Review: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
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Date: April 26-28th, 2016
Room: Standard Double Room
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.
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.
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.
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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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!
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.
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.
Tip read: Satt Restaurant
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.