CenterHotel Skjaldbreid | Right in the Heart of Reykjavik

19 August 2015

I go by a certain set of criteria when looking for accommodation in any place I visit. But because I'm traveling on a budget, one of the most important factors is that it's centrally located so that I can walk to most places and avoid taxi or public transportation expenses. I found CenterHotel Skjaldbreid to be perfect for my needs during my stay in Reykjavik. 

I booked a package trip to Iceland through IcelandAir from a deal I saw on Travelzoo last March, and I had the option of selecting any one of their CenterHotel partners for my stay. I needed a single bed room, and the hotel that my sister and her boyfriend booked was a little too far outside my budget. So, I settled on the CenterHotel Skjaldbreid, which was just a few blocks away. 

The best part about CenterHotel Skjaldbreid is that it's located among the city's most popular restaurants, bars, boutiques and thrift stores along Laugavegar, Reykjavik's Main Street. When I first arrived, I had the impression that I was entering into a set of apartment-style flats. The main door enters into a stairwell, and without any indication of where I might find the front desk, I immediately started to ascend them. I found the lobby to be a small, unassuming room on the second floor, but the hostess was pleasant and showed me to my room on the floor above. 

While the room was certainly reminiscent of my college dorm, it was plenty big for me. I had little plans of being there for more than sleeping! The room itself came equipped with a mini fridge and a coffee maker, as well as a TV for those who feel inclined. The bed was quite comfortable, and the room has privacy blinds that block out the sun for daytime naps. And, despite its lively location, I was never once disturbed by the noise on the street below.
I love staying in places that include daily breakfast. And for the prices of dining out in Reykjavik, I was especially thankful! It's Euro style, which I love - cereal, small pastries, toast and jam, hard boiled eggs, cold cuts and cheese. Their coffee was delicious - I want to say it was Illy brand - and they even had to-go cups for their guests that wanted to sip their coffee while exploring. I took advantage of that while trying to catch a tour out to the South Coast one morning. 

I couldn't have been happier with my stay at CenterHotel Skjaldbreid, which is perfect for any solo traveler. 

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