Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Leifur Eiriksson
Fantastic, brillian, excellent
from A TripAdvisor Member
Wow, what a fantastic place. My boyfriend took me to Reykjavik, Iceland for my 30th birthday, which was amazing especially when he proposed outside the church opposite the hotel. Iceland is brilliant and the hotel Leifur Eiriksson was brilliant. The staff are so, so friendly and helpfull. I e-mailed them with loads of questions before we went and they promptly replied with top information. When we arrived they made us feel so welcome and we soon became good friends. The hotel is lovely, in the best spot in Reyjavik, perfect. It is just a short walk down the road from the town centre but not too close to be disturbed. The food in the hotel was lovely and you can help yourself to tea, coffee and orange 24 hours a day. I cannot wait to return and i would recommend this hotel to anyone. If you go i recommend visiting the blue lagoon, the golden circle super jeep tour including the glacier,the northern lights and the ice bar. These are my faviorite spots, not forgetting my most faviorite, the fabulous church opposite the hotel.
good location, helpful staff!
Having read mixed reviews on tripadvisor regarding this hotel, I was a little apprehensive about the accomodation but excited at the prospect of visiting Iceland. Yes the rooms are small, bathroom tiny and moving between buildings for breakfast in the rain, might not be the best start to the day.
However, the hotel is in my opinion, in a perfect location - in the old town but not surrounded by bars and nightclubs - allowing you to go out and partake of the evenings fayre without being disturbed when you want to go home early.
It is a comfortable walk to the city's shopping area and museums (Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum, Hafnarhus and Kjarvalsstadir) Purchase one ticket to access all three museums on the same day or visit on a Monday when they are free.
We took the public bus out to Perlan but walked back to the hotel in 20 minutes.
The hotel receptionists were very helpful and arranged tours and pick-ups on our behalf as well as telephoning us when our guides arrived. As mentioned before; the free hot and cold drinks are most welcome. Some cafes charge £9.80 for coffee!
If you are going to Reykjavik to visit the museums, tour the countryside, enjoy the nightlife and want a clean, quiet hotel to rest in afterwards - this is the hotel for you.
Great Location, basic hotel
This hotel is right near the city centre which is important when walking around in sub zero temperatures. The staff were friendly and very helpful. Breakfast was basic and the choice was limited but it was adequate. Free coffee all day was a bonus. What spoilt it for me was the rooms are tiny to the point of being uncomfortable - although I don't like to spend alot of time in hotel rooms the extortionate prices of drinks in Iceland mean that a tipple in the hotel rom before you go out is a necessity - however the room was too small and there's nowhere to sit apart from on the bed. There's nowhere to put your luggage so you have to shuffle round your cases and bags to move around the room. However for a weekend or those on budget I'd recommend it for location if nothing else.
50th Birthday trip
from A TripAdvisor Member
A friend and I went to Iceland to celebrate our 50th birthdays - mine actually fell on the Sunday whilst we were there. The hotel was super. The location was excellent, staff extremely friendlyand helpful. No need to run around booking trips etc. the hotel will do it for you. The room, whilst not huge, was big enough for us both - I mean, who spends any length of time in a hotel bedroom on a city break? The bathroom was fine with plenty of hot water and clean towels. Beds were comfy, with quilts and the bed linen was clean. We had a little balcony, so our drinks were kept suitably cold. Coffee, Tea and Juice was free 24 hours (don't know how the person from Coleraine had to pay). I would definitely stay here again as it's in a great location and close to everything. However, I'll have to save for a few years before I go back - you're told/read that Iceland is expensive and it lives up to it! Although we took hangover remedies, we couldn't afford the hangover!
Good Hotel, Great Location
A wonderful location in a quiet part of town. We stayed in the buiding across the road, on the top floor. There are no lifts so if you have problems with stairs tell the staff.
The room was a reasonable size, there were 3 of us but still room to move around with the extra bed. Bathroom was of a good quality and plenty of towels. Breakfast was good enough as it was included in the price. Enough to fill up on and keep us going until lunch time.
The hotel was a short walk from the city centre down a longish hill. The Cathedral in front of the hotel was impressive, especially as we woke to a blue sky.
Would definately stay again and the hotel compared well to all the other 2/3 star hotels we stayed in in Iceland.
Loved the place
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in what was probably the smallest hotel room in the world, but it was adequate. It was in the eaves and although neither of us were very tall we kept bumping heads on the sloping roof. But we didn't come to Reykjavic to lounge in our room. The breakfasts were good, tea, coffee and chocolate were free and available round the clock. Yes, the bathroom could have been better, our basin had a crack and a hole in it and the light was dodgy. The beds were narrow but the linen was clean. I would stay there again but woud try and get a room on a lower floor over looking the Church. I can't fault the staff, although they didn't seem very friendly they were very efficient at giving advice, booking excursions and taxis. And the location coudn't be faulted, only minutes from the habour and the centre of the town. It definitely gave good value for money, leaving plenty to spend in town!
Reykjavik: what a city !!!
this hotel is given a 3 star rating by most holiday brochures and i would have to agree. there is nothing wrong with this hotel, but at the same time there is nothing special about it either. it was very clean and well kept. however, our room was fairly small with no facilities other than a tv. we never bothered getting up for breakfast because the clubbing til 5 am seemed more important and since breakfast stopped at 10, there wasnt much chance of us getting up to eat it. on the last day however, we did have breakfast and it was very dull to say the least. the main reason to go to this hotel would be for its location. it is perfectly located to explore Reykjavik, its just a stroll down a bank to reach the infamous Laugavegur (ie where all the action is). the staff were helpful and sorted all of our trips and transport out. no complaints at all.
Great location, basic but adequate
The Erickson is in a great location just opposite one of the largest landmarks in the city, which makes it easy to find! The rooms were very small, but comfortable. No tea making facilities & nowhere to put your case (rooms too small!). The breakfast was good & the staff spoke excellent English. No lift in this 4 floor hotel, but ok if you don't mind walking up stairs!! I would stay here again If I ever go back to Reykjavik, as it's a great spot to base yourself in & reasonably priced in a particularly expensive city. Who want to visit somewhere like Iceland & sit in a posh hotel room anyway I would much rather spend the time in the Blue Lagoon.
Great location - shame about the hotel
The Hotel Leifur Eriksson is in a fantastic location, that was the only good point about the hotel in my opinion. The room was tiny and very basic, bring your own travel kettle/alarm clock etc. The bathroom was very cramped and not as clean as I would usually expect from a tourist class hotel. The bed linen was not very clean - bring your own pillow cases and sheets for a good nights sleep. Breakfast was limited and although it was advertised as free the teas/coffees were extra.
I would not recommend this hotel and would certainly not contemplate using it again. Avoid!
ok so the rooms are a little small, ours however had a great view of the church our daughters was up in the eaves at the back and not so good but have you come to spend your holiday in your room! but the location is fantastic, unlike a lot of the other hotels in Reykjavik breakfast is good and where else do you get free hot/cold drinks any time of day in Iceland. The chap on the desk was helpful with trips and good places to eat out .
Top Local Tips for Reykjavik
The Flybus is an excellent way to get into and out of the city. Pay points were easy to use, providing you have a credit card. Don't try and pay on the bus.
Visit the cafe for the view and give the restaurant a miss unless you like minute portions of the main ingredients but lots of garnish. The experience of a revolving restaurant is ok but you may not like the resultant bill for an unamazing meal.
Go to Iceland for the amazing landscape-its incredible! like being on the moon! due to its volcanic nature.The Golden Triangle trip was excellent- loads to see and great photo opportunities. Very cold by the waterfall so dress VERY warm- be prepared! what a sight! Also the Blue Lagoon is well worth a visit and go pony trekking- they are very docile beasts and its a lovely 2hour trek aroung the countryside.Highly recommend it!