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Reykjavik Accomadations

Hi
We thought we were all set for Iceland. Our AirBNB site booked and paid for. Just got a cancellation for our place. Evidently, the city council voted to shut down AirBNB's and we no longer have a place. Any suggestions??? We are going to be there May 26 to May 31st. Thanks

Nancy

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This is a "copy and paste" of my own reply to another RS Forum question concerning accommodations in Reykjavik.
There are many options, there, but we were pleased with the one we selected.
Typically, guesthouses have "shared facilities" - and this one is no exception. However, there was no issue at all during our stay. Our room was quite large, the lavatory was very nice - we were on the ground floor - and the simple continental breakfast was an added plus. It is not inexpensive, though. Almost nothing in Iceland is inexpensive.

In July of 2017, we stayed at the Freyja Guesthouse, located very near the giant steeple church Hallgrímskirkja, Free parking was included as was breakfast and use of bicycles. Nice area. I would stay there, again. Here's a link....

https://www.freyjaguesthouse.com/

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We stayed at the Skuggi Hotel. I highly recommend this hotel and would stay there again.

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I stayed at the Orkin Hotel.
It's slightly to the edge of town, but still walkable in to town.
It was basic, but very clean and cosy.
The airport bus drops you there, and the tours will pick you up from there.
They have fresh cake and coffee for you every afternoon in the lobby!

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I have twice stayed at the Canopy by Hilton. Great location, nice rooms, excellent included breakfast. Somewhat pricey but that's Iceland.

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Can I ask where you got a place?

What's this about AirBnBs? Not allowed in all of Reykjavik??

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123 posts

Tamara,
Just like other cities around the world, owners need to adhere to laws and regulations for local utilization of bookings. See https://grapevine.is/news/2018/06/11/icelands-parliament-to-begin-cracking-down-on-airbnb/

And, like in other cities worldwide, if the owner overbooked or has local citations they might cancel.
Not endemic to all sites in Reykjavík.
Recommend viewing Super Users or sites with good Reviews before booking. That generally indicates a saavy owner.

Hope that helps.

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681 posts

Thanks to everyone that contributed. We ended up with another airbnb host. Again, a super host. Airbnb suggested that we inquire that their listing will not be taken down. We have stayed in numerous airbnb all over the world and have never had this happen before.

Tamara- So sorry it took me so long to get back to you but we had a long weekend camping. From what I understand the listing must be registered in Reykjavik. It appears that the city is cracking down on those places that are not. The place we had was handled by a super host and had great reviews. Who would have thought.