Overall we were very impressed by the hotel. The contemporary style is very unique (the hotel was designed by Icelandic architect Gulla Jonsdottir) and there are some very cool features throughout the hotel and within the rooms themselves.The staff were excellent and extremely courteous; there was always a member of staff on hand at reception to answer questions/other tips etc. There is free wi-fi in the hotel as well as a computer with free internet in the lobby.
The free breakfast as has been referenced elsewhere was extremely good - a nice range of fruits, smoked salmon, meats/cheese, fresh breads, pastries, coffee/tea/juices, cereals and yoghurt etc. We ate big at breakfast to save on the need for lunch - you'll need to save those pennies for the evening meals out which are excellent but pretty expensive.
The location of the hotel is both its best and worst feature. It is, as the name suggests very central which means it acts as a great base (although Reykjavik is very contained anyway so not necessarily essential). Unfortunately though despite us staying Sunday - Wednesday (4 nights) most nights (particularly the Easter Sunday and Wednesday) the streets outside generated an incredible amount of noise (loud music, shouting etc) which was not helped by the poor quality windows in our room (they appeared double glazed but the sealing was poor which meant quite a draught) - this noise properly kicked in around 2am - 4am and it felt like actually being in a nightclub at times. I was aware that Reykjavik is a party town but did not expect that level of noise midweek - so it's definitely something you should be aware of if you are a light sleeper and/or planning on doing a lot of trips which require an early start. Bring earplugs.
Otherwise our room (212) was very good again with a contemporary design theme similiar to throughout the hotel . Spacious with an extremely comfortable bed. The toiletries supplied were of high quality too so no need to bring shampoo/conditioner etc. They also had an iron and mini bar. You can control the heat of the radiators and so we were never cold in our room (despite the draught in the window) and they have very thick curtains so no need to worry about the light waking you.
Finally, there was a spa ajoining the hotel but it appeared to attract a fee of 25 euro to use it for the duration (which out of principle we decided not to pay).
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