Review: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

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Hotel: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Date: April 26-28th, 2016

Room: Standard Double Room

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
The hotel

Overview

I booked the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura on a flash deal through a travel website. Upon researching I noticed it was on the outskirts of the city. When I arrived and looked around I noticed that Reykjavik is a small city so it was easily within walking distance of most places. The Reykjavik Excursions bus we booked took us right to the hotel, even though their station was only a minute away. The hotel was clean, modern and nice and relaxed but the front desk was a little busy so it took a while to check in.

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The rooms were quite basic in terms of furniture when you compare them to the rest of the hotel, especially the spa and pool.

Location

The city was very small and so the hotel was in a great location and easy to access the city. You are out of the real hustle and bustle of the city centre. This did manage to put us off going to explore in the evenings because we knew we faced a long walk to get anywhere. The great thing is the buses are well connected and come to the hotel to pick you up. The same goes for the airport (and the Blue Lagoon), it was around an hour on the bus so nothing too extreme. It is also close to the famous Pearl and lots of World War 2 memorials.

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Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
The Pearl right beside the hotel

The hotel was right beside a smaller airport that I thought would be a distraction, but I never heard any noise from it at all.

Sleep

The room was small and quite basic. The bed was comfortable with nice, clean bedding. The covers were nice and warm, which is good news in Iceland.

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Clientele

There were many different types of people in this hotel. We found  that mainly the guests were Americans who were travelling. The next big group of people were upper-class with more money and time to relax in the hotel lobby. We noticed a few Scottish people there too who had obviously managed to bag to same deal we had. Unfortunately some of these were the typical hen-do type who were drunk, and in trouble, on the plane for trying to bring their own drink!

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My favourite part

The location of the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura was fantastic. There are other hotel in the centre I would consider using in the future, though. I liked how the hotel also offered free bus passes for guests as this helped us get out and about on a bit of a budget. The hotel was also right beside the hill which hosts the Pearl which was another cheap way to see more. We climbed to the top and saw some great sights and had a panoramic view of the city.

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Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Views of the hotel and city from the hill nearby

My least favourite part

Unfortunately the Satt Restaurant which is part of the hotel put things in the food that isn’t listed on the menu. For example there was eggs in the tuna may sandwiches, and a fried egg on my carbonara. As someone who doesn’t eat eggs, this made me feel really unwell. They did remake my dinner though, and deducted some of the cost of the meal which was nice.

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Dinner at the Satt

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I also felt it was unfair to pay £15 each to use the pool which most hotels offer as part of the package when booking to stay for the night.

You can read more about my time in Reykjavik here or you can book Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Nature here.

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20 Comments

  • That’s so weird that they put egg on your tuna sandwich. We usually make our carbonara with egg mixed in (but not a fried egg.) But, besides the food stuff, it looks like it was a really great location for what you wanted to do! We’re hoping to check out Iceland in the next few years, so this post was helpful!

  • My buddy went to Iceland and he said that it is quite expensive to stay and travel within the country, even though it is quite cheap to get there with flight specials from the US. That is crazy that they charged you to use the pool at the hotel. I’ve never seen that!

  • Looks like you got a great deal on a decent hotel. Many positives like location and cost would make it ideal for many. Sorry the food situation was not great but considering it seems they took care of you.

  • Haven’t visited Iceland as yet but this hotel doesn’t sound too bad. I haven’t yet stayed in a hotel that charged you to use their pool when you are actually a guest staying there! However it’s location seems pretty good and I love the photo you took of the broad area encompassing the hotel, city and the bay. Very nice.

  • Interesting post. I guess no matter how good the hotel is, there always is something good and something not perfect 🙂 Island seems like a great destination. What was your highlight from there? I deffinately will go there sometime soon and will consider this hotel as an option.

  • Egg on tuna sandwich is really weird. Also you have to pay extra for pool which is not good. I like the hotel location as it is away from all noise of city.

  • Part of the fun of going to Iceland is choosing the hotel, which can be challenging with the hotel prices. Although there were some small problems with the pool and the eggs I’d definitely consider the Icelandic Air hotel on a future visit to Reykjavik, Iceland. It sounds like there was a real mix of clientele!

  • I have heard it can get quite expensive staying in Iceland. A bonus for you to receive free bus passes as I am sure that helped with your costs quite a bit and encouraged you to explore more. So odd that you had to pay to use the pool while you were staying there. I have never heard of this before. But it’s nice to know that transportation in Reykjavik is easily accessible. Thanks for sharing.

  • I have read a lot of things about Icelandair hotel that I’ve seriously considered staying here for my much anticipated return to Iceland. The location is just stunning – what amazing views you got. And it’s good that they give out free bus passes too. That would be a good way to save on transportation!

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