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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Leifur Eiriksson Hotel
- Leifur Eiriksson Reykjavík