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!
- 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
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