Great Experience - the hotel staff was amazing. Everyone was interested in providing assistance, advice and awesome service. The rooms were small by US standards but very much normal by European design. Complimentary full breakfast every morning was very good. The hotel runs a free shuttle service to the city center which was nice. There is also a bus stop accross the street making a rental car unneeded. Overall the hotel was very clean and convenient. We would recommend this hotel to others. Although the exterior of the hotel lacks charm, everything else was very acceptable.
Great Hotel, Bad Location
The staff and facility were wonderful! The front desk staff were quite helpful throughout our stay. They helped us purchase the Reykjavik Tourist Card and told us about good restaurants and things to do. The buffet breakfast that was included was the most delicious breakfast I have ever eaten - the freshest, softest bread; delicious chocolate, nut and cream cheese danish; fresh crisp granola; milk; juice; the fluffiest eggs I've ever eaten; sausages. Right out front of the hotel is the Perlan Restaurant, which houses the Viking Museum. I'd definitely recommend a hike to the top of the hill, both during the day and at night, for some great picture-taking opportunities. Right out front of the hotel is the Perlan Restaurant, which houses the Viking Museum. I'd definitely recommend a hike to the top of the hill, both during the day and at night, for some great picture-taking opportunities.
The only problem is that it's a little out of the way (about a 15-minute walk to the city center, but you have to cross a couple of major highways), and the bus service stops running around midnight. So if you're planning on experiencing some of Reykjavik's killer nightlife, I'd recommend staying somewhere closer to the downtown area.
This is the largest hotel in Iceland. Also the only hotel with an indoor pool. This hotel is owned by Icelandair. Our room was very clean and the staff was very helpful. It has a restaurant and nice souvenir shop. FlyBus Excursions has staff available in the rear of the hotel to reserve a tour or board the FlyBus to Keflavik International Airport. Reykjavik City Bus Number 7 makes stops at the hotel for transport to the city center.
Good location, good service, good room
Hotel Loftleider is near the Reykjavik municipal airport and is just a 5 minute walk to the main drag of Laugavegur in Reykjavik. The outisde is mediocre, but the inside is gorgeous and the rooms are outfitted very nicely. A coffe maker is given to every room which I took a picture of because it was so damn cool. Not to mention the interior is done in a very nice wood finish. The airport noise is not heard and our view was of the hill that houses The Pearl setting atop the old water tanks. The staff is remarkably helpful, there is a very large breakfast buffet included, most tours originate from this hotel so you don't have to go anywhere to meet a leaving tour.
Terrible, but clean.
I spent a weekend at the Loftleider Hotel in Reykjavik with my wife at the end of October. Having read several conflicting comments on this site I decided to wait and make up my own mind as to the pros and cons of this hotel.
I found the hotel to be clean and the interior decor was not quite as bad as some people have made out. To be honest, this hotel is way below a four star standard and I would liken it to an Ibis or Travelodge but at least they advestise exactly what they are.
The room had two single beds which we just pushed together as something like that doesn't really bother me. There was no drawers for storing clothes and a few hangers on a bar in the corner was supposed to be the closet. The bathroom was small and the shower cubicle (no bath) even smaller. Watch your toes when entering/exiting the bathroom! Beware also as the door to the room opens OUT instead of in.
Breakfast was a very messy affair and the limited number of staff just could no cope with the volume of guests. They ran out of food, tea, knives, forks, tables......... awful. We had to clear our own table.
The bar, in fairness, stayed open late one night but closed early the next!
On the one occassion I went to use the leisure facilities I was met by a young attendent who told me everything was full. I looked in to see the jacuzzi and swimming pool full of people drinking cans of beer. The young man told me it was the regular thing on a Saturday evening.
I could go on but suffice to say that when I return to Reykjavik it will be at any other Hotel.
Fairly nice. Will choose something else next time, though.
OK. Let's start with the good points. By Icelandic standards, this hotel (which runs $275 per night in high season) is reasonably priced (yes, $275 per night in Iceland can be "reasonable"; Iceland is an expensive place). The room (I had a so-called "poet's suite") was very small but quite nice. The bed was exquisite, in my opinion, especially with the down-filled sheets. Each night I was here, it took me less than one minute to fall asleep. The television had only a few stations, but it had both CNN and Sky news (which is like Britain's Fox News). All of the daytime staff were perfectly fluent in several languages, including English and French; the nighttime staff was somewhat less so, but fluent enough. ATM on site provided easy, cheap access to cash (which you actually don't need in Iceland; the whole place is electronic), there is a secure luggage area for early arrivals (the plane from Baltimore to Reykjavik arrives early)...everything was clean.
Nice touch: they have several free computer terminals for guest use for checking mail, and so forth. Another nice touch: This hotel has every known deal with every known tourism excursion in Iceland. You can buy your tickets directly at the hotel, and the bus stops directly at the hotel (guests at most other hotels will have to figure out some way to get to the bus station, for example).
The only bad points are these: The "free breakfast" is kind of a madhouse, and is mediocre; this is compounded by a sometimes smarmy waitress staff. The Hotel is inconveniently situated from downtown Reykjavik, this is really the worst Achilles' heel of the place, and the sole reason we are unlikely to select it for our next visit. The walk to town is fairly long and ugly, a cab costs over 1000 kronur, and the hotel-provided shuttle is mediocre as it only loosely adheres to its schedule (for example, leaving 5 minutes earlier than it was supposed to, causing us to miss it). There is no short, convenient, and cheap way to get to town. The exterior of the hotel is ugly as sin; it looks like an East German hotel from the 1970s. The domestic airport is next door, but there is no real disturbance from that at all, but it does contribute to the extreme ugliness of the immediate area surrounding the hotel.
Pool, which we looked at but did not use, was very small and appeared to be deserted most of the time except for the burly ever-present attendant.
That all being said, if you're in Iceland, you're supposed to be out and about doing things. The shortcomings of the hotel are only small ones, really, and its plusses are noteworthy.
Worth staying outside of Reykjavik?
I'm planning a trip for October and wanted to spend several days in and touring around Reykjavik and do at least two days elsewhere. I'm also thinking of doing a package where you buy the hotel and the airfare. Which is better: returning to Reykjavik each night so I can get the best deal or staying overnight in the other cities?
RE: Worth staying outside of Reykjavik?
It all depends on how many days you will stay but you can do tours from Reykjavik.And the package deal is often good but try notto stay at Loftleidir hotel since it is a bit out of the way and Nordica hotel is about 25-30 min walk (5 min in a taxi) away from center
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RE: Worth staying outside of Reykjavik?
Bragi is already here with his useful insights as usual so I would just encourage you, why not? Maybe even move northwards to the northern city of Akureyri? Would be worth a look.
Just my 2 cents worth.