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Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik
Ranked #29 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
Inverness, United Kingdom
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“Nice hotel, shame about the location”
Reviewed 12 September 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights B&B in September in a Superior twin room.
Typically with Radisson, you kind of expect to get what you pay for and we did get a nice spacious, minimalist scandivian designed room with comfortable beds, flat screen TV, nice bathroom etc,etc. We stayed in room 322 overlooking Tryggvagata.
If you are a 'light' sleeper (like me) then you probably will not appreciate this Hotel's close proximity to the Reykjavik night club area.
Reykjavik's night life is world renowned and didn't we know it judging by the noise of early-hour revellers and the revving of car engines. Sometime around 4am it started to quieten down a bit !
I suppose 'when in Rome one should do as the Romans do', meaning that we should have been partying...well maybe next time ? I would probably avoid this hotel and area completely around Christmas and New Year (Hogmanay) time unless I take plenty of ear plugs !
On our 2nd night we had to check out very early at 4.15am prior to catching a flight from Keflavik airport. The pre-ordered taxi (driver) was already waiting in the hotel lobby and the hotel provided some fresh fruit, water and cereal bars - an early breakfast. Nice touch.
Like I say, nice hotel...

Room Tip: A difficult one to answer if you are a light sleeper on a Friday or Saturday night. Take ear plugs...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

We stayed for 4 days and found it a great location for restaurants, shops and catching tours as the Grayline stop is a block away. We had the standard room which has no windows, only sky lights. There were no larger rooms to upgrade to so we had to make do. The most negative thing was the bed. It was ver hard and uncomfortable and we both woke up achy and not well rested. The staff is very helpful.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Arizona
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

Clean spotless room - all white: sheets, comforter duvet, fluffy towels, robes, slippers. Floor is blond wood. Breakfast buffet is very good with lots of choices and excellent service - constant tidying up of food, tables. Rooms have hair dryer, iron and board, coffee maker but lacking the following: a clock/radio, magnifying mirror in bathroom, rubber mat for dangerous bath tub. Only way to get a wake up call is to call front desk which we could not reach as telephone was not working in our room. Limited TV stations. We had a business class room which was fairly small - only advantage was robes and slippers and breakfast. Best thing is location as one can walk to harbor, all the restaurants/bars, many many museums. Only took a taxi twice in a week's visit. The only problem with room was temperature. Way too hot even with window open which could only be opened a tiny bit. Had to close window at night due to all the street noise from the many people yelling and screaming.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

Very central hotel with helpful staff. Hotel seems to cater for of Americans tours
Very good breakfast.
Make sure you have a room facing to the inside as it can get very noisy at night especially at the weekend! We found the rooms quite small so upgraded to a suite. Well worth the extra money.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

In between the main shopping area (no large shops) and the flea market (don't bother unless you want old clothes) and the harbour area. Breakfast and dinner were excellent and the hotel is clean and well maintained. I would stay here again.
Shopping is like the old days with small independent shops and coffee bars concentrated in a couple of streets - including a visit to the new church and the harbour side, easily done in a day. The hotel is a few yards away from the grey line bus terminus & i think this is the best way to come from the.airport (45 min journey) - the ticket office is to the right in arrivals. A taxi would cost in the region of £200 I was told.
The golden triangle is a must - the sights are spectacular. Iceland Horizon tours are brilliant.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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RD_1919, General Manager at Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik, responded to this review, 11 September 2012
Thank you so much for your great reveiw on your recent stay with us.
It was great to read your praise about our location, the breakfast and dinner in our 1919 Restaurant & Lounge.

We look forward to welcome you back to us when your travels bring you back to Reykjavik.

Kind regards,
Frode Jansson & Team
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Hollywood, Florida
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

Despite some initial misgivings about write-ups that spoke of a downtown location in a negative way we wound up at the Radisson-Blu 1919 for 8 nights (from the end of August till Sept.4th).The front desk staff were simply great. They were responsive to every request and helpful with tours, reservations etc. The hotel is in a office building that was renovated in 2005. It turned out to be a great location--a block from the town square; a block from the harbor; two blocks from the new concert hall/opera house; two blocks from the main shopping areas; and easy walking distance to many of the important sights and museums. The rooms were adequate sized, the beds very comfortable and the bathrooms OK. The only real problem we had was the slippery tubs (and this was remedied by the hotel going out the next morning and getting us a rubber bathmat for the tub). Overall, we were exceedingly pleased with this hotel.

Room Tip: A standard room is an excellent value!
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Washington, D.C.
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

We spent one night in this hotel and would stay there again. The rooms are large by European standards and beautifully decorated with spacious, modern bathrooms. Our room faced the famous hot dog stand in Reykjavik -- such a fun sight! We were concerned about street noise because of the location, but could hear nothing in our room. My only complaints: The front desk seemed understaffed for check-in and the service at breakfast was really slow. It really did not deter from our great stay, though.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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RD_1919, General Manager at Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik, responded to this review, 6 September 2012
Thank you very much for your great feedback. We are very happy you enjoyed yourselves and the view to the hot dog stand.
I apologies for the delay in check in and breakfast service, and will certainly take your feedback to hart and see how we can improve.

We hope to get the opportunity to welcome you back to us in the future.

Yours sincerely

Frode Jansson & the 1919 Team
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Property: Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik
Address: Posthusstraeti 2, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Reykjavik
#8 Family Hotel in Reykjavik
#12 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
#14 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik 4*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Refurbished, classic building in the heart of Reykjavik offering accommodation in style and comfort. Hotel located next to main shopping street with restaurants and bars. Cultural attractions close by like the Parliament of Iceland, art galleries and museums. ... more   less 
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