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3 Room Apartment in the Center, Parallel to the Main Street

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


Hlíðar Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

The 3-room apartment is the Reykjavik home of an artist family that is based in Reykjavik and Berlin. It has been designed by the owner in a personal unique way. The apartment is ideally situated for tourists close to everything. It is THE center of Reykjavik. The heart.

The apartment is clean and tidy up to hotel standards with linen, towels and little extras provided.

The mattresses on the beds are new and care for your health. The kitchen was custom made by the same carpenter that build the kitchen for Bjork. The bathroom is modern standards. Personal music and book library, family furniture and eccentric items make the apartment cozy and warm and ideal for feeling like a local.

The house is a typical 1930s construction with 3 apartments, one on each floor plus a basement and a back garden. In the basement there is a washing room with washing machine. Young families live in the other apartments. The apartment is on the 3rd floor (counting the ground floor as the 1st floor) and has 2 bedrooms and a living room.

It is on Grettisgata close to the corner of Baronsstigur (google). The parallel street is Laugavegur. The main street of Reykjavik for shopping and walking around, enjoying street life. Still Grettisgata is local. If you walk up the road next door on the left there is a beautiful indoor swimming pool extensively photographed by artist Roni Horn. It is fully equipped with sauna, fitness equipment and outside chill area and hot tubs where you can gaze at the Nordic lights (in winter). Across the pool there is the local school with basketball court freely available to the public during the summer holiday months (May till August). Walking down Baronsstigur you first cross the Laugavegur, main shopping street before bumping into a 24 hours store and ending within few minutes at the seafront hiking route with its breathtaking mountain range across the bay. Another good place to spot the Nordic Lights. Other noteworthy amenities include Te og Kaffi bookshop and coffee house on the corner of Baronsstigur and Laugavegur; Bonus, the Icelandic discount food store, few minutes walk down Laugavegur; and Hlemmur, the main city bus terminal, few minutes walk up Laugavegur with easy connections to all the other places in the city.

Note that the apartment does not have a TV.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About The Owner

We are a family of four that live mostly in Berlin Germany. Our daughters are 6 and 3 year old. We stay in Grettisgata perhaps 2-4 months a year.

The flat I´m renting out is the gem of my eye, my personal home with lots of love put into it. Treat it nice please :-)

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1999

Why The Owner chose Reykjavik

This is the liveliest corner of Reykjavik. Ideal for a car free downtown lifestyle with its pedestrians and coffee shops.

What makes this apartment unique

Downtown and local! People are out and about. Everything is within a few minutes walk. People, culture, nature, transport, good food and expresso! The apartment itself is full of cozy character.


based on 33 traveler reviews

3 Room Apartment in the Center, Parallel to the Main Street
average rating of 4.757576 based on 33 reviews

Perfect cool space and location.

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect for my wife and me to base our trip to south and west Iceland from. The location is walkable from the flybus and there is a car rental 1.5 blocks away! In fact, you can walk just about anywhere you need to go in Reykjavik.

Hulda has really made this place really cool and comfortable (the bed was very nice). It was very clean and spacious. The hot water has a distinct sulphur smell but from what we have heard, that is very common in Iceland and it doesn't stay with you after a shower. I would highly recommend Hulda's apartment.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great apartment in perfect city location.

  • 5 of 5

The communication prior to the trip was great, making the planning stress-free and easy. I loved everything about the apartment. It was great to see the sights all day and look forward to getting back to my home for the week. The bed was comfortable, the shower worked well. You can walk anywhere for food, shopping, sight-seeing in the city. I had a rental car, and on most days was gone prior to the time the paid parking kicked in (9am during the week). It wasn't difficult to get in and out of the city with the rental vehicle from the apartment.

I would certainly stay there again -thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paul, thanks. You were also a very nice guest and it was a pleasure to help you out with you needed prior to your arrival. Thanks!
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Great Spacious Apartment w/ Wonderful Location

  • 4 of 5

Though there was a little mix-up on my arrival time and the flat was not ready the young woman who let me in was both helpful and accommodating. The location is fantastic for exploring all of downtown Reykjavik and the surrounding museums, restaurants, and shops. The space was older so don't expect an ultra modern flat but it was comfortable and served me perfectly. I'd stay again if in Iceland!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Eric, thanks! You were very understanding. It has happened very selfdom that there is a mix-up and you took it all with zen. Thanks!
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Doreen P.

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment, clean, warm rooms, with a bright and sunny aspect. Perfect location close to main shopping streets, wonderful coffee shops, restaurants. Good for sightseeing too. I'd definitely stay here again on my next trip to Reykjavik!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Doreen, thanks! I´m glad you appreciated my Reykjavik home. Very sweet review :)
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3 room apartment in central Reykjavik

  • 3 of 5

Location was excellent and we found it easy to get around. The apartment was roomy and and warm. Beds were comfortable, bathroom adequate. We appreciated the new kitchen but the rest was average. The general appearance of the communal areas in this apartment block I.e.stairs, and landings, were discouraging. We found it difficult to haul cases up the stairs on arrival and down on return.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Glenda, thank you for leaving a review. I appreciate that you took the time. This is my home decorated by furniture and objects inherited from my family with strong history and personal meanings. Perhaps we don´t share the same taste when it comes to home decor. The apartment is ideal for guests that want to get a hint of how locals lived downtown prior to the tourist boom. It is important to note that the apartment is in a house with two other flats that are privately owned and the building is a very personal home to these people. The staircase and the rest of the building is not managed by anyone else than the other owners as individuals and, unlike in the apartment itself which I can manage, it is up and down how the situation is. In the week your were there perhaps there was a lot going on in their lives. I´m very grateful that the other owners have given me a green light to keep the apartment and rent it out to guests interested in the local and the special.
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two daughters, and I stayed here in July 2014 for a long weekend. The location was excellent and the apartment was clean, well appointed, and met all of our family's needs. We arrived very late at night and were met at the door with keys by Anna, who was quite helpful. The apartment is within easy walking distance of shopping and restaurants as well as well as downtown attractions. We would definitely stay here again and I highly recommend our host, Hulda, who was accessible and helpful before our arrival.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Reykjavik Roasters
"The most 'local' café midtown with speciality coffee expresso."
Kaldi bar
"Cozy small bar where they only sell Kaldi beer. Frequented by locals."
"The bar where they shot the film 101 Reykjavik. Mainstay in Icelandic bar scene for decades...."
Te & Kaffi Skolavoroustig
"This book café is 2 minutes walk from the apartment. Nice for croissant, expresso and travel..."
Car: not necessary


The apartment is on Grettisgata downtown in the middle of everything, bars, restaurants, groceries, shopping. Use to find Grettisgata on a map.

2 minutes from main city bus terminal Hlemmur with buses to all the suburbs. 15 minutes walk to the BSI bus terminal with busses to the Blue Lagoon and airport. The swimming pool is next door and has sauna, hot tubs and fitness equipment. Down the street, 2 minutes is a beautiful hiking route along the seafront with mountain view. Up the road 2 minutes there is the Hallgrimskirkja church that towers over Reykjavik cityscape. The old bank down the street was recently converted into a nice bookshop café where you can enjoy croissants and expresso while checking out travel books.


Rates & Availability

Hlíðar Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2016
Nov 10 2016 - Dec 20 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017
Jan 4 2017 - Apr 11 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $76

If you are checking-in after midnight (flight arrival 23:00 or later) please mention it while booking.

Easter, Christmas, Iceland Airwaves have summer rates. Internet: 5 Gb download 18 euros and 10 Gb download 30 euros.
I receive payment via Paypal or wire bank transfer. Reservation is made when half the payment has been received and the 2nd payment needs to arrive no later than half a month prior to arrival. For long stays in summer one month prior to arrival.

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Hlíðar Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 67 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , We have hairdryer and hand wash liquid in the bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , The bed is actually wider than Queen size. Health mattress.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The sleep sofa is actually a pull out bed w/nice mattress.
  • Baby Crib. This is a travel crib that can be pulled out. No extra mattress.
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Please note that the INTERNET IS NOT INCLUDED and needs to be paid in advance. Talk to the owner about it when booking. The whole apartment is well maintained. It is furnished and equipped with personal items. The apartment is in on the top floor in a house with 2 other apartments. There is a washroom in the basement with private washing machine and behind the house there is a communal garden for the whole house. A single mother with a child lives in the apartment below.

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