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“Can't beat this location for the price!”
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CenterHotel Plaza
Ranked #35 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Can't beat this location for the price!”
Reviewed 19 January 2014

I booked his hotel via a secret escapes deal, and I have to admit I was impressed. No, it's not five-star luxury but the staff were welcoming, helpful and friendly, the room was clean and comfortable and I slept better here than any hotel I've stayed in for a while. The location is perfect for exploring the city, and I think is great value for money.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights at the beginning of December and the hotel fulfilled my criteria (central location and not too expensive as I wanted my main expenditure to be on sightseeing). I read the reviews before booking and ensured that I booked a superior room (the standard rooms consistently receive poor reviews).

The room was good, it was on the 4th floor with a fantastic view of the Old Town Square and was clean and modern (large bed, laminate floors, flat screen TV and tea and coffe making facilities etc.). It was also lovely and warm which was welcome as the temperature was well below zero outside. As other reviewers have mentioned, the shower/wet room did result in a soaking bathroom floor, though repositioning the shower head seemed to minimise this.

Other guests have commented about noise from renovations but we didn't notice this (probably because we were out every day) and noise from a nightclub (which we didn't hear either). We can only assume we didn't notice the nightclub noise as we were on the Northern Lights tour on the Saturday night (yes we did see them but it wasn't a brilliant display and was rather underwhelming).

Breakfast was plentiful, though a bit of a nightmare on the occassion when we seemed to arrive at the same time as every other guset in the hotel. We struggled to find somewhere to sit and I nearly ended up in a food fight with an impatient woman at the 4 slice toaster! (Note to the management, it would be worthwhile investing in a couple of the roller style toasters). The seating arrangements meant that you could end up sharing with other hotel guests (something I would rather not do), but we managed to sit on our own every day except the busy day.

The hotel bar was small and very busy during 'Happy Hour' but we only had a couple of drinks there, preferring to go out in the evenings. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area which were nice to visit.

In terms of trips, the hotel can organise it all for you. The Golden Circle Tour is a must, so many amazing sights and a dip in the Blue Lagoon was a real highlight. Don't have too high expectations of the Northern Lights Tour but it is worth doing. We also did plenty of walking around the city and highly recommend visiting Hallgrímskirkja Church. Take the lift to the top of the tower and be rewarded by amazing views of the City.

As people have mentioned, Iceland is an expensive country but it wasn't as bad as I expected (it was cheaper than my experience of Norway). Some good prices can be found though, the coffee shops were good value and soup and sandwiches could be found at a reasonable price for lunch.

Overall, if I was booking a hotel for its facilities and luxuries, then the CentreHotel Plaza would disappoint, however as a central base with clean, spacious, warm rooms then it was the perfect choice.

Room Tip: Our superior room at the front of the hotel was warm, spacious and clean with a great view.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

We booked a 4 day package break and this is where we stayed, quite perfect for location. The hotel itself is functional and staff are fine. I asked for a room high up with a double bed by e-mail and they obliged but the duvets were single, this is Iceland. The television wasn't up to much but we were hardly in our room anyway. The room quite big enough but the hot water absolutely stank of rotten eggs, not the hotel's fault, this is how it is from underground geothermal springs. Breakfast had plenty of choices and was adequate but the surroundings a little Spartan. From 5-7pm there was a beer happy hour in the bar that we only used this once as we were out eating or on a trip. Nowhere is far from here, most of the best restaurants, coach terminus for trips, harbour, lake etc etc.

Room Tip: Friday and Saturday be at the back of the hotel, other times anywhere will do.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Many hotels try to be friendly on the surface but rarely do they genuinely demonstrate that friendliness. This hotel does that, in spades. Although we had pre-arranged dates and times for our tours the receptionist (Fredrik) was only too happy to re-arrange the timings to suite us. What a refreshing attitude. The room, food and cleanliness was also first class. This type of hotel behaviour can only come from the 'top' so a big thank you to whoever influences that attitude. We are planning a return trip to Iceland in the not too distant future, maybe summer, when we will most certainly seek out a trip that allows us to return to the Center Plaza,
Thank you to all the staff.

Room Tip: Not too sure how to achieve this but, we just turned up and were allocated our room which was superb...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 January 2014 via mobile

I found this place through easyJet holidays website and went with them as the price was affordable. We didn't know what to expect really but all the staff were lovely and helpful, our room was clean and comfy, and the location was great, right on a square of restaurants and bars with a handy little supermarket practically next door if you want to avoid mini fridge costs! Breakfast was included and the spread was delicious, some novel choices as well! Would recommend and will definitely book again when we go back!

  • Stayed January 2014
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Reviewed 18 January 2014 via mobile

The hotel is right in the centre close to restaurants and bars, which was perfect.
The staff were friendly and helped with tours and advice on which restaurants to eat at. The recommendations were excellent although I don't think you can have a bad meal in the city.
We didn't have an issue with noise and the hotel room was clean and modern.
It's not 5* but perfect for a long weekend exploring Reykjavik and the surrounding areas.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

You get what you paid for here. We were slightly disappointed in the general standard of this hotel, which was priced fairly in Uk terms but very very cheap compared to the general prices in Iceland, as we soon discovered.
Located centrally in the old town, it was very convenient to get out and about. There was a lady at the travel desk who was friendly and helpful when discussing our 4-day plans. This is where, for us, the compliments end.
It was a particularly busy time, but the reception staff seemed rushed and therefore unhelpful. The room was not very clean at all; unfortunately the same could be said for the bathroom. Breakfast was plentiful but there was an inattention yo detail; a broken 4 slice toaster is not ideal to cater for a hotel full of guests.
I guess for the price of it, you cannot expect too much more, but don't necessarily expect the place to look as it does on the website.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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