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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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