Hotel Cabin

, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Hotel Cabin

, Reykjavik

Rooms: 152

Borgartún 32 - Reykjavik - 105 - Iceland Hotel Website | | 354-511-6030
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6/10
Small rooms
Submitted by: Andy in 14/09/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
The Hotel Cabin advertises itself as a no frills hotel which is functional , clean and cheap. If we stayed in the first room we were given then I would have to disagree on all three counts. As our first room was smelly , very small for a twin room (no more than 15 feet by 8 feet) and the bed linen looked very unhygienic to say the least . But we were lucky as the shower in this room flooded and we were then moved to another room . The new room was 100 % better than the old one and could be described as functional and clean . The staff at the Cabin were extremely helpful at all times and helped with liaising with different tour operators when we encountered problems . Apart from the problem with the first room staying at the Cabin was a pleasuable experience.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Cabin

great budget accommodation

from Mclafferty
The Hotel Cabin is very clean, the rooms are not that small at all, and the shower is great. When you visit a country like Iceland you are hardly ever in you hotel anyway!! It is a lovely walk along the seafront to take you to the city centre, or there is a bus stop right outside the hotel. The breakfast is very good with an excellent choice. Staff are friendly and helpful. I very much enjoyed my stay here.

Very Small Rooms but Clean

from PrincessLindz
We have just returned from a weekend stay at Hotel Cabin. The rooms are tiny and walls very thin so we could hear everything from the adjoining rooms. It is currently having some building work done and as a result it was quite noisy. At one point all the electricity cut out and on two of our three mornings there the fire alarm went off at 8am and we had no idea what was going on. We went to stand outside in our pyjamas and eventually followed the other guests back in when the alarms went off. Having said that, the room was cleaned every day and spotless, and the power shower was lovely.

Clean and Friendly place to stay

from sarah_ruth
We stayed at the hotel cabin in January 2007 and had a great time. There was building work going on at the time as they are having renovations however this did not affect our stay at all. We were put in a very modern and comfortable room with a plasma screen TV and Power shower, I think we had been put in one of the newly refurbed rooms. The room was extremely clean and the beds were exceptionally comfy. We woke up to a stunning view of the bay. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and arranged all our day trips for us. They even arranged for our hire car to be picked up from the hotel when the weather conditions were too bad for us to drive back to the airport and they also payed for us to go on the Flybus back to the airport! I missed breakfast one morning and was even taken into the kitchen and made cereal and toast which i felt was above and beyond what they had to do. We will most definitley be back and I think once the new refub has finished it will be an excellent hotel. Do not judge it by the online pics the new rooms are much much nicer!

Small, really small

from BuccaneerDave
We stayed at the Hotel Cabin as part of a package for Iceland Airwaves in 2005. Our friends scored a great hotel downtown and since they had a car the hotel location was no problem for us.

The room was indeed miniscule for the two of us. So small it was humorous. The room was very well organized though and if you put everything away it was amazing how much fit in there.

Our room was blistering so we were able to open our window to let some of that 'fresh Icelandic air' in. But I pity the folks that got the rooms in the centre of the building with hallways on either side. Their windows opened up into the hallway. A unique design feature.

The breakfast was good and given the food prices in Iceland, we managed to eat our fair share.

My favourite part was the body gel in the shower and next to the sink. It had a special burnt grass smell to it. Very appealing.

It does what it says on the tin.

from Rach_and_Rich
Obviously this is a budget hotel and isn't going to be the Ritz. The rooms are indeed small but me (richard) weighing in at 6 feet 2 had no problems with the beds and being Vegetarian had no reason to swing a cat in it. Would recommend twins rather than a double though and like the other reviewers have said might be as well to avoid the rooms with windows that open out to the corridor.

Rooms were clean, warm and comfortable. Small shower was excellent for hot water. Location is not ideal as it is a bus ride into the town centre (although we noticed many of the posher hotels were also not central) but the bus stops are very close to the hotel and run every 15-20 minutes until late and once you get your bearings it is pretty convenient.

There is a Subway food place and some kind of Soup Cafe across the road and the hotel does a light buffet all day and evening. Also, less than five minutes walk from the hotel (turn left out of the hotel towards the town centre) is an excellent semi Vegetarian Cafe doing hot food until 8pm (don't panic if you
think you are stepping into an Icelandic version of Holland and Barret-it really is a cafe as well as a Health Food Shop).

Hotel can arrange trips- most of the obvious coach trips in Iceland seem to be run by one company (Reykjavik Excursions) who pick up from your hotel to a central coach station for a transfer (this includes pick up and drop off from the Airport). Well worth getting a transfer back to the airport which includes a stop at the Blue Lagoon on the way, designed to fit in with ongoing flights. For the more adventurous you will need to look at other companies. We used another company for a not-quite-that-adventurous 4 wheel drive to a glacier (booked through Icelandair).

Hotel has a sign saying opening May 2007 as they seem to be building a second block- our room was overlooking the building work but we didn't have any noise problems while we were there.

All in all we were very happy with the hotel. For anyone whose budget doesn't go too far, there is really very little inconvenience associated with it's size or with it's location that would make it worth paying more.

Nice room for a sleep, great view

from Nellas
We've been to Reykjavik in February 2006 in this hotel. The room was small, very small but very clean. Because we rented a car to discover Iceland we didn't spend much time in the hotel, why would you anyway!! Iceland is a beautifull country, just stay at your hotelroom to get a shower and some sleep. There was no closet in the room, so we had to put our suitcases under the bed. I loved the hotel, the view was spectacular and the beds were good enough to get some rest after a nice day of driving around. I recommend this hotel if driving around and enjoying Iceland is your idea of vacation.

Tip: Rent a car and explore Iceland, just driving around gets you into places .

Cheap, clean and cheerful

from little_troll
The room was small but adequate - we didn't spend much time in there anyway - we were too busy exploring. We had a room with a window but could see that there were rooms with windows facing the corridor! Wouldn't have fancied that. It met our needs completely - cheap, walking distance to the centre (got taxis back in the evenings) and clean.

Where not to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
Due to a conference taking place in the city there were few options for accomodation. Suprisingly this hotel had plenty of rooms, on arriving this was apparent as they were still building it !, the roof and 5th Floor was under construction and the lift was being used by workers taking bathroom fittings to the new rooms. At 21:00 hrs I observered workers welding the fire escape !, This could have been bearable if not for the room actually being a cupboard between two corridors. The room consisted of two beds seperated by a low table and a chair, no storage for clothes. as the window opened onto a corridor you did not get any fresh air. The curtains were no long enough to keep out the light from the corridor . Therewas a wall mounted Tv, but they obviously don't trust the guests with the remote control, and you have to use a combination of buttons to get any channel.

There was a good shower, but the sink was unusable as it must have been taken from a dolls house, with a glass shelf only a foot above the bowl.

Reception Staff were far from helpful, with "no" their favourite phrase, and gave the impression of not welcoming any enquires.

Stay somewhere closer to downtown!

from nnsanci
We stayed here for 2 nights in a room without an outside window -- something I'd never seen before. If you stay at this hotel, make sure you get a room on the outside of the hotel! Some of the rooms would face the water -- those might be okay.
Also, we had the smallest hotel room I have ever seen -- we could not open up a suitcase without blocking a walkway around the bed.
This hotel is about a 30 minute walk from the center of town. We chose it because we didn't want to be woken up in the middle of the night by partiers -- but I sure wish we had stayed closer to town.
This hotel is pretty institutional -- I think a lot of big tour groups must stay at this hotel, considering the number of large buses that we saw dropping folks off.
On the positive side, this was the cheapest place we stayed in Iceland and it was pretty clean. And, there is plenty of parking outside in the lot for rental cars.

Compact living

from JannieR
We stayed in the Cabin Hotel for 3 nights en route to the USA & Canada.
The hotel was clean and well cared for. The were building works going on at the time of our stay but this did not cause any noise problems or otherwise, but did give us a very dusty room window which made it impossible to take photos of the sunset.
The exterior and interior of the building was modern, though the reception area was rather dark. Free parking was plentiful.
There were areas with a sofa and armchairs on each floor, but again the decor was a bit gloomy which gave a very dark appearance to the areas. OK for an evening drink though.
The staff were very polite, friendly and helpful.
The breakfast room was bright and modern, and served an adequate breakfast to set you up for the day (Tea, coffee, juices. Yoghourts with purees to add, fresh fruit, bread that you could toast, crisp-breads, cheese, ham, salad ). Buffet lunches and dinners were also served here - we had the dinner on our first day, it offered a choice of 2 soups, 2 hot meat dishes with plenty of cold salads and pasta to add as well as cold meats, fish & cheese and fresh breads. There was also an abundance of freshly prepared fruits for dessert, as well as coffee and soft drinks. (11,500Kr)
Our room was very tiny - we estimated 7x7ft. 2 single beds had been pushed together which left only a narrow space on one side and at the bottom to climb into bed. The only way the maid could have made the bed was by climbing onto it, and then it could not be smoothed down because there was just no space. There was a small open cupboard with a shelf, but hardly adequate for more than a few clothes. We lived out of our suitcases which we had to drag onto the bed to open each time - the only space available, then we would have to store the suitcases upright, side-by-side and squeeze past!! The TV was tiny, and sat right up on top of the cupboard - good for neck strain.
The shower room was again quite small, but clean and adequate.
There is a filling station opposite the hotel with a reasonable shop and a Subway franchise, always good (and reasonably priced) for a quick lunch.

Top Local Tips for Reykjavik

You must visit Victors bar and grill Victors is located in the sqaure near the tourist informatin centre in Rejkavik town. It has gorgeous food and great live music (acoustic) the atmosphere is great and the staff is friendly. We were only in Rejkavik a short amount of time and we ate their for half of the time it was so nice. Quite pricey but just the same as everywhere else you have to be prepared to spend money in Rejkavik.

Free entrance in museums If you wish to visit some museums and galleries, go to the tourist office in the centre of Reykjavik as soon as you arrive to find out the days that the entrance is free, some of them are on Wednesdays and some on Thursdays - not on Mondays anymore as some travelbooks say!

blue lagoon you must visit this place, its fabulous.

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