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“Great location, but basic - take a hairdryer!”

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Hotel Leifur Eiriksson
Ranked #27 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
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“Great location, but basic - take a hairdryer!”
Reviewed 20 December 2009

Booked Leifur Eirikssson as part of an Iceland Air deal. On the plus - fantastic location next to the Cathedral and a stone's throw from great restaurants and shops. The breakfast buffet was more than adequate, ranging from fruit, breads, cereals, juices, teas, coffees etc. Service was acceptable - they booked restaurants for us, organised hire cars, tours etc. Level of friendliness depended on who was on reception at the time.

Rooms were more disappointing; very basic and hostelish in feel. Our dilemna was the lack of hairdryers - we ended up not washing our hair rather than going outside with wet hair in December. Beds were pretty comfy, bathrooms were small and only contained towels and soap. My twin room in the annex was pretty roomy in size, but my friends had singles which were "snug" to say the least!

Would be prepared to stay again for the location only, but next time, I'll make sure to take a hairdryer!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 December 2009

The Leifur Eiriksson is a 'no frills' basic hotel very centrally located opposite the Hallgrímskirkja ..... the church spire/tower being a perfect landmark! The location is ideal for walking around Reykjavik, close to main shopping area, restaurants, museums etc. The hotel is only a short distance from the bus terminus and mini buses provide efficient transfers.

The hotel is basic and is ideal if you only intend to sleep there! The rooms are adequate, beds comfortable enough, and very good heating, bathroom very small, but adequate for a couple of nights - there are no toiletries etc provided. The breakfast was fine and hot drinks were available 24/7 - which made up for no coffee facilities in rooms. The reception were freindly and helpful.

All told a good location for visiting the city ... but if you intend to spend time in the hotel then you would be disappointed. It is basic and good value, fine just to sleep in. Would I go back? For a couple of nights yes .... for longer maybe not!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Surrey
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Reviewed 24 November 2009

We arrived having booked a room for 2 people, as we are a gay couple I think the owner got confused and gave us 2 single rooms. One room in the basement was disgusting - more like a police cell! We asked to be moved so then we got a room in the loft, where you could literally not swing a cat. The breakfast was ok apart from only having one toaster for a very busy hotel. If you think you will hardly be in your room then book here as the location is great, but otherwise look around.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reading, Berks
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Reviewed 15 November 2009

My partner and I have just returned after staying 4 nights at this hotel having booked via Icelandair.
The hotel has a brilliant location, it was clean and the service was brilliant. It is basic but for what you pay its great value - if you want lots of luxury then of course you are going to pay more especially in the centre of a capital known for being expensive !! I'm not quite sure what some people expect but there was free tea/coffee available at all times, the breakfast was adequate. The rooms were conftable including the beds - lots of hot water and it was also very warm!
They assisted us on trips and were very pleasant and I wuld cetainly return here - in fact we are looking to go back next year and have also recommended to family.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 12 November 2009

We were recently due to stay at Hotel Leifur Eiriksson having booked through a package offered by IcelandAir. Upon arrival we were given some vague excuse about one of the rooms being 'broken' and bumped to another hotel elsewhere in the city on the basis that this would be a free-upgrade. Having read some of the reviews on this site, elsewhere and discussed this with the manager at the hotel we were sent to then it's apparent this is a relatively common occurrence when booking rooms at Leifur Eiriksson and not an isolated incident.

Our 'upgrade' turned out to be Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik, which was an uninspiring but functional hotel some way out of town (see Hotel Cabin Reviews for more details). If you do get to stay at Hotel Leifur Eiriksson then the location is pretty spot-on for the centre and sights of Reykjavik. I guess I can't really comment on the rest of the facilities at this hotel as we never got to stay there!

Definitely not one to book on the basis of the convenient location alone.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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Brighton, UK
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Reviewed 11 November 2009

We stayed here twice on our 10 day round trip of Iceland. The first stay was fine. The photos on the hotel's official website are rather misleading. The whole place feels more like a youth hostel than a 3*hotel. The staff are ok but not friendly or that helpful.

We stayed in a twin and a 'triple' room. The triple room was two single beds and some bunk beds. Not very good for 3 adults sharing as the bunk beds were ridiculously small.
The bathrooms are all wetrooms which make it very unconfortable for quick showers and getting dressed when sharing. Absolutely everything gets wet. The beds were also not even and so you felt as though you were sleeping on a slope. They do not look capable of providing roomservice as their website suggests. Breakfast is ok but there are no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms at all.

Our second stay, just one night, was a joke. When we arrived, after a delayed internal flight on an incredibly wet and stormy night, the guy at reception gave the 5 of us two single rooms and was so drunk he could not work out the problem at all. We had to take charge and go look in other available rooms to see which ones had the right amount of beds in it. It took so long we missed any chance we had to have a nice final meal in Reykjavik. Completely unacceptable.

When we were checking out we asked if we could leave our bags for a few hours. The man on reception that time coud not even grant us eye contact and gestured to the place under the stairs.

All in all this is an ok, cheap place if you don't want service with a smile or a comfy bed.
They run excursions and buses to the airport which seemed to go well but we did not need those services.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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London, England
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Reviewed 7 November 2009

This is an ok hotel well situated in the town centre. Check-in was quick and easy for us (others had to wait whilst their rooms were sorted out). The small room was theoretically a twin but really was two singles pushed together with two single duvets under a double bed spread. The ensuite was very small but workable. TV was a few channels including BBC1. Free tea and coffee were available all day downstairs and this was also the only place the free WIFI worked. Breakfast was continental in style and reasonable. In summary, an OK hotel for a few days, reasonably priced but not as good as some reviews make out.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Leifur Eiriksson
Address: Skolavoerdustigur 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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 city opposite the famous Hallgrims Church .Our Hotel is in a quiet part of Reykjavik city and offer free parking opposite our Hotel .We offer 50 rooms all with private bathroom facilites and free wi fi internet connection . ... more   less 
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