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10 Days – England, Scotland, and Iceland – Introduction


We got our rental car right after landing and were on our way to our first hotel in Iceland, the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel Reykjavík, a four-star hotel. There are actually two Radisson Blu hotels in Reykjavík, we spent the first night here at the Saga Hotel and the two subsequent nights at the 1919 Hotel. The Radisson Blu 1919 wasn’t available for the first night in Iceland and therefore I just redeemed 38k Club Carlson points for one night at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel.

The drive from the airport to Reykjavík took about fifty minutes and soon enough we reached the hotel… which the exterior of, well, wasn’t the fanciest.

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel Reykjavík

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel Reykjavík

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel Reykjavík

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel Reykjavík

Hotel exterior

Hotel exterior

Hotel exterior

Hotel exterior

The hotel has plenty of free parking and therefore we were able to leave our car right in the parking lot for no additional cost. The check-in process was quick and the front desk agent informed me the we had been upgraded to a Business Class room, which included complimentary breakfast and additional in-room amenities.

Lobby

Lobby

Lobby

Lobby

The hotel was definitely much more elegant inside rather than outside. So while outside it didn’t look the best, the inside was very modern and clean.

Restaurant

Restaurant

Lobby

Lobby

We were assigned a Business Class room on the fourth floor, which featured two separate beds. The room overall wasn’t the biggest, however since we were just staying for one night it would be fine. We arrived around 20:45 and would depart early in the morning, so it didn’t make the slightest difference to me how fancy this hotel was. The beds were super comfortable, however given the day/night situation in the summer, we didn’t sleep too well.

Business Class room

Business Class room

Business Class room

Business Class room

Business Class rooms feature more premium amenities such as a coffee maker, free breakfast, robe, slippers, premium bathroom amenities, and more.

Business Class room

Business Class room

The bathroom was a bit aged, however very clean. The ‘premium’ amenities weren’t the best, but did the job.

Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom amenities

Bathroom amenities

Bathroom

Bathroom

The highlight of the hotel was the view from our room, just gorgeous, breathtaking Iceland. I think I looked out the window for a good thirty minutes before going to sleep – the whole time I was driving from the airport to the hotel, I had a huge smile on my face and I was just so damn excited to finally be in Iceland.

View

View

View

View

Our Surroundings

Our Surroundings

View

View

View

View

The breakfast featured a selection of premium fruits, vegetables, cereal, breads, meats, warm items, etc. We were able to eat a nice, healthy breakfast before heading out to explore Iceland.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Restaurant

Restaurant

All in all, the one-night stay at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel Reykjavík was uneventful, we did receive a nice upgrade and enjoyed complimentary (delicious) breakfast. The hotel wasn’t the most modern outside, however inside it seems like some parts are refurbished and others aren’t. All of the staff was super friendly and were able to help us in deciding what sights to visit in Iceland.


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