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CenterHotel Thingholt
Ranked #17 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
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London, United Kingdom
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“Good location and friendly staff”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Stayed here for one night before flying back at the end of our trip and wished we could have stayed longer. The service was impeccable with really friendly staff. The hotel does seem to have life to it too with a happy hour from 5. This may sound tacky but l actually thought it was quite nice as it got people out of their rooms and we managed to have a nice chat with other guests.

The rooms aren't entirely to my taste but are really very clean, comfy and had my best nights sleep.

I would definitely stay here again. Good location too.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We paid for upgraded rooms and were very disappointed - a small room with a sloping ceiling meaning we had to stoop over most of the time. Light switches were three feet from the bed under the lowest part of the ceiling - with wires stretched from the bed to the wall

The reception/bar was OK but staff a little offhand and the decor dated and worn out

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Myself and my husband have just enjoyed a weekend away in this hotel and found it the ideal base for exploring the centre due to its ideal location.
The hotel is super modern and looks recently renovated. The reception area, breakfast room and bedrooms are very clean and the staff really friendly.
We stayed in a standard room but it was anything but standard. The room was comfortable - very comfortable bed. The bathroom was large with a walk in shower with enough power and hot water. The rooms were well insulated and we rarely heard any other guests at all.
The breakfast was good with a selection of breads, pastries, cheeses, cereal and some hot items. Plenty enough for us.
We found the location perfect for bars and restaurants and tourist information points.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Yep, stayed here a few weeks ago for my Stag weekend with 6 mates (age 30+)
Great hotel and we couldn't believe how cheap it worked out, given the rather expensive nature of Iceland!
Very friendly staff and breakfast was more than adequate. Even though we were obviously there for a Stag, we were still treated exactly the same - not the same as my experiences in other countries in Europe!
The hotel was in the main street and 5 minutes walk from numerous bars, restaurants and clubs.
Highly recommend this and would love to take my wife-to-be there next year.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Barren and austere on the outside it may be, but inside it’s dramatically dark and slick – arty and industrial with an open plan reception area, all below street level, incorporating a small sunken bar which surprisingly, encourages a far more intimate setting than first impressions suggest.

Happy Hour is definitely a must for getting together with other guests and sharing Icelandic tourist trip truths as well as musing about the various toilet facilities the hotel offers in each of its rooms.

Hmmm... Note to self .. When reading hotel room descriptions do not be overly-impressed with the high-style imagery and pay more attention to the practical as this is one of those rare hotels where the photos are 100% accurate hence:

• The amazing array of lighting options along with a combination of lamps in the room results in overly complicated switches, dimmers and trailing wires everywhere.
• You really do need to consider your attitude to modesty as frosted glass partitions and discreet ablutions do not make comfortable bedfellows. You have been warned!

There though ends even a hint of any ‘complaint’ about this hotel although some music in the restaurant might not go amiss? Just an idea 

Breakfast there was varied and plentiful and constantly replenished although the options didn’t change throughout our stay. The cooked food was always a sort of scrambled omelette with well cooked streaky bacon and mini sausages, plus there were all the usual cold cuts, fruits and continental fare to cater to most tastes, with a few local tidbits to tempt you. A definite bonus worth considering when booking any hotel in Iceland as eating out can soon mount up. If you’re a fan of fish though, you’re in for a real treat everywhere it seems.

Tip: If you arrive late and tired, you can’t go too far wrong than to eat at the restaurant next door on the corner of the main street.

Service in Boutique hotels tend to be a bit more personal but to be fair, we didn’t need much. Staff were generally friendly and helpful though.

Check in was straightforward too and given previous reviewers comments, we’d requested double room, top floor, back of the hotel, furthest from lifts and end of corridor to get the most peace since we were also staying over the weekend. Every one of our requests were not only acknowledged by email beforehand but also met. There's plenty of floor space but cupboard storage is limited. Beds and pillows were super comfy though and oddly, we were given an individual quilt each on the bed - how untypically practical of them! An excellent start.

Any noise from outside the hotel on the weekends though is not as obtrusive as some reviewers would have you believe ... not unless you’ve never been to any city in the entire United Kingdom on either a Friday or Saturday night anyway! That said, judging by the broken bottles and glasses strewn around the following morning in the central downtown area, it gets a lot rowdier there.

Centrally located can therefore mean a number of things to different people and all the plusses are definitely there being less than a few minutes’ walk to the portside and centre. The obvious downsides are there too though with crowded and limited parking, heavy traffic and minimal ‘views’.

Reykjavik itself is quite sprawling but this hotel is an ideal base to explore from. Distances are deceptive in Iceland however and you will need to travel out a lot further afield than you might think to check out the tourist spots. Tours can be pretty expensive too. Consider hiring a car if you’re in a group as we did and shop around for the best vehicle deals as they are all good quality and geared for the terrain. I would strongly recommend a satnav as essential mind you, as signposting is poor and their alphabet takes a bit of getting to grips with. Petrol is roughly the same price as here.

Without a doubt, this is quirky hotel in many respects and won’t be to everyone’s taste but given that its appeal was so internationally widespread with a number of American guests favouring it too, they must be doing something right mustn’t they? Definitely gets my vote.

Room Tip: Rooms in the eaves are height restricted over a lot of the space. Not a problem really but noteable...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Having looked over review of hotels in Reykjavik, we had chosen this hotel as it seemed to suit our tastes and be in the centre of the City. I booked this hotel through Olotels.com very dubiously as the price was around a third that advertised elsewhere! Luckily it was all fine upon arrival. The hotel is in a great location for the shops and bars of Reykjavik being just off the main shopping street. The decor is really good and contemporary and the hotel has complementary WiFi (like most places in Reykjavik). The rooms have all the usual refinements, mini-bar, safe, English TV, some clever (if difficult to understand) lighting and the bathroom had a great shower. The lounge/bar is nice and quiet and has an excellent happy hour where you can meet other (mostly English/American) travellers. The breakfast was included, it had quite a large selection and was as adequate as you’d expect from a buffet breakfast.

The only downsides were the fact that both mine and my friend’s room, although double rooms, had two single beds pushed together and were even dressed as single beds with two single duvets! (Although on the last night my friend’s bed was finally dressed as a double by housekeeping so this could have probably been rectified earlier if we had complained). Reykjavik is a party town at the weekend, and the busiest, loudest bar (B5) is at the end of the street – the rooms on the front have pretty bad sound insulation so if this is something you’re likely to be bothered by then make sure to ask for a room at the back! The only other negative for us was that they didn't serve food or have room service, however, there are plenty of great bars/restaurants on it's doorstep.

I will definitely be going back to Reykjavik in the future and when I do will be more than happy to stay at this hotel again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

What a great start on our 1st trip to Reykjavik. Everything thing went like clockwork, right up to our collection at airport by "Grayline" shuttle service who took us to the hotel. The hotel was immaculate, lots of use of black and white combined with ample lighting. The same theme was upheld in the rooms, which gave them a very modern appearance.

We hired a car thought Thrifty who collected us from the hotel exactly when said, which added to the further delight of the holiday as driving in Iceland was a synch. We also rented a GPS as we could not get the maps loaded to our own from the UK.

In our 6 days we drove in excess of 1000Km, seeing all the favourite sights, Geysir, Gullfoss, Blue lagoon etc. We did our own hunt for the Northern Lights making use of the prediction sight, but alas none were active during our week and the tours also drew a blank.

Yes, eating and drinking is a bit pricy £5-£6 a pint of beer, but so what, your on holiday. We got stocked up on Duty Free at the UK airport, so we had a tipple before we went out together with our hip flasks :-)

A truly beautiful landscape.

We found previous comments of noise unfounded, and indeed no one else we met, encountered the noise others talk about either. Hmmmm perhaps it was us.

Room Tip: Top floor at rear were the quietest, although no one else we met encountered the noise others talk a...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: CenterHotel Thingholt
Address: Thingholtsstraeti 3-5, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Reykjavik
#9 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
#10 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — CenterHotel Thingholt 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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