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“Great base for exploring Reykjavik and beyond!”

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Rey Apartments Hotel
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Scotland
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8 reviews
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“Great base for exploring Reykjavik and beyond!”
Reviewed 25 March 2014

We travelled as a group of 3 couples and had booked the 3 bedroom apartment at Rey Apartments. The flybus from the airport stops here and all of the tour companies pick you up from your door as well so it was really handy for getting about. Located just off the main street in Reykjavik, the location was great. We were within 5 minutes walk of supermarkets, tourist attractions, shops, great restaurants and bars.

The apartment itself was great - clean and modern with big bathroom and fantastic shower! There was an open plan sitting/kitchen/dining area which is great for group trips as there was plenty space for everyone around the table for drinks and chat. Having a fully equipped kitchen was great as it meant we could cook a few meals to save a bit of money rather than eating out at restaurants all the time.

It didn't bother us at all but I should probably mention that there's no lift. We were right on the top floor so had a few flights of stairs to climb to get there - for us this wasn't a bad thing, it meant we had a great view over the rooftops of Reykjavik!

At the time of booking, this place was one of the cheapest apartments I could find for our size of group and also looked like one of the nicest in the photos. Having now been there I can safely say that it must be one of the best value for money accommodations in the city.

If I'm lucky enough to go back to Reykjavik someday I would absolutely stay here again and I would recommend it to anyone else travelling there.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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West Yorkshire, UK
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Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the REY apartments for a hen do! Perfect location and perfect accommodation! The party was spread over two large and spacious apartments! The accommodation was very high standard! We didn't mind the crazy stairwells all the way up to the apartment and even the older members of our party (85 and 83) managed the stairs!

Good tip- we shopped at the bonus supermarket on the main strip and cooked in the apartment which was perfect for a large group!

There was only one shower and with 8 girls to get ready in the large penthouse apartment that was the only little niggle!

We shall definitely be back!

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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47 reviews
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

This apartment hotel has GREAT rooms. The units are updated and very clean and well appointed. You get a lot of space for the price compared to the traditional hotels in Reykjavik and the location is very convenient. As is the case in the central area of Reykjavik in the summer, the street noise is significant all night. They provide private parking which is absolutely necessary if you have a rental car as there is nowhere to park.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Singapore
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

Love the location. Very near all the amenities and restaurants. No lift though, so got to bring all luggage up by stairs, not for the faint hearted. Roadside parking free after 6pm. Our previous apartment has dedicated parking ground so felt more secure.

The apartment interior was better than our previous one. Spacious and with many beds. Only drawback was some beds in the top floor apartment has beds below the roof so be careful when you wake up. If your head hit the ceiling above, you might be in for a nasty painful shock. Overall very satisfied with the apartment.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Chester England
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Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

Recently stayed in the large 3 bedroomed apartment on third floor
Very nice interior although the twin room was very compact with virtually no storage space
Kitchen facilities very good with everything we required including dishwasher
As others have mentioned there are no lifts in the apartments, so it is difficult getting large suitcases up the small winding staircase at the top.
Good wifi
Large bathroom with nice shower and second toilet . Really if 8 people used the apartment a second shower rather than toilet would be more useful
Apartment in excellent position a couple of minutes from main high street and numerous bars and cafés , close to supermarket also.
We did not hear any street noise but maybe that was because we were high up . Beds were very comfortable with lovely white crisp linen
We did however hear noise from the apartment next to us ( walls must be quite thin as it was loud )
We were lucky enough on our last night to see fantastic northern lights from our bedroom windows. We had seen them earlier in the week on a tour but they were not as spectacular.
I would definitely recommend these lovely clean apartments.

Stayed February 2014
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

We decided to stay in Rey apartments during our visit to Iceland as a family of 5. I don't remember feeling this comfortable anywhere before. The prices are really good especially for big families like us. The staff were really friendly and helpful. It's rally hard to find a place to park your car in city centre but Rey Apartments have two parking lots reserved for the residents and you can walk to everywhere because it's really close to shopping streets and museums. Beds were clean and comfortable and there's everything you can need in kitchen.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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UK
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Just returned from 4 nights in Reykjavik. We had a three bedroom apartment and thought it was fantastic. Clean and shiny, with a lovely hot water shower and very very comfortable beds Excellent value for money. Location is excellent, having seen where other hotels e.g the Hilton are located on the way back from trips out. Very spacious and cleaned every other day. Walking distance to good restaurants, shops and a bakery. The only reason I have had to give this 4 stars instead of 5 is the noise. The first night we were woken up by people above us seemingly throwing their suitcases around the room at 3am, and opening every single drawer possible and slamming it shut again, stamping around with high heels on, on the wooden floors. The second night wasn't so bad, but again the third night the elephants above us were stamping around and slamming doors shut exceptionally early. Having just drifted off, we were awoken by banging and crashing out the back of the apartments (building work I think), and then the bin lorries on the road! Not sure what the apartments can do about this, other than asking guests to try and be quiet (or perhaps putting some carpets or rugs down) or maybe some double glazing. This was the only downside of the apartments however, but it would make me think twice about staying there again, as the holiday was so busy and active we really needed to sleep well. The staff however were great, really helpful and friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
Tip for the Northern Lights - book a private tour with IceLimo instead of the usual £27 bus trip. We did a day trip with them which was absolutely fantastic to the South Shore and well worth the money, but we did have to ask him to rush back as we were booked on the Lights trip that evening at 7.30 with isango. He couldn't understand why we were being picked up so early as he was running the same trip, but a group of 4, leaving at 9pm. Neither could we later on, as when we arrived at 8.45 at the location, the guide said 'don't expect to see anything for the first hour'! So why pick up so early, and not an hour later then? Hm, I suspect it was to get us all in the gift shop / café....... This was rammed with bus loads of people, very hot and a massive queue. Other option was to sit/stand outside in sub zero temps for an hour, or sit on the bus, where they wouldn't allow us to have hot drinks. If I was doing it again, I would pay the extra and go on the private tour. Other than that, a great holiday, and a good stay at the Rey Apartments.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Rey Apartments Hotel
Address: Grettisgata 2a, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
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Ranked #1 of 106 Speciality Lodging in Reykjavik
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rey Apartments Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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