Before I begin, let me note that I joined Trip Advisor specifically to write this review.
Reykjavik was the last stop on my three week European backpacking trip. To save money during the trip, I opted to stay in hostels and guesthouses in lieu of more expensive and luxurious hotels. So naturally I wasn't expecting king sized beds and whirlpool tubs in my accommodations. Then I arrived at Guesthouse Pavi, a place where the bar is set so far below my expectations, it might as well be on the ground.
First, previous reviewers are correct in that there is no reception, and upon arriving, you must call for someone to come and check you in. So make sure you either have some ISK on you (there's a pay phone), or be willing to pay charges on your phone if you're traveling internationally. Einar, the owner (?), went through the details of check in very quickly so be sure to have your thinking cap on. Also, be aware that your room might not be in the actual guesthouse...I was taken a block away. That's not such a big deal though, but kind of a downer when you realize you have to carry your backpack that much further. Also, he offered to carry my boyfriend's backpack but not mine. What a gentleman!
The room was pretty standard: three twin beds (although I had booked a double), a desk, tv, etc. The pillows were very flat and had torn pillowcases. The sheets had holes as well. There was a lamp on the desk, even though the only outlet was on another wall. That's nice, decorative lamps that have nowhere to be plugged in. There was one plug in the entire room. There were also exposed wires, so maybe you could fashion an outlet if you were handy enough.
Also, you get an ancient looking key for your room, and not a key card like I was given in other hostels. Hide your valuables when you're there because the door just needs a swift kick to be opened without the key, and because Einar/staff come into your room even though you've rented it. How do I know they come into your room? Well, note that my room had three beds. So there were three sets of linens. This was a blessing in disguise, because I could use the extra pillow to prop up another, and together this created one normal pillow. The next evening, after returning from a long day of sightseeing, I was looking forward to a nice peaceful sleep. When I got into the room, I noticed that someone had come in and taken the extra linens, including going over to my bed, reaching under my stuff, and taking the extra pillow someone was obviously using. Ew. I understand it is a small detail of an otherwise wonderful experience in Reykjavik, but I find it inappropriate for staff to enter and take things from your room, especially if it's clear that they're being used. Was it the only other pillow in multiple buildings? Is the owner/staff just that lazy or inconsiderate?
The bathroom was fine...I'm not sure why the heat was turning on in July though. It wasn't *that* cold out.
I would've felt better about my experience in Guesthouse Pavi if the cost per night was maybe 20 Euros less. But it's not, and thus I implore you to avoid...avoid...avoid this place!
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