My brother and I (and our partners) took my sprightly Mum to Iceland for a four day trip to celebrate her 81st birthday. As we all wanted to be together we decided to try the 'apartment style' holiday and whilst some of the hotels looked lovely, they were central and were we warned about noise at the weekend due to the tradition of going out late and drinking a lot!
On arrival at midnight, we were dropped at the back of the hotel in a 'war zone' of unlit roadworks and potholes that we managed to navigate through, to reception. The night staff were exceedingly polite however, and helpful, and we were shown to the apartment on the ground floor opposite the back of the hotel.
It was beautifully decorated, very comfortable and clean and had everything we needed to retire to bed. It was ridiculously hot on arrival but this was soon sorted by turning off the radiators.
So far so good.
However.......at 07.00 (having arrived after midnight) we were woken by very noisy roadworks. This was a shame as it really was unpleasant. Eventually we gave in and all got up to have breakfast, which was left out for us and was very well done.
We had a great day in the town however and I agree that the hotel and apartments are fantastically well placed for visitors to the city. The town itself is very pretty and the people are absolutely lovey. I would recommend it as a tourist attraction as there is a lot to see and do.
The only downside is that due to the economy it is quite expensive.
We had a lovely meal out at a local restaurant on the first evening (Lækjarbrekka's restaurant) and then we were collected from the apartment for the northern lights tour. After we got back at 12.30pm we all retired to bed safe in the knowledge that the road works would not be on the following morning as it was the weekend.
However........at 01.30 and again at 05.30 we were all woken by two lots of folks upstairs returning from their Friday night drinking fest and crashing about on the wooden floors. Their stairs went above one room and their front door was by our bedroom window so all the shouting and jollity of five drunk people was hard to ignore. The night porter eventually came over to tell them to shut up!
We especially chose the hotel as it has good reviews about noise due to the position in the town. What a mistake!
I think there were a lot of positives about the apartments but they need to sort out several things:-
- They need better soundproofing for the floors/ceilings if they want to keep the floorboards.
-They need two loos in the three bedroom apartments (there was plenty of room in our flat for a second loo) as one bathroom is not enough.
-They need bigger cups (the cups were so small they were silly)
- They need to warn people about the state of the road works on booking (not their fault but tricky to navigate with an old person in the dark and very annoying noise)
- They need to select who sleeps where, so young party goers are not in the same block as elderly people.
The hotel was very pretty, well placed and more than just comfortable. It was relatively good value (but not cheap) however until they get all the other bits sorted out I would hesitate to go back there, which is a shame as they seem to be keen to please. I would go back to Reykjavik though as it is a lovely place.
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- Reykjavik Residence offers brand new apartment accommodations in the heart of downtown Reykjavik. These are the perfect choice for the independent traveller seeking a place that is more a home away from home, than a hotel. Our luxury suites are perfect for business travellers wanting to make the most of their stay, or for those seeking truly special accommodations. Our quality apartments allow guests a comfortable degree of flexibility and independence, with larger units ideal for families. Though new, our facilities are in prestigious buildings on Reykavík's Historical Registry. We offer two types of breakfast. Choose between our delightful breakfast baskets, delivered straight to your room, and the savory selection at Port 9 next door. However you like to start your day, we‘ve got you covered! A beautiful winebar Port 9 a blend of the best of wines, appetizers and hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeu and timeless elegance. ... more less
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