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“Just about good enough, but plenty of criticisms”

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Hotel Leifur Eiriksson
Ranked #27 of 54 Hotels in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 March 2014

We booked a week's stay here with an unbeatable Icelandair package including flights. What the hotel has going for it is its location which is pretty unbeatable, and there is plenty of free car park space across the road if you have a rental car. You can walk down a gentle slope to any number of restaurants within 10 minutes, and even the Harpa concert hall is less than 15 minutes' walk away.
The Leifur Eriksson is a tourist hotel and offers little that is special or memorable. Beds are soft and pillows small. Most importantly you can be VERY unlucky with rooms. Some are tiny and cramped and very noisy indeed. The worst is probably 208 (the second floor is more of a mezzanine), but anywhere with the church view on this floor is close to the road and to traffic and passers by. The best room is unquestionably 302, on the front, followed by 301 on the back. These are considerably bigger than the small rooms, so ask for one of these if you can. There is also a small lounge with books tucked away on the 3rd floor which people don't seem to know about.
The hotel has no baths, so every room has a shower/toilet/basin unit which gets wet every time that you use the shower. Basins are small and can be badly fitted in some rooms. There is a big step down from the bathroom into the bedroom itself.
Room cleaning was very poor indeed. I suspect that, as most people stay for only a few days, the thorough cleaning is done on change-over, but our room was hardly cleaned during our stay (beds made and towels replaced, but nothing really cleaned, wiped or hoovered).
There is free wi-fi in the hotel but service is patchy and the extender often has to be rebooted to get logged on.
The breakfast is included and has pretty well everything you would want, but the room is cramped and can be very busy. Plenty of things are not replaced quickly enough (eg glasses, plates, fruit salad, waffle mixture) and some of the service was grudging - unusual in Iceland. The orange 'juice' is a horrible weak squash and the coffee, from an automatic machine, is terrible. Tables again we're not properly cleaned so were often sticky. The room needs to have a deep clean after every breakfast session but doesn't get it.
The reception staff were, for all of this, unfailingly helpful and polite, and attempted to sort out any difficulties.
In summary, a standard tourist hotel which is probably OK for a short break, but don't expect luxury, style or anything special. Because of the steps down on entry and the absence of a lift, the hotel is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties. We would not stay here again.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

we stayed here for 4 nights from 26.03.2014 - we arrived late in the early hours of the morning but the staff were helpful, arriving into the room was a bit of a shock it was a little basic with 2 small single beds and some bunk beds . i thought we had a double room booked . but after a good nights sleep it worked out ok as could unpack on my clothes and use the bunk beds to spread them all out. the hot water takes some time to come through but when it does its plenty hot enough. the only thing was trying to shower with the shower curtain so close it keeps sticking to you, not sure why they have a shower curtain as its a wet room style.
the rooms were kept clean and tidy, nice and warm. the staff there are very helpful and informative and the free coffee etc. all day is a real bonus. the breakfast was also fine as it comes free with the stay. the location of the hotel is ideal just a short walk away from the shops , a handy supermarket over the road. overal if you just want a simple basic hotel to stay in with friendly atmosphere and helpful staff you cannot go wrong here

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank GuyEverett
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Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

Most importantly- the room was clean and breakfast was included. Our room had a sweet view of the church. It was tiny but not a big deal since we were pretty much only sleeping and showering there. The one weird thing is the floor of the bathroom is a full step higher than the bedroom. Decent for the price.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
Thank AshtonLeeB
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Small, clean room & very tiny shower room, I was in a single so maybe others are more spacious.

Breakfast adequate, free hot drinks all day in the lobby are a nice touch.

The real bonus points for this hotel are the friendly, english speaking staff & location, location, location!

We would definitely stay here again for a budget city break

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Thank TheLawrencesat61
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Really enjoyed this hotel, the location is great next to the cathedral which is always easy to find.
After a long day a lift would have been welcome and the rooms were very compact. That aside the staff were friendly and very helpful. We used the meeting room with free hot and soft drinks quite a lot as our group gathered and dispersed
The tours picked us up and dropped off at the front door, but this maybe true of all hotels in Reykjavik
Great for a short stay

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Charles M
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

We stayed here earlier this week for three nights. The staff were extremely helpful, the hotel was spotless. Our room was a corner room in the eaves of the roof, which made an already small room even smaller, however, that said, it was neat, clean and well looked after during our stay, room 402. We had lovely views over the church and out to the snow covered mountains. Just round the corner was the main street, so easy access to all restaurants and bars, and of course shops.
All in all, a good base from which to visit.

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Thank WoodyJane
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

Stayed here for 3 nights on an Icelandair deal. Hotel is basic but clean, warm, with great staff.
We had room 202, on the corner. Tiny bathroom but really good shower....we've stayed in 5 star hotels whose showers couldn't compare. We had an issue with it flooding on our first day but it was sorted as soon as we reported it, so top marks there. I've read the earlier reviews and the breakfast restaurant is a delightful, bright area with free tea and coffee, 24hrs a day. It is certainly not dark and dingy as one reviewer stated!! The hot chocolate on tap 24hrs is better than some top coffee shops serve up. There's 2 waffle making machines in use at breakfast..yummy.
Cornflakes, muesli and granola. Yoghurt, fresh fruit, cheese , boiled eggs, hams. Different breads for toasting, jams, marmalade, peanut butter....I mean what more do you need from a complimentary breakfast.....brilliant.
The girls behind the desk were knowledgeable and always helpful.
It's location is it's prize....opposite the Lutheran Church which is stunning outside and in. Try to visit when the organist is practising as an extra treat.
All in all a good wee hotel.....it is what it is.....3 star but you get your money's worth

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Additional Information about Hotel Leifur Eiriksson

Address: Skolavoroustigur 45, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range: £102 - £231 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Leifur Eiriksson 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a 3 star family run hotel located in the centre of Reykjavik opposite the famous Hallgrims Church. Our hotel is in a quiet part of Reykjavik and there is free parking opposite our hotel . We offer 47 rooms all with private bathroom facilities and free wi fi internet connection . ... more   less 
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