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Home Luxury Apartments
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Not exactly luxury, but definitely a cool place to stay! The "penthouse" is a third floor walk up, nicely appointed but not luxury in any sense of the word. No amenities except coffee, no hair dryer. Very cool tub but no stand up shower. This is not what one would call "accessible" . That's it for the negatives! Pros: location, wonderful restaurants just a few strides out the door, comfy beds, functional kitchen, great common space. Staff friendly and efficient...I checked in at 0530 and they were great! Had a broken window latch that they had repaired immediately. Overall... A little pricey for what you get ( no breakfast!) but was a fun little home away from home for a few days.

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  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

The bed was incredibly comfortable and the room was huge, with a full kitchen (full size fridge, stove, dishwasher, etc) full private bathroom, large bedroom, and separate living room area. The hotel was hard to find though, with just a small sign on the door that we missed at first. Check in was quick and the employees are very friendly. Great location, centrally located near attractions and nightlife. Our only problem was that our shower temperature was faulty and the water only came out scalding hot. Maintenance came up and looked at it and it worked briefly then went right back to scalding so we couldn't really use the shower.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

For the most part this was a great place to spend the week. My family rented two studios and the 2 br penthouse.
The central location is really convenient for walking to almost anything in Reykjavik, and right in the middle of the tourist area, so restaurants, shops, etc, are all a quick walk away. BUT - on weekends that area is a partier's paradise, so it was loud all night. We had drunks walking up and down the street, talking, yelling, etc, and since our street was a small side-street, it was a favorite spot to pee. Yes, there were many people URINATING in the parking area behind the apartment all night long on Friday & Saturday. So keep your windows closed if you don't want to hear and smell what's going on out there. Weeknights were fine.
The apartments were basically clean and comfortable, though not as well equipped as they could have been (e.g. no microwave in our apartment).
The penthouse was a nice, well-lit, and scenic space, but a bit dangerous... walking in the front door there is a three-inch step up over which we all tripped at least once - my 85 year old Dad took a header and hit his nose on the kitchen counter. This is a really bad design and should be fixed! Also, the barrel style bathtub, though cute to look at, was impossible for my folks to get into - should be replaced. After a few nights they got used to the low sloping ceilings in the bedrooms so were able to stand up without banging their heads.
Communication with management before arrival was terrible. We had an issue with our credit card charge and it took a week's worth of emails and phone calls from us and Booking.com to even reach anybody there. Not much better when we were there. There is supposedly someone in the office 24/7, but it was rare to see anybody working there during the day, and never in the evenings. (In fact, for the first two days there was someone there, Birgir, who was very helpful and friendly, but he was only filling in for someone else and left after our second day - just wanted to give him a shout-out).
And by the way, though the address is listed as Skolastraeti (which I think means "piss here"), the actual entrance is around the block on Thingholtststraeti.. .would have been good info to get before unloading our luggage from the taxi and finding a locked gate.
That all said, I would recommend staying here, and hope that some of the property's problems can be addressed. (I just read in the NY Times that the city is trying to deal with the public urination issue).

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Great location right in the middle of Reykjavik - there really is no better place to stay, location wise. The apartments join another property (Apartment K), so it can be a little tricky to figure out where the place is as there is no markings suggesting it's called Home Luxury Apartments. Apartments themselves are quite clean (although the floors could do with a mop/scrub), plenty of linen, and lots of space for 2 people. Beds are mattresses on the floor rather than a proper bed frame, and mattresses appear to be foam (not great if you have a bad back). Annoyingly, the management moved us to the next apartment after one night (we were only there two nights) as they had a booking in the first apartment. As we were checking out (after our second night), it was clear that the first apartment guests checked out after only one night, so we really didn't need to switch rooms - they could have used our second room for the night. We were also told we were provided a €50 refund for our trouble, but this was not delivered. Parking is only available for two spaces, so if you're unlucky to get there after someone else, you need to park and pay on the street (which isn't cheap). In short, great location and an affordable option for those on a budget, but poor management made the experience less than enjoyable.

Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2016

The guide for the photography tour we were joining of Iceland recommended this place. To be clear, it was clean and functional. Let me emphasise functional; the bathroom was concrete with an open shower. Not sure if there is a better description than 'functional'. The room itself was under another room in what was probably a barn or workshop over the past 100 years. The hotel complex itself is a collection of buildings that have been converted, however from the reception to the actual room was stairs up, down, up, down, laneways that would tax an SAS recruit in the Brecon Beacons. We had bags - that made it a full cardio workout. Reception is not manned, but there is good security in and out. A big surprise was how comfortable the bed was, but we did have to crawl from the end of the bed to the top as you couldn't stand up. I suspect if it was a barn, the sheep wouldn't have complained as much ;)

If you are looking for cheap accommodation in the heart of the city, are short in stature or are 18 years old, then you'll be sold on this hotel.

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  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Home Luxury Apartments

Address: Skolastraeti 1, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Region: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #84 of 110 Speciality Lodging in Reykjavik
Price Range: €157 - €528 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Home Luxury Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
These quiet design apartments are located just off Reykjavik’s main shopping street, Laugavegur. All apartments have a widescreen plasma TV with satellite channels. The individually designed Home Luxury Apartments feature stone and wooden floors, designer furniture and original local artwork. Each has a modern kitchen, luxury beds and an iPod docking station or Bose sound system. In 2010, British newspaper The Observer included Home Luxury Apartments in its Top 10 list of European city apartments. Reykjavik’s many bars and restaurants are a few minutes’ walk away. Staff can recommend local restaurants, book tables or buy groceries for guests. A private chef can also be arranged to come and cook for guests in their apartments. ... more   less 
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