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“Great central location”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of CenterHotel Plaza

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CenterHotel Plaza
Ranked #34 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
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“Great central location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

As the other reviewers state, this hotel has an excellent central location. You can walk anywhere - the Old Harbour (where the whale watching tours go from) is 5 minutes' away, and the Settlement Museum is a mere couple of minutes walk. Plenty of restaurants and bars around. The tourist information is right next door and a taxi rank right in front. Staff were helpful. My room was newly renovated at the back and was simply and nicely done; a large walk in bathroom that was bigger than the one in the Hilton Nordica! But the walls were extremely thin - when someone walked down the corridor it was as if they were in the room with me and I could hear a group of people laughing and chatting at 4am, either outside in the courtyard or in the hotel somewhere. Breakfast was perfectly adequate, but the set up was somewhat utilitarian - long trestle tables without table cloths, which you shared with others,

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

If you're spending a few nights in down town Reykjavik then this hotel should suit most requirements. Decor is a bit sparse but rooms are comfortable and clean with reasonable bathrooms. Staff are very welcoming and efficient and well-versed in handling the usual requests. They engage in an interested way too which adds a bit of charm.

Many, many eating and drinking options within a few minutes walk and even a 24 hour supermarket about 200 metres away. The bus point for trips to geysers, waterfalls etc is less than 5 mins walk. It's also close to the harbour village which has whale trips, more restaurant options etc.

Not cheap but there again nowhere in Iceland is. Would definitely stay agin.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

I stayed in this hotel with a group of friends for a weekend jaunt to Iceland. This hotel was top-notch. The staff was friendly, and it has a nice bar with happy hour specials on otherwise expensive Viking Beer. The location is is nice -- facing a nice square with lots of food options, and it's only a few blocks from the famous Fish Market restaurant. It's also within walking distance of lots of bars that stay open all night on Fri/Sat. I'd stay at this hotel again, but there was one problem. One morning, after a night of drinking, we woke up and there was a small trash filled with liquid in the hallway -- it smelled like urine. This trash wasn't picked for several days. To add insult to injury, there was a trash can missing from my friend's room. I'm not sure what happened there. Aside from that, it was a great stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a room near the lobby on the first floor. Otherwise, the hotel can be a bit of a maze.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

We stayed at the Center Hotel Plaza for five nights and found the hotel to be a great place. The staff was warm and friendly as well as helpful. I lost my passport on the bus ride to the hotel and the staff was very helpful in making phone calls and helping me track it down.
The room was clean with a nice bathroom and shower and the internet access was nice. We also appreciated the complimentary breakfast. The breakfast offered lots of variety, one of the best complimentary breakfasts I've ever seen actually.
The hotel is located right in the center of the city very close to the Harpa and the pick up area for a number of the tours. Also many of the restaurants and shops are within easy walking distance.
All in all, one of the best choices you can make in Reykjavik!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Oriental, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

My wife and I just returned from a week at the Center Plaza. We generally end up at European chains on our trips to Europe as that is what is provided. Center Plaza was a very nice suprise.
Our room was on the 4th floor. We had a queen size bed which was very comfortable. Our window opened up and we had the nice breezes blow in each night. My wife did request a fan for the couple of days it was sunny and 75--which was promptly brought to our room. Nice size mini-bar fridge which we emptied out and used as our personal fridge during the week and simply put the original contents back in day of departure. No problem with the midnight sun as the curtains kept the room plenty dark. I read on some of the reviews about the water on the floor in the bathroom and now understand it. There is no seperation between the shower and the rest of the bathroom. Was not remotely a big deal to us as we just built a little barrier with a towel each day and that worked perfectly. (sometimes if people would spend a little time working things out than complaining, they would have much better trips)
The hotel had a huge projection screen outside on the front of the hotel. Every day they had a beer stand set up out there and people gathered in the plaza with lawn chairs to drink beer and watch the Olympics. What a great idea. We never had any noise problems with late night revelers.
Internet worked great the entire stay.
We only had the breakfast a couple of days. Standard combo of American bacon & eggs accompanied by the European meats, cheeses and breads. Very filling.
We did not dine in the hotel so I cannot speak to that.
As others have said, the location cannot be beat. You are literally right on top of the plaza. The hotel is sandwiched between two tourist offices for any kind of help you need. Gray Line excursions is 3 blocks away. There are numerous excellent restaraunts within a 2 minute walk. There is both an English and Irish bar within that same walking distance. There is also a small grocery store right next door for supplies.
The hotel staff could not have been more accommadting. They were packed each night with this being the tourist season but always found time to answer questions and help with tour advice. Everybody spoke excellent English. I saw some of the staff in a pub one night and they walked over to ask how our stay was going and could the hotel do anything better. Very nice.
Key advice: Happy Hour is 5-7 each night. Beers are half off! Funny thing is all the Americans gather in the bar at 4:59 to get ready!! (I know because I was leading the charge) Too funny.
We could not have been more happy with this hotel, location, and staff.
We will be back.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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CH_channelmanager, Manager at CenterHotel Plaza, responded to this review, August 15, 2012
Dear NCSTATEGUY,

Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback from your stay with us at Centerhotel Plaza. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.

We appreciate that you have taken the time to share your experience with us and other travelers.

We are happy that you enjoyed your room, breakfast and the services of our staff as well as watching the Olympics on our big screen outside.

We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future.

Sincerely,

Eva Jósteinsdóttir
Director of Operations
Centerhotels
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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

We stayed here for a couple of nights at the end of our tour of Iceland. The location of the hotel was great and we were prepared for it to be a noisy location. Hotel location is great, very central, easy access to most things. The big downside was the heat; our room was unbearably hot (no air conditioning) and the windows had no way of being kept open. One night we could barely sleep for the heat and lack of air. The hotel staff were not at all helpful and merely told us to prop our door open.

Would not recommend this hotel during the summer.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

We stayed here over Christmas and booked the small suite that overlooks the little square in front of the hotel. Lovely room with en-suite which had a large two person bath. The room was super with a pitched roof and beams, a small seating area with comfortable chairs. Staff were helpful and friendly and had no problem with you bringing takeaway pizza or carry-out from the off-licence back, very key in Iceland as givne the prices of eating out a couple of nights of pizza in front of the Tv helps the budget massively. Overall we had a great time and would recommend it to others.

Room Tip: Newer rooms seem to be on the front, and the small suites are very, very much worth the small additi...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: CenterHotel Plaza
Address: Adalstraeti 4, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — CenterHotel Plaza 3*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 180 well-appointed bedrooms are constantly renovated and boast a bright modern décor with contemporary oak furnishings. Each room has its own free high speed internet connection, as well as free wireless internet throughout the hotel, TV, shower, hairdryer, Tea & Coffee making facilities and much more. CenterHotel Plaza in Iceland provides the comfort and the location to enjoy Iceland to the fullest. Situated in the city center of Reykjavik the Plaza creates the perfect setting for your stay in Iceland. ... more   less 
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