Icelandair Hotel Loftleidir
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This hotel has been renamed the Icelandair Hotel Natura and has been recently remodeled. We stayed for 3 nights at the end of February/beginning of March 2013.
The lobby area of the hotel was very nice and had a very natural but contemporary feel. There is a nice sitting area right in front of the front desk, along with two computers that hotel guests can use for free. To the right hand side of the lobby is the hotel's restaurant, Satt, which also had a nice cozy seating area with a fireplace. There are several wooden sculptures in the lobby area that are meant to look like people, and they were a bit disconcerting at times if you looked up suddenly and thought that someone was standing there looking at you.
We had booked a twin room here and our room was not as nice as the lobby. I have a feeling that our room was one that had not been remodeled yet. Our room was on the 4th floor overlooking the Reykjavik domestic airport. The room was just looking old - old carpet, worn looking furniture, mattresses that were sunken in the middle and too soft to sit on comfortable (surprisingly I actually slept very well on them though!). However, we really were only in our room to sleep, and since everything was clean though, we didn't think the older room was too big a deal, especially since we saved a lot of money on the package deal we got for the trip through Icelandair. The bathroom was clean, although small, and they only have a shower instead of a bath, which was fine with us. The toiletries provided are hand soap and shampoo from Soley Organics, which is the company that runs the hotel's spa. They are full size in dispensers, so you don't have any travel size ones to take with you, which was just as well since I did not really care for the scent of the toiletries. It was a plant based scent, not floral, and I thought it said it was from basil oil, but I didn't really like it.
I did glimpse into a room across the way one morning when it was being cleaned, and that room looked like it had been remodeled, with hard wood flooring and new furniture, but it might have been one of their special rooms that you pay a premium for.
We did not mind being next to the airport as there was hardly any air traffic and the ensuing noise- my traveling companion actually thought it was really neat to be overlooking the airport.
Probably the only downside was that the hotel is outside of the center of town and there isn't really any stores close by. The closest store was actually an N1 gas station where we bought some snacks and drinks (they also had hot food inside, including Subway and a Mexican food place called Serrano that is comparable to Chipotle). The gas station was about a 10-15 minute walk away, and the center of town (main shopping streets) is another 10-15 minutes.
You can buy some snacks at the hotel. There is a refrigerated case in the lobby to the left of the front desk where you can buy water, soda, sandwiches made at Satt, fruit, skyr, and some other things, but it was fairly pricey.
We also made great use of the hotel's tour desk to book all of our activities. All the tour companies had hotel pick up and drop off, which was super convenient.
We did eat at the breakfast buffet at Satt twice. The price of the buffet was equivalent to $17 USD which I thought was a bit steep for breakfast but we didn't really have any other options for a hot breakfast close by. They had some hot food like scrambled eggs and sausages, and other fare like cold cuts, cheese, skyr, oatmeal, fruit, etc. and coffee, tea, and orange and apple juice.
We did not use the pool. I had been looking forward to using it since it's geothermically heated, but we discovered that there is a 1000 krona fee to use it (less than $10 USD), so we skipped it.
There were lots of people staying at the Natura while we were there, including many business people, as well as many people on vacation/holiday, especially from the UK. The majority of the people we saw were adults - there were very few children that seemed to be staying here with their families.
Unique Quality: The hotel has some neat activities like movies and a bedtime story time during the week but we were not able to attend since we were out on tours at those times.
Directions: South of downtown, close to Perlan, next to the Reykjavik Domestic Airport
Stay was okay
The stay at this hotel is okay. It is much nicer from the inside than the outside, as it looks like an old airport building. As other members have written, you only stay in here to rest. The room was larger than what I expected, though the twin beds smaller.
My only compliant is how far it is away from the main city center. After reading the reviews, it sounded like the 20 minute walk was an easy one. But in reality, it isn't. There is construction going around the area, so the walk paths aren't clearly defined. The shuttle is convenient, but it does only run 6 times a day. If you want to stay late in the city, you will either have to catch a taxi or walk back. Not bad, if it wasn't raining and cold.
I enjoyed the breakfast provided. The pickled and smoked herring was tasty. One of the roll breads was delicious. Like a light, puffy, rye or whole wheat bread. Crunchy on the outside and light & airy inside.
The Hotel Loftleider is owned by Icelandair and so it's location just beside Reykjavik regional airport isn't an entire surprise! This location isn't as bad as it sounds as the airport only operates during the day so doesn't disturb your sleep and the aircraft landing here or of the light variety.
The Hotel doesn't look much from the outside but inside is much better and offers a comfrtable stay in Reykjavik. The hotel is located about 15-20 minutes walk from the city centre and the hotel provides a free shuttle bus to and from the city centre for its guests. There is also a public bus stop beside the Hotel. Taxi's can also be easily arranged and will get you to the centre for around ISK1500 (€10).
The rooms are OK considering you will only really be sleeping here. All rooms have TV, ensuite and coffee making facilities.
The Hotel also has a sauna, hot tub and swimming pool for the use of its guests, although the swimming pool is small and a bit dated.
Breakfast is included in the price of you room and excursions and trips can be booked in the lobby as well as having a small gift shop and ATM on site.
As we stayed in this hotel as part of a package deal with flights and transfers, I'm not too sure of the price for a room but from what I have heard, they are quite high for what you get, but having said that, prices for accommodation in Reykjavik are very expensive in general. Internet prices are quoted at €81 for a single and a double for €96.
Good base from which to explore Reykjavik and the surounding countryside but by no means the best hotel I have ever stayed in (considering it has a 4star rating).
Hotel Loftleidir - NOT 4 stars
Definatly NOT recommend this hotel, it say 4 stars but dont have the 4 star standard.
Here is my Opinions:
- Building is really old, dont trust the pictuers on their web site
- worst than a airport hotel ( right next to the National Airport)
- 1/2 of the hotel are office(some sort of company i guess), u can utterly see people working in the office(not hotel staff) and the desk etc
- shuttle bus is available BUT nothing between 11:45 am - 6:15pm
- small shuttle bus, only 16 seats and about 8 standing place and the hotel was fully book so when they saw some people couldnt get into the bus, THEN they order another one
- mini bar is empty
- no bath, shower only
- internet service was not available for the first 2 days
- breakfast was horrible, most of the food is gone after 8am, and it doesnt seems they refill the food at all.
- Gym is TINY. 2 weight mechines and 2 running mechines RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER and a bicycle mechines, THAT's IT
- pool feels very very dirty.
I was very disappointed with my staying and i definately will not going back to this hotel again.
Hotel Loftleidir Icelandair hotels
We stayed in this Hotel which is located next to the National airport. Although you can walk to town on a nice day, we opted for the Taxi.
Unique Quality: Loflteiðir is great for business and pleasure, with full conference service and a host of free perks for guests, including indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, whirlpool and sauna. There’s also a solarium and massage suite. A bike rent is also available for hotel guests.
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