We had been promised a superior room subject to availability, but on checking in were told all the rooms were the same and that "superior" meant only that they were at the front facing the sea (but quite a hike away). We were given room 403, perfectly adequate in a miniature, compact kind of way. In fact the sink in the bathroom must be the tiniest I've ever seen, but really it doesn't matter unless you planned to stay for ages - for up to a week there is adequate room. The shower is hot, plenty of oomph, and nice towels. Personally I dont like the modern fad for the shower to be on the same level as the bathroom with no door - it literally does swamp everything, so "wet room" becomes a very good description, and results in the user cowering in a corner to stop towels getting soaked. A suggestion would be more hooks away from the wet zone! Don't look for frills or extras, no kettle, no shower cap, and only one pillow each.But as its new everything is ultra clean and the bedding is hypoallergenic and wonderful. The room is extremely warm but a window opens. For some the main drawback will be the long walk to the centre, a 25 minute walk, but there are plenty of buses. The younger staff were very friendly and helpful. The other possible serious drawback is the thinness of the walls, not only could we hear people talking next door we could even hear snoring, very clearly. The oversize tv is the only large thing in the room.
Breakfast is adequate with some nice extra touches, rollmops, chocolate digestive biscuits, pastries, good bread. But a very functional, gloomy, windowless room, with another strange fad, that of bare air conditioning pipes everywhere, and the awful sound of chairs scraping on the wooden floor and the crashing and clanking of the clearing trolley. Its all diy including grabbing your own crockery and cutlery. Breakfast is 7-10 am and by 6 minutes past 10 the entire lot had been whisked away.
Decide for yourself whether the downstairs is minimalist and trendy - or dark and gloomy, sparse and bland.
Personally in the depths of the Icelandic winter when it is "light" - or "lighter" - only between 11am and 3pm, I would have thought a bit of cheerful colour and light might help with the SADS!
There are some reasonably priced restaurants very nearby as well as other shops - in fact I had my hair coloured and bought 3 pairs of shoes from neighbouring shops!
Would I stay here again in spite of the risk of noisy neighbours in the adjoining room and the distance from the town center? Yes, I would, because I saw the northern lights from the hotel entrance, which has endeared the hotel to me, plus the enthusiasm of the receptionists, who understand how much the guests are keen to see the lights and are ready with hot drinks when the party returns half frozen in the early hours.
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