Firstly Iceland is a "must see" during anyone's lifetime. The unique landscape and the fact that its one of the worlds newest countries in terms land formation, meeting of the american and european plates and other unique formations means that its pretty unmissable as a destination...but just to see that uniqueness. Also the fact that iceland is 90% plus geothermic energy means that it will be among the cleanest air you will ever breath. There is hardly any dust on any windows because they don't depend much on fossil fuel. We felt healthier just being there. Try and use Geotours, the spanish guide was fantastic.
Natura is ok. Its certainly not cheap and its sadly about a 20 min walk from Reykavik and about a 8 min (infrequent) bus ride from the city centre. The city centre itself is hardly big...just an average UK high street to be honest. There aren't that many shops and they are all ridiculously expensive as is food and the bars. We stupidly thought we would try the gay bar there and it was £30 for 2 drinks and pretty rubbish so we left after our first drink. Whoever tries to sell you iceland as a clubbing destination is talking rubbish. It really isn't a "young people" city at all. Go there for eco-tourism but not clubbing or dining experiences. The cost of eating and drinking out is astronomical so budget well.
Anyway back to Natura...we had a room overlooking the airport which was a bit disappointing. Planes are extremely infrequent so its not really a problem. Room size was perfectly adequate and we did have access to the free lounge which meant you could get coffees (if you could work the machine out - no milk btw) and some nice snacks and cookies. I think we struggled with the TV a bit as english isn't necessarily their biggest market.
We were slightly disappointed with the spa to be honest. Over the easter bank holiday you would expect them to open it up to late but it was shut for most of the time. I specifically paid for a hotel with a spa as me and my boyfriend as we wanted to have treatments but it was mostly closed during the evening and that was the only time we could have done as we were on tours during the day. Don't specifically book easter weekends if I were you.
There was also a small gym but weirdly none of the brochures (nor the staff) talk about it much...I only found it because I was wandering around the hotel!
The on site restaurant is ok...does a reasonable set meal (expensive by UK standards for what it is but affordable). We went out for a cheap burger which I hate which tells you how expensive it is there.
All in all a must place to visit...but try to get one of the hostels or small hotels right smack bang in the centre. Having said that there are some nice walks around, grab a coffee at the large dome building you can see from the hotel...free refills as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four-star Reykjavik accommodation showcasing the best of Icelandic nature. Newly-renovated Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura (formerly Hotel Loftleidir) is close to the city centre, in the quiet Oskjuhlid wooded area near the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík
- Hotel Loftleidir
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