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“Location minus the accessibility”

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CenterHotel Skjaldbreid
Ranked #38 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
Helsinki, Finland
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43 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Location minus the accessibility”
Reviewed 15 June 2013

Like others, I too am puzzled how this hotel managed to get a 4-star rating. Perhaps it's the amount of services provided, but certainly the interiors and room size left something to be desired.

The hotel is located on a street closed from traffic, so when coming with shuttle you should prepare for a brisk little walk with your luggage. This may not work out so well if you have disabilities or plenty of luggage with you. Some of these problems are further escalated by the fact that you enter the hotel from ground floor and lobby is one floor up. There's two short sets of steps in between street level and the elevator, and no ramp for accessibility.

Lobby staff was extremely helpful, I couldn't have asked for more. We got a room from the same floor as the lobby, facing away from the street. View was a bit boring, basically of a wall across the yard.

Room was super-cramped, with a bed, desk and office table taking up most of the space in the room. Did not bother as much for overnight stay, but could have gotten a tad annoying had I unpacked all my gear -- instead I opted just to stow away my bags and not unpack them at all.

Breakfast was also very good, with fresh bread, vegetables and a lot of other options available. Breakfast room had a nice view overlooking rooftops of nearby buildings.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2013 via mobile

Rooms and hallways are basic with worn carpet. Reception/check in is just a small room on the second floor. Not really a lobby to speak of.

Hotel is perfectly located right on the main shopping street.

Was looking for an affordable option while in transit and this met my needs. Not sure how the 4 star rating came about though?

  • Stayed June 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 June 2013

My husband and I stayed here over a weekend and were in a room on the top floor. The room was comfortable and the service very helpful, but at night the street noise was loud. The person manning the night desk was able to give us earplugs.
If you're in Reykjavik to enjoy the nightlife it's a great central location but if you appreciate a quiet night's sleep stay elsewhere and take a bus or cab into this part of the city.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Martinsburg, WV
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2013

Great location and great value. Breakfast is included and very very good. Not the most posh furnishings or room size, however. I would stay here again based on value and breakfast. The CenterHotel chain in Reykjavik is a good one. Walking distance to the oldest community pool and hot tubs in Reykjavik. Just steps away to many good coffee shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank karaandwill
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Fochabers, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2013

We stayed here in May 2013. Our first impression was confusing because the picture on the website and the door we were dropped off at didn't appear to match. The photo makes you think that you will enter the hotel by an entrance on the corner of the building but the actual entry is at the side and you have to climb steps to the door and then once inside more steps to get to the lift which takes you to reception on the 2nd floor. Our room was clean and spacious but the shower-room was a bit tight on space. Breakfast was served on the third floor in a "glass house" - very clean and there was plenty of food on offer - no staff in sight so help yourself. Tea and coffee were available in the "glass house" all day. There was no other food provision but all manner of eating places close by, so no problem.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lindsay, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2013

My spouse and I stayed at the Skjaldbreid from April 25th – May 01st 2013.

We were on the main floor and yes it is noisy on weekends, however the hotel is very central to Cafes, restaurants and shops etc.

A special thank you to Johnathan for helping us with our maps and trip planning, and being so patient and friendly with us on our many other questions. Tony was also helpful and friendly and so were the other staff members on the reception desk and kitchen.

We truly enjoyed our trip to Iceland and many thanks to all the staff at the Skjaldabreid.


Katherine MacLean
Robert Wiggins

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Stubbekøbing, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2013

We stayed at the hotel for 4 nights. It is very central in Rekjavik - and therefore one must be preared forsome noise from the mainstreet.
The room was ok - but not more. Two separate beds in each side of the room.
The staff was very friendly - especially one English guy had a good sense of humour and was very helpful.
BUT - the breakfast was very poor. Cold, hardboiled eggs, neutral toast bread, neutral cheese, frozen rye bread that had been thawn (still cold though) and a very non-cosy room. Very disappointing.
Should we come to Reykjavik again, we would chose another hotel.
It has 4 stars - should hav 2-3 instead.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Boch_48
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Property: CenterHotel Skjaldbreid
Address: Laugavegur 16, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#17 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — CenterHotel Skjaldbreid 4*
Number of rooms: 33
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