On our first trip to Iceland we didn’t like our hotel at all. So this time around when I was looking for a good spot, I knew better the area I was looking at and the options we had scoped out last time we were there. One of the best options was the Radisson Blu 1919 hotel, which was better located in Reykjavik for us and felt a little more upscale than our previous stay at local chain. Turned out, it was a great location and we quite enjoyed it.
Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel
When we stayed: May 2015 | Website: Radisson Blu 1919
What I Loved
Location- The location of the hotel can’t be beat. Right downtown Reykjavik, close to restaurants, shops and right near the harbor – you can walk everywhere.
Room Size– We were graciously upgraded to a junior suite upon arrival, so we had lots of room to spread out.
Early Check In – We were able to check in about 8 in the morning, which was so helpful since we’d been traveling all night and just wanted to sleep a little before heading out to explore Reykjavik.
Comfortable Bed – The bed was really comfortable here and we slept really soundly.
Great Black out Shades – Because Iceland doesn’t really get dark during the Summer, it was so nice to have really great black out shades in this hotel to block out the midnight sun.
What I Didn’t Love
A little noisy – Because the hotel is right in the middle of all the major bars and restaurants in the city center, it got kind of sound outside during the night.
Cleanliness – While the room was overall clean, there were a number of areas that I felt like should be kept cleaner in this standard of hotel. For example, there was dust and other large items still on the floor when we checked in that I felt like should have been cleaned a little better.
Notes to Keep in Mind
Parking – The hotel has about 3 parking spots on the street in front of the building that you can park in and be charged around $22 per night, but you can also park on the street and just pay the meters for cheaper, especially on the weekends since you only pay from 10-4 on Saturday and nothing on Sundays.
Breakfast spots nearby – There were 2 great breakfast spots within a block of the hotel that we enjoyed: Cafe Paris and The Laundromat Cafe, but beware that both don’t open until around 9 or 10 in the morning.