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.
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