We had planned our week in Iceland to take photos of the Northern Lights, but on the last night, we still hadn't seen them. We were returning to the Hotel Ranga, which is clearly aimed at American tourists, like any hotel you can find across the pond. But finally we saw the Northern Lights ... the experience is indescribable, as you stand there rooted to the spot, extremely tiny against the sky, which has been transformed into an enormous stage.
The company Icelandair hotel is situated just outside the Icelandic city of Reykjavik. This is the only downside, but there is a bus stop right outside the hotel. On the other hand, it is a modern, pleasant place, offering great service and a good kitchen ... The breakfast buffet is delicious and very complete! Of course, there is a spa available to guests. I say "of course" because in Iceland this is normal. The sunsets from here are excellent, with the characteristic Hallgrimur Reykjavik church, emphasizing on the horizon. It is also a good place to enjoy the nights of northern lights, if there is enough darkness and with a little luck, of course :)
The Budir hotel is close to the volcano that inspired Jules Verne their "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and is isolated in a inhospitable place in southwest Iceland. It is one of the places to see the northern lights. It is a tiny hotel, warm and comfortable, with an intimate restaurant, definitely romantic and an environment that makes you feel small in the roundness of nature. We were in winter-chasing the aurora-and surprised to see the cemetery chapel nearby. The 6 hours of light they have in winter lead them to exaggerate the Christmas lights, to the extent that they also put them on their dead ... The image of the Christmas lights can hardly be reflected in a photograph ...
There is no cheaper accommodation in downtown Reykjavik (it's about a hundred metres from the parliament building). The Salvation Army hostel offers clean single rooms and beds in shared rooms, with reasonable prices by Icelandic standards (in the dorm - you'll need a sleeping bag - about 22 euro, breakfast for 5). It's great, but must be booked in advance if you're going for a weekend. It takes 20 - 30 minutes to walk to the bus station for the airport or long-distance buses. Check in at 14. Reception is very friendly and helpful, and is open 24 hours. Near the hostel there is a convenience store that is also open 24 hours.
The best thing about this hotel is its location, near the central bus terminal in Reykjavík (bsi.is) and the city center. The hotel is spread over several buildings. The rooms are adequate. We went on two different occasions, firstly at the beginning of our trip and secondly on our last night in Iceland. Both rooms had two single beds. There was a sink in the room and it also had a small fridge. The bathroom was shared. There was wifi in the rooms. In the building where we were there was also a communal kitchen, but I found it dirty and messy. Breakfast was good, buffet style with toast, coffee, pastries, fruit, etc. Rooms from 65 to 80 € per night. If I visited Reykjavik again, I would stay here.
Situated in the quiet suburb of Borgartún, with picturesque views of the bay, 2 kilometers from the shops, restaurants and vibrant nightlife in the heart of the city. The hotel has 153 single rooms spread over 6 floors. All offer satellite tv, telephone and wireless internet. Hair dryer and microwave available on request. Most rooms have views of the bay, but some face the corridor.
They call themselves a guesthouse, but really they're a hostel - and a very nice one, I have to say. The rooms and bathrooms are clean, and modern. Breakfast and wifi are included, and the prices are very reasonable. The receptionist was very friendly, which is always welcome.
It is a modern hotel in the heart of Reykjavik, just 20 meters from the church. The 35 rooms are spread over 3 floors are equipped with wooden furniture and white linen. All have bathrooms and kitchens with microwaves and refrigerators, but no Internet access, telephones and tvs. Staff will keep a reduced schedule, but breakfast is available each day (at an extra charge), as well as a laundry service and a grocery store next door.
This hotel is situated in the city center. Hotel Klopp is a modern hotel which is near the main shopping area and two kilometers from the town hall. Reykjavik Keflavik Airport is 40 kilometers from the hotel and takes about 35 minutes. There is a great breakfast buffet. There is internet access and the reception is multilingual. There are 47 rooms with TV, internet connection, telephone, among others.
Spread over 3 floors the Gardur Inn offers simple accommodation with panoramic views of the city. Wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel and coffee is served in the lobby. Multilingual staff is available 24 hour a day at the front desk and can assist with car rental bookings, tourism and queries. Highly recommended.