The hardest part about traveling to a place none of your friends have been to before is figuring out where to stay. What’s the most desirable part of the city? What provides the best value? How good is the Internet?
Sure, plenty of online rating sites can help point you in the right direction, but how much can one rely on the assessments of strangers? How much should one rely on those assessments? Is their taste your taste?
I just happen upon Reykjavik’s Hotel Natura by luck. The price is right, the pictures look good. I am not disappointed.
Here’s what I like: It’s an environmentally friendly hotel, within walking distance of downtown Reykjavik, on a bus stop. Satt, its restaurant, does a fantastic job, both for the veggies and for the meat-eaters. The staff in the restaurant is friendly and more than willing to explain Icelandic food. The staff of the hotel is friendly and more than willing to accommodate anxious travelers finding their way. The spa downstairs is delightful; the lobby is warm; the rooms are clean; and the bedtime cookies are good. I would go again.
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