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TravelPod Member ReviewsBorg Hotel Reykjavík
Pretty much what the title says. Highly recommend!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Borg Hotel Reykjavík
I was in town for the Reychavik music festival where virtually the entire population of Iceland comes into town for a weekend of music and drinking. Couldn't imagine a better location than right on the square. We had a great room overlooking everything that was going on in the late hours of the night. The complimentary breakfast was perfect and the staff very helpful with suggestions and arranging excusions for us. I highly recommend this place.
Worth every $
Yes, it's expensive. Get over it. Iceland is expensive. Spend the xtra $$, it's worth it. Wonderful location. Very helpful and pleasant staff. Great comfy beds. I had friends staying at the hotel Klopp and hotel Skailbred this week, and let me tell you the rooms where horrible in both. How these hotels got 4 star ratings I'll never know. The Hotel Borg is truely a 4 star property.
We had a suite on the second floor. It really wasn't too loud as I read in previous posts. The room was divided into two areas and was large by European standards. When you hear the word "suite", don't think Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas. This is Europe remember. The room was large enough for two friends, great view of the park, and very, very clean. Original artwork was a nice touch as well.
If you'd like a taxi when you arrive at the airport call the hotel and they will arrange for a pickup. Our driver, Haukeur, was the best. (about 7500 ISK to the hotel for the two of us). I think that is cheaper than the regular taxi' at the airport. He was wonderful, giving us a tour and history lesson as we drove to downtown Rek. We liked him so much that we asked for him to pick us up for the return trip to the airport. He did, right on time. We picked up two friends over at the Skailbred hotel, went for late morning hotdogs at the harbor pylsur stand, drove to the Blue Lagoon (where he waited for more than four hours as we steamed, mudded up, and soaked, then off to the airport. We had Haukeur's services for 5 1/2 hours and he charged 15000 ISK for the trip! I didn't think 15000 ISK was too much, considering it was a group of four and we tied him up for most of the day. Well worth it for a relaxing stress free last day of travel.....
We were very pleased....
We stayed at Hotel Borg for four nights in April (definitely not the high season). We got a good rate through hotels and when I corresponded with the Borg, they suggested that both hotels and expedia often have lower rates than they give themselves.
Having read other reviews, we were expecting to have to wait for the room and worried about noise, but neither was a problem. On arrival (around 8am) we were given a room key and invited to take a look before accepting it. It was a second floor room in the new wing, quite large and with a lovely view of the square. We were worried about noise, so they offered us the key to a fourth floor room in the back of the old wing and suggested we look at that one as well. It was charming (in a way that the new wing room wasn't quite, though it was perfectly nice) but much smaller and lacked the view. We opted for the second floor room and thoroughly enjoyed it. We didn't really have a noise problem, though it's definitely a city hotel and light sleepers might have trouble. (The front desk was happy to supply earplugs....)
The service was absolutely lovely, the hotel was extremely comfortable and well located, and the entire experience left us feeling very, very happy.
Big room, superb location
We stayed at the Borg for two nights at the end of January, and found it to be ideally placed in the centre of Reykjavik. It's next door to an excellent bar (Kaffibrennslan, I think) and within a minute or two's walk of many other bars. Central Reykjavik is quite compact, so many of the sights are within a reasonably short and easy walk/drive. The main shopping streets are a couple of hundred metres away, and the main road which connects up to the rest of the island is nearby but unobtrusive.
The hotel room was large and had wooden flooring and a high ceiling. For my tastes, the decor could do with a bit of freshening up, though many people will love its authenticity. The bathroom was small but perfectly adequate, with a massive fixed shower head over the bath. You soon get used to the smell of sulphur that comes from all Reykjavik hot taps (due to the geothermally heated water) and the water from the cold tap is (apparently) pure spring water. We didn't eat at the hotel, and didn't see or try the bar, due to the hotel's proximity to so many other bars. The staff, like many locals, were very helpful, friendly and polite.
I didn't notice air conditioning in the room, but there were large radiators under each of the windows, whose levels could be adjusted. A slightly aged TV was in the room, which (unusually) had a number of British TV channels - including BBC1, Sky One and Sky Movies.
Our room was on the second floor, looking over the square. The windows have secondary glazing, and we didn't notice particularly high noise levels from the streets outside. If you're over-sensitive to noisy nights, get some ear plugs at the airport on your way out. But, based on our stay, you couldn't really describe this hotel as noisy. We were able to park our rental car on the square outside, but there are parking meters which charge between 10am and 6pm during the week and on Saturday.
I would certainly recommend the Borg, mainly for its excellent location. When we return to Iceland, we will certainly consider staying here again.
Choose your room carefully
We stayed in the Borg for 3 nights during mid December and generally enjoyed our stay. However, a serious word of warning - avoid rooms at the front of the hotel. We were on the second floor overlooking the central square - this was fantastic in the day but dreadful at night as drunken locals and tourists kept us up until about 4am - there is no double glazing! We moved to a room at the back of the hotel and found it much better
Fantastic room, great service
My husband and I spent our honeymoon in the Tower Suite at the Hotel Borg. The room, views and service were fantastic. It wasn't cheap, but Iceland isn't cheap, but we felt that it was great value and had the trip of a lifetime.
Nice Hotel, however watch events around city
First time visit to Iceland after years of dreaming. Booked the Tower Suite, which is supposed to be one of the best rooms in Iceland and it was. However, since all flights from the US were overnight, we arrived at the hotel around 8:00am and the room was not available for a few hours. Since the hotel requires flight numbers and arrival times, there is no excuse for not having a (any) room available to freshen up.
The week that we were there, the city had a music festival, in which the music could be heard around the city until 3:00am (later on weekends). The guests in the next room (and there are only 2 suites in the Tower) were so loud, that we had to call security twice. To the hotels credit, they made them vacate the room and left us in peace.
Service is impeccable with no "attitude" towards Americans. Front desk helped with tours, etc.
Highly recommeded hotel, but call the them first and ask if any festivals are being held during your visit and if your flight arrives before check-in, ask to have a room to relax in.
A step back in time
This hotel is small but has great character, just like the people of Iceland. You will find yourself pampered as in days gone past. The beds have down pillows and down comforters, there is beautiful art gracing the walls, a hidden wet bar with coffee and pot and a nice selection of teas. All these rooms are suites, they have a sitting area that has overstuffed couch and chairs, of course a bathroom - this is very separate from the rest of the room but still in your room with a shower head that is like showering under a soft summer rain, a table to dine at or play cribbage. a CD player, and t.v. if so inclined, the reception area has a large selection of DVD's for your viewing pleasure. The view I found most pleasurable was the one directly outside our room. We overlooked the center square in front of the building. Our room was on the second floor with four garden windows overlooking the square. All sets of windows opened allowing us to lean out to photograph the street we lived on for 5 days. This is by far the nicest accomodations I have ever had, mostly because I feel more comfortable in intimate surroundings and do not require alot of outside stimuli. the Borg is located a short walk away from the business district of shopping if again you are so inclined. better yet it is near a lake that had swans and geese returning for the spring, we watched small children feeding these beautiful birds. you are a short walk away fom the bay, which on a nice day is well worth the stroll. we had no problem getting around on foot, in fact we never did need transportation except when our tour picked us up to experience the "blue lagoon" which I highly recommend. I can't say enough wonderful things about the Borg or Iceland, it is an amazing experience and I would love to go back again, soon. you can not go wrong with the accommodations of this lovely hotel, take a step back in time and live the history of Iceland.
Yum, yum, yum
I had one night at the Borg as a treat, and never ever wanted to leave.
The lobby is tiny, and to get to some of the guest rooms one has to go through a passage and what looks like a service elevator, but the room made up for all that - quite wonderful. A standard room (sigh, I couldn't afford better) has a large television, a mini stereo system with CD and DVD players, a VCR (and a list of films one can hire from the front desk), a writing desk and two comfortable armchairs. The bathroom was huge with convenient telephone, an enormous bathtub, and a sunflower-style showerhead - this last was fully ten inches across.
Bliss. Breakfast was fabulous, possibly the best I'd had in Iceland. I had a giggle at the stack of shot glasses on the buffet - most Icelandic hotels have a bottle of fishliver oil available, so guests can top up their vitamins for the day, and most places have small plastic cup, but not the Borg - it's much too chichi for that! Treat yourself - the Borg is wonderfully located and is beautiful both inside and out. Life's short - snuggle up in the dressing gown and enjoy it.
Honeymooned at the Borg
We were told by Icelandair that since it was our honeymoon, we should stay at the Hotel Borg, since it was the nicest in the City. It was a great hotel. . . really classic, high ceilings and an amazing view from our third floor room. There were huge windows everwhere. Our bed was the most comfortable I've ever slept on. Scandanavian bedding is like sleeping on a cloud. The hotel is in the center of Reykjavik, so it is walking distance to everything. They also offer great excursions into the country. Breakfast wasn't great. . sort of unorganized, but tasted great when we finally ate. The bathroom was amazing! A huge tub with a rain-like shower. . .and in Iceland you never ever run out of pure, unpolutted hot water. I would stay at the Borg again in a heartbeat. I love Iceland, as it has so much to offer. An amazing country and a romantic honeymoon on top of the world!
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