Travel Blogs from Reykjavík
I am ever so grateful that it's cheaper to have a lay over in Iceland than it is to fly direct from New York to London, I'm just wishing I had more time here to explore. It's such a beautiful country and at this time of year there's a sprinkling of snow and ice everywhere and the winter twilight is dawning. At present it's dark until just after 9am …
... but it was fun. There was a local standing at the door on our way out of the pub who wouldn't let us out without giving him a kiss on the cheek, so of course we obliged! We also found out about the Icelandic Phallological Museum, so of course we had to check that out! It was basically just a museum full of willies, from mice to elephants and they even had a humans that someone had donated while he was alive! It was quite disturbing but apparently one of ...
... So this is what he attempted to do in the bathroom of the lovely Cafe Loki, our last restaurant on this trip to Iceland (and once they view the CCTV footage, doubtless our last ever visit to Iceland as our names will be put on the passport watch-list as dangerous lunatics!) but forgot that he was wearing his trusty hiking boots. So his foot got stuck in the metal bin, and there he was, hopping around in a small public toilet, with a bin full of used paper towels stuck on ...
... walk, trot, canter) of the small, strong, gentle and beautiful Icelandic horse. (It took some work, though, since there was a bit of user-error at first!) It was surreal to be riding a rare breed of horse, feel the sun in my eyes at 11pm, know I was maybe as near the North Pole as I'd ever get, and know that, in about 24 hours, I'd be home in Colorado.
On our last day, we visited and swam in the Blue Lagoon. This is a geo-thermal pool near ...
... restaurant peaked our interest... sadly it peaked no one else's. we were the only patrons that evening. we both ordered some fish, but were curious about the "catfish" as i think i mentioned earlier, catfish here is very different from back home. So, we didn't order some, but they were nice enough to bring out a sample so we could try it. it was better then our meals to be honest, but very fatty, as after all the looks may change, but catfish is still greasy catfish. ...
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Comfortable rooms but nothing spectacular, it's pluses are an awesome breakfast buffet and it's location right in the heart of the capital
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCenterHotel Plaza Reykjavík
Historical Traveler Reviews CenterHotel Plaza Reykjavík
This isn't a review, it is a more of a warning.
Stayed at Icelandic Plaza for a one-week holiday in May. We booked it three months in advance and got a (compared to other hotels in Reykjavik) very reasonably priced room facing away from the streets surrounding the hotel. That was a defintive advantage because the streets can get very noisy during Reykjavik's party nights.
I had booked a three-night stay at the Plaza but ended up staying only one night. The pluses: The hotel is in a very central location in downtown Reykjavik, right next to the tourist information center and within easy walking distance of a number of restaurants, shops and bars. The hotel was clean and the staff friendly. There is also a computer with free Internet access for hotel guests in a room near the lobby. The minuses: The hotel lobby smelled like stale cigarette smoke; the beds were way too soft -- so much so that I woke up with a backache; and the room seemed like it belonged in an average, inexpensive American chain hotel. When paying $300 per night, I was expecting much more. Also, the hotel is directly across the street from a small park/plaza, which turns into a central meeting place at night and was very noisy. After one night at the Plaza, we checked into the Nordica, which was less expensive and a far superior hotel.
Great location, great value
Stayed 4 nights at the end of May. We arrived early and were able to check in at 09:30.
The hotel is very clean, rooms have hardwood floors and include free wireless internet.
Breakfast includes cereals, yogurts, breads, meats & cheeses, eggs, bacon & sausage, free beverages. The hotel is directly next door to the tourist information center and a 5 minute walk to the harbor if you do a whale watch. Also less than a few minutes walk to the liquor store, 10-11 supermarket, post office, lake, and several trendy cafes and bars.
I would highly recommend this hotel.
Excellent in every respect but a personal quite picky detail , the beds are MUCH MUCH TOO SOFT
If you have a back problem request a hard bed
Excellent Location!!! Rooms are small. Skip the breakfast and go the cafe near hotel Borg. Staff were warm and friendly. A good value and I would stay there again.
Fantastic, friendly and convenient
We stayed at The Hotel Plaza for 5 nights. The staff were really friendly, efficient and extremely helpful. The room was spacious and well appointed. The location is great, right in the centre of town with the Tourist centre next door and restaraunts all around. The breakfasts were also great. Highly recommended!
Excellent hotel, perfect location
Booked into Leifur Eriksson but was moved to Plaza as they were full.
Plaza is right in the centre of Reykjavik - near the main shopping street, walking distance to sights and near loads of restaurants. The hotel was lovely - big rooms, kettle and coffee in the room, fantastic buffet breakfast and we had a big picture window overlooking the main square. Great for sitting with coffee and people watching!
The staff were really helpful and friendly - we had excursions booked and were worried they would not know we had changed hotel and they telephoned for us to sort it all out.
I stayed there in the third jan 2006 .this is only 81 rooms,s hotel but is full of life , so you are more special .the hotel very clean, the location excelent very close to the biggest shop and their best restaurant. and the staff are very helpfull and they arrange for all you activity as they did with mine if you choose.they have computer for there customer to use at no charge or wi-fi if you have your laptop.and the breakfast very good (inc fresh hot french pastry......).
Not a better location in town...
We were upgraded from the Metropolitan hotel to the Plaza after the Metro oversold despite our confirmed reservation there. I don't think there's a hotel in town that has a more central location than the Plaza. A very friendly (and good looking) staff, good breakfast buffet and comfortable rooms. Not sure what the normal rate per night is, but considering we were paying for a 3 star and received a 4 star hotel, I can't complain. If you have the money and want to walk short distances, you can't go wrong with the Plaza.