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Hotel Gardur

268 reviews

Top Amenities

Airport Shuttle
Business Center
No Smoking

Basic Accommodations at the University of Iceland Campus 

No Car Needed

The Hotel Gardur is located in Reykjavík on the University of Iceland's Campus. It's within walking distance of the National Museum of Iceland; Reykjavík's City Hall; and Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Iceland, known for its amazing views of the city and its surrounding natural wonders. Reykjavík Harbor is a sixteen-minute walk from the hotel.

The bus station is nearby for inexpensive transportation to the airport, or guests can arrange pick-up and drop-off from the nearby airport for a surcharge. There is also a limited amount of self-parking for a fee.

Save Money in a Hostel-style Hotel

While the Hotel Gardur offers a lot of hotel amenities like housekeeping, tour/ticket assistance, complimentary high-speed Internet access, and dry-cleaning/laundry service, the property more closely resembles a hostel by American standards. Bathrooms are shared (although rooms do have sinks), and there is no extra space in the room for cots or roll-away beds. In addition to Wi-Fi, there's a common area shared computer for guest use.

The rooms are either private style with twin beds or hostel-like dorm accommodations.

The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast, but guests interested in dining out for lunch and dinner will need to look elsewhere. The hotel, however, does have a shared kitchen area where travelers can prepare their own meals to save money.

Explore the Natural Beauty of Reykjavík

For guests with a car or those joining a tour, leaving the city and taking in the beauty of the surrounding area is something to be remembered. A trip to the spectacular Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) is on many travelers' lists. Visitors in the winter remark on the beauty of the frozen landscape, while summer tourists tell of the immense power of the falls.

Since Iceland is commonly referred to as the land of ice and fire, it seems only fitting to explore the Volcano House while there. This popular attraction is in the heart of Reykjavík and educates visitors on the volcanic history and geology of Iceland, which boasts some of the world's largest lava flows.  

The Bottom Line

The Hotel Gardur provides basic rooms for budget-minded travelers who don't mind sharing a bathroom. In a costly city like Reykjavík, it's a welcome option. The facility is a dorm during the school year and a hotel in the summer months, so availability of accommodations is limited based on the time of year.

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Hringbraut 29
Reykjavik, 101
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User Highlights
"Helpful attitude" "Helped us store our luggage"
98% found the staff to be very friendly.
100% said the reception staff was great.
"Close to city centres" "Nice museum"
City centre within easy reach, said 93%.
Great parking, according to 94%.
"Clean sanitary facilities" "Clean shared bathrooms"
93% said rooms were clean.
96% said the bathroom was clean.
"Excellent breakfast" "Decent breakfast"
94% were happy with the price of the breakfast.
"Nicely decorated building" "Beautiful pond"
82% thought the building was wonderful.
"Nicely decorated building" "Good mood"
Value for money
"The stay included" "Great price"
100% thought it was a great value.
94% were happy with the price of the breakfast.
"Noisy doors" "Dirty shared bathrooms"
For only 68%, the bathroom was ok.
93% said rooms were clean.
"Good email communication" "Free wifi"
70% said the wifi quality was bad.
100% thought it was a great value.

Good to know...

Clean hotel facilities
Accessible parking
Near city centre
Clean bathroom
Expert Reviews
Lonely Planet
In summer, once the students have left, the university campus offers visitors utilitarian rooms with shared bathrooms. The cheapest sleeping-bag accommodation is in 16-person dorms....