We stayed at Hotel Laxnes as part of a Groupon deal, as I hadn't wanted to stay in town (as that hotel offered had bad reviews and I thought if it were anything like London it would be rowdy...needless to say, i've since learnt Icelanders have far better manners than the English and staying in town would probably have been fine!)
Reception staff (and I'd better point out eveyrone in the hotel speaks excellent English, in fact the whole of Iceland seems to!) were lovely and helpful throughout, and act as a mini tourist information centre - they have lots of leaflets and advice about where to go or stay, can liaise with the trip operator for you and have a small shop for postcards, stamps and souvenirs. Icelandic Excursions/Grayline pick up from the hotel - very handy, and the drivers were always helpful and polite - though you do have to transfer to the centre of Reykjavik to join the main tour bus (do check, though, as they can drop you off on the way back, depending on where you've been.)
We were given a much bigger room than anticipated - plenty of wardrobe space, ensuite bathroom with a window that opened (Helpful when we got a bit warm) and best of all mini kitchen facilities - kettle, microwave, sink, cutlery etc. Handy when we didn't want to go out or got back late. TV has CNN, the Icelandic channel occasionally shows TV shows made in ENgland. We did have a good mountain view, too, but didn't see the lights (they'd had excellent views just last Saturday, however!) Room is very warm but as other shave said you can't control it yourself, but we didn't find that a problem at all - rather be warm in a blizzard than cold! Excellent (free) wifi connection, too, which meant we could research/check details of places we were going to visit.
Breakfast - we didn't know why other people had complained on this website! Tea/Coffee/fruit squash, porridge with sugar/cinnamon/raisins as you wish, yoghurt, cereals, orange slices, ham, boiled egg, tomato, brown or white bread, toasters, fresh butter, tuna/onion/mayo spread as well as bacon/egg/mayo spread and jam/marmalade. Help yourself buffet style, so as alittle or much as you want, and always plenty of room in the restaurant/bar area. (nicely decorated for CHristmas, we thought!) There were some people who seemed surprised that there wasn't a "cooked English" - either they hadn't done their research properly, or else are not used to travelling abroad. There's plenty there if you have normal "British" food for Breakfast, and some more Scandinavian things to try too.
The bar is open from 6pm, there was Gull and Tuborg on tap (both nice to try), and we were offered a taste of shark and Brennivin if we'd wanted it. We played darts and pool, too - a handly little area to relax and chat to other guests.
Buses into town are every 30 minutes, from right outside the hotel; 350 IKR as a flat fee (get the printed ticket however if you will need to transfer; they are valid for 60 minutes anywhere in the Reykjavik area, and not all drivers will give you it if they assume you're just going into the town centre at Hlemmur.) 15 is the main one, but you can get the 18 too if you wanted the BSI terminal (I think!)
There's a nice and handy KFC over the road, along with a petrol station which has a mini shop for milk/coffee/hot dogs, Subway, Domino's, and there's a bakery (selling hand made chocolate) and sports bar just a minute further down. Pizza Rizzo's is past the shopping mall, but there is a Bonus supermarket if you want to get tea/coffee etc to use in the kitchen. The restaurant at Alafoss was recommended to us, as it's only a 15 minute walk, but we just didn't fancy it in the snow - if you go there (and several others), you get a 10% discount because you're staying at Hotel Laxnes. THe hotel also serve meat soup some nights (it's not everynight, so check)
There's also a geothermal swimming pool we'd planned to visit in Mosfellsbaer that we'd planned to visit, it's on the 15 bus route or cetainly within walking distance, just didn't get time to go.
If you had a car, I can imagine it would give you a bit more freedom - Laxnes horse farm is near (though they can pick up from the hotel) as is the Laxnes Museum.
Right I think that's it! Certainly a better standard of hotel than we'd perhaps expected from Groupon, so very pleased. Yes, the rooms are a little worn in places - so if you're used to 5* American hotels you probably wouldn't enjoy it- our sofa had a tear in it, and there was a persistent smell in the bathroom - but it didn't bother us, housekeeping cleaned/checked the room for us every day and in fact the imperfections made it seem more lived in and normal, not like a 'tourist' trap at all. Thank you, Laxnes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE RETREAT MINUTES AWAY FROM THE CITY CENTER OF REYKJAVIK.Hotel Laxnes is overlooking Mountain Esja and located opposite a river,we offer the best of both worlds. Great for Hiking and seeing the Northernlights.Our Village is like stepping back in time into a fairytale world !10 mins from Reykjavik City!We are next to rivers,waterfalls,mountains,sea ,a beautiful lake and close to Reykjavik city !The Hotel Laxnes is a modern country style hotel lodge with a mountain view in the greater Reykjavik in Mosfellsbaer close to the country and near to the City ! Only within a 10 minute drive into the Reykjavik city centre offering a country feeling to it, located close to the Alafoss Viking Wool store, Laxnes horse riding, a Golf course, a fishing lake and on route to the famous Golden Circle trip. On-site parking is free for guests.Why stay in the city centre if you can experience both country and city life staying at the laxnes Hotel.We offer both Car and Mountain bike rental at great prices ! ... more less
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