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“Comparison of 3 Reykjavik hotels - Centrum, Grand, Centre Plaza”

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Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
Ranked #20 of 54 Hotels in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 August 2011

I stayed in the following hotels – Grand Hotel, Hotel Centrum and Hotel Plaza – all of these were excellent with only minor advantages and disadvantages to distinguish them. Overall I don’t think any of them will disappoint.

LOCATION: Centrum = Plaza >> Grand

– Centrum and Plaza are basically in the same location close to the main entertainment area and close to the main shopping street
– Grand is not near the centre but offers a free shuttle taxi service at preset times. Taxi ride is only about 2000ISK. Drive time is about 5mins. Walking direct thru the city is safe but the esplanade route is better – very scenic – takes about 20-25mins. You can also hire hotel bikes for half or full-day (hotel bikes are not offered by Centrum or Plaza but bike hire companies are close by). The location is better for guests with a hire car.


ROOM QUALITY: Grand >> Centrum > Plaza

– The room facilities in the Grand and Centrum are better than the Plaza but you get what you pay for. The Grand and Plaza seem newer and more modern than the Centrum. Grand and Centrum provide safes and irons/boards. TV size and quality = Grand >> Plaza > Centrum. Only Grand has a business cable channel. All the beds were comfortable. All the rooms were clean and tidy.
– Grand has the largest bathroom and offers a towel warmer. Both the Centrum and Plaza have small bathrooms. Grand and Plaza offer both a rain shower and a hand-held shower. All toilets worked well. Plaza does not offer shower amenities in a bottle. All hotels use a combination of soap via a pump.
– Rooms can be warm - no thermostat - leave window open during the day can help


BREAKFAST: Grand > Centrum >> Plaza

– All hotels seemed to offer free breakfast – these were all good but again you get what you pay for – all had hot and cold selections but Grand had most variety.


INTERNET: Plaza > Grand > Centrum

– Plaza offers free wireless internet in the lobby and in wired internet in the room. There is one free computer in the lobby
– Grand offers 3 free computers in the lobby. Paid wireless internet is available throughout the hotel.
– Centrum offers at least 1 free computer in the lobby. Paid wireless internet is available throughout the hotel.


SERVICE

– All hotels were faultless – in fact the Icelandic people are all very courteous from restaurants to tours


MISC

– most hotels have bars that offer happy hour between 1700-1900
– most tours offer free hotel pickup
– the main Icelandic Tourist Centre/s is closer to Plaza and Centrum but all offer plenty of advice and brochures and offer to phone to book tours/restaurants at your request


TOUR/HIGHLIGHT REVIEW:

– All the tours I experienced were excellent including: Golden Circle, Snowmobile on Glacier, Videy Island and Whale Watching (Special Tours = faster and smaller boat = travels further + more time whale watching – excellent commentary)
– 1000 River Mountain Bike Tour – very challenging – heaven for REAL mountain bike riders but no problem if happy to take it easy
– Hot springs - this was part of my mountain bike tour but most people take a hiking or horse riding tour to much the same point
– Blue Lagoon – there are several bus companies that go to this destination – must see!

- Other highlights = Perlan, Harpa, esplanade, pond




RESTAURANT REVIEW:

– I tried almost everything from the unique to the upmarket
– UPMARKET = honestly very difficult to distinguish but all culinary masterpieces
- these include Seafood Cellar (a little bit of Heston for people in the know), Fish Market (Icelandic-Asian fusion), Silfur, Fish Company, Grill Market (going to the bathroom is also an experience), Kolabrautin (best view in town)
- most offer a tasting or set course menu +/- matched with wine – highly recommended
- Einar Ben was very very good but the others stood out more
- Solon was very good without the price tag
- I did not try Dill or Vox
– UNIQUE = famous hotdog stand (different but worth a try) or Icelandic Fish & Chips (very unique light batter + great real chips)









BARS / NIGHTCLUBS REVIEW:

- best to dance = Austur
- best to sit +/- dance = Esja
- best for older crowd = Thorvaldsen
- other interesting bars = 101 Hotel, 1919 Hotel
- Friday is a good night to party – no lines or cover charge
- Saturday is the busiest night – some places are difficult to get into – Icleandic locals go to Bar 11, Austur and Vegamot. English Bar plays live music and has that traditional UK sound and beer smell – very popular but perhaps for like minded tourists
- NASA was not open but supposed to be the biggest for live bands. Vinbarrin was OK but not spectacular. Icelandic bar also appears to be very popular.
- Café Paris was a good place to mellow out +/- live jazz!



OTHER:

- no passport control if transiting within Europe = may need to ask for a passport stamp
- many flights leave international airport around 8am so there are long queues – go to check-in early
- try the traditional lobster soup
- right hand drive cars – traffic is easy to navigate

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

Stayed here last week (July 2011) and was very impressed with the quality of the room and amenities/staff in the hotel. Nice duvets on comfortable beds, windows that open (a rarity in some hotels) coffee and tea in room, iron and ironing board, tub and shower in a nice sized bathroom. The attached restaurant served an exceptional four course dinner that was beautifully plated, and the daily breakfast buffet (included) had anything you would ever want for breakfast and more. If I am ever in Reykjavik again, I will not hesitate to stay here. A tip - if you want free wifi, step out of the hotel and walk a few meters toward the grocery store. We were able to pick it up there which was a nice surprise.
Do visit Harpa - the new performing arts complex, the Blue Lagoon, and the cathedral. Great shopping within walking distance of the hotel and several friendly, fun restaurants as well.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

I was hoping for more from the Hotel Reykjavik Centrum. While I did know in advance that they charged extra for the wireless access (and I don't generally approve of this practice in the modern world) I did expect it to work well and consistently. When we mentioned problems (at different times to different staff), they seemed somewhat disingenuously surprised and uninterested in fixing the problems. They did however, waive the fee upon checkout.
I didn't expect a charge for breakfast as well. At approximately $22 a person for an average european contintental breakfast, it wasn't really worth it.
The room was fine - clean and comfortable. The bed was a little on the hard side, but far from the hardest I've experienced elsewhere in Iceland! The decor was pleasant and the downtown location is very convenient to many restaurants and much of the shopping district.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank KarenKitten
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Reviewed 21 July 2011

We stayed here for one night on our way back to NC from Paris. It is a great hotel in a perfect location. The rooms are nicely appointed and we enjoyed our stay very much. We had a great 24 hours exploring Iceland and its beautiful sights.

Room Tip: Corner room provides more windows.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Thank makingmemories09
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

I arrived about 2am from a flight coming in from Ny and was greeted warmly by Anna Maria and David at the front desk. They checked us into our room, and then helped us find a place that would still be serving food at the late hour. The neighborhood that the hotel is located is absolutely perfect for enjoying the city and relaxing after the long tours. The room itself is not really luxury, but if you are in Iceland and want to spend your time in the hotel room then maybe you shouldn't visit Iceland. The bathroom was great, with super hot strong showers, and the hotel had very comfy beds. Breakfast was actually very nice, and the options were plentiful and the service was also quick and friendly.
We were there for three nights, and wanted to see the country as best we could. The front desks staff really went out of their way to help us pick between getting in a tour(either group or private) or renting a car. We chose to rent a car. Probably not the best idea for most travelers, but my partner and I usually opt to set out on our own wherever we are. Natalia, and Nicole at the front desks helped us book our car, and arranged for the company to pick us up at the hotel. They also helped us map out our journey that covered the Golden circle and the Ice lagoon at Jokulsaroon(?spelling). Although it was a very long day and night of driving it was absolutely worth it. We arrived that night again at 2am and we were happy to see Anna Maria and David at the front desks so that we could tell them about our experience. The last day that we had in Iceland we did the Blue Lagoon which was also really fun, and either Nicole or Natalia helped us reserve seats at the Market Grill Restaurant.
Overall, the hotel was fantastic, and even though it may have not been luxurious the friendliness of the staff and the amenities has me planning my trip back to Iceland already.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Marketmiami1
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

We stayed 5 nights in Hotel Reykjavic Centrum. Very nice small hotel located in the city center of Reykjavic. The hotel is not luxurious but is clean and modern. We were supposed to have a family room, small suite, but instead they offered us two connected rooms for the same price. That gave us two bathrooms with excellent showers. Sleep quality is amazing, good bed and SILENCE! The breakfast was included in the room rate but think twice if you have to pay for it. Not bad but not very good either. Very few options. The hotel has Wi Fi connection but they charge for it. Location is great. Only a few minutes walking to nice restaurants and shops. Reykjavik is a must go place! Wonderful city and nature.

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3  Thank saopaulo36
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

Not luxurious, but innovative and modern behind its historic facade, this hotel is a very pleasant introduction to Scandinavian type hospitality. Light and comfortable, this small hotel is on the fly bus route and has excellent food. Beds are very comfortable with a nice bath and blackout shades, (necessary in summer months!) A good place to start your visit to Iceland.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Address: Adalstraeti 16 | 101 Reykjavik, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
#6 Family Hotel in Reykjavik
#11 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range: £154 - £332 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Reykjavik Centrum 4*
Number of rooms: 89
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is a new first class hotel in the heart of the city, opened on April 1st 2005. It is located on one of Reykjavik’s oldest streets, Adalstraeti, in a newly renovated building, the oldest part of which was built in 1764. On each side of it, new buildings have been constructed in the likeness of their historic predecessors. The hotel spreads over all three buildings, and is designed in the style found in Reykjavík around 1900. During its construction, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found. Among the finds excavated at the site were Iceland’s oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.The hotel has 89 rooms, each fitted with modern amenities, such as satellite TV, telephone, Internet access, mini-bar, radio, iron and board, hair dryer, safe and tea & coffee set. All rooms have en-suite bathroom with either a shower or a bath. ... more   less 
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