The Fosshotel Baron is not right downtown. In Reykjavik, that's a good thing, because it means the hotel is quiet at night when the downtown clubs are hopping. It's about two blocks from the main shopping street and a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute bus ride from the historic district.
Flights from America arrive early in the morning. We were not able to check in when we arrived, but we were able to leave our bags for the day in a secure storage room. Our room (#310) was surprisingly large and featured two comfortable single beds and a nice view of the waterfront.
The bathroom was the biggest negative. The bathroom door was awkward, the sink would not run cold water at full power, and we had difficulty controlling the temperature of the shower water (we were warned it would be too hot, but in fact it was not as hot as we wanted). These were minor issues, though.
The breakfast area could be crowded at times, but there always seemed to be sufficient seats to handle everybody. The staff was efficient at keeping things stocked and clearing tables. The variety was very good. We particularly liked the selection of vegetables and fruits.
Whenever we dealt with the staff, they were pleasant and efficient. They speak good English, and they also appeared to speak German and French fluently. The one problem we encountered (our room did not receive maid service one day) was handled pleasantly and to our liking.
The surrounding neighborhood is pleasant and mostly residential. A 24-hour convenience store is right behind the hotel, and across the street is a wonderful health food restaurant and also a fast food place with some of the best burgers I've ever had. Within a couple blocks are other restaurants, a pharmacy, and a bakery. There is a bus stop by the convenience store, and the city's main bus interchange (Hlemmur) is just two blocks away. The waterfront hiking and bike path is steps away and a beautiful place to explore. Day tours regularly pick up and drop off right outside the front door.
We had considered several hotels, and after seeing their locations we were very glad to have settled on the Fosshotel Baron. Those in the new part of the city (like the Grand Hotel, the Nordica, and the Park Inn) seemed to just be too far out, while the downtown hotels seemed to be anything but relaxing. It was definitely good luck for us that the Fosshotel Baron was a good compromise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fosshotel Baron with its 120 rooms and apartments is a official 3 star hotel down town Reykjavik, open all year. Located only few steps away from the main shopping street and other interesting attractions in Reykjaviks city center. All rooms and apartments are equiped with shower/WC, TV and WIFI which is free in the bar and reception area. Fosshotel Baron is a family friendly hotel and offers special features for families and children. All guestrooms, restaurant and bar are non-smoking ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fosshotel Baron Reykjavík
- Fosshotel Baron Hotel Reykjavík