We stayed at the Centrum at the end of April 2014. We mostly only saw the night staff because we were out exploring during the day - they were very helpful and friendly and we got a lot of suggestions and general knowledge answers from them (where the laundromat is and where to get an electric converter). The Centrum is actually three buildings that were renovated and joined into one building inside with the lobby, elevator and stairs in the center building.
We did not encounter a single Icelander that did not speak understandable English.
Yes, it was hot in the room but that is to be expected of a location that heats its structures with thermal heating - so we opened the window. Our room was not overlooking the square so the nightlife noises did not keep us awake. Even at 2:00 am there were kids out in the square still skateboarding but in a country that can get 24 hour daylight in the summer and 24 hour nightime in the winter, I suppose bedtimes based on lighting would not be practical.
The do not use Euros in Iceland - they use the Icelandic Kroner - so if you don't use credit cards, you better get a hold of a lot of their cash.
If you are getting tired of the tourist souvenirs available in the historic center of Reykjavik, a five minute cab ride from the hotel is a shopping mall (Kringlan) that feels just like any other mall with a large anchor store on the end, and a food court on the other end. We never noticed any other tourists at the mall so I dont think it is something that gets pointed out - we went mostly so I could go to the Pandora store.
Our room was in the 'yellow' portion. By European standards our room was large, by North American standards it was okay. I loved the natural wood floor. The bathroom is tiny with no counter space to put your neccesities. Towels were changed daily.
I really liked the way the bedding arrangement is. We had a queen size bed with queen size fitted sheets but on top were two twin size duvets. I have never seen this before and am planning to do this at home. It is great because when 'he' rolled over, the covers did not get pulled off of me, which usually wakes me up!! Best sleep I have had in years. Awesome!
The breakfast buffet is one of the best 'european' buffets I have ever had. I definately did not walk away hungry. I will try to add buffet photos later.
There were two complimentary computers available and one printer. Unfortunately, they were still using XP so surfing is not really an option anymore with so many websites no longer supporting XP, but we were still able to print our boarding passes (after long waits for connections to finish loading)
Under the hotel is the 871+2 Settlement Museum. The site was carbon dated to the year 871, plus or minus 2 years - hence the strange name. There is a glass observation/sun roof just outside the entrance door with a view down into the dig site. The entrance is in the 'yellow' part of the building. It was an interesting little interactive display. Took us about 45 minutes to complete so it was a good little filler while we waited for one of our excursion pickups at the hotel.
Speaking of excursions - there are two larger excursion companies in Reykjavik. One is Greyline and I cant remember the name of the other one. The Greyline office is only 3 or 4 blocks away from the hotel so we used them more often because we could simply walk to the office to wait for our bus. There is nothing to buy nor any amenities at the Greyline office, just 5 or 6 plastic chairs to sit on. The other company has a store at their location where you can get hot food, snacks, water, etc.
The best excursion in my opinion is the Geysir/Gullfoss Waterfall excursion. The Geysir is fascinating to watch as it builds up a big bulge before it blows and your anticipation builds with it. The food at the Geysir restaurant was like a nice home cooked meal. The waterfall is a short 10 or 15 minute drive from the Geysir. The waterfall is very impressive and my husband and I had a lively discussion whether it is more impressive than Niagara or not - I think it is.
Our next trip to Europe with a stay in Iceland will include another stay at the Centrum.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Reykjavík Centrum is located in the bustling city center within walking distance of some of Iceland's best museums, restaurants and bars. The hotel opened in 2005 and is stands in one of Reykjavik's oldest streets, Aðalstræti. The hotel has undergone extensive renovations while maintaining its original charm as the oldest parts of the building were built in 1764. The hotel spreads over three buildings and 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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- Also Known As:
- Reykjavik Centrum Hotel
- Reykjavik Centrum Reykjavík