Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Fron
ignore the naysayers
icelanders are reserved, but friendly. they will go above and beyond when asked for help. so with the staff here at the fron. although seeming aloof, the entire staff is unbelievably concerned with making the guest happy. 5 women stayed in 3 comfortable, clean and cozy rooms. the location was fabulous, the owner is often at the desk and we couldn't have asked for a better hotel during our dream iceland visit. would stay here again in a heartbeat. we are all from the main line of phila. and expect good service. our only complaint was the lack of fruit on the breakfast buffet.
Could have been better
We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights of our 8 day trip around the island. The first night (of the holiday and of staying in this hotel) it was ok, the beds were comfortable (i had to sleep on the sofa bed as my parents slept in the bedroom) and the tv had english channels, along with cooking facilities, a balcony with a lounging chair and an adequate bathroom. But, on the last night, when we stayed in a slightly different room we found it unbearable! The room recieved no natural light, and when we entered the room, we found no bedding for the sofa bed. We asked the staff to put some in the room while we went out for dinner. When we returned there was a duvet without a cover and a sheet. I was annoied that they couldnt even be bothered to put the sheet on the bed! When we tried to sleep, my parents matress was like a waterbed because it was so warn! The breakfasts are not up to scratch either! The staff hurry to get you to finish, and when everyone has left, they sit and watch the tv, then stare at you when you walk past. The food they gave for breakfast was fine.. but i was dissapointed with the way the hotel dealt with our problems.
We had an excellent stay at Hotel Fron at the beginning of June. On checking in, our room was upgraded from a studio to a 1 bedroom apartment. This took the form of a small lounge/kitchenette, a small shower-room/toilet and a bedroom. The decor was fairly fresh in a basic but modern style. The TV channels included BBC1, which is useful during the world cup, and there was a decent sized fridge.
As a previous reviewer has said, there was some building work going on, but it was only during the day and during the week.
We really enjoyed our stay, so the following problems are nit-picking, really;
1. No parking - there's a tiny little car park for about 5 cars, but access to it is very difficult if you're in anything bigger than a Micra. You need to park on local streets, really.
2. No air-con in our room - So Iceland's not the hottest place on earth, but air-con would be very useful, as you wouldn't have to open the windows during the night. If you open the windows, you'll hear the partying on the main street going on until morning.
And that's about it, really. OK, the shower cubicle was tiny and the safe wasn't screwed down to anything. But the location is superb, the staff were very helpful and considerate, the price was excellent and the rooms were kept clean. We stayed at the Borg on our last visit, but would definitely rather go back to the Fron on our next trip. It's an excellent little family-run hotel, seconds away from some of Reykjavik's finest bars, restaurants and shops.
Great location in heart of Reykjavik
We chose Hotel Fron from an Icelandair package and with guidance from Trip Advisor, and couldn't have been happier with our choice. We were there the beginning of June. We had booked two apartment rooms for a family of four (parents and two teens) but we probably could have just used one apartment and a room, or else a two-bedroom apartment. The kitchenette was very handy but the best feature of Hotel Fron is the location. It was easy to walk everywhere in the city, which we did. There was construction going on while we were there, right outside our window, but all noise was during the day. The breakfast was adequate for the adults, a little less so for the teenagers but no complaints. For groceries check out the Bonus ( pink pig ) or the 10/11(convenience store) for pastries in the am.
The Hotel Fron lived up to the reviews in Trip Advisor. We stayed in a three bedroom apartment for 3 nights. It was clean, comfortable and good value for Reykjavik. A great base from which to tour South East Iceland. One member of staff was slightly off hand but this did not spoil our overall satisfaction with the hotel which was a perfect set up for two adults and two teenage children. Breakfast slightly limited and, as with all food in Reykjavik, expensive, but with a fridge and basic cooking equipment in the appartment this was no problem.
The Perfect Location
When the bus dropped us off we couldn't quite believe how perfectly placed the hotel was. 2 min walk from the nearest (and cheapest!) supermarket, 2 mins walk from the cathedral, a cute coffee house right next door and the very funky Olivers just one minutes walk down towards town.
The rooms were simple and unfussy. We got 2 singles although we asked for a double but not a major problem. Reception also kindly held our luggage on the last morning whilst we walked around town.
Very pleased with hotel and staff
My husband and I just returned from a one night stay at Hotel Fron. We thought it was very nice. It was stylishly decorated, spacious rooms, nice bathrooms. The staff was helpful and pleasant to us. We would definitely stay there again.
Nice design, unpleasant staff
from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel itself is nicely designed. It is new, with a very Ikea-like style of decor. The unpleasant part was the staff of the hotel; we took to calling it "Hotel Frown" when we were there. Front desk staff was terse and unwelcoming, the housekeeping service doesn't include washing any utensils or plates you might use and when there was a fire alarm at 4am there were no instructions on what to do or where to go from the staff on duty (or furthermore no explanation on what caused the alarm). Our question about parking was met with a shrug (they only have about 10 spaces for the entire hotel).
It is located on the main street of town and it can get quite noisy as well so if you're booking a room make sure you don't face the street.
Thank You, Hotel Fron!
from A TripAdvisor Member
I really enjoyed everything about this hotel. The staff was great and the hotel was clean. The location is ideal and the city is very easy to get around...you can walk everywhere. My friends and I did not rent a car - and we definitely didn't need it (although we opted to take tours and we did take the city bus to one of the public pools). It is extremely close to a plethora of grocery stores, shopping, food and bars. (Note: they will suggest their own restaurants, but go elsewhere, there are so many better choices all around). We stayed in the off season and got an extremely good deal for the two bed room apartment; they even gave us a discount from the published rate. Being able to store groceries and to heat up left overs in the microwave was VERY helpful since Iceland is so expensive. The kitchen had pots and pans, dishes, pretty much everything you need... I really can't say enough good things about this hotel. I can't wait to return.
Sophisticated and Comfortable!
from A TripAdvisor Member
Over the summer after graduation, four friends and I went backpacking around Europe and Iceland was our first stop. Our stay in Hotel Fron was amazing. The place was beautifully decorated, kept stunningly clean compared to my accomodation in other countries, and was perfectly situated on the only street that mattered in Reykjavik. I remembered waking up the first morning after sleeping extremely well under the oh-so-comfortable covers, and taking in the relaxing, cool atmosphere of the hotel and all of Iceland.
If the receptionist that assisted us is reading this, I would like to thank you! He put in the effort to stall a bus for us when we overslept on our final night. The staff is very approachable.
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Go try the seafood
Go try the seafood, there is many places, I like caruso
If you plan to be in Reykjavik for more than 2 or 3 days, get a hotel with a kitchenette. Prices are VERY expensive in the city. My husband got a burger and two beers and I got an enchilada and one cocktail and, with tip, our bill was $175 USD. Drinks are expensive, too. I picked up a round for an Icelandic couple we met - two strawberry daquaries cost $40 ($20 each)!!!! Making lunch and/or dinner in your hotel will be a great way to save. Groceries didn't seem quite as unreasonable.
make sure you get there when you've got small children. The only place where you can feed the ducks.