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Hotel Island
Ranked #35 of 55 Hotels in Reykjavik
Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

If you have a car it is a perfect place to stay. Becouse it is a little far from the center (4 km.)Large rooms, beatiful view, friendly&helpfull staff, good breakfast. I stay with my club carlsson points but I think it offers good prize for Reykjavik.

Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

I'd stayed one night at Park Inn Island hotel just because Hilton was fully booked on that night. Of course, it can't be compared to Hilton. The room rate is quite reasonable and simple breakfast is included at the small restaurant located next to the reception. All the staff are polite and helpful. The room that I'd stayed had harbour view. It's clean & spacious. Although it's just a 3 star hotel, I will rate it as 4 star due to the good service standard of their staff. It's a good value option if you don't mind its location is not in the town centre. Nevertheless, it's just about 10 min. bus ride to the town centre. There;s not much to see or shop nearby. Overall, it's very good.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank CChanHK
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

In the summer Iceland ,it is not easy to find a hotel like this, the price is arround 200 Euro /room, The room is bigger and service is excellent.It is not so close to the Center,but close to the famous swimming pool,which is good for family ,etc.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Leo_Edd
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

This was an excellent choice for me staying on points - it was the lowest level point value wtih Carlson hotels.

incredible full breakfast buffet - a rarity for Iceland. With the cost of meals in Iceland, that makes this property a great deal, as that a breakfast of the caliber of the one they serve would be $20 or so.
Quiet property removed from any noise
nice views on top of the hill
friendly staff - desk and restaraunt both.
room was clean
c-store right around the corner if they dont have what you need in the lobby

shows some wear and tear due to age. Maybe Carlson will clean it up a bit.
Most of the properties in Iceland that i have seen have a bit of wear to them so this was not horrible - just so you know. Examples like scuff marks on the walls or doors, wear on brass handles/railings, wear on the veneer of some of the furniture, older looking carpet etc... nothing major.
not really close to the typical tourist activities - not very walkable anyway, but fine if you have a car.
not many restaurants close by

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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2  Thank marieatta_pman
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

This hotel has to be recent acquisition by rezidor sas group - it is somewhat more upscale than traditional park inn, and they still have some plates in restaurant with "Hotel Island" brand so it has to be what this hotel was before joining Radisson.

The hotel itself is located off centre of Reykjavik and if you plan to visit downtown often and/or are not planning to rent a car, then this hotel is probably not for you. We rented car and all our interests were outside Reykjavik, so this hotel was ok option for us.

The sole reason we selected this hotel was that we planned to stay on points and this hotel, being only category 1 in Club Carlson award chart was unbelievable value for money (9000 points vs. EUR 200 usual rate).

We were staying for 5 nights in July. Reservation was made well in advance and so we were not aware of refurbishment works that started in this hotel when we arrived. We were upgraded into junior suite which was large room consisted of 2 areas - one with king size bed and vanity table, another one with work desk and sofabed which was converted Into 2nd bed for us. There was safe in the wall and the fridge. Quality of bed was sufficient, pillows however were very flat and soft.

Breakfast is included for all guests and consists of some hot and cold items and pretty decent coffee. Internet is also included free for all and (potentially therefore) is slow and unreliable (e.g. I was able to receive emails on my iPad but was only able to send them from the hotel reception desk - obviously this was not a new news for hotel management - I was calmly advised that "email never works").

Hotel's biggest issue is the service overall-it is very patchy and totally indifferent, e.g. Waiter in the restaurant may start cleaning plates on your table in front of you, room service may not vacuum entire floor leaving dust in the corners, etc. etc.

Another issue we experienced is of course construction work in the hotel and in nightclub that shares same building. It was very noisy on weekdays and work would start at 8am.

Another interesting feature of this particular hotel is that it shares the building with elderly care home which occupies 2nd floor - but it did not affect our stay in any way.

Verdict: I personally will not spend EUR 200 per night at this hotel as it would be quite poor value for money. It is ok option to stay on points.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank avsm
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

I am a regular guest and I frequent this hotel several times a year for business and I felt it's about time to write something here.

A nice cozy hotel and pretty much what I would expect from a small 3 star hotel.

The hotel has some wonderful staff. Reception staff are warm and helpful. Always eager to help.

Breakfast can be a little hectic during the busier times, but when a few hundred people all come at once that is to be expected.

Rooms are a little dated in style,but kept immaculately clean.

While the hotel isn't in the dead center of town, it also isn't too far away either. Public buses leave regularly and a taxi is also ready within minutes. But if it's a nice day it's a pleasant 30 minute stroll.

As a whole I do feel the hotel is starting to show it's age, but I do also know they are in the process of renovating.

I always look forward to my stay, and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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2  Thank Holo22
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We stayed 4 nights in this hotel. Basically we were looking for the least expensive decent bed and breakfast option within walking distance from the centre and that's what we got.

The room was large and had a nice view to the sea and mountains - if you looked between the office buildings. We had a twin room instead of the double room we had booked and confirmed, but the location within the hotel was so good that we didn't want to risk it by changing rooms. The shower was a bit "moody" with the water temperature and pressure sometimes and the towels were old and tiny compared to other hotels or even those I have at home, but otherwise the room was comfortable.

The breakfast was basic and sometimes the cooked stuff was cold or even raw (the potatoes). The bread selection however was excellent and we always found enough to eat.

The location was good for us: definitely within walking distance from the centre but there's also a bus stop nearby, close to the sea and the park and you don't need to walk along busy streets to get anywhere, there's always a nicer alternative. There are a few small restaurants nearby, nothing fancy but e.g. a vegetarian restaurant, some kind of Chinese/Vietnamese place (with mixed reviews) and a very local indeed restaurant called Múlakaffi, which is the closest one and which we tried. You get to choose from a few dishes and get also soup, bread and salad for very reasonable price - and the portions are huge!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Arctus
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Additional Information about Hotel Island

Address: Armuli 9, Reykjavik 108, Iceland (Formerly Park Inn by Radisson)
Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Háaleiti
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range: £110 - £222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Island 4*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the new business district & within walking distance to the picturesque city centre; near Kringlan mall. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Park Inn By Radisson Island Reykjavik Hotel
Park Inn Reykjavík
Reykjavík Park Inn

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