“ Address:Skolavordustigur 45 / 101 Reykjavik / Iceland „
During my trip to Iceland earlier this year I stayed in the Hotel Leifur Eriksson in Reykjavik. It was one of the hotels available for me to choose on the Icelandair website (I booked a flights + hotel package with them) and I chose it because of a combination of the description, price and location.
It's hard for me to state exactly how much the Hotel Leifur Eriksson costs, as I booked it as part of a package deal. My flights, airport transfer and four nights in this hotel (single room) cost £399, which sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
The Hotel Leifur Eriksson is situated in the centre of Reykjavik, opposite the Hallgrímskirkja (church), on the top of a hill. It's a short walk to the harbour and the sea, and it's within easy reach of the main shopping streets of the city. Reykjavik is a small city so most hotels in the area will be close to the main amenities, but this particular hotel had one major advantage for me. I'm really bad at finding my way around and was slightly worried about getting lost, but the hotel's location at the top of a hill next to the church made it very easy for me to find my way back from pretty much anywhere in Reykjavik. All I had to do was look for the spire!
The hotel is situated in a lovely old building which is small and compact. Inside, there are a few steps down to the lobby which is right next to the lounge area, used as a bar during the day and evening and the breakfast area in the morning. There are four floors in all (I was on the top floor - typical!) and there is no lift, so the hotel wouldn't be suitable for disabled guests. The décor was pleasant and neat and I was pleased to see a bookshelf on one landing, full of books that could be borrowed (or contributed to) by guests.
The Hotel Leifur Eriksson has 47 rooms, each with a telephone, radio, satellite TV and en suite bathroom. Room service is available 24/7. I should point out that I didn't use any of these amenities (except for the bathroom!) as I prefer to sit quietly and read on holiday without the TV!
My single room was clean and simply but attractively decorated, with a sloping ceiling, a wardrobe, a couple of chairs, a dressing table and a double bed. Unfortunately, about half of the room was largely unusable because of the sloping ceiling (and I am quite tall!). Also, the room was small (but not tiny) in the first place. I hope the presence of the double bed doesn't mean that the room is used as a double one. It would certainly be far too small for two people. Still, I must admit that it was perfectly adequate for my needs, particularly as I didn't spend too much time there anyway. When speaking to one of the hotel staff later I found out that this is actually the smallest room in the hotel, so the other rooms probably don't have these problems!
The bed itself was very comfortable, and I slept quite happily there each night.
The bathroom was small but adequate, and very clean with a simple to use shower and the usual mirror and sink.
I very much enjoyed my breakfast at the hotel (which is included in the price of the room). The breakfast is set out as a buffet, with an assortment of cereals, European style breads, cheese and meat as well as condiments and hot and cold drinks such as tea, coffee and orange juice. A toaster is provided so you can toast your own bread. Best of all was the pancake maker - you can make your own pancakes using the batter provided and drizzle them with maple syrup. Sometimes you did have to wait a bit, though, as this was very popular! The food was very tasty and I never had to wait to be seated.
The hotel is described as family-run and this makes sense, as at different times there was a man, woman, young woman and young man behind the reception desk! All the staff were very friendly and helpful and spoke very good English. Apart from checking in I didn't really have much to do with them except the odd hello. However I asked them a couple of questions about the excursions I booked onto (which involved being picked up at the hotel by minibus) and asked them to book me onto my airport transfer at the end of my stay. They were helpful and friendly at all times. A number of leaflets are provided in the hotel lobby so you can find out more about what Reykjavik and Iceland have to offer. It's also possible to book excursions and trips through the hotel, though I didn't do this as I had already booked online.
I was very happy with my experience of the Hotel Leifur Eriksson and if I was to return to Iceland I would certainly consider staying there again. Though not a luxurious hotel, it was clean, comfortable, friendly, centrally located and great value for money. My only slight issue was the small size of the room, but this doesn't warrant removal of a star as far as I am concerned. A really nice place and highly recommended by me.
Address: Hotel Leifur Eiriksson
101 Reykjavik, Iceland.
Tel: 00354 562 0800
Fax: 00354 562 0804