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amandabugger
New York City, New York

Fantastic walkable location, professional staff, interesting design

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 June 2020
I absolutely loved my stay at Marina. My friend and I came to REK on a last-minute holiday, it was my second time in the city and her first. I chose the hotel based on location - last time I was in REK I did not stay in city center and deeply regretted having to walk 1.5 miles from downtown to the hotel. Taxis/FHV are scarce and expensive in REK, and last time we didn't get the hang of the public bus until near the end of our trip. This time, Marina is in the old harbor part of town, just out of the most touristy downtown area but merely a 15 minute walk away. It's also walking distance to the residential/industrial area behind the old harbor where there's supermarkets like Bonus. Mostly I chose it because it's less than a block away from Saegriffin (aka Sea Baron for English-speakers), my favorite Icelandic hole in the wall. For the first day of our trip, the hotel computers were down but they still managed to check us in without problems or delay. The room was small but had a mini fridge, a little balcony facing the harbor, a safe in the closet and a good size bathroom with nice shower amenities. The water pressure was stellar (I love showers in Iceland! Always so hot!). Our safe was not working when we checked in, but we called the front desk and they sent someone to fix it immediately. The room was clean and neatly made up each night, and not overly accessorized with tons of cushions/etc. We made use of the nice wool throws to stay cozy at night, and actually opened our window slightly to feel air circulation. We were on the second floor, and just overlooked the little pickup spot for buses, which can be a little loud at 7 a.m. when people are chatting while talking.
The ground floor of the hotel was interesting - lots of meeting rooms with couches and communal tables, a fire place with couches in the main meeting area, and a restaurant/bar at one end that is open rather late with reverse happy hour specials. We were there at the beginning of February so the hotel was not busy and we mostly had the hotel to ourselves. The basement has a meeting area with lots of bathrooms, which was very convenient for us to use without needing to go up to our room. We didn't have a chance to try the hotel restaurant/bar or the restaurants nearby other than Saegriffin, which I insisted on eating at every day (twice a day if I could manage it), but there's some good ones nearby. It was a bit confusing when transferring from the Flybus at the airport to the smaller hotel dropoff bus as there are two hotels named Marina, and they are next to each other but one is a hotel and the other I believe more like short-term apt rentals. But since they are next to each other, directing the driver to Marina hotel is good enough to get you there. I would love to stay here again!
Date of stay: February 2020
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Reviewed 11 May 2020

The hotel was clean and very accommodating. The restaurant was OK for breakfast but you can do much better with a short walk. We were there the week before the shut down and it was very slow which was actually perfect but always enjoy meeting people as well.

The staff was accommodating and it was especially nice, to have a small refrigerator in the unit. The grocery store is right around the corner and made the trip A LOT less expensive.

Easy walking distance to town, restaurants, the water, bars etc.

Happy Hour was with out a doubt the best. Highly recommend the Whiskey Sour.

Room tip: Rooms on the street side can be a bit noisy but we didn't mind the traffic.
Date of stay: March 2020
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Reviewed 19 March 2020

We stayed at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina because it came recommended on a blog that we read. And all in all, it was pleasant. It is located right next to the Marina at the end of the long street that has the harbor, other hotels, and restaurants.

Inside:
The inside of the hotel was really fun, quirky, and modern. They have a bar located inside and you will find MANY posters directing you to try it around the hotel.

The room:
VERY SMALL, but served its purpose and was still very charming. We got a marina view which was gorgeous even with alot of the work sites located right outside. You get a nice view of the ocean and mountains if you look past the construction work. We even had a cute little balcony. The bed was very comfortable. My only issue was the bathroom which was TINY! The sink is the size of a large bowl and which made teeth brushing or makeup removal a little messy. The shower isnt enclosed so the water runs through the entire bathroom. Other than that the room was great for our weekend stay.

Food:
We had the breakfast 2 out of our 4 days and it as yummy. They serve "enough" but it isnt extravagant by any means. Eggs, bacon, oatmeal, yogurt, bread and jam, and veggies. It is quite expensive for what they serve but it was convenient on excursion days.

Location:
It was overall a beautiful location right by the marina and having the ocean and mountain view. One of the best perks was the Blue Bus shelter that is RIGHT OUTSIDE, which was perfect for all day tours and excursions since the busses pick you up right there. If you choose to stay here and are booking day trips DO NOT get the "Blue Bus Shelter" which is located right outside confused with "Bus stop Number 4" which is down the street. Most day trips ask where you'd like to be picked up and dropped off and a few guest complained that they weren't aware the two stops were different, after missing a bus.

Overall we really enjoyed our stay.

Room tip: Marina View King Attic Room
Date of stay: March 2020
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1  Thank Linda H
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Reviewed 12 March 2020 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights in January and it was great. From the moment we arrived until we left, everything was superb.
On arrival the staff were both friendly and helpful. They checked we had everything we needed, including excursions, and helped change the pickup point so we didn’t need to walk as far.
The choice at breakfast was exceptional and the food was very tasty. We also had dinner there on the last night, and again the service and food were excellent.
I was a little concerned before we arrived about the location of the hotel, but this was misguided.
We were able to walk down to Grótta lighthouse (about 45minutes each way) and were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights which was the highlight of our stay.
Would gladly stay there again if we ever went back.

Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2020

Hotel was clean, quaint. Staff was friendly and helpful with any questions you would have. They had social hour daily with complimentary wine and snacks. A great time to meet people. The manager was knowledgeable about the area and told us some points of interest. Good place to view the Northern Lights.

Date of stay: October 2019
1  Thank Jennifer L
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Reviewed 11 March 2020

Nice hotel for the reported 3 star rating. We got there before check in and they had nothing for us although there would have been a surcharge of 3k isk. The counter fellow took our bags into the office until check in. He was not motivated at all. Being a package from Icelandair, one would think an overnight flight would have you in your room but no. They suggest buying an extra night (the night you are actually flying over the ocean). No biggie but you will be battle fatigue as the day goes on. Also, the satellite feed is weak. Don't even try to watch the 3 channels they have. We like the location as is just minutes to our fav spots in the downtown. Will we book there again? Maybe.

Room tip: Ask for harbor side room. Street side is too loud.
Date of stay: February 2020
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