I was unimpressed with the Center Hotel Thingholt, in spite of all the positive reviews here. The hotel's big selling point seems to be its trendy decor and edgy atmosphere. However, if you take away all of the self-consciously trendy trappings of the Thingholt, you are left with a rather ordinary hotel at an exceptionally high price.
Yes, the Thingholt tries really, really hard to look and feel modern and "cool"--sometimes a bit too hard, if you ask me. The lobby is small and dark and a bit too crammed with cutting edge furniture that seems more intended to make you go, "ooh--cool!" than to actually be comfortable and functional. While I'm on the lobby, it is chronically understaffed. During the entire five nights we stayed at the hotel, there was only ever one person working at the front desk--and that person also doubled as the bartender, leaving his or her duties at the desk to run over and fill a drink order. The lobby might have been more inviting as a small and cool after-hours club, but nobody ever really used it, so it just seemed a bit odd and artificial.
The room itself was a good size, with a modern black and white color scheme (featuring animal skins on a black concrete floor). Our first reaction to the room was "wow!," but after settling in we realized it was essentially just an ordinary room with some edgy touches to give it a trendy look (and enabling the hotel to raise the price). The king bed was very nice, and was truly a king (not just two twin beds shoved together, as is so often the case in Europe). The separate seating area with a large L-shaped couch was a nice touch, as was the mounted TV that swiveled between the bed and the couch.
The bathroom, done in concrete and smoked glass to keep with the cool vibe, was actually quite small and not terribly functional. The sink was set far from the mirror behind it, separated by a large slab of wood that served no apparent purpose but with made the mirror essentially unusable for shaving or putting on makeup--it was too far away. We ended up using the mirror over the toilet. The smoked glass walls of the toilet are clear at the top and bottom, which make the bathroom not exactly private--which is fine if you are really good friends with your roommate. One minor complaint is that there was no facial tissue in the room. I don't mean that it had run out--they simply don't provide any. There is a lack of storage space in the room, particularly drawers, in case you want to unpack while you are there.
We were at Thingholt in July, and the room temperature was a major issue. In spite of the fact that it was relatively cool outside (I'm not sure that it ever really gets hot in Iceland), the room was much too warm at night, and it was sweltering in the morning when we got the direct sunlight. It seemed weird to be in Iceland and to be uncomfortably hot all the time.
On the plus side: the selection and quality of the breakfast buffet was excellent, particularly for such a small hotel. The location of the Thingholt can't be beat--it's right in the middle of town within walking distance to everything, but on a quiet side street so you aren't being bothered by street noise. Every staff member went out of their way to be helpful, and we ended up relying on their suggestion for what to see and do in Reykyavik--and all their suggestions were perfect. They also made all the reservations for us, so we didn't have to do a thing except wait in the lobbly to be picked up at the appointed time. We never once had to visit a tourist office to make reservations or figure out what we wanted. We couldn't have asked for a more professional and helpful staff.
All in all, our stay at the Hotel Thingholt was fine. However, given the rave reviews and the very high price we paid, I was expecting to be wowed, and I certainly wasn't. If I could do it again, I would go to a much more ordinary hotel--and pay an ordinary price.
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