We couldn't decide whether to choose a hotel or an apartment when we were planning our Reykjavik holiday, but in the end, opted for an apartment because of the flexibility this would allow us with meals. There are actually quite a few very nice apartments for short-term holiday rentals in the city. We found this one on www.sunnyrentals.com - the reference number is 572319.
We booked the apartment a couple of months before our holiday. The owner is very pleasant and responsive. We did not have to pay a deposit, in fact when we asked about paying, she said we should pay her upon arrival. I felt a little nervous about this arrangement, but it worked out fine.
The apartment is in the centre of Reykjavik - on Laugavegur, which is actually the main shopping street of the city. It is at the far end, about 15 to 20 minutes walk from the harbour, this was actually a perfect location - an easy walk to everything, but away from any noise at the bars during the lively Reykjavik weekends.
The owner asked us to let her know when our plane landed and she would then come to the main bus station in Reykjavik to meet us. This was so helpful, she was waiting when we arrived and drove us to the apartment. She showed us how everything worked and stayed for 15-20 minutes to recommend restaurants, places to go, things to do etc.. She is an artist and there are lots of examples of her work throughout the apartment - this gave it a lovely personal touch.
The apartment is on the 5th floor of a converted building. It was very modern, very airy and light with big windows. There is one big living/dining/kitchen area with a south facing balcony, overlooking the street below. Unfortunately during our stay, it was far too cold to sit out on the balcony, but if it was sunny, this would be a lovely spot. We could see the Perlan and the Hallgrimskirkja from the balcony.
The apartment was beautifully furnished and there was a flat screen television, DVD player and great selection of DVD's. The kitchen was compact, but had all modern appliances with everything you could need. We only had breakfast here, but there were lots of pots, pans and cooking utensils. The only criticism I had was that the kitchen area was not immaculately clean. The hob area was grubby with cooking spills, the drawers with cutlery in had crumbs and the fridge was also not very clean. The rest of the apartment was fine.
There was one bedroom with huge, comfortable double bed and the owner had installed a camp bed in the living area for our son. The bathroom was small, but fine with a large shower. All towels, bed linen, soap, toilet paper, kitchen rolls and even shampoo were provided.
We found a supermarket right across the street where we shopped on our first day. It was really expensive, but the only place open on Sundays (when we arrived). There is another much more reasonably priced supermarket just 5 minutes along the main shopping street, we shopped from there on other occasions.
There are lots of restaurants and bars right in the immediate area of the apartment. Also if you walk a little further to the harbour, then you are really spoiled for choice.
We loved staying here - it felt like a real home from home. The apartment had everything we needed and was the perfect base for us in Reykjavik. We walked everywhere, found some lovely places to eat really close by and were sad to leave.