Iceland is a country with a serious price tag, there’s no getting away from that. But the price tag is completely worth it when you get to experience the beauty of the country as unique as Iceland! Whether you stay in Reykjavik as a base for excursions, or you are road tripping around the island and stay just a couple of days in the capital, Reykjavik4You Apartments are a great find.
I made a last minute booking for one of these apartments, and wasn’t sure what I’d find when I arrived. As it turns out, this is one of my favourite places I’ve ever stayed!
As a base for exploring Reykjavik, the apartments are just a few minutes’ walk from the city’s main shopping street, Laugavegur. From there, it’s a gentle walk to many of the other famous landmarks in the capital.
If you’re visiting Iceland to explore further afield than Reykjavik, it can still be nice to have a permanent base to come back to each day rather than be moving hotels a couple of times. Although the apartments are really close to the city centre, it’s just a couple of minutes’ drive along quiet streets to get to the main road and motorway that will take you exploring. If you won’t be driving, it’s about a 15-minute walk to the city bus station. Best of both worlds really!
Expecting something small and compact, I was very pleasantly surprised to find an apartment bigger than my actual home. Staying in the block on the other side of the street to the reception, I really felt like I had a home from home. A long corridor led the way from the entrance to the living area which had the kitchen, lounge and dining area in an open plan layout. We even had a proper dining table! Two sofas and a decent size TV made the living area super comfy, and the whole area was decked out with warm, homely touches like an Ikea showroom.
Off the corridor was a decent size double room and a bathroom. The bedroom had the essentials – a double bed, built in wardrobes with loads of storage space, two bedside tables with lamps and a cute chair in the corner. Next door in the bathroom there was a spacious countertop next to the sink, with even more storage underneath it. A walk in shower was tucked at the end of the room. Oddly enough, the window was half frosted so that people walking past couldn’t see in. As it turns out, when you ‘use the facilities’ or step out of the shower, the top unfrosted half suddenly doesn’t make sense – I don’t know if people can see in or not, but I could definitely see them…
Just as I’d expect to find in someone’s home, there was a standard double bed. In true European standard, we had two single duvets, which i find so much more convenient than a double duvet. While the bed won’t win any heavenly comfort awards, it more than did it’s job and I had a good night’s sleep every night I stayed.
This home from home had more than just the cooking essentials, it had the everyday utensils I’d find in my kitchen drawers at home, that I could use to make a variety of meals while there, plus a microwave, oven and dishwasher! There’s a Bonus supermarket just a few minutes’ away, where you could easily do a weekly shop. If you’d rather admire the kitchen facilities from afar, it’s just a few minutes’ walk to the main city centre where you’ll find more restaurants than you can wave a menu at. As it’s quite expensive to eat out in Iceland, I had the budget-friendly treat of Lucky Charms for breakfast, and for the days I was out exploring I took packed lunches.
The joy of coming back to a comfortable, spacious apartment at the end of a busy day makes such a difference. The apartments also had the little touches like coffee and tea in the cupboards, and a mobile phone we could take out with us and use in the apartment free of charge. The peace of mind knowing that if something happened, we had a phone to contact the receptionist for help was priceless.
Wi-Fi is a standard in most places now, and we had a strong signal for our whole stay. Another perk of the apartments is the parking – free parking upon availability. As we stayed out of season, we had no trouble getting a parking space in the reserved area, and it saved us having to fork out for pay & display in the city centre.
Would I recommend this apartment?
Absolutely! The location is amazing for access to Reykjavik and exploring the Icelandic must-do’s. Free parking is a huge plus when hiring a car, I really felt looked after by the staff and the apartment itself was just epic! There are a variety of apartments on offer, making them an ideal choice for couples, groups and family holidays.
The important stuff!
Apartment website: www.reykjavik4you.com
Official rating: 3.5 stars
Trip Advisor rating: 5 out of 5