I’m certainly not a professional hotel reviewer, so these are just my own personal thoughts.
Northern Lights Inn, near the Blue Lagoon.
Fine, but no Kleenex in the room. No windows in my room would open, so I was too hot all night. Internet was OK. The curtains in the room were just normal curtains and let in a lot of light – so me, fresh from the United States, thought that the room was far too bright for sleep. The bed had just a down comforter, no other covers, so it was the comforter or nothing. Food was just OK. At first I thought the breakfast was pretty good, but after seeing what other places offered, this breakfast was below the average.
Food was better, room still too hot. It took me way too long to figure out how to work the room’s lights (you have to put your room card into a slot), and the internet SUCKED – which was a biggie for me.
So far it’s the best! Great internet signal, Kleenex, and a window I can open. I’m looking forward to a long, dreamless night’s sleep. Food at dinner was fabulous too. Although this place doesn’t look like much from the outside, there are a gazillion people staying here and food for all of us was served buffet style – salmon, char, lamb, beef, lasagna, boiled potatoes, roasted potatoes, nice salad, roasted veggies, vegetable soup, fish pate, liver pate, fresh breads, butter, gravy, some kind of salmon that looked raw, and even what looked like a homemade strawberry cheesecake – but I ran running from the dining room at that point!
Hard to rate this one! Tiniest little room I’ve seen so far? Hot water so hot you’ll scald yourself. Vegetarian dinner of fish and shrimp? Creaky floor that let you hear every footstep. Scary old wooden spiral staircase to my floor, with a railing that wobbles and would never pass OSHA standards? And the best sleep I’ve had on the entire trip? Yes – they actually have dark brown bedspreads that you can pull up over your head to block the midnight sun. FINALLY. And did I mention fast internet? But I also have to mention the desk with a broken handle missing from the drawer, the imitation leather chair that looks nice, but one arm is broken so as you try to stand up the arm collapses under you, and the total lack of electrical outlets for our modern age.
FossHotel in Skafatell
This was another good news / bad news hotel. The rooms were tiny, but I had a double bed. The rooms were in a separate building from the main hotel, but very quiet. There was endless hot water, but you had to push a shower button every 30 seconds to keep it going. My vegetarian dinner the first night was fantastic; the second night not-so-much. The second night’s menu, for me: carrot soup (actually, everyone had this), pasta with tomato sauce and some grated cheese, and then a Skyr cake with rhubarb sauce – which actually was a bland jello-like cheesecake with a smear of rhubarb sauce on the side – maybe 1 Tablespoon if I’m generous. The one killer – no internet in the rooms unless you pay for it. And since I’m not only cheap, but I have only 1-bar for a wireless signal, I wasn’t going to pay. BTW, I did find a payment card for wireless, it was 500 krone for 1 hour. Or about $3.50 / hour.
Pay for internet, again? At least here it’s 500 krone for your stay (not sure if that really means “per day” or not, since we’re only here for one day). I’ve written about this hotel in my Day 9 post, but need to add a few more things here. My bed was made of firm jello, or at least that’s what it felt like. I’d roll around and then bob up and down for a while. The mattress also leaned toward one side so it felt like I was about to roll onto the floor all the time. Let’s not forget the toilet – that should have a low-flush and a high-flush option, except the low-flush was broken. And the sliding shower doors – one was fine, but the other door was only hanging on one track and could swing back and froth. On the other hand, totally quiet at night, lots of hot water – because despite the staff’s warnings about the shortage of hot water, I ran in right after dinner and had a long shower before others could get to their room. But my biggest issue? I got up and tried to go for a walk at 6:00 a.m. and they’d locked the fire door that goes from our hall way to the reception area – which is one of the emergency exits (I checked the map). All I can say is: are you kidding me?
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
Probably the best hotel yet. Modern, clean, and comfy. The heated slate bathroom floors were terrific. The food was good and they were easily able to accommodate my vegetarian requests. There was a fee for the internet, but it was extremely easy to guess the username and password (shhhh – don’t tell anyone!). I really liked the location of the hotel too – close to a large lake, an interesting cemetery and the waterfront too – and let’s not forget that it was close to the famous hot dog stand! I’m glad we had two nights here as the bed was comfortable, the room was cool enough and the curtains dark enough.