we split our 10-day stay in reykjavik b/w hotel odinsve and radisson sas 1919. of the two, i have to say i prefer the 1919. while they are both similar in cost, hotel odinsve is not as centrally located as 1919, which is smack dab in the middle of downtown. the room at odinsve is also smaller, and feels much more like a boutique hotel.
the 1919 is not as big as chain hotels outside of iceland, but it is tastefully done. the lobby is a bit dark, but the suites are huge and very bright. the "feel" is that of a hip business hotel.
the service was great, although not impeccable. since we came in the aftermath of the economic meltdown, traffic was a bit thin, and they were able to give us a free upgrade to suite, which was huge in comparison to our room at odinsve.
there was a slight mix-up at check-out. we were charged for our breakfasts there (apparently, the rooms do not come with breakfast), but after explaining our situation, the desk clerk removed the charges. we appreciated that.
overall, it's a nice hotel (though not a traditional five star) in a great location of reykjavik. i would definitely stay here again.
btw, my best advice reykjavik advice is to eat at the seafood cellar. i usually hate asian fusion-type foods, but they do it well there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Refurbished, classic building in the heart of Reykjavik offering accommodation in style and comfort. Hotel located next to main shopping street with restaurants and bars. Cultural attractions close by like the Parliament of Iceland, art galleries and museums. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik Hotel
- Radisson Reykjavík
- Radisson Reykjavik
- Reykjavík Radisson