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Forsaela Apartmenthouse
Ranked #32 of 106 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Winnipeg, Canada
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7 reviews
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“A Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

My son John (17) and myself were seeking a clean and comfortable B&B in Reykjavik, but we we found was all of this and more. Hlin and her husband Siggi have to be two of the most hospitable people I have had the good fortune to meet, and we were made to feel a part of their family, the rooms were beautifully appointed, and the rates were more than good considering all we received.
There is a sign in the B&B which says " come as guests and leave as friends"..this is the reality behind one of the best B&B's I've stayed in and I have stayed in B&B's all over the United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland....We can't wait to return for another delightful stay in the heart of scenic Reykjavik.! Thanks Hlin and Siggi...

Jack and John Lovell
Manitou, Manitoba, Canada

Room Tip: Any room is good..
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Hlin G, Owner at Forsaela Apartmenthouse, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Dear friends of Forsaela. Time has passed but it only takes a moment to return back to the days that you stayed with us in August. Thank you for all your kind words and compliments.
It was truly inspiring to share and discuss the "hidden world" of elves that took place at breakfast and we enjoyed your invitation of preparing a grilled chicken on the barbecue one evening,
" come as guests and leave as friends".

We look forward to welcome you again on your next visit..
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London
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Foreaela Apartmenthouse is simply a great place in Reykjavik to use as a base for seeing the town and exploring the surrounds. Neat, tidy, clean and convenient.

With a little kitchenette and only a few minutes walk from a local supermarket it allowed casual options for eating - something to consider if you don't like eating out for every meal. Although, with its central location the many restaurants of Reykjavik are on your doorstep as well.

The owners were really lovely. We only found out later that they offer a tourguide service too! We definitely would have taken this up but we had already hired a car and planned to do our own thing. Speaking of cars, parking on the street in front of Forsaela is easy and no planning restrictions as far as we could see (2012).

A fantastic place, really recommended as first choice option above a hotel or similar.

Room Tip: Email Hlin and discuss your requirements, there are several options.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

What we perhaps liked most at Forsaela were the very friendly hosts and the tailor-made service, but also all other aspects of this place fitted us well. We - one adult and two youngsters - spent 10 days in Reykjavik, touring from there. We had rented one of the apartments and this turned out to be a very good choice: warm welcome and a cosy apartment (clean, well equipped and big enough), very good advice from the hosts, who helped us chose the best excursions and activities for our little group, excellent location close to the main shopping street (without its noise!). We liked it so much that we even changed our plans for the remainder of the trip: We cancelled the hotel rooms already booked for the time after a short trip to Greenland and stayed again for two nights at Forsaela in one of the rooms with breakfast. And again we liked it, enjoyed the good breakfast and slept like logs in the phantastic beds.

One thing is sure, we will come back to Reykjavik and then chose again Forsaela!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Murnau, Germany
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

We went from Keflavik to Grettisgatta by Flybus, and Hlin awaited us on the street with a heartly welcome. The Apartments are wonderful, well equipped and offer a lot of space. The beds were the best we had in Iceland, never slept better. Forsaela is perfectly located near to the main shopping street, and it's only a two minute walk to the next supermarket. If you have any questions or need tips, Hlin and Siggi will always help you. And they even take their time for a nice talk. The next time we return to Reykjavik, Forsaela will be our first choice!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vilnius
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

It seemed like it was going to be just another business trip but I was wrong. It was 5 of us traveling to Reykjavik and it felt almost like short vacation in this litlle cabin (just not somewhere out there but in city center) - easy to reach any place in the capital, cozy and relaxed atmosphere inside. The only thing that those who were sleeping downstairs did not like was the fact that they could hear every single step of those upstaires.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Grettisgata 33 was a perfect frame for 7 women traveling to Island with the purpose of riding and enjoying life. With a house placed in the city centre is was easy walking to the swimming bath after riding and the good fish restaurants. We also made use of the possibility to hire the host as a local guide.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

A wonderful location, house full of character, owners a mine of useful local advice and with a 'green' and holistic outlook on travel and tourism: what more could we have wished for. They engaged with the children, were extremely welcoming, and we can't recommend this highly enough. For 5 of us it worked out cheaper and more flexible than hotel accommodation, and the location was ideal, just a few steps from the main street, with (probably!) the only section of free street parking in the 101 postcode!

Room Tip: If you struggle with the light nights in Iceland, the basement rooms are cosy and darker
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Property: Forsaela Apartmenthouse
Address: Grettisgata, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 106 Specialty Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a lovely private garden with patios and green spaces in a quiet residential area next to Laugavegur, Reykjavik's main shopping street. Surrounded with Cafes, restaurants, museums, art galleries and other sites off interest. A perfect "home away from home" for families and friends as well as for the reunion of the greater family. By staying in Forsaela you will experience the atmosphere of the past combined with modern comfort. ... more   less 
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