Needing a two-night stay in Reykjavik on the way home from a short October Copenhagen escape I’d done countless hours of research on the accommodation options in the Iceland capital but keep circling back to the Skuggi Hotel for it’s location, quality and value and after my stay can happily report that it exceeded all my expectations in all three of those aspects.

Having fed the street address into Google street view for a quick look only to draw a blank I learned that this way because the hotel is that new opening its doors in late 2015 but despite that relative newness there wasn’t any confusion about the hotel from tour leaders or airport transfer bus drivers I encountered.

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At one hundred  rooms the Skuggi (pronounced Skoo-gee) Hotel isn’t large so has a comfortable compactness that allows guests, for example, to take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator as the former was usually faster than the latter.

My single room #324 came equipped with a single bed, upright shelves behind the hallway door, small clothes rack, desk, wall-mounted flat screen TV and easy chair. The dark parquet floors gave the room an upscale feel although a splash of colour could help animate a fairly monochromatic décor.

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The quote above the bed is from renown Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson whose books are found in every room to offer an authentically local flavor.

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The bathroom is as well appointed as the room with a shower stall complete with rainfall shower head separated from the toilet by a half wall. The vanity offers more than enough space for toiletries bag and the heated towel rack hiding behind the door was a nice touch. The water pressure and speed of hot water are both excellent so coming back to the room after a cool day of sightseeing to a warm shower and towel are nice perks unexpected in a three-star hotel.

The room has heavy drapes and liners to block out the midnight summer sun along with a balcony that would be a nice space in warmer weather but was used for my stay as a weather gauge inevitably to discover overcast skies and light drizzle.

Daily full buffet breakfast was included in my room rate and it’s an outstanding way to start the day with an extensive selection of pastries and breads, cereals, pancakes, juices and coffee, hot eggs cooked differently each day and bacon or sausages. The bonus for me was the bacon was actually crispy, a rarity in my travels to the point it’d become a punch line in many a joke about undercooked hotel breakfasts.
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The hotel location is excellent as it’s one block to Laugavegur, Reykjavik’s main street with shops, cafés, restaurants, gift shops and exciting nightlife. A few block walk in the other direction brings one to a waterfront promenade with striking sculptures leading to the multi-coloured Harpa, Iceland’s premiere concert hall and conference centre. On the same street as the Skuggi on the next block is a 24-hour grocery and convenience store called “10-11” whose prices for snacks and sodas is far lower than in the shops found on Laugavegur.

There is one guest computer in the lobby but it is on a waist high shelf and without a stool or chair to linger which I suppose helps shorten the average length of use.

The hotel staff was universally friendly and exceedingly helpful with the front desk staff even coming to my aid to save my day tour with a quick call to the tour company after its transfer bus failed to show at the appointed time.

You can pay more for Reykjavik accommodation but am unconvinced there is a better lodging value than the Skuggi Hotel and hope I can return for a longer stay one day soon.