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Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Ranked #18 of 55 Hotels in Reykjavik
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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

Booked our final night in iceland here as a splurge after a week of camper van living. Was recommended here from a friend. Quite pricey, maybe $300usd, but thought a nice last night was worth it. We got one of the rooms overlooking the marina with a little balcony. The rooms are quite small, to be expected, but barely enough room to move around and sort our luggage. It is very cute, nicely decorated, and the view over the harbor is excellent.

A few things: literally right next door on the west side of the hotel is a giant construction site, and the banging of rock digging was awful. As we were not spending any time in the room it was ok, but if you are there more than one night or want to spend any time at all between 11-7 make sure you get a room as far away from that side as possible.

Also, the bathroom is cute but poorly designed. It is just a shower stall with a toilet and sink. They should have a little lip to keep the shower water from going all over the floor. And a little shelf inside the shower would be so easy and so helpful to place your shampoo etc while you are in there.

The bed was very comfortable, but there were two twin sized blankets instead of one that covers the whole bed. Not great for snuggling under the cover.

The best part of this hotel is the downstairs main floor which is beautiful and has several sitting areas.

We heard the restaurant is quite good but the kitchen closes at 10pm and we were out on a whale watching your until past 10.

Overall, the staff was very friendly and helpful and the location is great, but beware the ongoing construction and maybe best to stay elsewhere and go for dinner or a drink instead.

Stayed: July 2014
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Trausti K, Public Relations Manager at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2014

Dear traveler,
thank you so much for your nice review. We thank you for mentioning the best part of the hotel as our friendly staff and nice bar and restaurant area. It sure is true that our restaurant is good, and we are known for our great cocktails! And may we say that we are so happy that you slept well in our beds despite two covers and that you could enjoy the view over the marina.

We are sincerely sorry about your experience with the noise from the constructions. At the moment the Reykjavik Marina is undergoing an extensive enlargement and unfortunately that can be disturbing for our guests. Now, most of the ground work, which has been causing most of the noise, is completed, so there will be much less noise and disturbance from now on, but 60 new rooms will open in a new building in spring 2015.
We hope to see you again,
Erla

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

The location is quite unsual...it is not a marina but actually a dock, the old port of the city. The rooms are confortable with a modern decor. In every detail we can find the nordic design and peculiar sense of humour. Very nice stay.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The reason to book this hotel while visiting Reykjavik is for its location in the Old Harbor area. It is very close to many restaurants and a short distance to City Center. It is just an interesting and quirky spot, and a starting point for many good walks.
We ate at the breakfast buffet each morning-an additional charge. Although the self-serve buffet was essentially the same spread each day, we enjoyed it-fruits, breads, cheeses, skyr, cold cuts,porridge, coffee ,juices, salad, potatoes, omelet and breakfast dessert bars!
Now up to our single rooms on 2. Picture a very, very small, and very clean, dorm room with a window, no closet, and a one room bath behind a slider. The bed was covered with a duvet, which did not stay put on me! There were hooks and hangers and cubbies (cubicles). There was a stool next to a very small desk. and a tray table that slid over the bed. The big Phillips TV was a treat,providing an amazing variety of UK, Iceland, German, Russian, French, Japanese programming.. I quite enjoyed the tv since night never fell! Now into the Bath, which flooded daily because the shower was just the other end of the bath room! The overhead shower and the hand held were quite deluxe, but, alas, there was no soap dish! I had to do a balancing act each morning, reaching and replacing the soap and facewash and washcloth on the sink ledge, while standing under the shower! A very nice liquid hand soap, a shampoo dispenser, kleenex and a hair dryer were provided.I brought my own bar soap. Room was quiet some nights, and noisy with thumps on others. Large suitcase had to balance on narrow shelf-problematic when packing! Despite all the water in the bathroom and the constant rain, the rooms smelled fresh and wet clothes dried overnight.

Room Tip: Single rooms are available.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

The Icelandair Reykjavik Marina Hotel was, for us, a fittingly upmarket place to end an energetic holiday of Icelandic hiking. Its arty retro-modern industrial look in the reception and bar areas provide a warm contrast to the clean, crisp white of the rooms which overlook the working harbour and the hills beyond Reykjavik.

The hotel is extremely well situated in relation to the main shopping and eating streets of Reykjavik, while its location beside the harbor allows it a less claustrophobic city air. The Volcano House, Saga Museum and Viking Museum are only a block or two away. The hotel bar and restaurant is popular with trendy locals and tourists alike, but the music carries upstairs, so better to join them than to try to avoid the noise if your visit coincides with a weekend night. The menu is brief but excellent and the gourmet flatbreads highly recommended.

Our room was sufficiently spacious to accommodate two very large duffels and peripheral bags and backpacks without blocking all the floor space and the abundant plug points meant that almost every electronic gadget could be charged simultaneously. Our attic room did have one major design flaw though: the en suite bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a piece of semi-opaque frosted glass, and the toilet is less than a metre from the bed, making ablutions a rather exposed affair. While this may be acceptable in some cultures, it presents a distasteful situation in ours, and on several occasions I opted to use the facilities in the restaurant downstairs.

Breakfast was sumptuous, particularly after the meagre morning offerings of some of the country hotels we stayed at. Sadly though, and it seems to be a country-wide problem, the small coffee cups meant continual trips to the counter for refills.

Those travelling in hired cars should be aware that the hotel has no parking and that cars must be parked a short distance away adjacent to a construction site (for no charge). Bags can be dropped off in reception first though.

All in all, a very good experience. I would defnitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Attic rooms have balconies and lovely views
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

The hotel is funky and nice and conveniently located. Ask for a room on the fourth floor to get a balcony.

For $400 a night, you think you would get a bathroom with a real door. This had a sliding glass door that doesn't provide much privacy. Also, the only toiletries in the bathroom are a bottle of soap for washing hands and a bottle of shampoo in the shower. No soap or even shower gel for washing up.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Rooms were small, but comfortable and clean. We stayed on the second floor and surprisingly did not hear any noise from the bar and restaurant at night. Our room faced the water, but the noise from cleaning the boats was quite loud in the morning.
Breakfast was not included in our rate, but we happily paid the cost twice since they have the best breakfast buffet we had in all of Iceland.
Lots of lounge space, helpful staff, and a theater where they played World Cup games.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

The Marina is a great hotel. Clean, modern, unique spaces with unapologetic views of the gritty marina next door. I found the room's proximity to such huge, daunting ships to be something special. Our room was a second floor room with a balcony.
The bathroom was absolutely fine; in fact I expected something much smaller. Size-wise it worked well. The bathroom is not soundproof but the frosted glass does add the necessary privacy. If you have trouble getting to the bottom of how the heck to turn on the shower, the on/off knob is the one opposite the knob with the temperature numbers printed on it. It's the knob on the left. I only mention this because ours was stuck so tight we thought for sure we were pulling at the wrong knob and I was searching online for the answer to the weird shower fixture riddle at the time. This info would have helped.
The bed was very comfortable, the TV had some interesting channels (including several British stations) and there is a snack fridge in the lobby where you can score the best yogurt on the planet - Skyr - as well as beer, wine and other treats. My husband and I were happy about that! It's especially nice when coming in on a late flight and worrying about finding something to nosh on in the early AM hours. The Slippbarinn, located on the first floor, has some indulgent food offerings as well as fantastic and truly unique cocktails. Best of all the hotel is close enough to the main shopping street and so many of the sights in Reykjavik that we easily walked to these things.
Overall it was a great experience and we certainly will return!

Room Tip: Our room had a "balcony", and that room was a good size. Not a small room.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Myrargata 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #18 of 55 Hotels in Reykjavik
Price Range: £141 - £306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 138
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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