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Apartment in a historic house in the center of Reykjavik

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type apartment


Half Baths


Hlíðar Apartment Rental Photos and Description

2 bedroom apartment to sleep 4 or even 5 in Central Reykjavik

2 Bedrooms: one with 2 single beds or one double, the other with double bed. A bathroom with bathtub with shower and sink. A toilet with WC and sink. Living and kitchen area, entrance area. Private entrance and a small entrance balcony. Private parking. All modern facilities: wireless internet, TV, dishwasher, espresso coffeemaker etc.

  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Einar Gudjonsson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german, italian, swedish, danish, norwegian
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Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2016
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based on 11 traveler reviews

Apartment in a historic house in the center of Reykjavik
average rating of 3.7272727 based on 11 reviews

Quirky, charming, fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

You could not get a better location only a few hundred yards between the cathedral and main street. Mark of Sacramento's review sums it up well. Ideal for a family of 4 or 5. Einar is doing the flat up sympathetically to its age and not quite finished. But the washing machine and dishwasher are a bonus we did not have in any of our previous accommodations. And we loved the all round views. In the main picture it is the top floor of the pale green house, not the blue or yellow one.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Great Location-But Many Challenges

  • 1 of 5

PROS: Perfect downtown location! Divine bakery across street. Affordable eatery at corner. Safe neighborhood, charming and easy walking to downtown sights and church. But the pros end there.

CONS: First, this is not a 2 bedroom rental. There are 2 rooms: 1) a bedroom, and 2) the living room/kitchen, which has 2 beds in it. I'm all for affordable, budget accommodations, but would not recommend this place. Owner was difficult to communicate with on many levels, and the hassle was just not worth it. Debris throughout overgrown yard and broken furniture in cluttered living room. We were told previous tenants had broken a few things and owner hadn't had a chance to cart it away. Overall, the place was in poor shape and not very clean.

We were one adult and 2 teenagers. Upon arrival, only one twin bed was made up and ready to sleep in. Owner was not very time-responsive about this. (He tried to tell me on last day that an IKEA mattress cover was an "Icelandic sheet".) Our solution was to borrow bedding from travel friends staying in nearby apartment.

Shower is not adequately described in VRBO. Although awkward, we managed. However, it should be flagged as unusable by anyone with mobility issues. Showerstall is in a tub with a sloping wall. Sink is awkwardly located where you get in and out. As 18yo son said "Anyone over 4ft tall will have a hard time". At very least there should be a non-slip mat for getting in and out. (Took some contortions to enter and exit. I am 5’4”.)

Kitchen was grimy with old food left behind-more than just the usual leftover basic staples. No enclosed cupboards for food storage, so packages (some open) were sticky and dusty. Lots of clutter in kitchen and very little cookware (no lids for any pots). We continually bumped our heads on corner of an awkwardly placed glass cooking hood over the stove. Door handle to the bathroom kept falling off.

I can appreciate the challenge of an older building, probably requires constant maintenance. That said, it could be charming with tweaking of setup, professional cleaning and consistent management. Finally, rates were out of scale compared to our friends’ place around the corner, which was humble but clean and well appointed. I have no idea where some of these 5 star reviews came from.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Recently my family and I had the pleasure of spending a few weeks in Iceland. During this stay we had the privilege of staying at some amazing locations. The sights and sounds of the country were beautiful and our host just made that experience even better. We arrived to find our accommodations just as we expected and during our stay were provided with great recommendations for sights and places to eat by our host. I would highly recommend staying at Einar’s house again. We were a ten minute walk from everything and loved having breakfast from the bakery right across the street. Thank you for be such a great host and we could not ask for a better place to stay in Reykjavik.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fun, quirky, and great location!

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed here with our teenage son in November 2015 and loved it. The apartment itself is large, with lots of good amenities. It is quirky and has a unique style which may not be for everyone, but we liked the style and how it felt like we were using a friend's apartment in Rekyjavik very much.

As described, there is an alcove that functions as a bedroom, and additional beds in the main living/dining/kitchen area. It was plenty of space for us - a real treat compared to a cramped hotel room.

Be aware that there are steep stairs at the entry, and that off-street parking was not available as expected during our stay. A hire car isn't really needed, however, as the apartment is centrally located and we walked to many things during our stay. Shower is small but had endless very hot water. The dishwasher and washing machine are a real plus. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better value for money in the city. We would definitely look to stay here again on our next visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good location

  • 3 of 5

Good location. Close to the main shopping streets and restaurants. Bathroom pictures are not representative of what we used as a bathroom. In fact, the bathroom pictured is not the same as the one available in the apartment. Also some of the windows in the living room where there were 2 beds didn't

have blinds. So if day light bothers you when you are trying to sleep it might be a problem. If you are more concerned about location tan comfort then, this apartment is ok.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Geat place to discover Reykjavik

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Einar's place. Great location, nice apartment, quiet neighborhood, in walking distance from everything. Love it.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
57 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
57 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Apartment in an early 20th town house in the center of old Reykjavik. Close to Hallgrimskirkja, The National Museum, The Museum of Einar Jónsson, The Living Art museum, The Lake etc, supermarkets, delicatessen shops, restaurants in all price categories. The apartment is totally refurbished to modern standards but true to its original style. Wireless internet included.

Apartment consist of 2 rooms, a living area with kitchen, one bathroom with bath tube and shower and sink, and one toilet room with WC and sink. Kitchen with all modern equipment incl. dishwasher. Sleeps 4 to 5 people. Private entrance and private parking.

Other Activities: shopping and museums


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If you stay only 2 nights person 3 and 4 pay for linen, 25 euro total

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Hlíðar Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Bathroom is with tube and shower and a sink. WC room has a toilet, sink and a washing machine.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • QAll beds are 90 cm so double beds are 180 cm x 202, children bed available.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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