The 60’s style exterior of this hotel belies the old world gentility that lies within. Inside it is warm, inviting and full of interesting artwork. The rooms are a decent size, well-furnished and with good bathrooms. It has a decent location, being within a short walk of the sights in the city centre although the street it is located in is fairly nondescript. The hotel makes a big deal of its food, but I found the breakfast to be deeply disappointing and extremely badly managed. We went down to breakfast at 0830h, which is not desperately late, to find the breakfast buffet decimated, presumably by the coach party that I had heard leaving earlier with a lot of banging on doors to wake up. I had to ask a number of times for the buffet to be refilled but in the end I gave up. The hot buffet remained empty for a complete hour, the cold buffet was only refilled with cheese, tomato etc when prompted and so it went on. This contrasted starkly with the Fosshotel in Skaftafell for example where, despite coach parties a cohort of employees kept a large and impressive breakfast buffet looking immaculate at all times during its service. While the staff at reception in Hotel Holt were extremely nice and helpful, those at the breakfast service need serious attention to get their act together, which points to poor and inadequate management. This, as you might infer, really spoilt my stay at a place that I thought would be a real treat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Holt is an intimate 41 room 4 star hotel on a quiet street in central Reykjavik with an emphasis on superior service and satisfaction for our guests. Hotel Holt houses Iceland's largest privately owned art collection as well as the country's premier fine dining restaurant with affordable prices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holt Hotel Reykjavík