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Centerhotel Arnarhvoll
Ranked #24 of 52 Hotels in Reykjavik
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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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“good base for exceptional holiday”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

We paid around £55 per night for the double room and breakfast. we stayed for 7 nights during March. It was good value for money as we soon discovered Iceland is very expensive. The mini bar in the room wasnt too bad in comparison and also many of the bars do happy hour and there are set menu options in the restaurants in the city centre. The SKY bar is expensive but the hotel spa was only 10 euro for unlimited use during your stay. The hotel staff are very helpful. they booked the trips for us. The TV stopped working so we were moved to another room. We had friends and family with us on holiday and we got to see their rooms (they had the wet rooms, we had the bath) and all types looked great. the underfloor heating was perfect. the location of this hotel is fantastic. the mountain across the water is stunning, i dont think pictures do it justice. we didnt get a wake up call for northern lights during our stay but we did go out on a trip and got to see them at a beach and out in the country side. amazing!! on checking out at 5am we were given freshly baked crossants, coffee and orange juice. just what we needed for the long trek home. having priced some of the other hotels up the street i would definitely recommend this one and i will return some day.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed for only 3 nights and to be honest were so busy we barely spent any time at the hotel, but having said that the room was lovely and immaculate. We asked for a view and were told we would have to be on floor 2 which admittedly was quite noisy but the compromise was of course the view.

Breakfast was very pleasant and totally self service which I like.

The bar on the 8th floor where you have breakfast and the obligatory happy hour beers is somewhere you just want to sit and stare out of the window.

We didn't get chance to try the spa so can't comment.

I have to admit that reception staff and breakfast staff were not friendly but they were helpful and the girls in the bar were great.

All in all I would definitely recommend and return there.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

This hotel is extremely clean and well looked after. There is a car park out the front which is really cheap in comparison to UK city parking (few pounds for the whole day) and also about 6 spaces directly behind the hotel if you are lucky enough to get one. We had a swift and polite check-in and on arrival to our room (607) found it to be minimalistic and about average size for city hotels. Thats said it had TV, Safe a fridge, comfortable double bed and beaitful views over the harbour area.
We stayed for 3 nights and booked in advance for about 100 euros per night B&B for a 'deluxe room', which was good value in my opinion. Towels changed daily and the room was always clean and fresh. Breakfast was adequate with a good selection of continental style buffet and a few bits of hot food - sausage, bacon and scrambled eggs. We left before breakfast one morning and were happy to find a few croissants, orange juice and coffee on reception which was a nice touch.
The sky bar was good with the views etc however it got extremely busy during happy hour and quite frustrating to get served at times despite the best efforts of the staff. In my opinion they needed more staff and a bigger bar!! Drinks at normal price are expensive.........
We found a really nice pizza 'takeaway' really just not far around the corner called Pizza Royal so if you want a cheap but really nice pizza then I recommend this place!
I would visit again, its extremely easy to get to, friendly staff and modern! I would recommend as a good quality budget hotel. For UK visitors think 'Holiday Inn' for bedrooms and you won't be far wrong on expectations!

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

I never usually review places after being away, but had such a good experience on my recent trip I felt it was a must! Booked through Secret Escapes for the first time and could not have had a more fantastic time. The hotel is located perfectly in the centre, very close to the Icelandic Excursions tour stop (although all tour operators offer a free pick up service, this just saves you waiting in the lobby). The most amazing hot dog stand is also nearby (not expensive by comparison) and a must try!
We found all of the staff to be brilliant during our stay, they recommended a tour, booked transport for us and also suggested places to eat - all were outstanding. I'm not sure what sort of appetite the other reviewers have, but there was a huge selection at breakfast so we ate copious amounts. Eating at 7am one morning was admittedly better than the prime time of 8.30am, but we never struggled with food as everything was promptly replenished.
I tried also the salmon open sandwich in the restaurant for a light bite dinner and found it to be a great portion and very delicious.
We had spa access included with our booking. Used it briefly just to relax before dinner and we had it to ourselves. Just a small (hot tub size) pool and steam room and sauna but it was lovely. Luggage wise, we arrived over an hour before our room was ready, but we were allowed to leave our suitcases in the laundry room whilst we went out.
In terms of price, you just have to resign yourself to the fact that any food and drink will be expensive in comparison to the UK so might as well go for it and not worry about it! Not sure on the hotel price itself exactly as it was a package deal, but for reference, we paid £289 per person for 3 nights, flights, transfers, free welcome drink each, spa access, Northern Lights tour and lava tour on horse back which I'm sure this was quite a good deal when I researched it online to purchase it all separately (if it isn't, ignorance is bliss!).
Our bed seemed to be a double although we had two single duvets, if it was two beds pushed together we never noticed and it was very comfy (room was a deluxe). The shower was surprising with the little squeegy to dry the floor, but you always expect something quirky when you go away and we never considered this to be an issue.
We would absolutely go back here!

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view as it is stunning!
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

This hotel includes a large breakfast buffet on the 8th floor where you have breathtaking view of the harbor and mountains. Try to time it with sunrise and you will be rewarded with a magnificent start to your morning. The location is two blocks from the restaurant and shopping district. The hotel is at the harbor front where there is a nice walking path. Be warned though, the winds from the harbor can knock you off your feet when you exit the building! The rooms were comfortable but small. Our room had no dresser only a few shelves for clothing. The bathroom was fine, the shower head was low as in many European hotels but the room was nicely appointed. It was not handicap accessible. The elevator was smooth and fast. The lobby staff were helpful and friendly. The breakfast staff seemed harried. We arrived feeling ill and in need of a nap so we paid 40 Euro for early check in.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

First things first: it's pronounced 'ahr nar HVO tl' not 'Ar nah vol' - you'll find you're much sooner understood if you pronounce it nearer to the Icelandic!

Location: Just a couple of minutes off the main Reykjavik shopping streets, less than two minutes from the Iceland Excursions tour office/bus station, and with a beautiful mountain view, it's pretty hard to beat the location.

Design/Look: I must say the professional photos are deceiving. The fashionable decor? Try imagining it after several months/years of use - we saw food stains, tears and marks all over the lobby and bar furniture, and the pretty 'bowl of fire' decoration wasn't in use once the entire time of our stay. The rooms are better, but don't think the picture are what you'll get.

Staff: The staff were efficient and courteous, and were helpful in managing tour bookings, however we felt that they certainly were not 'warm' - we were not greeted once by anyone upon entering the bar/lobby on any occasion, and we were left to fend for ourselves at breakfast - nobody checked we were even entitled to breakfast on any single day.

Cleanliness: Aside from the bedraggled communal furniture, everywhere in the hotel was clean, however see my point about the beds.

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Our 'double' room was actually two single beds pushed together - uncomfortable if you roll in the night. The beds were very hard, and had no protective cover of any sort (waterproof/allergy) between the topsheet and mattress. I suffered heat/allergy reaction on my skin, possibly because of this. The pillows were not big enough, and I wasn't able to sit up in bed comfortably. The shower was more a wetroom with a glass door, and you were expected to mop up after yourself (scraper provided!).

Food/Drink:
As with all of Reykjavik, drinks are VERY expensive at about £12 for a cocktail or £8 for a beer. The breakfast, while acceptable, was missing some key items such as yoghurt and museli, and hot food was left exposed in its bain marie without a cover, so it was sometimes cold when you went to eat it.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

We arrived about an hour before check in and our room wasn't ready, weren't offered anywhere to store bags but fortunately one of the three rooms in our party was ready so we all put our bags in there and took a walk to find something to eat. Five minutes walk and you're in a great restaurant / pub / cafe /souvenir shopping area - Just head up hill! We got something to eat and headed back and our room was ready.
We were Room 409 which had a beautiful view of the Harpa Conference Centre - beautiful glass building which lights up at night (The nearest ATM is also conveniently located downstairs in this building) as well as the sea, harbour and snow covered mountains. Really beautiful to look out on.
Beds were comfortable, twins pushed together but we didn't mind. Room was always warm, we didn't change the temperature control as it was perfect as is. Room was clean, small but you don't go on holiday to swing cats round your room!
Minibar with slightly expensive although not crazily priced for Iceland - Beers, Wines, Coke/Diet Coke, Chocolate Bars and Pringles. Bathroom was a wet room with a squeegy because the floor got absolutely soaked!! But this was an experience and it dried quickly! Plenty of towels, shelves for your clothes and a rail with hangers. Hairdyer and Ironing Board and Iron - All you need really.
Staff were very friendly, always had a smile and a welcome. There is a lobby area with a fire which was never lit :( but otherwise perfect while sitting waiting for excursions which the hotel booked for us.
Free breakfast upstairs in Sky Bar was often busy and hectic but we found 8.30am a perfect time to get in. Everything you could want from bread, toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, cheeses, tomatoes, hams, fresh fruit, cereals, coffee, tea, juices and wee pastries. I definitely had 3 course breakfasts!! The view up here was amazing also - overlooking the Harpa, Mountains Sea and Harbour again but from higher. There's an outdoor area if you wanted to take photos or were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights from the city. We had asked for a wake up call if they were visible but didn't see them from the hotel.
We also visited the Sky Bar twice for drinks, once for Happy Hour where beers were about £2.50 - perfect. Second for a cocktail on our last night - these were £10 each (Gulp) So it is pricey!! But Iceland is not a budget holiday!
On the morning we were leaving at 5am there was small breakfast being provided in the lobby, coffee, tea, breads and small things. Very nice of them to provide.
We didn't have time to try the spa which is €10 for your entire visit - quite reasonable.
All in all lovely hotel and I would definitely recommend! Close to everything and lovely views.

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Property: Centerhotel Arnarhvoll
Address: Ingolfsstraeti 1, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik > Miõborg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Centerhotel Arnarhvoll 3.5*
Number of rooms: 104
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