Iceland Hotel Guide: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is braving the erratic weather of Iceland and reporting on the local hotel scene this week. Most hotels are listed in euros or kroners, but prices here have been converted into dollars, which are actually worth something there right now.
The "centrum" in this hotel's name is the main selling point. Located a few steps from hot restaurant The Fish Market, Hotel Centrum is also just a few blocks away from other fine dining shrines like Orange, The Lobsterhouse, and The Seafood Cellar. It is two blocks from Tjörnin Lake and the National Gallery.
Otherwise it's your basic business hotel, with intermittent WiFi you have to pay for, predictable furnishings, and a minibar with prices fit for an expense account. The style is pseudo-Scandinavian, with showers meant for skinny people and what one guest described as "the smallest toilets I've ever sat upon." Floor space is also tight in the standard rooms, so you may want to book a "double double" or a junior suite if there are two of you.
The helpful and efficient staffers make up for the underwhelming style though and do what they can to help guests find their way to where they're going in the city. Two bars and a restaurant are on the ground floor. Good luck pronouncing the fine dining Fjalakötturinn one, but it has won the Wine Spectator award of excellence for its extensive wine list.
You may want to book this hotel from a 3rd-party booking service rather than direct. Doubles start at the equivalent of $290 a night on their site for the smallest rooms, but often go for less than $150 on booking sites denominated in dollars.
Disclaimer: Author Tim Leffel stayed at the Hotel Centrum courtesy of Iceland Tourism's PR Board.