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“It's all about the location!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Fron
Ranked #25 of 53 Hotels in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
London, England
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77 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 368 helpful votes
“It's all about the location!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

And what a location it is. Slap bang in the middle of the main street in Reykavjic with all the bars, shops and restaurants within a five to ten minute walk. At this time of year Reykjavic is dressed up for Christmas and it is a lovely town to stroll around in. Yes, you may need to wrap up but Iceland is a lot warmer than its latitude might suggest and while I was there a week ago temperatures hovered around 0C.
Nominally three star, the hotel provides comfortable accommodation with the apartments having kitchen facilities. This an advantage because eating out in Iceland is not cheap and an occasional meal sourced from the local supermarket a couple of minutes away can help eke out ones budget. I was fortunate enough to be upgraded to an apartment (at the front of the hotel, and next to the main street therefore, but traffic noise was not a problem) and this was equipped with kitchenette, stove, fridge, filter coffee maker, TV, mini bar, easy chairs and adequate clothes storage and hangers. A kettle was a notable ommission however.
A modest sized shower room was perfectly adequate for a stay of a few days but the sulphurous smell of the hot water takes a little getting used to.
The breakfasts are provided in the small Scandinavian Restaurant next door. They are not the finest part of the offer being very samey with cheese, cold meats, bread and cereals featuring as the mainstays. The coffee was, at best, no more than average but if you want top class coffee you can always make it in your room. Tour companies, and the Flybus, typically pick up from the hotel at 7.30am and 8.00am so the ten minutes before these times can be quite busy in the breakfast room.
Do take the Northern Lights tour. I was fortunate enough to see an aurora borealis display on my first attempt but if you are not successful you can take another trip for free the following night. The Golden Circle tour is also well worth doing.
Eating out in Reykjavic is a delight with a huge choice of restaurants providing a wide variety of cuisines. It is not cheap, however, and in a middle market establishment you can expect to pay over £20 ($30+) for a main dish and a little more for a modest bottle of wine. Half a litre of draft beer will set you back around £5, but the quality of the local brews is excellent and they have certainly come a long way since prohibition ended 25 years ago! Cheers.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Gloucester, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013

A very pleasant hotel right in the centre of the man street in Reyjkavik. We had a studio suite in an annex at the back of the hotel which had plenty of space. The bathroom was spotless and modern with a powerful hot shower, unfortunately the towels were too small for a 'real' lady lke me!!! The kitchenette lacked a kettle, although it did have a microwave and coffee maker. The beds were lovely and comfortable and we would have slept really well if it wasn't for the really noisy revellers returning all through the night. The rooms were extremely hot so we turned off the radiators and opened the windows (even though it was snowing outside) and the temperature was much better.

Breakfast was an ample buffet of cold meats and cheeses. The only drawback here was there was very little space to manoeuvre around the tables to get to the buffet table. The reception staff seemed to be very stern, but, when you spoke to them they were extremely friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble.

I found Iceland to be an extraordinary and fascinating country and will have to return as I forgot to take my camera! I would have no hesitation in staying at the Fron Hotel. Also the bar next door had a great happy hour from 5 - 9pm so beer was actually affordable in an otherwise very expensive city.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the annex as Reykjavik's main street is buzzing at night and very noisy
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Oslo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013

If you are alergic to perfume, you must inform the hotel in front of your stay, as they use softener with perfume. Comfortable beds, but I would prefer to have one more pillow (didn't bother to ask for it, so thats my foult). The room was clean and fresh. Both checking in and checing out was fast and smooth. Friendly staff tooth. Best of all was the location, with lots of shops, restaurants and bars everywhere. We loved you Fron and will be back for sure!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013

I loved staying at this hotel, perfectly situated bang in the middle of the city centre on the main strip. Very clean, lovely staff, breakfast was simple but great. Wish we had stayed longer!! Only downside is we had 2 single beds pushed together :(

Room Tip: Ask for a room through the courtyard at the back, you cant hear any noise from here. (Well we didnt)
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights during December. The studio apartment we booked was really good value and well appointed. The location was perfect for us right in the heart of downtown. We had room no 202, which was on the 1st floor on the front , it was extremely noisy into the early hours (5.00am). We bought ear plugs on day 2 and that was fine the next 2 nights.
Breakfast was a bit of a free for all and continental, but there was plenty and what was there was good quality.
The staff were friendly and helpful.
(If you go during northern lights time be aware that you may be able to see them from the roof. We missed them as didn't realise this, we were in the bar and the lights were over head. GUTTED TO HAVE MISS THEM )

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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160 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Fron even though there was nothing "spectacular" about the place. However, it was comfortable and that's important when traveling I think. We flew on a red eye to Iceland and so arrived early, around 6:30 a.m. local time. I had emailed and requested early check-in and was told they would accommodate me if able. When we arrived at the hotel they had a room ready, which was great. After reading reviews on TA I had also asked for a room off the main street because of concerns of street noise on Friday and Saturday nights. We were put in the building behind the main hotel. It was great. We walked through a little courtyard/parking area and we were on the 4th floor of that building. We had a 1-bedroom apartment and it was comfortable. There was plenty of room to relax and a little kitchenette if we wanted to cook something. The radiators warmed up the place nicely (and quick). The beds and pillows were a little soft but still comfy. We slept great. We didn't hear any street noise while we were there and we were there over a weekend when things can get crazy.

The customer service was great and the place was clean. The location was also great - easy to get to all parts of Reykjavik to explore (not that the city is huge or anything but still this was a good central location). The only negative was the breakfast. There weren't a lot of tasty options.

Again, I'm not giving this place an excellent because it's a five-star hotel but because for $100 a night approximately I had a great, comfy stay while visiting a beautiful country.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

Really cosy hotel with friendly staff, fitting in perfectly with the country itself.
We stayed in a studio suite at rear of hotel, beds good, big room, kitchen area at back
and the Icelanders certainly know how to keep a room warm!
Ideally situated in the main high street of the town, central to bus/coach terminals, restaurants and bars. If you are going to Reykjavik I would seriously advise you to stay here as busy area is quite small and there were a lot of 'drop offs' in some very isolated areas when we returned from trips.

Room Tip: Only one very small gripe, and this goes for ALL hotels. Some of us like firm pillows, please, someo...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Fron
Address: Laugavegur 22A, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Fron 3*
Number of rooms: 63
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