My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Borg from Sunday, August 26, to Wednesday, August 29, 2007. We very much enjoyed our stay there and look forward to using it again on our next trip to Reykjavik. We would recommend the hotel to others.
The hotel is perfectly located on the town’s main square, with immediate access to the main shopping streets, the waterfront, and, in the other direction, the city hall and adjoining lake.
The hotel’s year-long renovation project appears completed, and the place looks very nice. The interior spaces bring to mind a Manhattan-style Art Deco hotel of the 1920s-1930s. During part of our stay, some workmen were present during the day replacing (or redoing the caulking of) the window panes of the hotel restaurant, but this did not interfere with our stay in any way.
We stayed in Room 411 – one of four rooms on the front of the building with a balcony overlooking the town square (the other three are 412, 414, and 416, according to the floor plan posted on the inside of our room door). The view from the balcony onto the square and the surrounding area is enjoyable during both the day and night. The rooms on the lower floors lack a balcony, but I imagine that the view from the windows of these rooms is also nice. These rooms might also be larger because the space used for the balcony on the fourth floor is instead enclosed on the lower floors.
Since we arrived in town after 9 am on a Sunday, we avoided Reykjavik’s famously raucous Friday- and Saturday-night downtown pub crawl (called the runtur), which reportedly doesn’t peter out completely until about 5 am on Sunday morning. We therefore cannot speak to the question of how much noise there might be on the town square on Friday and Saturday nights. We did hear some young people on the square briefly yelling during one of our nights at the hotel, so the issue of noise transmission from the square into the hotel rooms is something that those planning to stay on a Friday or Saturday night might want to explore.
Our room was generously proportioned and nicely furnished with new (or new-looking), good-quality, solid pieces (as opposed to the rickety, lightweight, cheap-looking furniture one can encounter in other Reykjavik hotels). The bed was very comfortable.
The all-new bathroom, with a clean, black-and white color scheme (which is dulled a bit in my photos) and beautiful new fixtures, was particularly nice. We especially enjoyed the seven-inch-diameter rainforest shower head. Compared to neighboring rooms, the bathroom in Room 411 is made a little smaller by the presence of the building’s elevator shaft, but it was still large enough to comfortably accommodate one person. (The elevator is completely quiet and posed no problem for us.) Based on the floor plan posted inside the room’s door, the bathrooms in 412, 414, and 416 looked big enough to perhaps accommodate two people at the same time. The bathroom was furnished with ample towels, soap, shampoo, etc., and the room closet was equipped with bath robes, slippers, and a hair dryer.
There was a flat-screen TV with several cable channels (including CNN), and a minibar with various items.
We did not order room service, eat at the hotel’s restaurant, or use the hotel’s morning breakfast service, so we cannot speak to those points. The breakfast costs an extra 1,400 kronor per person, if I remember the figure correctly, which equates to about $20.60 per person at 68 kronor to the dollar, the approximate exchange rate during our visit. We took our breakfasts instead at the Café Paris, a very nice place facing onto the square that is just a few steps away from the hotel. The early-20th-Century décor of the café complements that of the hotel nicely. The hotel’s proximity to the café, which also serves lunch and dinner, can be viewed as one of the hotel’s advantages, though it should be noted that there are many nice cafes and restaurants throughout the downtown area.
The front-desk staff was friendly and helpful. We used them for making two dinner reservations, and for reserving the Reykjavik Excursions shuttle bus that took us, on the day of our departure, from the hotel to the town’s nearby BSI bus terminal, where we switched to the Reykjavik Excursions FlyBus for the trip back to the airport.
Our stay at the Hotel Borg was thoroughly enjoyable. The Borg is not an inexpensive hotel, but we felt that we received good value for our money. We would recommend the Borg to others, especially four couples looking for a gracious, elegant place to stay during their visit to Reykjavik.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dignified and imposing, Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík, across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. The Borg, which has become one of Reykjavik's landmarks, is conveniently located within walking distance of variety of restaurants, businesses, art galleries and specialty shops. The hotel's 99 rooms and suites, with Art Deco style throughout, are elegantly appointed yet offer an extensive array of modern amenities. Enjoy a drink or cocktail in the hotel bar. Relax in the sauna, steam bath or hot pool. Massages and treatments available by appointment. Full service gym with free weights, state-of-the art treadmill, exercise bike, rowing machine, and more is available for guests of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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