I have recently stayed at Hotel Reykjavik for 4 nights as part as a package holiday to Iceland. Although it was included in the package we did check other neighbouring hotels to see if they were any better before accepting to stay at Hotel Reykjavik. The reviews for this hotel were mixed but not that bad considering it is only a 3 star hotel.
We arrived on a Wednesday evening just before 11pm and were greeted by a very friendly man on the reception desk; he gave us loads of information about the surrounding areas and marked out many favourite and interesting places on a tourist map. Our room was on the first floor room 207, we took the elevator up and the hallway was very clean with emerald green carpet. We opened the door to our room and it was nice and clean but a little bit on the small side.
Unfortunately the beds were two singles that had been pushed together and not a double like I had asked for but that was just a small niggle. The room has a view of a terrace and a neighbouring block of what looked like flats. The room was equipped with a kettle, tea, sugar, coffee etc; this came in handy when we returned to the room for the evening. There was a mini fridge with just two bottles of water in it and a large dressing table to place items such as make up and so on. The wardrobes were a decent size but you wouldn’t fit two large suitcases in there, we only brought one.
The bathroom had only a shower, toilet and basin; it was more like a wet room. It was small but ok for a few days. We did get toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, shower cap, soap and shower gel, the reception desk had more complimentary items such as sewing kit and shaving kit should you need it. The down side to the room was the TV as they didn’t have much to offer, you have to pay for most of the satellite channels but it wasn’t worth it, we ended up watching Animal Planet most of the time. The neighbouring rooms can be quite disturbing as they bang the doors a lot and you can hear the people above you most of the time. Also in the dead of night you can hear snoring!
Breakfast was adequate, there were tea, coffee, cereals, fruits, bread, croissants and cold cuts. We had an early flight of 8.30am and had to check out by 4.30am we let them know beforehand and they put out breakfast for us at 4.30am. This came in handy as we would have been starving by the time we got to the airport.
The hotel has a good location it is quiet but don’t let that put you off, we walked all around the neighbourhood at all times and never saw many people about. If you do see someone they are very courteous we felt safe so we walked all around Reykjavik using the hotel as our base to return to. The lobby has a computer for free internet access for those who really need it, I did use it on a few occasions but only to check out things in Reykjavik it was very fast. I would also like to note that I brought a hot water bottle as the evenings can reach minus temperatures but I found myself getting hot in the evening and not needing the duvet, so it was a very comfortable warm room. There were also heaters so you can switch them on should you need to, but they weren’t really needed.
Overall the hotel was just as expected if not a little better than most other 3 star hotels I have stayed in. Everything is really accessible but it is also on a quiet road so there is no noise from traffic, reception staff are very helpful and friendly sorting out excursions and answering the many questions we had about Iceland. I would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again and definitely recommend it to future travellers.