I stayed at The Capital Inn for 5 nights at the end of this January as a 21 year old solo traveler. Having arrived at the inn at around 130 in the morning, I rang the buzzer and was given my key. Upon opening my door I was pleasantly surprised at how big and spacious the room was. The room itself looked much more modern then I was expecting. There was a closet, sink, alarm clock, TV, a reading light above the bed, along with other little things that gave the room good taste. There was also free wi-fi, that I took advantage of. I later found out that I was given a double room instead of a single room as they were renovating some of the single rooms. This was fine by me! The room itself was very clean, beds were comfortable, and every day the bed was made and new towels were given.
I did have to share a bathroom with the hall (one for men, and one for women), but this was never a problem. The bathroom was also clean and well maintained. There was never a noise issue at night (and I am a light sleeper). I did have a room that was not facing the highway so this may have helped. It does seem to cater to a younger crowd and I could hear music coming from the rooms when I walked down the hall at night. It wasn't too loud, but the door to my room was heavy and solid enough that it blocked any of it out. I did see older adults there too, so it appears it caters to all age groups.
Breakfast was basic but adequate. There were different breads, jams, and spreads, three choices of cereal with milk and yoghurt. There were also meats and cheese. Two different kinds of juices were offered with coffee available too, along with some other things. You would be hard pressed to find a place to stay at $27 a night including a free breakfast!
The staff was very friendly. I talked with the owner several times, and he helped me out in suggesting good places to eat and took the time to draw the locations out on a little map. If you had any questions, they were willing to help you out.
The location itself could be a little better. To the Hallgrímskirkja church it was about a 25 minute walk. However, I am young and didn't mind it one bit. It is located in a quiet neighborhood and I actually found the walks into town quite enjoyable. Reykjavik is an excellent town for walking as there are foot and bike paths everywhere. However, if you are older, then you might find this a bit of an issue. I was out late one night and did get a taxi back to the inn from town center. It cost me around 1300 ISK or about $12.70. So a taxi is still reasonable.
The Capital Inn also has bicycles and motorbikes to rent, and the prices seemed reasonable. I would have rented a bike but being that the weather was windy and rainy, I'll have to save that for the next time I stay at the Capital Inn.
In conclusion, the Capital Inn offers excellent value for money. I found the rooms to be very clean and modern, the service was excellent, and the free breakfast was more than adequate for the price you pay. The only downside may be the location. It just depends on whether or not you like walking. I didn't mind the 25 minute walk into town, but some people may find that as a bit of a downside. Either way, I highly recommend the Capital Inn when you visit Reykjavik.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Capital-Inn is ideally positioned for you to experience all that the vibrant city of Reykjavik has to offer. You are within easy walking distance to great restaurants and cafés and impressive shopping at the ,,Kringlan"shopping mall. The ,,Perlan" is just up the street from us, the city centre and the geothermal beach are also just minutes away.The Capital-Inn offers accommodation in spacious budget rooms with shared or private facilities. The guest-house also offers hostel beds on its ground floor with shared facilities. The guest-house offers guests in private rooms a complimentary breakfast, the guests staying in the hostel beds have usage of a large kitchen and a walk-in fridge. The guest-house offers bicycle rental, it also has a new pool table and a seating area where there is a small section with books for guests to borrow while they are staying here. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in the whole building as well as free parking. Situated near the airport, in Reykjavik, this guesthouse is close to Reykjavik University, Hallgrimskirkja, and Perlan. Also nearby are Kringlan Shopping Mall and Kopavogur Art Museum.Hotel restaurant. In addition to a restaurant, The Capital-Inn features ski storage. Other amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, laundry service. Premium satellite Televisions come with premium satellite channels. Guest rooms also feature complimentary wireless Internet access, desks, and clock radios. ... more less
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- The Capital Hotel