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CenterHotel Plaza
Ranked #34 of 54 Hotels in Reykjavik
Reviewed 6 December 2013

As the name suggests the hotel is in the middle of down town Reykjavik, the rooms are adequate with strong showers, Tv's, Tea and coffee but no milk, if you like a cup of tea in the morning go down to the breakfast area the night before and get some fresh milk for the morning. The staff are very friendly the bar prices are reasonable, the breakfast in the morning is good if you like continental, but the bacon, sausages and scrambled eggs is not nice, we were allocated a twin room (207) originally, but after we requested a changed were allocated room 262, both rooms looked out on brick walls, but they were nice and warm.

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Reviewed 6 December 2013 via mobile

I would definitely recommend Center Hotel Plaza for those looking for a pleasant and comfortable experience. While not extravagant in the least, we found the accommodations to be perfectly comfortable and adequate.
Breakfast every morning consisted of an enormous spread, and was wonderful every time ( appreciated the strong coffee too). The staff were helpful, and helped me set up tours multiple times. The room was very small, but had everything we needed, including unassuming but very comfortable beds! Oh, and the 5-7 happy hour in the hotel's little bar was great, with a very large beer for 500 krona (a real steal in Iceland). I especially enjoyed it because it was a great opportunity to get to know fellow travellers - we met some lovely couples who we really enjoyed talking to during happy hour!
All in all, very good experience - definitely recommended!!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank shanwise87
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

The location couldn't be better. The hotel is very clean, wonderful and hearty breakfast as well. Some glitches in service, though: requested a cot, paid for it, never got it. Missing linens on the beds. Early check-in became very delayed check-in. Overall a good experience, though.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

We stayed here for three nights. As others have said, the hotel is in an excellent central location, easy walking distance to the harbor, shops and restaurants. We requested and stayed in the newer, renovated section of the hotel. The hotel is on a square and our room at the front faced it. We had to leave the window closed because loud, late night partiers tend to either pass through the square or hang out there. Ask for a room that faces the back of the hotel. Rooms are adequate, with comfortable beds, duvets, flat screen tv and an updated bathroom. The shower is weird, with a glass door that doesn't reach the floor to contain the water! The free Wi-Fi signal is excellent, consistently strong. Breakfast was plentiful and very good--eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, fresh fruit, cheese, ham, sweet oat squares (almost like brownies) and a good variety of homemade breads. The coffee was outstanding and not the usual brown water found in most hotels. I'd definitely recommend this hotel to those who do not require a 5-star experience.

Room Tip: Rooms in the renovated section facing the rear of the hotel
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2013 via mobile

I would recommend this hotel for its great location. Within walking distance to shops harbor restaurants and more...
The breakfast consisted of eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, fresh bread, cheese, ham, fruits, and more.
The staff were pleasant & helpful. Our room is in an older section of the hotel the beds were comfortable.

They are currently doing renovations so I think the older section will be much nicer in the future..

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank Bballmaw
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

We stayed for three nights in the Plaza 22-25 November 2013 as part of a Groupon deal. The hotel is fine, well located for restaurants and shops. The room (462) was quite basic but comfortable and clean. We asked for a quiet room which is what we got, but the view was disappointing - looking straight into a block of flats! You can get free wife and BBC and ITV channels on the TV should this be of interest. I have to say they were quite stingey with the complimentary coffee (1 sachet per person per day) and the tea was of the herbal variety which was quite revolting! Breakfast was adequate, not the best I have ever had but plenty of variety. Try to get down to breakfast before 9am as its a bit of a bunfight after this time, and some of the table layouts are remininscent of a school dining hall! The receptionists are mostly helpful, if a little disinterested at times (apart from Hilmar who was great).

One important point I would make is don't go there expecting to see the Northern Lights, we were booked on the Grayline tour via Groupon and every night for three nights it was cancelled. In fact on the first evening we sat outside the hotel for 30 minutes waiting for our pick up which never came. Eventually I went to check at Reception and was informed that it had been cancelled earlier in the day. This was a shame as we have rushed dinner to get back to the hotel for 730pm. It would have been nice if we had been informed of this via a note under the room door or equivalent so we could plan our evening.

Theres no getting away from the fact that Iceland is expensive, but if you are prepared to hunt it out you can find reasonably priced food and drink. Soft drinks are a rip off, as a non drinker I got wise to this and asked for water with meals FOC, which by the way is the best tap water I have ever tasted! As for lager expect to pay around 900 krona for a pint, but we did find a small bar which was serving it for 400 krona,(its near the Danish Open Sandwich restaurant).

We checked out for a very early flight and there was a few croissants, coffee and juice laid on in the bar but that was it. We ate on the flight in the end, which was actually quite tasty for a change!

We enjoyed the Whale watching tour, we didn't see any whales - plenty of dolphins though. It was very rough and I would definately recommend taking travel sickness tablets at least 2 hours before you climb aboard. There were a lot of people looking very green around the gills on our trip even though the tour operator hand sea sickness tablets out free of charge!

The bus ride from the airport to the centre of Reykjavik is pretty unexciting, I would recommend that you pay a little extra and get dropped/picked up at your hotel as the bus station is quite a trek out of town.

In essence I would say plan your days well beforehand, make sure you read the tours small print about ringing 24 hours before to confirm etc, and enjoy Iceland!

Room Tip: if you want a quiet room ask for one on floors four or five in the new part of the hotel, the view i...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Stayed here as part of Groupon deal. location was fabulous - walked everywhere in town. Room was basic, nothing fancy, but clean and served our,purposes. Nice lobby and good breakfast buffet. We had asked for a king bed so we were given a room on top floor and it was a double-queen - not two twins pushed together, so we were lucky. Staff could not have been nicer. We had a problem with our TV and they offered to move us to another room but it was our last night by then so we did not want to move.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about CenterHotel Plaza

Address: Adalstraeti 4, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #34 of 54 Hotels in Reykjavik
Price Range: £125 - £243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — CenterHotel Plaza 3*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 180 well-appointed bedrooms are constantly renovated and boast a bright modern décor with contemporary oak furnishings. Each room has its own free high speed internet connection, as well as free wireless internet throughout the hotel, TV, shower, hairdryer, Tea & Coffee making facilities and much more. CenterHotel Plaza in Iceland provides the comfort and the location to enjoy Iceland to the fullest. Situated in the city center of Reykjavik the Plaza creates the perfect setting for your stay in Iceland. ... more   less 
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