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Reykjavik Peace Center - Guesthouse
Ranked #82 of 109 Reykjavik B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
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“Don't go there!!”
Reviewed 2 September 2011

We were supposed to spend three nights there, but when we arrived an alleged friend of the owner (who we did not manage to see) told us the guesthouse was overbooked, although we booked and paid about two months in advance. The only option he gave us was to sleep in a really crappy place substantially farther from the Peace Center (which is already in the suburbs) for one night.

Till next morning, we weren't sure about where we would spend the second and third night. Finally, probably thanks to our insistent complaints, they "miraculously managed" to free one room in the Peace center for these two nights.

Not a single discount nor any other compensation was offered. First lesson: do not ever pay in advance. Second lesson: do not enter any hotel/guesthouse with your bagpacks (probably you will be picked to suffer the consequences from their on purpose overbooking). Third lesson: do not go to the Reykjavik Peace Center (which apart from the above is not such a clean and great place).

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Altagracia, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

Horrible, inconsiderate management. Purposely overbooked me for the first night to make money for his other properties. Very far from the city and tough to find. In a small residential neighborhood with very small signage on the house.
House was decent and clean, but very inconvenient location-- almost impossible if you do not have a car.
Whatever you do call ahead and confirm your booking. Multiple times if necessary, the confirmation number will mean nothing. Booking here was the only negative part of my trip to Iceland.

Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reseda
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

I arrived in Reykjavik via the FlyBus and was hoping to catch a shuttle out to this place where I had a reservation. I was told they couldn't because it's "out where we keep the schools". It's in a nice residential area but far from anything in Reykjavik. The #3 bus comes every 30 minutes during normal hours and drops off close by so once you're settled in it's just a 20 minute bus into town, but that's still a lot of time spent waiting on the bus or at the bus station.

The House Keeper also doesn't stay on location, so you better have a phone on you. I didn't, so I had no way to contact him to be checked in which was a problem. I had to go bother some neighbors down the road to call for me and he arrived 20 minutes later.

Other than that the place is very nice and quiet, the rooms are pleasant, and the price is excellent.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Wichita, KS
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2011

First this hotel is at least a 20min drive from downtown Reykjavik. For the best experience, you really ought to have a car...I was told that there was a bus station nearby, but imagine how long a bus ride would be if the car ride is 20mins. Anyways, it was a little difficult to find. I was in the city first, and my tour guide has never heard of the hotel...neither did the gal at the tourist office. On whatever official site she used to finally find the guesthouse, it is called fr...well, the icelandic word for freedom and 2000 or something. Don't quote me on that. Anyways, driving there was only a little difficult. But make sure that you get directions from someone at the tourist office...b/c it can get confusing...thank goodness the Icelandic drive on the right side. Checking in was slow, since there is no reception. You must call the "housekeeper" and then he arrives with his laptop to check you in. Do print out the reservation confirmation; he will ask for that. The guesthouse itself was nice, but looked slightly half finished. There were a few electrical wires hanging out, part of the sofa fell off when one of our group sat down, the door gets stuck easily, etc. I am happy with the arrangement. The house was clean, spacious, and sunny. There was free wifi, free parking, and a decent kitchen. There was even a free computer station. Whoever owns the house is a bibliophile...what a great collection of books. Some were even in English. I'd rec this place to anyone with a car....we were traveling around peak season, so there were not a lot of vacancies. If I had a choice, I would stay closer to the center of town, but this worked out fine. Easy access to Route 41, which is a straight shot to KEF. O, one more thing...like some of the hotels in Iceland, the water smells faintly of sulfur. The smell disappears from you after a little while. O, and there is an N1 (gas station) and a Bonus (cheap grocery store) nearby.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Massapequa Park, New York
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

This B&B is not in the center of the city but very close (3 minute walk) to a bus stop where the bus comes twice an hour. It's about a 20-30 minute ride to the city center but there is so much to see that it was never an issue!! :)

This is the first full summer of operation for the owners and they put their ALL into it! The B&B is spacious, clean and comfortable. The owners really aim to please and they do! While they are still working on the outside of the B&B (overgrown garden, etc.), they've done a wonderful job with the inside. The rooms are nicely decorated, they'll serve a hearty breakfast for a small fee and guests have free use of the computer, wireless internet and kitchen.

The Peace Center Guesthouse is relaxing and peaceful - just as the name suggests. I 100% recommend this B&B and would stay there again!!

Thank you :)

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

This place is a great find and its high marks are well-deserved. If I come back to Reykjavik, I will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tübingen
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Reviewed 24 June 2011

We stayed 3 days at this guesthouse (the first and the last 2 days of our Iceland-trip). The rooms are clean and comfortable, the couple running the place are both very nice (we talked a lot), we also took the breakfast offer (normal continental breakfast style). The guest kitchen is better equipped than my kitchen at home - you will find everything you need to prepare a decent meal - they've got 3 bathrooms for 6 rooms - so you will hardly experience a clash there. Internet is free, wireless and there is even a guest PC.

The only thing we could think of complaining about are the usual icelandic walls, which are thin so you understand what is going on next door - but I think this is a general feature of icelandic buildings and nothing special.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Reykjavik Peace Center - Guesthouse
Address: Vogasel 1, Reykjavik 109, Iceland
Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
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Ranked #82 of 109 B&Bs / Inns in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Reykjavik Peace Center - Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Reykjavik Peace Center Guesthouse features spacious rooms and apartments. Several lounges. Library and reading areas. Computer and TV lounge. Free Parking and Wireless Internet. Convenient central location in a peaceful area of the city originally built for artists homes and studios. Surrounded by green areas next to a garden of art displays. Ideal place for relaxation, walks minutes away from the Mjodd bus central and shopping area. As short drive from from Smaralind the largest shopping and leisure centre in the Reykjavik area. Connecting roads to major travel directions. The Reykjavik Peace Center Ambassador Club House (Orlofshus Fridar 2000) is operated by the Peace 2000 Iceland society (Fridur 2000 Island) for accommodating Peace Ambassadors and peace loving people from all over the world. If you are not already a member of the Peace Ambassador Club we will be happy to grant you a free complimentary introductory membership. During your visit to the Reykjavik Peace Center you will have the opportunity to upgrade your membership and receive a decorative letter of credence of your appointment as an Icelandic Peace Ambassador. ... more   less 
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