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This practical city hotel offers a decent base for exploring Reykjavik.
It’s a little way east of downtown, just off the main thoroughfare of Laugavegur, and while the building isn’t much to look at – a boxy, concrete block that’s typical of so much of Reykjavik – inside you’ll find plenty of designer style, including in the chic open-plan bar and attached restaurant.
Rooms are surprisingly cosy, with timber furniture, frilly fabrics and sheepskins giving them the feel of a rustic B&B out in the country. There are some handy amenities here, too, including free parking and on-site bike hire.
This isn’t the liveliest or prettiest part of Reykjavik, but that has the advantage of meaning street noise and traffic is kept to a minimum.
The hotel is surrounded by similar concrete buildings that look rather like office blocks, but there are views from front-facing rooms across the city to Mount Esja, the mountain range to the north of Reykjavik.
It’s about a 30-minute walk into the city centre and to the harbourfront, or you can hire a bike and be there in ten. Alternatively, there’s a decent range of bars and restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel.
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