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Reviewed March 25, 2013

This hotel is great for exploring Reykjavik as everything is close by. Much better than staying in one of the out of town hotels. The staff are friendly, when we arrive they suggested going on the Northern Lights tour that night, great suggestion as it was a good night to see them Good tip too, as if you do not see them on your first night you get to go the next night free. We had a room looking over the square, the indoor balcony was lovely to sit and have a cup of tea. Good breakfast.

Room Tip: Ask for a room over looking the square
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank JanetteS_12
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Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here after purchasing a groupon deal to go and see the northern lights. I wasn't disappointed with the hotel. Excellent location in the centre of town, close to most of the restaurants and bars. The hotel features a small bar area near to reception which serves a good selection of cocktails and beers and there is a happy hour which is essential as drinks prices are expensive. We had a room on the 5th floor which was a good size with wonderful walk in shower in the bathroom. Generally the hotel was quiet and we weren't disturbed. The breakfast was included and featured a self service buffet with a wide selection of cold and hot foods.
The hotel is linked with all the major excursions companies so most will pick you up from in front of the hotel. It is also on the drop off schedule of the flybus, the easiest and cheapest way to get from the airport.
I would happily stay here again if I was to return to Reykjavik - a distinct possibility as the weather killed our chances of seeing the northern lights!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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1  Thank hlmackenzie
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

6 of us travelled to Iceland. I booked through Low Cost Holidays and checked in online - no problems. Upon arrival we used the Fly Bus through Reykjavik Excursions which is Government run. If there is a group of you, I would advise in future to book a taxi as this works out slightly cheaper and it's direct to your hotel.

The hotel ouldn't have been in a better location with everything that you could possibly need located within walking distance. The staff were very friendly and everyone spoke excellent English which is more than I could say for our Icelandic! Check-in went smoothly and our rooms were very clean although a little small. The only downside I would say was having twin beds but that wouldn't stop me going back. The frosted floor to ceiling glass panel in the bathroom didn't bother us as it was only a panel - having stayed at the Park Inn in Berlin and the toilet was all frosted glass, this was just to let light into the bathroom!

There were tea and coffee making facilities although buy some milk from the supermarket next door as you only get coffeemate for either tea or coffee! The breakfast was varied and plentiful and everything was hot. On our first morning, we made up sandwiches for the Golden Circle Tour - well worth it!

We booked our tours through the tourist office next door to the hotel - again staff were very friendly - we used Reykjavik Exclursions for all of our trips. The Golden Circle Tour is a must - the guide is very informative and you stop off at a Tomato Plantation on the way and can sample the tomato soup with some bread! The waterfalls, rift valley & the geysur were breathtaking! We managed to go on a Northern Lights Tour on our first night and the guide was extermely good - we chased the lights even though it was a cloudy night - there was some activity in the sky and we did see some lights but not quite what we expected so we went again free on the 2nd night where the guide didn't seem as enthusiastic and we only stopped in one place and didn't see any activity which was quite disappointing as it was a clear night. You can go free every night of your trip if you aren't satisfied so it is well worth booking through this company. We also did the Blue Lagoon - wow - to swim in natural waters and to the point where you could sit as though you were in a steaming bath were well worth the trip. We sat in the water with a beer and a magnum ice cream in the sun even though it was freezine outside!!

Overall - our trip was excellent. Pubs / Restaurants to go - Cafe Paris / Irish Bar / English Pub / Laundromat (watch out for breasfeeding mums who are welcomed!). Don't bother with Shalimar - even though they have a Trip Advisor sticker in the window - please don't be deceived - not worth the money and 2 of our friends couldn't eat there food as the Tandoori Chicken was not cooked and neither was the Lamb Tandoori.

You must try a shot of Brennavin whilst over there - although it's not very nice - it's tradition!!

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking a walkway to other rooms - if anything I would ask for a view overlooking the centre. The wind howled through the night but that isn't the fault of the hotel.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Dawn B
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

The location of hotel is excellent. Near park,sea,restaurants, museums and shops and in a lovely environment. Many of the more expensive hotels on outskirts in unattractive areas. If you enjoy museums ask for a special ticket that is good value; we did not find out till after visiting three! Too late for us to benefit. Easy travel from airport. There are 2 booths on exit so select one company and book transfer both ways. Very easy and efficient. We went on trips with both companies during stay and the receptionists at hotel were so helpful and trips organised on time and excellent value to help you experience Iceland. Hotel basic, but comfy bed and quiet room.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Linda S
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We originally booked this hotel because it was central and had free Wi-Fi but were pleasantly surprised with what else it had. The room had a fridge and tea/coffee machine, although I would suggest you buy some milk from one of the many mini markets in the centre and keep it in the fridge rather than use the creamer. The breakfast was very good and plentiful. The staff were very friendly and spoke excellent English, along with everyone else we met. The only thing I didn't like about the room was the floor to ceiling window from the bathroom into the bedroom which was obscured but with the light on it didn't leave much to the imagination! The hotel bar has a 'Happy Hour' from 5 - 7 pm with the local beer at half price. We had heard so many stories about how expensive drinks were so we were really surprised to find the prices comparable with most European cities and a lot of restaurants had a 'Happy Hour' also. The hotel is in an excellent location with a great choice of restaurants. Again, we were surprised at the cost of food in the restaurants as the most we paid was about £70 for a two course meal for two with drinks, although we did talk to many people who had spent a lot more on eating out, so the choice is yours. You can eat in just about every nationality and almost everything we had was excellent quality. The only bad eating experience we had was in the café attached to the supermarket next door to the hotel where two bowls of mediocre soup cost us over £12. The staff at the Information Centre at the other side of the hotel hotel were very helpful and the Geysir Restaurant above the Information Centre had lovely food, excellent service and was good value. I would also recommend the Tabasco Mexican Restaurant opposite the Geysir where I think I had one of the best beefburgers I have ever tasted. Out and about in the city the public transport was excellent and we bought a 3 day travel pass from the Information Centre as correct change is needed on the buses. You definitely need to take Icelandic Krona with you, although credit cards seem to be accepted almost anywhere, but be aware that you will pay the exchange rate plus 2.75% card charge if you use a credit card and more if you use a debit card. I would also recommend Reykjavik Excursions for both the airport run and the day trips. Our guide Frederik was most knowledgeable and very entertaining. We booked our airport run with our travel agent when we booked the holiday but then found it would have been a lot cheaper to book it on the internet ourselves when we booked the trips.

Room Tip: We had a superior room at the front of the hotel in the new part so we had a good view of the centre.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank LynneYork
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