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Hotel Leifur Eiriksson

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

If you are talking only about hotel amenities, the Leifur Eriksson is overpriced. But if you want a base from which to explore Reykjavik, this is the place. You pay for the location, and it is worth it. The hotel has two buildings across the street from each other, both on the central plaza dominated by the imposing Hallgrimskirkja. From here, everything you want to see in Reykjavik is in walking distance: shopping, the Culture Museum and State museum (both highly recommended), the two best restaurants in town (3 Frakka and Dill), the picturesque harbor (with more modest food), "The Pond," a lake for strolling, the parliament (Althing) building. You can get a more modern hotel for less money on the city's outskirts, but then you will eat up your savings and time getting taxis to drop you at the Leifur Ericsson as the starting point for your exploration. We stayed here two nights, the first and last of our visit to Iceland. The first night we were in a hideously cramped 4th-floor walkup room under the roof eaves. The last night we were again in a 4th-floor walkup, but not under the eaves and with a fine view of the church and plaza. Staff carried our bags up the fourth floor. In the other building across the street there is an elevator. One day, I suppose, a hotel chain will buy the Leifur, raze it, put up a fine 5-star hotel and triple the room price. That will be a shame. Book your Iceland vacation now and stay at the Leifur while you can still afford it.

Can't say enough positives about this hotel for the price! Fantastic breakfast included, coffee , tea and water access @ all times. Unbelievable location , close to all Reykjavik has to offer. And let's not forget the employees of the hotel, extremely friendly & helpful.

If you are a light sleeper, you will notice that you can hear all of your neighbor's conversations through the thin walls, plus the sound of the room doors opening and closing when people come and go. Since this is a party town, there can be people entering their rooms late at night, while others leave early for tours. Some of the rooms are more modern than others (I know this because I had my room changed). The rooms that are not updated are rather depressing and cold and have a small TV, while the modern rooms have better room-darkening curtains and a large screen TV. The bathrooms in both the modern and older rooms are extremely small, as are the rooms themselves, and the beds in both are not real mattresses. The street facing rooms also enable you to hear the road noise. The staff is very helpful and pleasant while the location is central to most anywhere in the city within in a 10-15 minute walk. Breakfast was basic, with some fruit, cold cuts, cheese and bread, tuna, waffles, jam and hard boiled eggs.

Great hotel location! HALLGRÍMSKIRKJA right outside the steps of the hotel. Comfortable bed and delicious morning buffet!

Loved the hotel. We had a beautiful view of the church and the breakfast was lovely. The staff is what really made our stay memorable and fantastic. Easy to walk to shopping and restaurants and all tours have a pick-up here.

The location right across the street from Hallgrimskirkja makes this a great spot in Reykjavik. The church itself is wondrous, plus it's located right on the end of the main road through town. And if, like me, you don't know the city well, having your hotel next to the tallest building there isn't a bad idea to orient yourself. The room itself was on the small side, but more than adequate. The free breakfast in the morning and the way they accommodated an early check-in were positives as well.

Small hotel in great location. Non frills breakfast. Decent rooms. Poor wifi connection. Close to all the main sights. Good for a short stay.

Good hotel next to the main church in Reykjavik. Great location, small rooms. Walking distance to harbor and museums. The hotel is in a busy area and the noise may keep you up at night. Good buffet breakfast, friendly staff

This is a family run hotel and is small and friendly. The rooms were small, but the location was great. The more than adequate breakfast was included in the price, and coffee, tea and juice were available 24 hours a day. It was easy to walk to all attractions from the hotel. Day tours pick up from this hotel, plus the airport flybus drops one off and picks one up at the hotel. The hotel is not luxurious, but it is very pleasant.

Skolavordustigur 45 Reykjavik

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Hallgrimskirkja and Reykjavik City Hall
  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge

Hotel Leifur Eiriksson places you next to Hallgrimskirkja and a short stroll from other popular sights like Reykjavik City Hall. This 47-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. It's in central Reykjavik and also close to National Museum of Iceland and Perlan.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. At the end of the day, the bar/lounge is a great place to grab a drink.


All 47 heated rooms feature phones. Guests can expect to find free WiFi.

Property features

Hotel Leifur Eiriksson offers free WiFi in public areas and coffee in a common area. If you decide to drive, there's free offsite parking. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2