straight to Reykjavik Hostel Village from the International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Floki Hotel