Four days in March. We were actually on our way to England and Ireland, but Icelandair has this great stopover thing in Iceland, no additional fare. We're like 50-something Americans, sort of casual humanities types, educated but not especially demanding. We're also not especially hardy or resourceful travelers, and we're not in the Romney financial class. We don't demand luxury, but we don't want to deal with challenging inconveniences. This place was awesome. The price was more than reasonable for the space and the place, a very large room with separate dining/kitchen area, located right next to the funky, off-center, downtown shopping section. Everything was very clean. Every day there was a cheese and fruit tray in the refrigerator for breakfast and snacks. The bed was comfortable. The room had windows on two sides overlooking the street. The building is a vintage style with winding stairways and strange little spaces that make it very personable. The desk manager took us down to the laundry room and showed us how to operate the washer. I never crossed paths with a condensation dryer before. That sort of threw me the first time it shut itself off. OMG, I broke it. No, it wants its tray dumped. This was the only time we have been to Iceland. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We thrive in cold weather, and it was perfect. There's nothing like tramping around in the snow, in and out of little shops, until you get cold enough to look for someplace cozy for a cup of Irish coffee. There was no shortage. Nothing was really very far away. We could have walked even to the national museum if we had the layout down a little better to begin with. Everything is kind of scaled back, but well-maintained and modern. The roads were high quality everywhere we went. They drive on the right, and there's a fair share of giant SUVs and pickups, more Mercedes and Toyotas, but it feels kind of normal for Americans. There were even a few Dodge, Ford, and Chevy trucks. I wouldn't say that drivers in Iceland were drastically more courteous than anywhere else, but they were certainly no worse. The only issue we ever had was the credit card thing at a gas station where the attendant didn't want to leave us alone to mess with it. I had this brief fear that I was about to be ripped off, but that didn't happen. Otherwise, our credit cards worked fine, and that really beats currency conversion all to hell. Parking at the hotel was a little awkward, but manageable. Access is on the narrow street behind the hotel. At the end of our stay, we had to leave early for our flight, then go back to the room for a cell phone. We had to wake them up to let us back in. All I can say is they took pretty good care of us dysfunctional Americans without complaining. Highly recommended.
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