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CenterHotel Thingholt
Ranked #14 of 54 Hotels in Reykjavik
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Very nice, small, boutique hotel. Rooms are nicely decorated, modern style. Location is great, in the heart of the city. Don't want to repeat other reviews and only have advice to people who come to the hotel by car without GPS. Learn Icelandic alphabet. We were circling around downtown, all those one way streets trying to find street that begins with "Th" (hotel name is also name of the street) and passed by hotel several times, (not even paying attention to it). Because "th" is a special Icelandic letter, street sign didn't look like as street we needed, and my husband didn't want to stop to ask for direction, we ended up driving 45 min around the downtown.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Hotel is ok. Good location and lots of nice restaurant but expensive restaurants nearby. On our arrival check in was very disorganised. Lots of shops nearby and a small supermarket is about 2 minutes walk away.

We were a group of about 20 and quite a few rooms were not ready. Bar is good but had ran out of a lot of stuff. Hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Rooms were good. Extremely warm in November even when we turned the radiated off. Hotel has free wifi which works well. The street below was quite noisy and the window didn't shut properly.

Breakfast is buffet style with lots of choice. There is a large seating area near reception.

There is also a small gym and sauna.

Room Tip: Choose room away from main street.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank beckakabetty
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights as part of a Secret Escapes package. The hotel is in a very central location right in the middle of the city surrounded by restaurants, bars and shops. We read the reviews before arriving and asked for a room at the back of the hotel which meant we didn't get disturbed by any noise. The room and bathroom were both very clean and modern and perhaps a little small but largely due to the fact that there was a sofa and a desk in our room (we got upgraded to a superior room). I had to move the TV to get into bed and I'm fairly slim so I guess it might have been a struggle for someone a little larger. That said, once I got to the bed it was very comfortable and the two separate duvets very thick and warm.

The hotel has a bar which also doubles up as the breakfast area, although you are able to take your drinks out into the sofas in the lobby if you'd prefer. The breakfast is great, everything from cereals, fresh fruit, eggs and bacon, fresh pastries and plenty of tea and coffee and juices. There is no restaurant but you don't have to walk more than 10 steps to find one so this wasn't an issue.

The hotel has a new spa that wasn't mentioned on the website before we arrived so we weren't quite sure what to expect. The spa comprises quite a large jacuzzi, a sauna and a very small gym with three pieces of cardio equipment. The gym is right next to the breakfast / bar area and is separated by a glass wall with a long white net curtain (a bit strange!).

The staff were very helpful and friendly, always giving you a warm welcome when you returned. They can book tours or transfers directly from the front desk as they have access to all the tour operators' systems so if you decide to book some additional tours like we did they will sort it all for you.

We went on three tours during our stay:

The Golden Circle tour which was really interesting and gave you are great view of more rural Iceland.

We also went on a Northern Lights tour, which was very informative but sadly we didn't see the lights.

We also booked a trip to the Blue Lagoon, which is only 30 minutes from the city and which you can stop at on your way back to the airport if you're flight is in the afternoon.

The tours and transfers are all very well organised and they make everything really easy, collecting you from your hotel and dropping you back afterwards. The only problem we had was when one of the tour operators insisted on taking a ticket from us, which hadn't been provided to us, and so they insistent on taking the letter we were sent by the holiday company. I'd recommend taking a few copies of any letters you get confirming any tours so you have a copy to give away if required. It only happened on one tour and our hotel said it shouldn't have happened at all as the organisers should just need your name, but it happened to everyone who was booked on the Golden Circle tour via Secret Escapes (pretty much a whole coach!).

We loved Iceland and are planning on coming back again in the summer with our two teenage children as we feel as though we only managed to get a taster in 3 days and there is still so much to see and do.

For anyone worried about the language, don't be, everyone is Iceland speaks excellent English and they are all really friendly and helpful so you won't have a problem.

Room Tip: If you want a quiet room ask for one at the back of the hotel. There is no view (just a concrete wa...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

Very nicely located hotel with excellent service. Spanish receptionist Clara is the best I have ever met. Breakfast is good but not fantastic. Rooms are modern and cosy with British TV channels. WiFi works really fine. Small spa and gym. The only thing I can complain about is the noise. This hotel is close to a very noisy bar. Otherwise sleep quality is good as the beds are modern and comfortable. One can get a small early breakfast if there is an early flight.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

I am writing a review even though we did not stay in the hotel.
We booked a trip to Reykjavik through Secret Escapes to stay in Thingholt. We were so excited as the reviews for this place are outstanding.
On arrival we were told we would not be staying here and were moved to Arnahvoll, a sister hotel a bit further out of town. We were offered some great compensations including a mountain view room and spa access. Although our stay at Arnhavoll was really lovely, we couldn't help thinking throughout the whole trip what it would be like at Thingholt. Being right in the centre we think would have been better for us.
We went to Thingholt a number of times, to have a drink and to chat to the staff. The barman from London was funny and very friendly and Clara the receptionist could not have been more helpful. Poor girl had to move some grumpy and irritated guests to different hotels when we arrived and she did very well. She also helped me with a professional project after communicating with her before our trip and is a really lovely woman and is great at her job.

We were pretty gutted we didn't get to stay here, and I cannot review on the rooms but the 5 stars is for the rest of it - just wonderful. Iceland was incredible too. We will be going back, and staying at Thingholt for sure!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jesso5
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Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

Found the hotel after a 10 min walk from the bus terminal. Very nice and modern looking and very central to Reykjavik town centre.
Given a room on the top floor, but due to the sloping roof, the ceiling was very low and angled, which wasn't very good for my 6'7 frame... Asked if we could change and this was gladly done and we ended up on the ground floor. No view, but very quiet. Unless that is, you have a couple of moany 60+ women who had moaned on the plane and were now moaning in the hotel... They ended up next door to us and the thin walls enabled us to hear about all their bodily problems and then their heating and kettle placement problems with staff at gone 11pm...
Breakfast was good and staff very friendly and helpful.
Eating out is expensive but very good and worth it.
Lovely place but trip coincided with lots of wind and rain and so Northern lights trip was cancelled... Oh well, guess we'll have to come back again...

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

We were upgraded upon arrival to a junior suite which faced the rear of the building – I had emailed in advance and requested a quieter room as I had read reviews to say that it could get quite loud during the weekends. As it turned out, we could still hear some noise but our window was open and it wasn’t loud enough to keep us awake.

The location of the hotel couldn’t have been much better – situated right in the middle of the city and close to everything – bars, restaurants, shops and the harbour. It’s also easily accessible for the tour buses to collect/drop off.

The hotel itself was beautifully decorated, with the rooms having comfortable beds, mood lighting, corner sofa and TV with English channels – the bathroom had one powerful shower and a gorgeous bath to have a soak in. Personally, we had a small niggle that the lighting wasn’t really suitable for two women to get ready in and the full length mirror was in a strange place behind the TV but again, only a minor issue.

There is a wonderful spa area within the hotel, which is not complimentary but worth paying 2,000 ISK rather than the big trip to the Blue Lagoon in my opinion! It was never busy so you could pretty much have the spa to yourself! There is a small selection of foods/drinks for breakfast which is more than enough for the size of the hotel – I would say it’s more of a continental breakfast but did the job. It is also worth mentioning the small bar area with a happy hour every evening between 17:00-19:00 hours on house wine and beers – ask at reception for assistance.

There was a fantastic young Spanish lady on reception who helped us out on a number of occasions and was attentive, pleasant, and knowledgeable and although she worked exceptionally long hours – she always had a big smile on her face. She helped print out our tour vouchers and assisted with our television when it stopped working one particular evening. Lovely woman whose customer service skills should be highlighted as exemplary.

Would certainly recommend the hotel to others and should I ever return to Reykjavik, Thingholt would be my first choice! Wonderful!

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Thingholtsstraeti 3-5, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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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:
#5 Spa Hotel in Reykjavik
#8 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
#10 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range: $219 - $444 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — CenterHotel Thingholt 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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