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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

In the very city centre (the parallel road above the Main Street) with a perfect quality/price ratio. The apartments are clean, warm, spacious and the hosts are willing and friendly.
You can't ask for more!
Definitely recommended!

Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
Thank Giulio C
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Hlin G, Owner at Forsaela Apartmenthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Dear Giulio,

Thank you for taking time to write a wonderful review.
We will be looking forward to welcoming you again.

All the best,
Hlin and Siggi

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Reviewed 23 July 2016

We stayed at Forsaela for 2 nights and both Hlin and her husband made us feel like we were at home! The house is very quint, beautiful and personable and what you would envisage from an iIcelandic home. It is also in an incredible central location, literally, seconds from the main shopping/restaurant street and close to the harbor. Hlin prepared us an amazing breakfast each morning (at a time of our choosing) which gave us enough fuel to hike and explore Iceland until late in the evening. She even made my Canadian boyfriend pancakes with real Canadian maple syrup to top it all off :). Finally she helped us with our itinerary providing essential information and the best places to look out for as we were driving ring road! Surprising, she also speaks fluent Italian, having worked in Italy for 12 years. I would definitely advise everyone to stay at Forsaela!

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ilenialu
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Hlin G, Owner at Forsaela Apartmenthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2016

Dear Friends of Forsaela,

Thank you for posting a wonderful review. It is with great pleasure that we welcome guests to share with us our Icelandic home and hospitality.
Every guest is special and we enjoy following the adventures they experience in Iceland. Whenever requested we are pleased to share tips of interest based on our experience as guides.
Apart from Icelandic, we speak English, Scandinavian languages, German and Italian :) Grazie per i complimenti !

Arrivederci a presto!
Hlin and Siggi

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Reviewed 22 June 2016

Thanks, Hlin, for one of the most fantastic holidays ever. I loved every moment of staying at your lovely place and discovering Iceland! You've been the most wonderful host. Excellent breakfasts and a very enjoyable time altogether.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled solo
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Thank ohlendorfjana
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Hlin G, Owner at Forsaela Apartmenthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2016

Dear Jana,

Thank you for your wonderful words of appreciation.
It was rewarding to respond to your enthusiastic and spontaneous nature
of exploring and experiencing the most.

We will be looking forward to your next visit.

All the best,
Hlín and Siggi

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Reviewed 19 June 2016

If I could judge solely on the "homeliness" of the place, this would be a definite 5-star. But it is exactly that, a home. It should not be compared to your typical hotel, and is best suited to more independent travelers. While the hostess, Hlin, was always glad to help with things we needed (changing towels, connecting on Wi-fi, booking our rental car), they are people too. They wake up, go to bed, go out for things--you don't get the 24/7, always-there sort of service you may expect from a hotel. Housekeeping service is only provided on request. And perhaps that's what you get at a place that is supposed to really feel like home. It did not mind us that much, but some people may not like this.

The place was within easy walking distance of Laugavegur, all the city sights, and several grocery stores, yet far enough from it that it was very quiet and peaceful at all hours. Our one-bedroom apartment was essentially one-half of a whole house, with all the windows overlooking a quiet garden or residential area. It felt very private and secluded, not like a hotel room but really like a home away from home. There was a sleeping loft at the top, which some people may not like as the ceiling is very low.

The entire apartment was very clean and well-kept when we arrived--definitely cleaner than our own house! Despite the old, historical look of the building, it still has all the modern conveniences like a fridge, electric cooktop, oven, washer, etc. There's nothing like having a full kitchen during your vacation! Pots, pans, utensils, dishware, etc. are all included as well, in plentiful quantities. There even was food left over by other guests, included in the apartment--treat it like a complementary "minibar" of sorts! We cooked many times during our stay.

Even after Hlin helped us, the Wi-Fi was still spotty (one bar) and would disconnect without warning. All the windows have thick roller shades or blinds to block out light, but one of the blinds would not close, which was important for sleeping due to the 24-hour light in the summer. Nevertheless, we slept just fine. The beds were very clean and comfortable, albeit a bit narrow. The TV did not work, either, and had static the whole time. Though we didn't really want to watch TV anyway, for the price (~$300/night) I would think these little things should be in working order.

The hostess, Hlin, was a tremendous help for our trip. She seemed confident and sure about what she was doing. She recommended places to visit in the city, including an excellent bakery nearby. She booked a rental car for us as well. We also enjoyed talking to her husband, Sigurgeir, who mainly works on maintaining the grounds.

While I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and the service was excellent, I definitely feel that for the price we paid, "the little things" are very important, like the internet/blinds/TV being in good working order.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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kasper07, Owner at Forsaela Apartmenthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2016

Dear friend of Forsaela.

Thank you for taking time to write a very clear and concise review.

I do appreciate you giving emphasise to “the homeliness” of our place and for stressing out that it should not be compared with a hotel. These words express a true understanding of our business.

I’m pleased to know that the overall experience of your stay was thoroughly a pleasant one. Your kind remarks about “the little things” have been followed through.

For what concerns the TV, we offer free access to CNN and SKY News, DR1, JimJam for children and National Geographic. We have seldom had any complaints about the TV and have taken as granted that it always works fine. Thank you for paying attention.
Fortunately it only took a phone call to have the transmission set in order.

We offer free WIFI access in all rooms and apartments, accessible as well in the garden. In most cases to resolve a problem of poor connection, restarting the router or the device is enough.
Thanks to your attention, our technician has now replaced the router and hopefully the occasional problem of a spotty connection has been resolved.

The blinds are a bit different one from another within the same apartment. The window of the sloping roof has special blinds, the sitting room has traditional blinds and the kitchen has real wood blinds. The blinds are all in good order,
Informing guests about the differences might be necessary.

We will be looking forward to welcome you again.

With kind regards,
Hlin and Siggi

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Reviewed 3 May 2016

I have been staying at Forsaela Appartmenthouse since 2007 and for me it is home away from home. I work in Reykjavik and come there on business regularly ta least 3 times a year and this is always where I stay because it is such a warm, welcoming and unique place. Not only is it right in the city centre close to the bus terminal and within walking distance of everything, surrounded by restaurants and shops, but the hosts are the nicest people you will meet in Iceland. Hlin and Sigge are both very experienced in the tourist industry run tours around Iceland and will either tell you where to go, or may even arrange a tour for and take you places. They are both extremely friendly and open and will take care of you and your needs. I have stayed in all of the apartments at different times and they are each one unique, spotless, and decorated with taste thanks to Hlin's keen eye as a set designer. I cannot recommend this place more, the self catering apartments are great if you want to do a bit of cooking for yourself or the B&B option is also great if you don't or are there for a short while. In my mind this is the best guesthouse in Reykjavik.

Room Tip: All apartments are great and they are surprisingly quiet for downtown Reykjavik.
  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled on business
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Thank Michele S
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Hlin G, Owner at Forsaela Apartmenthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2016

Deal Michele,

Thank you for taking time to write a wonderful review of Forsaela.
Being our most loyal customer for many years, we value your words of appreciation and we thank you for sharing your great overall experience with others.
We cherish the many precious moments with you and your family during these years and
look forward to welcome you for years to come.

All the best,
Hlín and Siggi

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