After a very, very long day of traveling to get to Vestmannaeyjar we arrived around 10:30pm and were hoping to check into our room and take our shoes off. Unfortunately, we couldn't be shown to our room right away, as the manager was out, so her husband guided us to a guest area where we watched a movie on mute while waiting for our host.
When she arrived she informed us that we'd spend our first night downstairs in the basement suite, then we'd have to pack up our bedding and bring it upstairs the next morning to a different room. Not what you want to hear when you just want to sleep in, but what could we do?
Our first room was clean, and I must say, for someone's house it was a very clean place. The furnishings have seen better days, as the clock didn't work and the TV remote was held together by tape, but the bed was clean and comfortable and the room very spacious (it was a room with two beds, hence why we had to move after one night).
The next morning our host was eager to get us upstairs, so rather than a relaxing start we felt rushed into hauling our stuff, bedding included, outside, then into the main house and up a couple flights of stairs to a very small room with no bedding (hence us bringing up what we'd used the night before). I thought the room had a nice character feel to it, but it was a bit irritating at night when the only light we had save for a small bedside light was a light with a red cover that didn't light up very much of the room.
The shower and toilets are shared with the other guests (I think there are three rooms in the downstairs suite, two rooms on the ground floor and three rooms upstairs), but seemed to be cleaned regularly. Doors are not locked when you're out, so if you're worried about your belongings that may be a concern.
The guesthouse is located about ten minutes from the centre of town and the ferry terminal. The street outside can be a bit loud from the infrequent traffic if you're facing the street.
For all my complaints, the family who run the guesthouse were very friendly and tried to be helpful. The daughter, in particular was a great help to us and made a few calls on our behalf regarding transportation. I'm not sure if I could recommend the place though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located in a quiet and convenient area by Illugagata 7, which is only 100 meters from the swimming pool and gymnasium. The town center and the golf course are in 300 meters distance.We offer made up beds and sleeping bag accommodation for 2 up to 6 persons per room, with or without breakfast and cooking facilities. We have 11 different rooms to offer. Access is to a bathroom/ shower, kitchen and a microwave. All rooms have TV's with 10-12 channels and free wireless internet connection. Guesthouse Árný is a comfortable and friendly place to stay at whilst visiting The Westman Islands. We are only:300 meters away from the town center300 meters away from the golf course500 meters away from the ferry1500 meters away from the airport.100 meters away from the swimming pool and gymnasium ... more less
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