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Heute ist der Tag des Abschieds, doch für einen letzten Eintrag aus Reykjavik ist noch Zeit. Wir haben die 8 Tage in Island sehr genossen und können jedem eine Islandreise ans Herz legen. Das Hotel war spitze (was bis jetzt noch nicht erwähnt wurde, war das Wasser, welches nach Biokompost und Kloake gerochen hat, aber was solls, wir sind schließ …
Asche, Staub, Nebel und dunkle Wolken. Das sind so ziemlich die Dinge, die wir hier nicht haben. Vom Vulkan ist also noch immer nichts zu merken, der Wind ist noch immer auf unserer Seite! So viel wie immer zum kurzen Vulkanupdate aus Island!
Heute morgen sind wir, wie der Titel schon vermuten lässt, bei strahlendem Sonnenschein aufgewacht …
Zum Trotze aller Sorgen: Ich habe es bis nach Island geschafft. Ich bin heute gegen 11 Uhr Ortszeit angekommen und habe am Flughafen den Bus nach Reykjavik genommen (ca 45 Min.). Am Busbahnhof wurden wir dann auf kleinere Minibusse umverladen, die uns direkt zu unseren Hotels gefahren habe. Sehr bequem. Unser Hotel, Hotel Ódinsvé ist ein kleines, …
... the type of place I could never imagine back home. It was an immaculately clean collection of swimming pools, hot-pots (jacuzzis), sea water pools, steam baths, and saunas, all chemical free and heated naturally by geothermal sources. Since we had purchased a city discount card earlier in the day, admission was free (as was the bus ride over). Admittedly, I was a bit reluctant at first given the public shower (yeah...nude) requirement, but modesty be damned. I ...
We arrived in Reykjavik around 6am on Sunday. Though it started to snow, it only made our first moments of Iceland, that much prettier.
The only downfall, was that the hotel was booked to the point where we had to wait for people to check out, before checking in. This created a problem since we had to leave for our Golden Circle tour around 1230. Luckily, the staff was very accommodating and we were able to rest up on some couches ...
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- Shuttle bus service
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Odinsve Reykjavík
Pequeño, pero muuy limpio y agradable
El hotel es pequeńo y las habitaciones por supuesto que tambien lo sonˇ MI habitación tenia dos camas, muy angostas, pero comodas. Muy limpio siempre y con una quietud impresionante, nada de ruido. El servicio excelente, el personal de la administracion siempre muy amable. el desayuno, deliciosoˇ Un detalle: un dia olvide mi dinero sobre la cama, y volvi aproximadamente 4 horas despues, la habitacion ya estaba limpia y el dinero integro sobre la camaˇˇˇ
I'll start with the bad news which is the price (about £60 pp per night, and thats not even on the summer rates), but from what I gather all Reykjavik hotels arent exactly cheap.
This is an ideal place to stay in Reyjkavic if you are seeking a small European style hotel that is within a short walking distance to downtown. The rooms are decorated in a spare unassuming Scandinavian style that is typical of most hotels in this city. We stayed on the fourth floor (top) and spent a little extra for a small comfortable sitting area. Don't expect a large space but it was adequate and was kept immaculately clean The view on the top floor is wonderful and the bedding was the most comfortable that I've ever slept in. The front desk staff is outstanding. Not only are they extremely friendly, they arranged all of our tours and spa appointments as well as attentively made multiple recommendations for restaurants, things to do, etc. One of the owners, Anna, even often staffs the front desk herself. The best things about the hotel are that it is extremely quiet, which isn't an easy thing to find in a Reyjkavic hotel, and that you are staying in a neigborhood where Icelanders actually live. Most of the other highly touted hotels, such as Borg, 1919 and 101 are in highly trafficed areas that are noisy. The restaurant in the hotel, Siggi Hall, is very good and it contains a bar area. The Scandinavian (not American) style breakfast is in the same space and is good, especially the bread which is great. If you want to splurge for dinner in Reyjkavic, don't miss the Seafood Cellar as it one of the best restaurants I've ever been to.
A charming hotel, ideally located, in that it is close to the town centre, and yet in a quiet suburb. Staff were excellent - polite and incredibly helpful with advice, booking trips etc. The deluxe rooms are worth paying a little extra for in order to have a separate lounge area - great for relaxing. Breakfast was excellent also - and great to have the same full choice at 10.00 as at 07.00.
The Odinsve had a special for winter on its website that included the room, breakfast and VAT for 9100 ISK per night (roughly $145), and it was worth every penny! My wife and I visited over the MLK Day weekend and were checked into our room by 9 am on the day of our arrival. Breakfast on the day of arrival is an additional 750 ISK per person, but was refreshing, convenient and very filling after an overnight flight. In mid-January, the sun does not rise in Reykjavik until about 11 am, but the Odinsve is one block off of the main gallery street, three blocks from the main shopping street, about five blocks from the Hallsgrimkirkja and a five-minute walk from the Austurvollur Square and Tjorn pond. Very well located, and it feels as though the city is your own at that hour of the day. The room was on a corner, with two windows and a comfortable bed -and very clean and orderly, although somewhat spartan (I think the winter special rooms are less opulent than some of those pictured on the hotel's website). The bath was also exceptionally clean, with good water pressure in the shower. For dinner, the front desk recommended the Thrir Fiskar (the "th" looks like a lowercase p in Icelandic) that is a few blocks from the hotel in a residential neighborhood and serves some authentic Icelandic dishes and a few oddities like whale meat and smoked puffin. It was delicious, and though nothing is cheap in Iceland, it was affordable for the nice meal that it offered. The Odinsve is a fantastic choice for value in the winter, with a guaranteed quiet night's sleep and easy access to downtown at any hour of the day.
A perfect hotel
We stayed at the Odinsve over New Years this year, and found it completely charming. It is an intimate hotel, situated in the heart of Reykjavik. The rooms are clean, large, and handsomely dressed. The staff is incredibly helpful, and the breakfast is hearty. Staying here saved us a lot on food, because we always ate a large breakfast and only had to snack at lunch. This was very helpful as food is impossibly expensive in Iceland. There's no way to get around it, except to take advantage of the free buffet! I would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Iceland. I can't wait to get back!
Great hotel, ideal location
The Odinsve is a great place to stay and, judging by what we saw from other hotels, is in an ideal location - quiet, but only a minute away from the main streets. Rooms are small but bright and clean. Breakfast is good and service of a high standard.
It is worth paying extra for a delux room as the upstairs seating area provides a cosy place to warm up at the end of the day. Ours was in a loft style and had a north facing dorma window, through which we watched the northern lights for almost two hours one night (having given up hope after staying out in the wilds for days and seeing nothing). Room 204.
I've been to Iceland 3 times and always stayed at the Odinsve. It's a great, unpretentious hotel in a residential part of Reykjavik (so it's quiet) but just 2 blocks or so from the main shopping/dining streets and maybe 5 minutes to the old town. The staff is friendly and happy to make tour arrangements for you or help you find anything in the city. I've never had a 2-floor room as the other reviewers, but even the single-floor rooms are sufficient for 2 adults. Everything is impeccably clean. The bathrooms are a bit small, but again, more than sufficient. I always enjoy having breakfast in the sunny Siggi Hall restaurant.
Charming and classically Scandinavian
This is an ever-so-Scandanavian hotel in the heart of downtown Reykjavik. It is within easy and pleasant walking distance of shops, cafes, the water front, and many of the key Reykjavik sights. The hotel rooms are spare -- wood floors, lots of white and steel -- and on the small side, but luxurious, nonetheless (acres of fluffy white sheets and down comforters). We got a charming duplex which was perfect for a family and even had a refrigerator. The children slept in their own room up the stairs and we had the master bedroom downstairs. The staff was courteous and helpful, providing excellent restaurant and entertainment planning advice and assistance. The hotel also houses one of Iceland's best restaurants, Siggi Hall, where hotel guests have reservation priority.
Would stay here again
We stayed here one night in June 2004. Scaffolding covered the exterior due to refinishing work. Staff was helpful. Room was a comfortable two levels, with the bedroom and bath "downstairs" and sitting room, desk and TV "upstairs". Bathroom was small; plenty of hot water. The street was quiet but well located; we walked easily to dinner, museums, shopping, the city lake and The Volcano Show. The FlyBus provides doorside service here for flights to/from from Keflavik. Excellent breakfast buffet.