One of the great aspects of Reykjavik…

…is the range of temporary accommodations for travelers, ranging from inexpensive hostels to independently owned guest houses to 4-star luxury properties.  We stayed at Hlemmur Square, near the city central bus hub of the same name.  Located at Laugavegur 105, Hlemmur is a unique blend of bar, upscale hostel, hotel, and restaurant, all located under the same roof.  We stayed in one of their apartments and it quickly became a home away from home.

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The bathroom, pictured below, was very cool and featured substantial cabinetry and storage areas.  It also featured a washing machine and dryer.  Most important of all, however, was the fact it was spotless.

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We enjoyed breakfast and coffee in the mornings in the Square’s Bar and found the staff there to be very attentive and friendly.  One morning, they went out of their way to contact our car rental company on our behalf.  And William, in particular, makes a fantastic cup of cappuccino and has great stories to share.

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Hlemmur Square’s Bar. © David-Kevin Bryant

The bar has a happy hour worthy of attention and features crafted beers from Borg Brugghús, or city brewery :

– Bríó, meaning joy, and made from hops in Bavaria
– Borg Úlfur Inda Pale Ale Nr. 3 was my personal favorite
– Myrkvi Porter NR.13, seasoned with coffee of all ingredients.  Although a dark beer, it’s surprisingly refreshing.
– Borg Garún Nr. 19.  Like the Myrkvi Porter, Garún also has coffee notes but accented with chocolate ones as well.  It’s very strong but very, very smooth.

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