We had a room at the front of the hotel facing the road on the second floor. It had fabulous views of the sea and the mountains. We did not find it noisy.
The hotel was very comfortable and warm. The free wifi is a great bonus. The breakfast was buffet style but there was plenty of choice. The reception staff were a little abrupt but I think that is just their way. They were extremely helpful nevertheless.
If I could change one thing, I would move this wonderful hotel a little nearer to the main town. However, it is a lovely walk into town along the harbour that takes about 20 minutes. Or there is a very reliable bus service with a bus stop directly opposite the hotel.
We didn't see the Aurora Borealis but we had a fantastic time exploring the town. It's worth going up to the top of the tower at the cathedral as there are superb views. We enjoyed a very well organised whale watching trip (with Eldin) when we saw a pod of 8 killer whales and their pups. We also enjoyed watching hand ball one evening in a pub in town. The Icelandic people are very passionate about this sport and it creates a great atmosphere. Try the geo thermal pool at Laugardaslaug. It's 10 minutes walk from the hotel and great value for money. The hot dog stand next to the pool serves the best hot dogs ever.
We didn't think that drinks or food were any more expensive than any other city. There is something for every budget. If you get the chance to have soup served inside a bread roll (!!), I guarantee that you will love it.
We would definitely return.
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