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“Great hotel but with some flaws”

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CenterHotel Thingholt
Ranked #14 of 54 Hotels in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 April 2014

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).

Room Tip: Ask to be placed in a quiet room in advance if you are concerned about the noise.
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Great location, lovely designed hotel, excellent friendly staff and lovely Buffett breakfast. Fresh salmon each morning. Got a free room upgrade just because we asked, drinks on arrival and 30% of the restaurant bill. Our room was of a good size. A great hotel in an excellent central location! Great for the shops but take lots of money as food and gifts are still very expensive.

Room Tip: Ask for an upgrade! If they have it you seem to get it
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Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

I was blown away with the amazing hotel, fabulous staff, great breakfast and tasty cocktails!

I also made the mistake of leaving one of my favourite necklaces in the safe of the hotel. I contacted the staff, they located it and posted it out to me. I can't indicate strongly enough how happy I was with the service. All the front desk staff were smiley, helpful and always available. They helped us book transport and gave tips for good restaurants and shops.


The hotel was very modern looking, very clean and very comfortable. Breakfast was served 7-10am and was a mixed buffet with something for everyone. We stayed in a junior suite which was spacious and worth the money. The bathroom was modern with a really good shower and a bath.


Iceland was a great place to visit and I would definitely go back again. I'd also be keen to go back to this hotel. Thank you!

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Location: very central
Breakfast: delicious
Service: pleasant
Room size: terrible. We booked through a third party comparison site which is why we think we were given this room. It was ridiculously small. Far from the photos on the website, the room just about fit a double bed - very little floorspace otherwise - and the shower was like standing in an upright coffin. For 2 people on a romantic weekend with a lot of snow gear it was pretty impractical.

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Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

Just came back from a trip to Iceland where we stayed 3 nights in Reykjavík. The hotel has a brilliant location and is a has a very modern Scandinavian design which we liked. No parking facilities so bare that in mind if you're renting a car, although wasn't a problem for us as it was easter weekend and there were no parking police out and about.

Staff were friendly and helpful, but I wouldn't say outstanding. Rooms were small but clean and comfortable. Breakfast that is included was nice (hot option and cold)

All round we enjoyed our stay. Good for the price!

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

First - a small disclaimer. I stayed here Monday - Friday, leaving on Friday. There was a small amount of noise from a nearby club on Wednesday, but nothing like what was said to occur over the weekend.

What I did experience was a contemporary hotel in a superb location. The breakfast buffet at the start of the day offered a huge variety of things to eat and was very welcome in a city where food is very expensive. The rooms were large, beds comfortable and staff fell over themselves to be helpful however they could. For example, on the day we left the staff kindly allowed us to eat breakfast before it was officially open.

My only complaint is the lights in the room were a little dim. That's if I'm being very picky. This comes highly recommended for anyone wanting a great hotel in central Reykjavik.

Room Tip: Make use of the breakfast buffet to cut down on cost of expensive food in Reykjavik
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

I just spent a few nights at this hotel with my girlfriend. The staff was very good and friendly, the room was clean, the breakfast pretty good as well. The room we had was a standard double room and it was rather small and a bit impractical. The whole hotel has a unique rough-cut feel to it, using plain concrete here and there and stuff. But especially in the room it was in many ways form over function. Like having a double room's bathroom with just one hanger for towels and virtually no table space for stuff. The hotel's location was very central, which can also mean listening to some loud music from bars until 4 AM.

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Additional Information about CenterHotel Thingholt

Address: Thingholtsstraeti 3-5, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Reykjavik
#8 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
#10 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range: £164 - £330 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — CenterHotel Thingholt 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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