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Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Ranked #15 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
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“Nice hotel, pricey but normal for Iceland!”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

Booked this according to the central location and good reviews. Also for the price which, although still rather high, was lower than those for other well-reviewed good hotels. It is a very hip hotel, very quirky but still comfortable. However the rooms are extremely small for 2 people to stay in. And the bathroom could be an issue if you are a privacy freak - there is only a frosted-glass sliding door, and it's literally right next to the bed. Lastly, not much storage space in the room, this is maybe the only trip I've taken in which I didn't fully unpack my luggage and just pulled items out of it as I needed them. There was only space for one person to fully unpack, so keep these types of expectations realistic. But for a short stay we were able to adjust. Other than that, the rooms were extremely quiet and sleep was never an issue. We stayed in an attic room with a balcony, overlooking the street. Realistically, since it's so cold in the winter you don't really use the balcony, unless you're a smoker, but it was still nice - we ended up using it as a refrigerator for our food items!

The hotel has a great bar scene - we were surprised to see each day how many non-guests of the hotel came there in the evenings just for the bar. It has a great atmosphere and even live music on some nights. The staff at the restaurant and bar are top-notch. Also, the reception staff was very helpful at organizing transfers and restaurant reservations, etc. Finally, the location was great, only a 5-minute walk from the downtown area.

Overall, I do recommend this hotel, but it can be pricey, so maybe a more budget hotel would be better for some of you. However, I like comfort, cleanliness and a good location, so this hotel was definitely suitable for that.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

What a great hotel this is! Looks crap from the outside, however inside, from the quirky decor to the staff, it's ace. The reception staff are great, helpful, friendly and have a cracking sense of humour.
There is a fire pit type fire with a wooden figure sat adjacent. It's a great place to hang out, with a good bar. It's pricey but most bars in Reykjavik are! It's used a lot by the locals. When we visited the air waves music festival was on. It was very busy as some bands were appearing. One in particular was good, downloaded them off iTunes!
The whale watching offices face the hotel, only a 100m or so away. We booked the northern lights tour with icelandair. They collected us from the hotel reception area by minibus, make sure you have your vouchers with you though, as you change to another operator at the local bus station who do not have a record of your booking. We were extremely lucky, we saw the lights starting at about 9.30 ish in a somewhat subdued way but at midnight they were extremely good. Wear good thermals etc. we wore our ski gear, but you do get cold. As you stand outside in anticipation of the show , worth it!
We didn't eat in the hotel as we were with friends and we wanted to see Reykjavik , which is in easy walking distance of the hotel.
Reykjavik is a great city, the people are firiendly with a great British type quirky humour, we had some good laughs with the locals. Go, use this hotel it's brill!

Room Tip: Facing the marina!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Somewhere
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

I can see what they were going for, hip, stylish, boutique-y etc, but it didn't quite work out. It ended up being kind of pokey, expensive to sleep in and over-priced to drink at. The room also suffered from having an irritating fan "wooooooom"'ing all night, plus a radiator that came on at ~2000 degree C at 4am. Worst night sleep in Iceland.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Stayed here in February 2013, and had a good stay with no complaints. Breakfast was good, as was the location. Parking can be quite difficult, but you can generally find a space in the surrounding roads. We arrived very late due to a delayed flight but we were happy to see the desk staffed and check in was quickly completed. The rooms are quite small but we knew that when we booked.

Iceland is amazing, and I would highly recommend it to everyone, such beautiful scenery!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

The Icelandair Marina is definitely one of the most popular hotels in Reykjavik. It has a quirky decor and theme, but is indeed a modern hotel with all facilities you would expect. Bathrooms have frosted glass walls and doors to the room, so it is not for the shy or people not knowing each other too well. Good size room with nice beds. Breakfast is plentiful and a modern interpretation of a hotel buffet. Location is right on the harbour front - 10 minutes walk from both Harpa and downtown. Be prepared for a party if you stay over a weekend. The lobby bar (try the homemade G&T!) is one of Reykjavik's most popular and plenty of people will keep the place spinning until 1AM . Not too much noise to be heard in the rooms though and access to the hotel floors requires a key.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a harbour view - it is stunning. Top floor has small terraces.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

This quirky, hip hotel right near the Marina was a fun stay. Our main complaint is that the lobby bar turns into a Locals scene on Friday nights that is quite loud well into the wee hours. The decor is charming and unique to the marina location. The breakfast is delicious beyond description…we ate a giant smorgasbord here every morning and didn't need another meal until dinner! The staff is polite and efficient but certainly not effusively warm. If you stay elsewhere in Reykjavik, stop by for cocktail hour in the lounge, pull up a seat next to the fireplace and start chatting with the locals!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

We spent our final night in Iceland at the Hotel Marina because it was one of the few with available rooms on a Friday night. The rooms are tiny, and the bathroom is tinier. There is even a sign in the bathroom that tries to excuse the size by saying that they made them that way on purpose so that you wouldn't spend much time there! In addition, the bathroom has sliding glass doors that do not even fully close located right next to the bed. The rooms are truly smaller than a standard cabin on a budget cruise line. Only one person at a time can move about. There are certainly better hotels for the money in Reykjavik.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Address: Myrargata 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #15 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 138
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Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, steps from downtown Reykjavik, is situated in a completely renovated four-story building that has become a landmark among local residents. It is located next to the historical, and still fully functioning, dry-dock called Slippur. With an emphasis on blending the dynamic, creative atmosphere of this rapidly developing district with the country's strong fishing traditions, the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina offers everyone the opportunity to see and experience the capital at its most creative and colorful. ... more   less 
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