Hotel Bjork Kea Hotels, Reykjavik
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I can highly recommend this hotel to anybody planning to travel to Reykjavik,
The hotel is 10 - 15 mins walk from the centre, on a quiet street.
There is a karate dojo below the hotel which can make some noise until 10pm, but this wasn't a problem for us - I also think that if you had a room on the 3rd or 4th floors you wouldn't hear it.
The staff were very friendly, always helpful, and were happy to book trips for us with the various companies. They also spoke excellent English.
The hotel rooms were nice, modern, clean, warm and comfortable. The bathroom was also very clean although the shower was a little small.
The breakfast (included in price) was very good, with freshly baked bread, a range of meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, yoghurts, boiled eggs, juice, coffee etc. All very tasty.
The hotel is easy to get to from the airport as the flybus will drop you off there.
It is about 20 mins walk from Perlan, although my walking times might be a bit inaccurate as there was so much snow it was hard to move swiftly.
A Delightful Place to Stayfrom shinyredvespa
A note on location: Hotel Bjork is not in the city center/101 neighborhood. It's a 10-15 minute walk and about a $10 cab ride to the city center. However, the location makes Hotel Bjork a fantastic bargain for the quality, and the Laugardalslaug geothermal pool/swimming facility is conveniently nearby.
Everything you need for a good stayfrom ABRH
hotels I have visited. It doesn't pretend to be flashy (it looks positively ugly from the outside), but it excels at what most people want from a hotel. It is spotlessly clean, the beds are super comfortable, you can keep the room at a temperature YOU want, and the staff are both friendly and knowledgeable. All this at a very reasonable rate.
As others have commented, there is a good breakfast included in the price. Like the hotel itself, food is simple but good quality. We also had an evening meal in the restaurant on two occasions, and found the food to be plentiful and well cooked. The restaurant prices look scary (as does the price of nearly everything in Iceland!) but it does include soup/salad and wonderful fresh bread. Other plus points include a good choice of TV channels, free internet in the lobby, and free tea/coffee in the rooms. They also do really large triple rooms at no extra cost, which makes it a good choice for families.
The only minor improvement I would suggest, would be to replace the rather cramped showers, ideally with a bath, or simply with a much bigger cubicle. I just coped, but you wouldn't need to be too tubby to find it hard to reach everything in the shower!
The hotel is about 10 minutes from the main shopping street, but it is an easy straightforward walk e.g. it doesn't involve any death defying junctions to cross.
There is a great system in Reykjavik, with the airport 'Flybus' dropping you to/from your hotel ( a similar system exists for tours). The Hotel Bjork is just about big enough to ensure that you normally get a direct and punctual drop-off/pick-up. More distant hotels or smaller guest houses still get the service, but it means more changing, using small minibus' feeding to/from the bus terminal.
I would highly recommend this hotel. Iceland itself is also great; with fantastic scenery, and friendly people who seem to take a great deal of pride in their country and it's rather unique location. I travelled with my wife and three teenage daughters, all of whom felt very safe out and about (even late at night). Street crime seemed to be pretty non-existent.
All New Mattressesfrom MobileResident
They were replacing all the mattresses in all the rooms during that time. I had a great stay. The front desk staff were all fluent in English and were extremely helpful. The room I stayed in was spotless, non-smoking, quiet after 10:00 P.M.(there is a Karate School below the room I was in on the 2nd floor) and suited my needs perfectly. The shower was tiny and would not be a good choice if you are not physically fit. The TV had 3 English speaking channels(Sky News,BBC and CNN).
Breakfast was served from 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. daily and was well prepared and included in the room rate.
I found the location of the hotel to be perfect for my needs. It is about a ten minute walk to the heart of downtown,a five minute walk to the main bus station and there is a bus stop 200 yards from the front door.
I would compare the Hotel Bjork to the quality and value of a Hampton Inn in the U.S. but about half the average size of a newer Hampton. It's a great choice for Reykjavik!
Good value hotelfrom MandaH
Comfort at a Budget Pricefrom Jill Worth
s oh so quietfrom PAJW
It was quiet, clean& spacious with helpful staff and big rooms.
The walk into town is nothing but a chance to stretch your legs for 10 minutes and the view from our room of the daily aerobic workout class was appreciated (if not by the wife!).
Pots and Pans restaurant - mmm, we found the food to be very good but the service was only so so.
Excellent hotel - will stay there againfrom TheLips
Lowlights being that our TV needed a periodic comedy slap to stop the picture from sliding out of view, and I don't know if it was a pressure thing but our shower was more of a Seljalandsfoss than a Gulfoss.
Risks: any undesirables i.e. British stag parties? There was one group here when we stayed but we never saw them because they inhabited the all-night netherworld of the runtur.
Re: the pots and pans (the attached restaurant), very family friendly but for couples I'd say you'd be better off finding somewhere in the town centre, unless you are too knackered from your days excursions. I didn't find the food to be that appetising there (lamb ok if a little bloody, the lasagne was interesting - I can only assume the chef inadvertently ordered half the EU carrot buffer stock as this was almost the only ingredient) and and if you are going to pay Icelandic prices I would prefer something a little more gourmet.
Re: the tours - unless its the middle of winter and the weather is playing havoc I'd hire a car instead, its not expensive and you get the sights to yourselves. Unless you dig spending your day in tourist shops eyeing up postcards and viking helmets of course.
With a car you can also nip outside of town (to get out of the city lights) and do a bit of aurola borealis spotting if the sky is clear. The Reykanes pensinsula is good I'm told - although I encountered more pandalus borealis then aurora borealis while I was in Iceland.
Basically if you are here for partying you might want somewhere more central. I think this is more of a haven for couples and families.
A Good Choicefrom angwri
All of the hotel is superbly clean, with an reasonable breakfast included in the room rate.
The rooms have a kettle, radio alarm, hair dryer & TV with some English channels. The only slight problem is the location-the room had lovely picture windows but the only view was of a work-out room in the gym across the road (no I didn't join a class !!!!). Having said that it is only about 10 mins walk to the seafront & about the same to the main shopping area.
Friendly, efficient hotel in a lovely city.
Would recommend Hotel Bjorkfrom pearsew
Top Local Tips for Reykjavik
Great view of the city There is a revolving restarant above the cities hot water tanks that overlooks the whole city and surrounds, it is one of the best restaurants in town and is also the same price as the other great restaurants but with the added bonus of amazing views included in the price!
Tapas Bar was excellent You can sample a wide variety of the local cuisine in tapas-size portions - things like Reindeer and puffin (which was sad to eat, but very tasty with a blueberry sauce!). Also, make sure to grab one of the small pocket-sized tourist booklets, as there is a 10% off coupon for this restaurant in there.
Reykjavik Excursions When booking your trips, use the discount code in the 'What's on' guide and you will save quite a bit of money! We were given the guide when enquiring about he trips at our hotel.
Other names for Hotel Bjork Kea Hotels
- bjork hotel reykjavík
- Address: Brautarholt 22-24 - Reykjavik - 105 - Iceland
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