Ratings based on 32 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
3.7 Room comfort
3.9 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
Recommendedby Bert W. from Toronto, ON
Average; Clean; Get What you pay for.Posted Aug 29, 2013 on Hotels.com
University dorm with washrooms at the end of the hall. Quiet clean place to settle in for the night - nothing more. Walk to centrum is a solid 15 minutes. Breakfast is simple but adequate and plentiful. Overall satisfied for what we paid.
for Couplesby Anjali from Pittsburgh
Simple, Clean, and a Great BargainPosted Aug 22, 2013 on Hotels.com
If you come here expecting the American definition of a hotel--large, plush rooms and lots of amenities--you'll be disappointed. But if you're a budget traveler coming in with a hostel mindset, this place is a fantastic bargain. In short: simple but clean rooms, friendly staff, good location, and awesome free breakfast. This was one of the least expensive prices we found for a private room in all of Iceland, even though it was in Reykjavik, where everything else was expensive. Pillows, sheets, towels, and soap/shampoo are included, which is not usually the case for budget rooms. The continental breakfast buffet, which is included in the price, is great. The bedrooms and shared bathrooms are all clean. There's a kitchen if you want to cook your own meals, and also (I think) laundry machines available for guests. As far as location, it is only a 10 or at most 15 minute walk to the heart of the city center--close enough to quickly get to the action but far enough to avoid noisy crowds at night. It's also right next door to the National Museum and about 5 min. from the art museum and a movie theater. You do have to walk through a safe but very empty residential neighborhood to get there from the city center, so if you are walking alone at night you might feel unsafe, and the beds are all twins so couples will have to push them together, but those are the only potential drawbacks, and they're minor. We came for one night and ended up staying for 3--great place.
for Everyoneby Kathy from Marine on St Croix, MN
Keep looking...Posted Aug 18, 2013
Pros: Location and breakfast buffet.
Location: Good location just outside the downtown area on a major street with bus service.
Aside from a pretty good location and a nice breakfast buffet, this hotel was incredibly disappointing. The bathrooms were filthy and the showers didn't drain, our room had dustballs under all the furniture and the hallways were quite worn. There was a lot of turnover which probably explains some of the wear and tear but the cleanliness was unacceptable.
Recommendedby brian from dallas tx
Excellent value, only available summer monthsPosted Aug 12, 2013 on Hotels.com
Just completed a two-week trip to western europe, and this was probably my favorite hotel in the trip. The bed, comforter, and pillow were the most comfortable i've ever experienced in a hotel, no lie. Or maybe it was the jetlag, but either way i really slept very well. The hotel is actually student housing during the school year (and thus only operates in the summer) but was perfectly comfortable for a couple of nights, even with shared bathrooms down the hall (think back to your freshman year dorm in college, but with more privacy). It is most definitely a little worn around the edges, but in a well-lived-in way, and not at all run-down or neglected. The breakfast was ample and tasty and fresh - and included in the room price. The staff that i dealt with were pleasant and friendly and helpful. And the location was not in the city center (and was quiet because of that) but was still only a 10-15 minute pleasant stroll from either the city center, or the central bus station. Although our bus from the airport didnt get us to the station until around 1am, my daughter and i had no problem walking the wide pathway to Hotel Gardur, and were happy to find our room waiting for us, all clean and comfy. I've stayed in top-of-the-line hotels in Reykjavik on past visits (with top-shelf prices, too), but the Gardur is probably my new favorite hotel for Reykjavik!
for Familiesby American Travelers from USA
Excellent, if you don't mind a dorm environmentPosted Aug 6, 2013 on Hotels.com
Apparently it is a college dorm, used as a hotel in the summer. If you can accept a dorm environment (shared bathrooms on the corridor, and puritanical, but perfectly clean rooms), then you will probably like it, given the moderate price, in contrast to most other Reykjavik hotels. . The breakfast is excellent, reinforcing our long-time experience that European hotels tend to provide better breakfast than American ones in the same price range. The location is great, just next to the National Museum of Iceland, and walking distance from downtown.
for Familiesby Bhanu from New Zealand
Great little hotelPosted Aug 1, 2013
Pros: The staff
Location: Very handy to the main centre and eating places
The best thing about this hotel was its warm welcome from staff and their very helpful ways. The breakfast was very good and the laundry is free.
for Couplesby Laura from Canada
Hotel Site MisleadingPosted Jul 28, 2013 on Hotels.com
The "hotel" itself was okay. It is in fact only a student dormitory, used for hotel purposes in the summer. If you were not informed to bring your own bedding,the only option they give you is to upgrade to a private room for 20 euros per night. Now you get bedding, and two single beds in a small room with a sink. This also includes access to the breakfast buffet. It is a good 20 minute walk to the centre of old town. So, depending on what you value, this may or may not be the hotel for you. We were pleased with the service, but incredibly displeased with not being informed by Hotels of the surcharge for bedding.
Recommendedby Rob and Wendy from Pennsylvania, USA
Easy walk to Centrum, very friendly staffPosted Jul 21, 2013 on Hotels.com
I had forgotten that I had signed my wife and myself up for a room without en suite bathroom (but it did have a sink) and twin beds, not a double bed. Once we got over these surprises, we were only pleased with the service and, after we were pointed to the City Center, the convenient location. (And it's near the bus station.) Do take the Flybus+ to this hotel from the airport. They will take you right to the door and pick you up there (despite what the Flybus+ list says).
Recommendedby Marco from USA
Posted Jul 21, 2013 on Hotels.com
did not have time to realize it was a dormitory at booking (one night airport transfer). Upgraded to single room because traveling with a teen (Not liked the idea to sleep aside of a stranger) We were put in the basement, decided do not use common showers (kind of smelly) . Great service and breakfast. Great low cost option for single or couples but I would not reccomend it for families.
for Familiesby Linda from Texas
Great value for the costPosted Jun 10, 2013 on Hotels.com
We booked this hotel based on reviews and the price. Be advised that this is a university dorm converted into a hotel during the summer season; thus, it is not a traditional hotel facility. The furnishings are spartan with showers and restrooms located down the hall. My husband and I, however, were very pleased with our stay. The location was perfect, just a short ten minute walk from the downtown area. The view out our window was lovely, looking toward Hallgrimskirkja. The desk was manned 24/7 by friendly, helpful staff. We were provided clean towels and toiletries each day. The breakfast, included in the price if the room, was offered from 9700-1100 and included many choices. We would definitely return to the Hotel Gardur, especially considering the high cost of many of the hotels in Reykjavik during the summer tourist season.