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... keeps them out of trouble. Along those same lines, as we were driving into Reykjavik we saw a public worker mowing the grass along the side of a hill the funny thing was he wasn’t riding the lawn mower he was walking next to it and operating it by remote control the driver said it was safer that way because he was mowing a hill side, I’ve never seen that before. Also on our way in ...
... because he said it seats 14,000 people and the population of Iceland is only about 322,000. They do conducted tours and I would love to see inside it.
Back at the Hilton (must keep saying the name), had the cheese sandwich that we'd made for lunch out of leftover food and not carried with us and a couple of scotches from the duty free bottle we'd bought on the way in. Now feeling very rosy indeed. Might even eat at the Hilton tonight.
... seafood place right off the water that was amazing....I'd try to spell it but the iPad doesn't have that much battery. The food was amazing I had fish soup to start and lamb...Lauren had muscles. our first experience as to how expensive this place ...
The mediterranean of the North. It's one of the nicknames for Iceland that I actually didn't know about until recently. Despite my researchwork I didn't know about their laidback mentality, but in the last week in my attempts to arrange things for the upcoming project (starting today!) I found it out first hand. Being a Nordic country I stereotypically assumed that they would be a punctual and organized country. In parts this is ...
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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
Nice hotel, great location, recommended
I'll start with the bad news which is the price (about Ł60 pp per night, and thats not even on the summer rates), but from what I gather all Reykjavik hotels arent exactly cheap.
But onto the good news.
Great location, very near to the centre and most of the restaurants etc. There is some free parking in the 2 streets directly outside (if there are spaces).
Also near to the huge church (probably the only big building in Reykjavik so it made it easy to find, whether on foot or by car).
Room was clean
TV with 10 channels or so, including BBC channels
Our room had a nice conservatory in it which was great for sitting in during the long light evenings (although from looking from the outside I think ours was the only room that had this, although some others had balconies).
Fine breakfast (unfortunately no bacon etc, but I shouldnt be a typical Brit) - ample food and nice selection of breads, croissants, cereal, ham, eggs, cheese etc.
Would use it again, or recommend it to friends.
Felt Cared for at Hotel Odinsve
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.
Great Location and Value
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.
The only reason why I'm not giving it an "Excellent" is because it is not a 5-star establishment. For that I imagine you would have to go to the new 101 Hotel.
They recently started a (pay) wireless network in the hotel, but we had trouble getting a reliable connection on the third floor, so we ended up hanging out in the lobby for that. There's coffee and tea in the lobby as well as a computer terminal.
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.