We booked a trip to Iceland through Secret Escapes to stay in Thingholt, a quirky sister hotel in the centre of the city. We were gutted on arrival when we were told we were being moved due to overbooking. (I've worked in a hotel, Secret Escapes bookings are lethal!)
We were offered some great compensation including a mountain view room and spa access as well as a drink and a meal in a restaurant down town.
Our room (with underfloor heating) was also upgraded to deluxe, but it seemed to be only slightly bigger than a standard room, I'm not sure if I'd pay for an upgrade.
Breakfast was nice, more selection than most and actually a really nice change from the big fat English Breakfasts I've had in a lot of hotels! Most of the time we had breakfast in the dark as the sun doesn't rise til 10 but on the last day we had a leisurely morning and late breakfast while watching the sun rise from the top of the hotel. It was magical.
Restaurant staff are a bit grumpy, and the snacky food in the restaurant is expensive but everywhere in Reykjavik is similar price.
The reception staff are helpful and professional. They will book all trips and things for you.
The spa is lovely after a cold day out. Small, but nice especially with a cold beer ordered from reception without even having to get out the water!
Iceland is incredible. One of the best places I've been. If you have the chance, GO without hesitation. If you have a holiday booked, you will not be disappointed. I recommend cramming in activities. No Northern Lights, but maybe next time!
Thank you Iceland and Centerhotels!
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