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Hotel Kea by Keahotels

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed in this town centre hotel for just one night during a coach tour of the island. Our clean, well prepared room (No 101) was very small for a 4 star hotel; with two full size suitcases there was not much room to move around. You could unpack and store suitcases on top of wardrobe, but unfortunately there is not enough storage space for your clothes! Equipment wise it was ok with a small TV, coffee making facilities, fridge, iron and good free WiFi. The bathroom was also small made worse by toilet cistern not being wall mounted leaving wasted space behind it. There was no plug in the hand wash basin. Plenty of hot water from the shower, but it has one if those curtains that gets sucked in and sticks to your skin. There was no soap dish. We were aware of some noise from street outside and other nearby rooms. Dinner was very nice. Buffet breakfast good, but hot food was warm at best. Lovely bar and lounge, but empty other than some activity during Happy Hour. As is usual with Iceland, crazy prices keep customers away. There was a labyrinth of corridors and lifts to get to some rooms that would not be suitable for disabled guests. Staff were polite, friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, I left some property behind, I emailed the hotel and they found it and sent on to my home address free of charge which was extremely nice of them.

Hotel Kea is centrally located in Akureyri. The place is clean. The staff is friendly. Our room was on the small side, but adequate. The bathroom was small, but adequate. The shower stall consisted of two sliding glass doors meeting at right angles, a strange configuration. There was no shelf in the shower, so shampoos, etc. must be kept above the lavatory requiring frequent opening of strange glass doors. There was some car and motorcycle noise until midnight. The only other disturbance was obnoxious Americans returning to their rooms after midnight with no consideration that some guests might be trying to sleep. This is a problem in virtually every hotel the world around. Breakfast lacked in variety; quality was just acceptable.

The good thing upfront: we had to cut short the stay, and it was easy. The hotel needs a refurbishment, especially for the bathroom, which seems to be of the 60´s. Even a Superior room booked, it was the smallest room on the floor. Breakfas buffet is well assorted, but in an atmosphere of a trainstation´s waiting hall. Espresso - no, only at bar, which opens at 11 (after breakfast). Front desk staff very friendly and competent, rest did not make a motivated impression.

We were part of a tour group and there were many groups staying at the hotel. The bar area was very nice with a good happy hour. Breakfast was OK in spite of the many groups. They did run out of skyr! Hotel was well situated which was important. Most of the rooms (except those adjacent to the church steps) were fine.

Akureyri is quite a large city and the Hotel Kea is located right in the centre of town giving a good opportunity to wander about. It is a large hotel which caters for groups but we got good individual service. Our room was a huge 2 room 'suite' #11 with which we were very happy - comfy and clean - quiet. Getting to it was another matter as they seem to have acquired the building next door so you go up a lift - walk a bit - down a lift to access it but it is well marked. Happy hour in the bar was fun with quite a few tourists chatting about their day. We ate in-house although there were lots of Cafes options outside - didn't feel like putting all those layers back on.

Hotel Kea is supposed to be the oldest hotel of Iceland, was a maze. By the time we had a wee bit of an idea to find our way to our room. We were out on our own the road to view a little more of this beautiful country. The roads are very good. The bus we travelled by Globus Mercedez Benz and of course excellent commenting by our guide Holms. Hotel Kea in Akureyri made us restful and we commenced this day with a visit to the botanical garden at Akureyri. Saw the beautiful homes of the Icelanders and visited two waterfalls on the way – Godafoss and Dettifoss.

After a busy day, our tour group checked in at the Kea Hotel in Akureyri. We didn’t interact with the staff during the check-in because the hotel was part of the tour package, so I cannot comment on the check-in procedure or the cost of the accommodation. But we had an upstairs spacious room facing the town which was very clean with comfortable beds and a spotless bathroom. We had a delicious dinner and an excellent hot buffet breakfast. During dinner and afterwards the staff was very courteous, friendly and helpful. The hotel is situated in a good location; you can walk and shop in the town, which we did.

Easy to find but the hotel that has more than 100 rooms only has six yes six parking spots. Only one person at the front desk at 6:00 pm makes it hard to check in efficiently even though she was very nice and helpful. The room was comfortable but small. There was room for one piece of luggage not two for two people. Wifi was sad. Very sad. It would work for a minute and be off for awhile. This was frustrating. The bathroom was also small with lots of mold in the shower. I did like the towel warmer. I do not recommend this hotel.

Room was small. But everything was there. No bath, only shower. Nice view. Very central location. Very nice beds and the local pool with hot tubs is close by. There is a nice breakfast and other restaurants in the nieghbourhood. As with all of Iceland; expect high prices for EVERYTHING.

We stayed here for 3 nights on our recent Iceland vacation, in a triple and a double room for our party of 5. The triple room was very nicely sized, and included a nice sized bathroom with tub (something that was a bit rare for our Iceland trip). The double was a bit smaller and facing the central courtyard area, and was a bit hot as there was limited circulation from opening the windows. The hotel had a very nice and large buffet breakfast, including eggs, sausage, bacon, cereal, and cheese/meat for sandwiches. The hotel does seem to get large tour groups (buses) and these groups tend to make breakfast very busy (especially if they are leaving early for a tour). The hotel is in a great location, right across from the main shopping street in Akureyri. Although parking is limited in front of the hotel we had no problem as we were parking in the evening/overnight only and therefore didn't need to use the parking clock that is required for daytime parking in Akureyri. The hotel is a bit old but is updated. The oddest thing with the age of the hotel is the floor plan layout - to get to our first floor rooms we had to go from the lobby (floor 2) up to floor 3, walk down a long hall with a short flight of stairs, and then take another elevator down to floor 1 - a bit confusing.

Hafnarstraeti 87-89 Akureyri

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Ski-in/ski-out access

Located within a 5-minute walk of Akureyri Church, Hotel Kea by Keahotels is within a 15-minute stroll of Akureyri Botanical Garden. This 4-star hotel has 104 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, ski-in/ski-out access, and free in-room WiFi. It's in central Akureyri and also close to Jon Sveinsson Museum and University of Akureyri.


Free continental breakfast is served each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


Hotel Kea by Keahotels's 104 rooms provide sofa beds, minibars, and coffee makers. Guests can expect free WiFi and wired Internet, along with satellite TV. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds are dressed in down comforters. Phones and desks are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Hotel Kea by Keahotels enjoy features like ski-in/ski-out access, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space. If you drive, take advantage of free offsite parking. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this ski hotel include a computer station, free newspapers, and a terrace.

Room options

Single Room, 1 Twin Bed

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Triple Room

Twin 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Superior Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

75% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 529 reviews