Generally clean throughout the guest house. appears to have good security arrangements. There's a small lift serving to the top floors.
Owners happy to serve breakfast earlier when requested for.
Location : situated by main roads and rooms facing the main road can be noisy ,however, you get a view of the sea and amazing sunsets and sunrises. Rooms at the back are quieter but the view is of a concrete jungle /boring buildings... so, take your pick.
There's a supermarket close by and a reasonably priced restraurant in the Hotel Cabin next door. They do a great value evening buffet for about £8.
A bit of a walk into town but I didn't mind that . However, there's something to be said about staying centrally as the atmosphere is great in Reykajvik day or night.
Rooms: spacious for one person but a little cramped for two. One of the beds is jammed up to the radiator which could be uncomfortable for someone.
There's adequate storage and hanging space. There's a TV that is perched a little way up high and you''ll need to lie down in bed to see the screen properly, otherwise you just might end up with a crick in your neck .
Ensuite rooms, bath and face towels, soap supplied. Good strong shower.
The water in the taps do smell of sulphur and takes a bit of getting used to but then you'd expect that as Iceland's households tap into their natural suphurous thermal water supplies. My friend drank the water and survives to this day but I couldn't handle the smell so I stuck with odour-free bottled water :)
The rooms are warm, bed very comfortable.
The wiring and plug socket arrangements in my room was a bit dodgy, temperamental as the bedside lamp kept going out with the slightest of movement when trying to plug in my charger. There was only one plug point at floor level and had a three socket extension lead attached.. However, it was behind the bed and too short to be brought forward so had to lean over awkwardly behind the bed every night trying to manage the plugging in and out which in turn affected the bedside light.
The other plug point was too high up on the wall to be reasonably accessible ! Not sure why it was placed so high up..at least 7-8 feet from floor level.
Breakfast : was ok, nothing extraordinary. Soya milk available.
Cereals, bread, pastries, fruit. juices , eggs, salted fish, various processed meat slices, cheese and jams
Take note of the old pictures on the dining room wall- interesting to see how some of the glaciers and landscapes have changed/disappeared over time due to weather and geological shifts.
Some of the seating in the breakfast room was too tightly spaced and a bit irritaing to be hemmed in and can't push chair back .
Computer : it's available in the sitting room but very slooow. No free Wifi :( In fact it's quite limited elsewhere in Reykajvik too !)
PC not readily advertised and password only if asked for.
There's a coffee/tea/chocolate drinks machine on the second floor but there's a charge - I think it costed about £2.50- too exorbitant I think .
Overall impression : clean, basic, and comfortable - no major niggles.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guðmundur Jonasson’s headquarters at Borgartun in Reykjavik house not only our main travel office and fleet of vehicles, but also a good standard 22 room Guest House – all comfortable bedrooms are en-suite and have a colour TV. There is also a breakfast room and lounge with internet access and it is only a short walk to the main swimming pool and close to a good selection of restaurants. Reykjavik City Centre is within easy reach, either by foot or by local bus. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Borgartun Guest House Hotel