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Generally speaking, Matt and I much prefer to stay in apartments whenever we go on a city break. So when I was booking our trip to Reykjavik, my top priority when looking on Booking.com was to find a centrally located apartment.
Apartment K was one of the first places to pop up when I applied all the necessary filters that I was after. Centrally located? Check. Ideal for couples? Check. Self-catering kitchen? Check. Cute decor? Check. It seemed like the perfect place for us to be based in Reykjavik and while it wasn’t the most affordable place to stay (I paid £389 for three nights), it was worth the money to see Matt’s face when we arrived.
Here’s my detailed review of our stay in Reykjavik at Apartment K; including the good, the bad and the brilliant!
The ‘GO’ part of the tour involves a transfer to and from the airport, directly to a bus stop right outside your hotel or apartment in Reykjavik. After arriving at Reykjavik airport, we made our way to the Gray Line pick up line where we were greeted by a lovely staff member.
We were then directed to our Gray Line coach which took us on the 45 minute journey to bus stop 6; just a 40 second walk from our apartment.
Arriving at the Apartment K building, the lovely receptionist promptly checked us in and told us that we’d received a complimentary upgrade! We had absolutely no idea and it was such a wonderful surprise, especially as we were there for Matt’s 21st birthday!
Our apartment was located on the fourth floor, which also happened to be one of the rooftop apartments! We could see down into the city below and while it wasn’t the highest rooftop, it still provided beautiful views of Reykjavik below.
There was also a decking area that would be utterly perfect for the summer months; in the winter it was a little too chilly to sit outside!
Living area – Apartment K
The living area of our Apartment K room was incredibly spacious and very light and airy. There was a cream sofa situated along the back wall which also doubled up as a sofa bed. There was also another decorative chair next to the sofa; it looked incredibly cute but wasn’t the most comfortable!
Also equipped with a glass coffee table, large rug and plenty of decorative art on the wall, the living area of Apartment K was subtle yet stylish.
The many windows also drenched the apartment in plenty of natural light, which is always a bonus when there’s very limited daylight during the winter months.
The bathroom was located directly on the right as you walked into our apartment and was covered from floor to ceiling in cobble stones. This made for an incredibly cool look but it did feel a little weird on your feet, albeit kind of therapeutic after a long day of walking around.
The shower had two heads; a large overhead one and a smaller handheld one. While the shower was so relaxing, lovely and warm, we did have a slight issue when it came to the water spreading all over the bathroom floor.
As there was no significant partition between the shower and toilet floor area, it meant that the water from the shower ended up everywhere. Despite this issue, the shower itself was truly delightful and we counteracted the water issue by placing used towels on the floor.
Whenever we choose an apartment to stay in during our city break, we always make sure that it comes with a suitable kitchen that can be used to cook at least the most basic of meals.
I mentioned in my Oslo food and drink post that we always try to make our own breakfast and often lunch in order to save money on food. Our kitchen in the Apartment K room was perfectly sized and came equipped with a kettle, toaster, coffee machine, dishwasher and even an oven and a hob.
We used the toaster and kettle countless times and the dishwasher was also a great addition as it meant that we didn’t have to spend time manually washing up!
I loved the open plan kitchen/living area aspect of the apartment as it felt so spacious and light. Obviously the issue with an open plan area is that whatever you cook will make the rest of the apartment smell, but as Matt and I already live in a studio apartment, we’re more than used to that!
Arguably the most important part of any accommodation on holiday, whether you’re staying in a hotel or an apartment, is the bedroom area. It’s where you’ll be spending most of your time in the apartment as you’ll want to get plenty of restorative sleep, especially after a long day exploring.
Our bedroom at Apartment K was absolutely beautiful; the spacious double bed was so cosy and while the mattress wasn’t memory foam or remarkably ~squishy~, it made for an idyllic night’s sleep.
The dormer window opened up wide onto the street below and let in ample amounts of light and fresh air. Unfortunately, the street below is actually home to one of the most popular bars in Reykjavik so on Friday night the street was absolutely teeming with party goers. This was actually quite frustrating as we had to be up early on Saturday morning, so we didn’t sleep very well.
However, we were assured by Apartment K staff that this only happens on weekends and not during the week, so don’t be too put off by the noise. It also makes for a great location if you are looking for a bit of night life while staying in Reykjavik as you’ll be situated literally right next door!
Overall, our stay at Apartment K was incredibly enjoyable and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again. The location was utterly ideal and we really couldn’t have been more central if we’d tried! Hallgrímskirkja church was just a two minute walk away and we were surrounded by plenty of bars, shops and restaurants.
Have you ever been to Reykjavik? What would you think to a stay at Apartment K? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.