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Salvation Army Guesthouse
Ranked #72 of 109 Reykjavik B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 31, 2012

We spent a really nice stay at the Salvation Army Guesthouse while we were in Reykjavik. This is a low budget solution and with the best location : downtown, close to bars, restaurants and main attractions. We could walk to every places from there.

The rooms are small and the style a bit old-fashion but it did not matter for us as this guesthouse is the cheapest we find in Reykjavik. The rooms are clean and you have a lot of shared bathrooms, clean as well. The staff is nice and helpful.
You have a guest kitchen (well equipped) you can use for free and a living room with a TV.

We had a double room but they also offer sleeping bag accommodation (even cheaper) and you do not have to share your room with too many people (the dorms are from 3 and 6 people).
Free wifi available as well.

That's why we recommend it!

Room Tip: If you got allergy, you can ask for a room with linoleum!
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

We were looking for accommodation in the Harbor area and stumbled onto this place. We loved everything about it. It's no frills, but you are getting an affordable room. I felt very safe as there was 24 hour front desk workers that you check your key into as you came and went. There was a band that played below our room during Airwaves weekend. We had an early flight, so went to bed early, and they had no problem moving us. Would recommend this place to anyone.

Room Tip: They do offer double rooms. Ask for towels when you check in - they are available for free.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

clean honest accommodation; no pretension quiet atmosphere even in the midst of Airwaves weekend

Room Tip: the double bed was up against a wall and smallish for two
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  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

It takes about an hour and change to get to/from the airport but that's the case with any hotel in central Reykjavik. It was extremely clean and there were more than enough bathrooms and showers on the floors. The staff was really helpful when it came to booking any type of excursion or transportation. My friend and I got a private room for about US$92/night and since everything is so expensive in Iceland, it was great to save on this front. Breakfast was decent, nothing spectacular, but cheap for Iceland. There are also several supermarkets close by. It also has free wifi. Again, great location for a great price. But keep in mind, it's budget accommodations.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 20, 2010

The Salvation Army Guesthouse is really basic, but I recommend it. It's in an old building in the central part of the city. The staff is friendly, the area is safe, the rooms are clean, and the shared bathrooms are plentiful and clean. The furniture is older, but everything was in working order. The linens are not of the highest quality, but they are clean.
I have stayed at this guesthouse twice, and will do so again. It's a very good place for an overnight stay while in transit through Reykjavik.
An extra note about the staff: during one of my stays, a colleague and I stayed-up into the wee hours working on our computers in the dining room. The desk staff was very friendly and kept us supplied with coffee throughout the night. We really appreciated his kindness.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled on business
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3  Thank JenFromTheIce
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Reviewed July 23, 2010

I decided to book this guesthouse after reading about it in the Lonely Planet Guide, and as the Youth Hostel was full for the dates that I wanted. I telephoned to make a booking which was confirmed by a 20 percent deposit, the rest to be paid upon arrival. I was travelling to Iceland for 2 weeks, moving around the country between Reyjavik and a few other places, and so booked room for all the dates that I was in the city - mostly sleeping bag accomodation, but a single room for the first 2 and the final one night.

The single room was fine if a bit small - I don't need much anyway, a bed, a shower and a kitchen with which to self cater - essential if you have a specialised diet as I do. The room was not of course en suite, you can hardly expect it for that price, but I found there were at least 3 showers on each floor with the same number of seperate toilets. The room itself had a small wash basin for brushing teeth and so on. The bed itself was comfortable enough, with a cmofy duvet, sheet and pillow. The only problem was noise from the street - I was woken up early on Monday morning by street sweeping machines after the clubs had turned out. If you stay here then try and ask for a room on the other side of the house away from the street noise.

The sleeping bag accomodation too was fine - beds nice and comfy. I was surprised to find that even sleeping bag guests receive a hand towel, a plastic cup and guest soap for each day of their stay. The kitchen too was well equipped with everything you will need, and 2 large fridges to store your food.

The location is brilliant - dead central with 2 late night supermarkets almost on the door step, 2 minutes from the Tourist Information Centre and less than 5 minutes from one of the main bus stations in town where you can catch busses to almost anywhere in the city. This is in fact probably (apart from camping) the cheapest place in town, better value even than the Youth Hostel, although less well equipped, as they provide lockers in the room - this is the one improvement I would make. This and the street noise are the main reasons why the Youth Hostel would continue to be my first choice, despite the cheap price, but overall this is a good place to stay and if the Youth Hostel was full again, I would definately book in here again.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

The room was clean, yes the bed was a bit soft, the paper thin curtain did nothing to keep out the midnight sun, the bathroom was down the hall (very very clean and well kept bathroom) but the place was the cheapest thing we could find in Reykjavik.

The morning breakfast is not bad considering you could step outside and easily pay $15 USD for the same thing.

The people at the front desk were friendly and very helpful.

We were leaving at 5am out last morning to go to the airport and they made us coffee and breakfast just for us (normally not served until 7am)

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Kirkjustraeti 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
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Ranked #72 of 109 B&Bs / Inns in Reykjavik
Price Range: $70 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
can accommodate about 90 guests at a time, in single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms and sleeping bag accommodation for the low budget traveller. Toilets and showers are on every floor. The breakfast is served from 7:00 each morning, ant there are a kitchen available for the guests where they can make their own food and store their food ... more   less 
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