Hotel Leifur Eiriksson

Address: Skolavordustigur 45, Reykjavík, 101, Iceland | 3 star hotel
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Leifur Eiriksson Reykjavík

    Reviewed by chrisenanneke

    Great hotel!

    Reviewed Jun 13, 2012
    by (1 review) Uithoorn , Netherlands Flag of Netherlands

    Great family driven hotel right across the famous Hallgrímskirkja. The owner and other staff members are very friendly and can arrange almost everything. Ask for the 'room with à view' on the top floor!

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    Reviewed by am1

    Serves its purpose

    Reviewed Mar 1, 2012
    by (16 reviews) Sydney , Australia Flag of Australia

    Staff are excellent, very friendly and knowledgable. The room did its job nicely, decour is a bit old but that is no issue and that is in the new part of the hotel. Only one tv channel hurts! Bed is comfy and I'm sleeping well.

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    Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Leifur Eiriksson Reykjavík

    Great budget Hotel


    Just returned from a weeks visit to Iceland. Hotel is ideally situated, near to shops, cafe's but far enough away to get a good nights sleep. Rooms are small but perfectly formed, loads of hot water and an OK breakfast given Iceland standards. Iceland is an amazing country, if very expensive. Just remeber to take a travel kettle and tea / coffee as no drinks facilities are provided in the rooms.

    On top of the World! Well Reykjavik hill anyway!


    Just come back from a short break to Iceland where the Leifur Eiriksson was our base. The location is everthing, it is a short walk to the centre of town and the view of the church and hills beyond is wonderful.

    The rooms are clean and basic, the bathroom was the only downside, it being cramped, it was impossible to wash my elbow in the sink, let alone my face!

    Breakfast is good, though I haven't looked at a cheese and ham sandwich since I got back! The staff are generally informative and polite.

    Nothing to complain about!


    There was nothing wrong with this hotel! I have no reason to slag it off, it is in a prime location and you will always find it because its near the church - offering fantastic views of the city!

    Fair enough the rooms are small, but what do you want?! It fits in a bed and a wardrobe and you have your own bathroom. You don't spend a fortune to go to this city and stay in your room all the time!

    the breakfast is good, not the best but they have cereal, toast, crackers and fruit!! you also have free hot and cold drinks - a necessity when they are a fortune to buy!

    You are near a supermarket - which is very handy, and you are within walking distance to the city centre and bars - saving taxi money - not like other hotels!!

    So there you are - don't pass this hotel over, there is nothing wrong with it, unless you are as posh as Mr and Mrs Beckham perhaps?!

    Enjoy your trip :)

    Great hotel/location


    We stayed at the Leifur Eriksson in May, 04. After seeing some of the hotels that other people on our airport coach were dropped off at!! we were extremely pleased when we saw our hotel. We thought it was in a fab location and as another reviewer comments just the right distance away from the main drag of noisy shops and bars. We found the staff quite friendly and they spoke excellent english. When we wanted to book trips the staff were helpful and booked all our trips for us. Our room was in the new block across the road from the hotel reception but we had a good sized clean room with a great view of the church and we didn't find it a problem. The breakfast was adequate and you can get a free hot or cold drink whenever you want which in an expensive country like Iceland is a bonus. There is also a supermarket almost next door which is useful for picking up bits. We really enjoyed Reykjavik and would definately stay here again.

    Not up to Expectations


    Stayed at this hotel in February 2004. Although all hotels in Rejkavik are expensive - we expected more for our money. The hotel is in a good location, but it is not as centrally-located as some reviews suggest. The room we stayed in (through an online discount reservation system) was very small. Although the view of the church was nice, if you are staying here - try to get a bigger room over a view of the church. Breakfast was okay at best - they claim it is free but even an espresso will cost you extra money. Overall, we had an amazing time in Reykjavik, but not because of this hotel.

    Great hotel


    Just back from visiting Reykjavik and had a great time. This hotel was great. Our room had an amazing view of the church and was on the top floor. It had sloped ceilings so may not have been suitable for very tall people but we did see a few other rooms and most seemed to be bigger than ours. We checked in about 1.30am and there was someone at reception waiting for us who was very friendly. The rooms were cleaned every day and the free breakfast was really good. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a nice, clean place to stay in a central location and for a cheap price.



    Even by the standards of Reykjavik the Leifur Eiriksson is over-priced.

    Be prepared for tiny, oppressive rooms and limited facilities. The hotel's new block situated over the road is best avoided unless you enjoy having to walk in the wind and rain on your way to breakfast. The hotel's one saving grace is the location. The staff are generally OK, although I disliked the attempts to pressure me into booking tour places immediatley upon my arrival.



    Completely agree with the comments below, the location (opposite the Hallgrimskirkja) means that you are completely central within the city but not on the main drag for the Icelandic rowdy nights out in the summer nights! The rooms are quite basic but adequate, clean and modern. The breakfast similarly so and the atmosphere of the hotel is so welcoming and homely, much like Reykjavik itself. We picked the hotel because we were on a bit of a budget but didn't want to resort to a hostel - we weren't disappointed at all and the hotel far exceeded our expectations.

    Location! Location! Location!


    Fantastic location in the centre of town. Close to all the places of interest and cafes/restaurants. Really helpful staff and plain but more than adequate rooms. Would recommend this to anyone!

    Great location, fine value


    The Hotel Leifur Eiriksson takes its name from the beautiful statue across from which it stands...a statue of Leif given to Iceland by the United States.

    The location could not be better. The rooms seem new, and while small, are adequate in every way. The included breakfast is very filling, and the front desk staff is helpful and speaks excellent English.

    An excellent value for the dollar/kronur. I've stayed at several Reykjavik hotels, and the Leifur Eiriksson remains high on my list because of its location and value.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Leifur Eiriksson Reykjavík

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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