I stayed for 7 nights in a standard-double room.The room was a reasonable size,comfortable bed,bathtub.The reception staff were friendly and very helpful 24 hours.
Unique Quality: Great views from restaurant at 8 floor in the breakfast!
We came to Iceland with a package tour but I chose this hotel because it's fairly new and has free internet access and its location is quieter than the Center Hotel Plaza. The Arnarvoll belongs to the Centerhotels and seems to be a 3 star hotel.
We booked a standard double room for a week. The design is modern and a bit dark and somewhat unpractical. The beds are two single beds next to each other both with two pillows each and a very warm duvet. The matrasses are a bit on the soft side but ok. What's dearly missing is a wardrobe, especially if you stay more than one night. There is some "no walls" installation with 8 coathangers and a safe. There is a flat screen TV on the wall with a few channels like one Icelandic one, Sky channel, BBC 1 and 2, CNN and that's about it. There are 3 seats, a miniature table and a very small writing desk with telephone and LAN as well as tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a mini-bar which was not plugged in. Not all the plugs worked and if you need a LAN cable, you have to ask the reception for it. It's free of charge like the use of the internet with your own notebook. The lights including the bedside lamps are not very bright at all. Our room is a non-smoking room.
The bathroom features a shower that makes half of the floor wet and a hair dryer, face washers and a small and a big towel each.
There is a rollo curtain apart from the white curtain.
Unique Quality: There is free WLAN in the reception hall and in the panorama restaurant on the 8th floor, where you will have your breakfast.
Breakfast is rather chaotic and from 7 till 10 am. They always seem to run out of something. On our second morning it was the bread but eventually they organised some toast bread. It's a buffet breakfast with one kind of cheese, ham and salami, porridge, scrambles egg, tiny sausages, jams, honey, butter, tea, coffee, chocolate, make waffles yourself, a bit of chopped up fruit.
The reception can book excursions for you.
We are staying at in Reykjavik from Dec 28th to 1st Jan and we like the look of the Centrehotels.
Can you recommend one which is going to be relatively peaceful, but that's close enough to the New Year's Eve celebrations so we can go out and join everyone around midnight? Do any of the hotels have views that would enable us to see the fireworks across the city?
Although I never need hotels when I go back home, I like the Hotel Fron on Laugarvegur. It is a short walk from the center of town and quite comfortable from what I am told by experienced travellers. Also Apartment K, is a very nice botique hotel close to the center.
The unusual thing about the New Years Eve fireworks, they are all done by the residents, and no one does it before 12 midnight, Then everyone does the fireworks at the same time, so the sky above the entire city is literally covered. This can be anjoyed from almost anywhere. A good place to enjoy an unobstructive view is from Oskjuhlid, where the Perlan (Pearl) restaurant is located. Easy to get to. You will likely visit the Perlan anyway while you are in Reykjavik. Enjoy. You will not be disappointed.
By the way, - if the weather is clear, consider going outside of the city to catch the Northern Lights. It is impossible to describe the experience. Here is a look for you:
I would most definetly recommend the Centerhotel Arnarhvoll, its only 3 minutes away from the main street of Reykjavik (all the bars, clubs, restaurants, shops etc) but its still very quiet there. Amazing views over the bay. From the restaurant on the top floor there are very good views over the city.
Centerhotel Klopp, Skjaldbreid and Thingholt can be quite noisy on the weekends. Those are excellent hotels though. Just ask for a room that doesnt face the streets.
The Centerhotel Plaza is also a very good option. Like the Arnarhvoll, its very quiet as well. And some of the rooms have a partial view of the city.
P.S I work for the chain :)
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