Hotel Borg

, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Hotel Borg

, Reykjavik
4 star

Rooms: 51

11 Posthusstraeti - Reykjavik - 101 - Iceland Hotel Website | | 551 1440
210 Traveller

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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Borg

Highly recommended

from BeforeSunrise
Hotel Borg made my trip to Iceland perfect. The staff were extremely helpful recommending tours, providing directions, assisting with logistics and more. The location couldn't be better - located on the old city square, you are only a short walk from all the action. (Not being on top of the action is *good thing* in Reykjavik where people party way into the night.) The room renovations are tastefully modern and on par with what you expect traveling to boutique hotels around the world.

Hotel Borg is pricey, but so is everything in Iceland. I felt that the hotel does everything to give you a first class experience.

Best hotel in Iceland !

from aspirine
Our final stop on our trip around Iceland. This was by far the best hotel. They have recently renovated the rooms and they have done a great job (bathroom was a dream !). We had a beautiful suite decorated modern twenties with a view on the square. It can get a bit noisy on the week end but it's not disturbing as you get the vibe from the capital. The hotel is very central and the staff friendly and laid back. The restaurant has strange amazing food you should at least try once. We stayed at the Nordica when we arrived and in comparaison, Hotel Borg is a real 4 star. The only bad point i would give (and its really not a problem) is for breakfast : not included, price 1300 k per person and quite boring. Much better to have breakfast in a cafe or go to 101 supermaket next door for very good fresh croissants !
So if you are on honey moon, definitely the best choice ! (i saw a the douible rooms as well and they looked beautiful too)

Most comfy beds ever!!!

from Riviman
My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Borg for 3 nights at the end of July. We were delighted by the, hotel, its central position, the staff and our excellent room. The breakfasts were first class, we ate out during the evenings. There was still some painting going on on the top floor due to the recent building work, and although we heard one guest complain about the paint smell it didn't affect us at all. The bedroom and en suite were excellent and the bed the most comfortable that we have ever slept in. Should we be lucky enough to return to this fantastic island we would certainly begin, or end with a few nights at this hotel.

Characterful hotel

from Mutandis
The Borg was the best hotel that we stayed in in Iceland (although also the most expensive). The place is, unusually for Iceland, bursting with character (the copper lift that felt like a diving bell and the winding route to the breakfast room through the rather splendid bowels of the hotel being highlights). I believe that our room was one of those that has been recently renovated - very large, airy and bright with a beautiful wooden floor and proper bathroom.

As to the downsides, our room was a little noisy due to the central location and the staff, whilst very friendly, were a little flakey (they forgot to book our taxi which made for a rather hurried trip to the bus station to get to the airport). However, my impression throughout the island was that the locals tend to take a rather laid back approach to customer service (although are almost invariably friendly, charming and, when prompted, helpful).

Stylish hotel in expensive city

from Alicattrimmer
Yes the Borg is expensive - but not vastly more than other hotels if you shop around on the internet! The reception staff were really friendly and couldn't do enough to ensure our stay was an enjoyble one. The city centre location is great, although in the room we had at the front, you definitly noticed the late night noise from the club across the square...unfortunatley, the price of eating and drinking in Iceland meant it was early to bed for us!!

The room was large and sylish with really comfy beds. The bathroom was spotless - all black, gold and white, and the shower itself... well! The shower head was the size of dinner plate and the hot, sulphur scented water comes directly out of the ground - wierd, but brilliant!!!

You can book excursions at reception, and they pick you up from the hotel at the appointed time - they are not cheap, but fantastic! We went snowmobiling, saw the northern lights, (just), and wallowed in the Blue Lagoon, and I wouldn't have missed any of it for the world.

Reykjavik is a strange and unique city, and the Borg is a comfortable, stylish, if expensive base from which to explore it - Go if you get the chance, but be prepared for the shockingly high prices!

currently under contruction

from Eurotripper
This Hotel was nice and was in the heart of town which made it easy to walk to bars, dinner and shopping. There is a 10-11 which is basically a convenient store right around the corner which proved to be VERY convenient.
The rooms are nice, very decently sized esp for Europe and spacious bathrooms. We had no construction problems until our last morning there. We were woken up between 7 and 8 in the morning to the incessent noice of jack hammering. It was the most annoying unpleasant sound. There had been slight noises here and there but nothing like the last morning there. It was TERRIBLE. The hotel is pricey but you pay for the location and for the space. The Radison SAS 1919 is over one block and Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is just across a small grassy common area.
Surrounding the hotel within in a one block radius is Club Pravda, Cafe Paris-the best cheap lunch or dinner around, Apotek Cafe and Bar, Quiznos, Subway as well as a pizza place with an internet cafe next door, kabab shop on the corner and 2 book store/souvenir shops.

Do not (currently) go to this Hotel !

from SirromTim
We have just come back from Iceland, and we are very unhappy about our stay in the Hotel Borg. Currently the 4th & 5th floors are closed due to renovation work, as their web site describes. What they fail to tell you is that this works starts at 7:00 am, and not when the guests have left the hotel. So if you like an early morning call, stay on the 3rd floor. Also at times the water is turned off (2:00 – 3:00 pm yesterday for example).

The construction work is not the only source of noise. As another reviewer pointed out, because of it’s central location, you get all the noise of the city, people, cars, road sweepers, etc. May be you should expect that being in a city, but since the Hotel provides you with earplugs in your room, they obviously expect complaints about the noise.

We started on the 1st floor (room 112) but because of the various outside noises, plus the sound of people walking on the wooden floor above us, we got moved to the 3rd (room 313). We then experienced the construction work mentioned before.

On the plus side the Hotel staff were fine, and able to help with our queries, etc.

So if you are planning the go there whilst the renovation work is on, don’t expect a quiet time. That may also be true at any time at the Borg.

Definitely not worth the money!

from Hypermarc
During my Iceland trip I spent the other nights in Iceland Air Hotels (the best was Hotel Ranga in Hella) and therefore had a good comparison what is the standard in Iceland.

Everything has been said about Reykjavik, the heritage and the good locality of the hotel. The only thing I would like to say is that the hotel is overpriced and very poor value for money regarding the size and style of the rooms.

The much-lauded Restaurant is easily beaten by other taverns around Austurstraeti.

Do not go there.

Highly recommended

from Snoops30
Several of the posts on here talk about lack of value for money. I disagree. The Hotel Borg is not cheap but compared to other hotels in Reykjavik is is not overpriced. The rooms are gorgeous, each with its own character and the staff could not be any more helpful.

The level of service is excellent - whatever you request they will do their best to fulfill. The location is excellent - right on Parliament square - with bars and restaurants in walking distance.

We loved it so much we are heading back there for New Year's eve, and I can't wait!

Great place - at a price

from Globetrotter008
The hotel is situated in downtown Reykjavik, very close to all amenities and great for exploring the city nightlife, if you can afford it. Contrary to one of the previous reviews I would strongly recommend rooms facing the Austurvollur square as the rooms are bigger, brighter and the nightly noise dimmed by the double-glazing.

The staff at the hotel were absolutely great, very helpful and informative. They couldn't have tried any harder for us.

But - watch out for the shockingly expensive dining and wining costs in the city in general. The very average 3 course meal will set you back $220++ for two. Day trips are outrageously expensive too, probably the cheapest - Blue Lagoon, starts at $54 per person.

Overall, I would rate Hotel Borg and Iceland in general as very poor value for money indeed.

Top Local Tips for Reykjavik

Suggestions for museums, shoping, restaurants, and excursions The National Museum and the 871+-2 museum are absolutely first rate. The art museums are not quite as strong. The shopping for sweaters (of course) and jewelry along the main shopping streets is quite good. If you've got the money, two excellent restaurants to visit for dinner are Sjavarkjallarinn (translation: Seafood Cellar) and Vid Tjornina, both in the center of town. For cheap but good food for lunch, visit Saegrefinn (the Sea Baron) for lobster soup and salmon kebab, and Hamburgara Bullan (Hamburger Joint), which are next to one another on the waterfront near the place where you catch whale-watching tours. Also take advantage of the many coffee places and cafes. If you've already taken the Golden Circle bus tour, another good option is the South Shore Adventure offered by Reykjavik Excursions (tour RE-15), whose stops include two beautiful waterfalls (Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss), the very good Skogar museum, and a visit to the edge of a glacier.

Avoid the Seafood buffet in the big yellow building Find the small, off beat restaurants.

Getting to & from the airport We took the FLYBUS - it wasn't too expensive and the system works. You can get a ticket from the booth at the airport. There was a bus waiting when we got out of the terminal. They tend to take you to a central bus station and then put you on a mini bus to take you to your hotel - but this worked efficiently as well.


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  • Address: 11 Posthusstraeti - Reykjavik - 101 - Iceland
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