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Alba Guesthouse
Ranked #44 of 107 Reykjavik B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New York
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17 reviews
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“Will definitely be back”
Reviewed 16 July 2011

A really amazing value! Only 10 minutes walk from the city center, we chose to stay at Alba for 5 nights during a recent trip. We were planning on moving locations, but liked Alba so much that we extended our stay!

Rooms are clean and pleasant, though in typical Reykjavik fashion rather sparse. Shared bathroom. Staff was very friendly and helpful, more than willing to help us talk through itineraries and give recommendations. The breakfast was great-- coffee was French press and tea provided in an individual teapot. Generous portions and freshly baked bread also included. Alba was a very small guesthouse, and it felt close to being in your own home.

Next trip to Reykjavik, I'll be at Alba.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed 1 April 2011

Amazing place to stay for those looking for a relatively inexpensive place to stay. There were three of us sharing a room for six days. The room was clean, comfortable, and pleasant. The breakfasts in the morning were generous and delicious, and key to being able to be ready in the morning for some of the tours we took outside of reykjavik. Sigrun and the others were kind and charming. A great experience, totally recommended!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Andover, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2010

Booked on line (www.alba.is) and had a quick response, and initial payment done on line aswell. Stayed here during a too short 4 day trip to Iceland and could not have chosen better. The owner was so helpful, the staff courteous and efficient. Breakfast with coffee was excellent, as were the delicious mini croissants. Almost as good as French ones, and that is saying something!! The nordic style of decor means clean and simple lines and this house has that. Rooms are spotless and very quiet, (there are 10 plus an apartment) although the walls are a little thin! Bathrooms are clean with excellent showers. There is private parking if you are bringing a car, although the location is in a kind of cul de sac, where there is no traffic and plenty of places to park anyway. Access to the city centre means only a short 15 minute walk, and a only a 10 minute walk to the main bus terminal for excursions or transport to and from the airport at Keflavik. If you are booking any coach trips, pickups are done, but only in small vehicles as the guesthouse's location means that coaches cannot collect. If you are on foot but fancy seeing the local sights with a little more pace, the guesthouse has at least one new electric bicycle (they plan to get another one) for hire. Now I cycle alot, so the concept seemed a bit alien to me but they are just superb and come highly recommended!!!!! When the legs are little tired turn on the power and away you go!!! It gets pretty windy there so that bit extra comes in very handy in a head wind!!! The guesthouse also has a plethora of tourist information to get you started on your trip. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled solo
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jerusalem, israel\new-delhi, india
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Reviewed 21 August 2009

The hotel is small, nice, clean, and in a location which you can take a 10 minutes walk to the beautifull cit y central.
the staff is lovely and warm, the breakfast was really excellent.
sometimes, a nice little hotel is better than a big 5 stars hotel.
Iceland itself is an amazing country, highly recommanded for everyone.

  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
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denver, co
1 review
Reviewed 18 June 2009

Through our 12 night stay the staff at Alba was warm and helpful. The guest house is very close to BSI bus station, 20 minutes walk to downtown, 15 minutes to kringlan shopping centre. Simple and delicious breakfast- fantastic bread, with french pressed coffee or tea. Would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 9 June 2009

We stayed at the Alba Guesthouse between 05th June & 8th June 2009. The place was very clean & the owners welcoming. The only real gripe I had was that there was just 1 shared toilet on the top floor.
Its about a 15min walk into the centre of town & approx 5mins to the main bus station. No real problem as it’s a lovely place to walk around & after a few drinks it seems a lot shorter !
Breakfast is included (between 8 & 10am) - cereals/ fruit / tea & coffee etc. To be fair only made it to breakfast once due to the fine nightlife Reykjavik offers!
If you do go out on the town Friday & Saturday are the real party nights. All the bars spill out onto the main street & of course this time of year it doesn’t even get dark! A pint will cost anywhere between 600kr & 900kr.
All in all a good place to base yourself & trust me you’ll love Reykjavik!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 February 2009

this guesthouse is only a 10 minute walk away from the city center. it is clean, warm, comfortable with fantastic staff who went out of their way to make sure we had a nice visit!
when i return to Iceland, i will also be returning to this guesthouse!!!

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Alba Guesthouse
Address: Eskihlid 3, Reykjavik 105, Iceland
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Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
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Ranked #44 of 107 B&Bs / Inns in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Alba Guesthouse 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alba Guesthouse has been open since June 2004, well established with a personal touch from many years in working with travelers from around the world. The house was built in 1944 as a family house for Sigurvin Einarsson and his wife Jorina G. Jonsdottir, grandparents of Alba Guesthouse former owner. The house was renovated before opening as a guesthouse, inside, outside and the garden. Alba has 12 rooms with shared facilities, including family rooms that can accommodate up to 4 people. Owners since April 2013 are Harpa Sigfusdottir and THorsteinn Fridthjofsson. ... more   less 
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