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Guesthouse Anna
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

Anna's has to be the best deal in Reykjavik for a nice room and private bath but the location can save money too. From the international airport everyone takes the Fly-Bus and you'll arrive in front of the BSI bus station in Reykjavik. From there most everyone gets out of the big bus and into little neighborhood buses that make the rounds of the hotels. If you're going to stay at Anna's just walk around to the back of the BSI and follow the short road up the short hill. You'll see a statue of four running horses and right there is the entrance to Anna's road. Anna's is the first building on the left. The guesthouse fronts on a tight one-way street with fine homes while the back has a garden and trees, but behind the trees and down the hill is the bus station and a Budget Rent-a-Car. You can easily rent a car for a day or two and drop off the keys after-hours and walk up the hill to Anna's. From Anna's it's a five minute walk up to the giant Hallgrimskirkja church at the center of the old town. (You can take the elevator in the church to the top and look out over the city.) Anna's is very classy but for Americans the only missing things will be a TV and a refrigerator in the room. In the small lobby there is a TV that's always turned on to Fox News, so you can see any major news developments. We had a room on the top floor (number 9) and the room had connecting picture windows that went right around the corner of the room. The view was of the ocean and mountains in the distance. Looking closer in was the bus station and the smaller city airport with a small modern highway. The road was quiet overnight and not really a problem but if the wind is blowing the wrong way and the twin- engine aircraft must take off from the runway end closest to Anna's then if the window is open in summer, you'll hear aircraft taking off about 7 am. Everything is clean and the people are very helpful with directions and telling you the best things to see. We spent a week there and can hardly wait to go back.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank N900AT_8
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Reviewed December 1, 2009

It may seem a bit strange that I am writing this review of Guesthouse Anna more than three years after staying there, but I have only recently begun to contribute to TripAdvisor and would like to give credit (however belated) where credit is due.

My wife and I flew to Reykjavik via Icelandair's redeye flight out of BWI Airport as the first leg of a five-nation tour of Europe in spring 2006. Our E-mail dealings with Anna to reserve a room for three nights at her house went smoothly, and when we showed up at 8:30 a.m., we were warmly greeted by her. Fortunately, the room we had rented did not have a guest checking out that morning, so we were able to get some sleep right away.

The location is perfect. As other posters have said, Guesthouse Anna is a two-minute walk to the bus terminal across the street, yet you are in a very nice residential neighborhood of private houses. (Note: if you are taking the Flybus from Keflavik Airport to this bus terminal, it in fact is easier to just walk to Anna's from the terminal rather than transfer to the small vans that shuttle passengers from the terminal to various hotels). We were able to walk to the beginning of downtown Reykjavik in 15 minutes or so, and I believe the striking Hallgrimskirkja church (an absolute must-see, both for its architecture and the stunning panoramic views from the top of the church tower) was an equal distance away.

The room we had was fine, comfortably if not elaborately furnished and with a decent private bathroom. The breakfast we had each morning was typical continental with a good selection of meats and cheeses to accmpany the baked goods. Over breakfast we met some very nice fellow guests, including Norwegians and an Icelandic-American friend of Anna's.

Anna was very friendly and personable to deal with. She lived in the U.S. for many years, Atlanta I believe, and so speaks perfect English. U.S. visitors: you'll make Anna happy if you bring an American newspaper for her, as we did.

I think we paid around $175 a night for our room. It may sound like a lot, but you will soon discover nothing is inexpensive in Iceland. I understand the dollar has risen against the Icelandic currency since we stayed there, due to the recent meltdown of Iceland's banking system.

All in all, I recommend Guesthouse Anna and would definitely stay there again without having to think twice.

A final word to the wise: even if you go to Iceland in the middle of summer, bring winter clothing. Seriously. Even in late May the temperature was around 40 degrees and the high winds just cut through you.

  • Stayed: May 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2009

A very nice place to stay.

It's in a good location about 20 mins leisurely walk from the main shopping street and in a lovely neighbourhood.

It's homely and welcoming, but not overpowering. Anna stayed up unitil 2am to let us in when we arrived The breakfasts were OK, if not great and the shower was great!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2009

We stayed at Anna's for 5 nights at the beginning of our trip and then 1 night at the end. The location is convenient to the bus station, where you arrive in from the airport--you just walk across the street. It's a pleasant walk into town (10 mins). The rooms are a nice size and well kept. Breakfast is served in a cozy but roomy living room; the fresh bread each morning is delicious! Anna is very helpful with information about where to find things and what to do. We also enjoyed conversations with her visiting son and between the two of them, learned a lot about Iceland and the people. The w-fi is a bit spotty and works best in the lobby but that allowed us to meet other guests! All in all, a very hospitable guesthouse and highly recommended. (Sorry this took me so long to post, Anna!)

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mooghi
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Reviewed August 23, 2009

...since it's literally across the road from the bus station. Very convenient, and since Reykjavik is small, you can still easily walk to all the central attractions. The modern exterior nicely contrasts with the charmingly stylish interior. The breakfast room is something you'd expect in a much more expensive hotel. The single room was a bit dark, but since I only used it for sleeping, that's fine. Anna is a friendly and helpful host. Maybe it's the exchange rate, or maybe prices have gone down, but as opposed to other reviews it was the cheapest room I had during my stay in Iceland, and definitely value for money.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled solo
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