We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Charming place ... at a steep price”
Review of Hotel Egilsen

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Hotel Egilsen
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Stykkisholmur
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Charming place ... at a steep price”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

The Hotel Egilsen is stylish and charming, but it will cost you a pretty penny. We loved our rooms, tiny as they were, because the beds and sheets were awesome, the shower and other bathroom amenities were upscale, and everything was so well planned out (shelving, hooks, etc). In many ways, it seemed more commodious than our bigger rooms in Iceland that were not as well laid out. Nevertheless, the hotel is pretty seriously overpriced, especially when one discovers the price does not include breakfast. To add insult to injury, the breakfast costs ISK 24 each, a ridiculous sum for what is offered. Fortunately, we declined the breakfast and found a cute bakery on the edge of town where we got good coffee, sweet rolls, a croissant, and a sandwich for about ISK 9 each.

What was also a bit off-putting was the front desk worker was very dismissive of the more affordable restaurant in town (Placcid) while heavily pushing the two more expensive places. They may well have better food, but the woman in charge, when asked about Placcid, said disparagingly "Oh, I think they just serve hamburgers or something like that." In a town this small and with the restaurant almost literally across the street, she surely knows exactly what they serve, and it's not just hamburgers. This attitude did not sit well with us.

Other than the slight sense of superiority and arrogance about their "healthy breakfast" and its price, as well as the big ticket for the rooms, we did still think Hotel Egilsen was cute and atmospheric in this tiny fishing village. Just go expecting a very small but well-appointed room and a wallet-lightening price, and you'll like it too!

Room Tip: 3rd floor rooms have slanting ceilings and need some attention to avoid hitting one's head! They...
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank TravelGal201
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

265 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    165
    77
    14
    7
    2
See reviews for
38
166
7
3
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (53)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
93 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2014

We stayed here for one night in June 2014. We were in a "standard" room on the top floor of this 3 story hotel - room 8. As everyone has mentioned the rooms are way tiny. I wouldn't have minded this if we had not been up under the pitched roof so that much of our room was unusable. We didn't even both bring our suitcases in because there literally was no place to put 2 little rollerbags. I will say that the room was probably the prettiest, most tastefully decorated of our entire holiday. The bathroom was lovely, but small, as were all the bathrooms in every hotel we stayed in. The hotel has loads of charm. The breakfast was good also. The was a fair amount of noise from the street until it got later in the evening. We slept well, we found the bed comfortable, but being on the inside against the pitched roof, meant that it was very difficult to get in or out of bed. You could not sit in bed and read.

For what you get, I think it was too expensive. I should have to look around more to see what other hotels were available in the area - it may be the best in the area. Just don't stay on the top floor. Get a "superior room." I don't mind small if you can walk around the room. This room would be perfect for a couple of people the size of 8 yr olds. If you are taller, like my husband - over 6 ft - then you won't be happy in a room on the top floor.

Room Tip: Don't get a standard room - those are the ones up under the pitched roof where you can't sta...
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank MaryEllenTravels
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2014

My daughter and I recently completed a fantastic 8 day vacation to Iceland. We selected our hotels primarily based on Trip Advisor ratings and were very pleased with all of them except for the Hotel Egilsen. Although the hotel looks charming, charm won't get you a good night's sleep. We stayed in Room 7 which was on the third floor so we each had to lug a 40 pound suitcase up two flights of stairs. The room was incredibly small so there was no place to put said suitcases. The ceiling was pitched so that you could only stand up in about 35% of the room. There was also no place to sit so when you were in the room all you could do was stand up or lie on the bed. I took the side of the bed nearest the wall and when lying flat on the bed, the ceiling was about 28 inches from my nose. Definitely not for the claustrophobic. Unless I shimmied the length of the bed, I could not get up without my daughter getting up from her side of the bed. The bathroom had a privacy glass door but it did not go to the top or bottom of the casing. The gap at the top and bottom made the bathroom not entirely private from the room itself. The shades on the windows were not light blocking and the road noise was very loud. Overall, I don't think either of us got a bit of sleep. Given how expensive the room was and that breakfast was an extra expense, we couldn't figure out how it got such a high rating in Trip Advisor. So, I went back and read the details of past reviews and realized that there were reviews with 1 and 2 ratings that got averaged out by the many 5 ratings given for its "charm and character". The highlight, though, was having a wonderful dinner at the restaurant across the street.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
Helpful?
6 Thank Brenda W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
106 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights. It is a quirky little hotel, with the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in and also the best breakfast we had in our whole trip of 11 days in Iceland. The only thing that was disappointing was that I had read that it is a place where locals hang out and there is a warm buzzy atmosphere, when in fact it was very quiet. The bedrooms are very small, so there is no space there to relax except on your bed, and the shared living area is also small. Overall though, I would definitely recommend it highly.

Room Tip: I didn't see the other rooms, I had an attic room and it is really tiny. Perhaps there are bigg...
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Fi_B111
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
35 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2014

My husband and I traveled with another couple to Iceland for an 8 day trip driving around the country. We were very much looking forward to staying at Hotel Egilsen in Stykkisholmur and booked two superior rooms 4 months in advance. Despite receiving a confirmation from the hotel, the day we arrived, they somehow screwed up our reservation and missed booking the second room. Fortunately, they had a standard double room available which they gave to us free of charge. It was super disappointing, especially since we were very much looking forward to our stay, but the Staff handled it well, apologized profusely, and we thought the compensation was appropriate. Our friends stayed in the much smaller standard room, but we still all had a wonderful stay.

I would definitely recommend the superior rooms. As mentioned, the rooms are very small, but they are amazingly decorated, and have high quality features. The beds are incredibly comfortable with beautiful bathrooms and breathtaking views. The breakfast in the morning is a buffet, surprisingly large with smoothie, coffee, tea, skyr, several fruit options, fresh vegetables, salmon, and hard boiled or scrambled eggs. There is a small, but cozy, cute common area to lounge in and there are two bikes to use for a leisurely ride around the town.

The two restaurants behind the hotel and to the right are both extremely good. It's totally worth walking up the hill to the lighthouse to get beautiful views of the several islands off the coast. Stykkisholmur is the most charming, gorgeous seaside town and I wish we had more time to spend here. I definitely will be coming back and despite the mix-up with our booking, I would without a doubt stay at Hotel Egilsen again. The only reason I did not give it 5/5 is due to the booking mis up. It is super pricey, but definitely worth the splurge. Just make sure you double, triple check your booking!!!

Room Tip: I would definitely book a superior room. Make sure to double, triple check your booking to make sure...
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Nikks79
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2014

This is a wonderful hotel; my favorite that we stayed in, actually! As other reviewers mentioned, the rooms are not very large. But, what they lack in size, they make up with incredible charm, wonderful decorations, and incredible comfort.

The staff here was also incredibly helpful and welcoming. We were travelling in a group of five and, so that we didn't have to book three rooms, the staff offered to put an air mattress in one of the larger rooms to accommodate us..

We opted for breakfast, and it was delicious. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank kokopelirojo86
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
South Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We were booked to stay at Greta's guesthouse Baenir & Braud but the day before arriving we received an email saying that renovations at B&B were not complete so we were being transferred to Hotel Egilsen. In other words, we got an upgrade.
I would echo the comments of a previous reviewer regarding room size and traffic noise. Our room was easily the smallest of our Iceland trip (we stayed in 12 different places over three weeks) but it WAS very tastefully presented. Our room on the ground floor was literally arm's length from a fairly busy road and I really noticed the traffic noise. So if we had paid the usual price I would have been disappointed.
Breakfast was very nice with plenty of boutique touches, but an expensive add-on.
The hotel's location is excellent, only a short stroll to the harbour.
The hotel staff were fantastic and gave us a great list of things to see and do for our day on the Snaefellsnessnesnesnes Peninsula.
So, it's a nice hotel but it's expensive. It gets 4 stars from me but only because I snuck in at the Baenir & Braud price.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank bikesandtunes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Stykkisholmur
0.3 mi away
Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
#2 of 3 in Stykkisholmur
3.5 of 5 bubbles 268 reviews
18.7 mi away
Hotel Framnes
Hotel Framnes
#1 of 1 in Grundarfjorour
3.5 of 5 bubbles 448 reviews
0.0 mi away
Harbour Hostel
Harbour Hostel
#1 of 6 in Stykkisholmur
4.0 of 5 bubbles 132 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.1 mi away
Fransiskus Hotel
Fransiskus Hotel
#3 of 9 in Stykkisholmur
4.0 of 5 bubbles 41 reviews
0.4 mi away
Comfort Guest House
Comfort Guest House
#5 of 9 in Stykkisholmur
4.0 of 5 bubbles 9 reviews
0.3 mi away
Our Home Apartments
Our Home Apartments
#2 of 6 in Stykkisholmur
4.0 of 5 bubbles 19 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Hotel Egilsen? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hotel Egilsen

Property: Hotel Egilsen
Address: Adalgata 2, Stykkisholmur 340, Iceland
Phone Number:
Region: Iceland > West Region > Stykkisholmur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Stykkisholmur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Standing next to the harbor, Hotel Egilsen is set in a newly converted historic house in the heart of Stykkisholmur. The small hotel preserves its classic heritage while enhancing it with the best of modern design. Providing intimate lodging, healthy food, small library and the renowed COCO-MAT beds made out of organic and natural materials. The hotel has 10 bedrooms. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and Priceline so you can book your Hotel Egilsen reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing