Review of Nupan Hotel in Keflavik Iceland
I Totally Screwed up
This has to be my most extreme screw up of my total time traveling. I thought my flight out of Iceland left at 10am on Tuesday the 15th of August. I was so positive this was my departure day I didn’t feel it necessary to check my itinerary. I didn’t want to have to deal with getting up early and getting an expensive cab, then taking the bus out to the airport. Instead I decided to go a day early to the airport and spend the night there. I figured I could catch up on my sleep on the 3 flights I had to take to get to Orlando.
So I took the bus out to the Keflavik airport at around 7pm on Monday the 14th. I found some power and set up my computer against one of the walls, tucked in between a couple of ticket kiosks. Not the most comfortable place to be. But considering the airport doesn’t have many seats I figured I was lucky to have power to charge my various batteries.
The Keflavik airport does not allow sleeping but I figured its no problem, i’ll just work all night. Due to reasons I couldn’t check in early so I would wait till the morning to slap my passport into a ticket kiosk.
After a few hours off work, stretching, and unsleeping my legs I finally decided to check my departure ticket… And with a sinking feeling I saw my departure time was actually on Wednesday the 16th at 10am!!! I had arrived at the airport a full 26 hours before my flight was scheduled to leave. That included two full nights in a building I was not allowed to sleep in.
Time to Panic
So what was my logical response? TOTAL PANIC!! I sent off a bunch of messages to friends letting them know my miserable state, and hoping for some sympathy in response. After I got through that phase I decided to deal with the situation. I had two options.
- Stay at the airport and suffer for another 25 hours
- Fork over some serious money on a hotel.
Nupan Hotel is The Solution!
It only took me an hour of suffering before I started to search for a room. I typically use many different search web sites for finding hotels. In this instance it was Hotels.com that came through for me. *I am not an affiliate for Hotels.com*. They just happened to have a listing for a room that would only cost me $150 CND for one night. In Iceland that is pretty much as good a deal as I could find. As a comparison the hotel closest to the airport was $350 CND per night and they didn’t even have vacancy.
Before someone could snatch the room away from me I booked online and felt much more relaxed after. Typically hotels check in times are between 11am to 2pm so I knew I still had to spend at least one night at the airport. I hunkered down for what was to be one of the longest, most tiresome, and uncomfortable airport residency I have experienced.
Finally 10am came around and I started looking for a city bus to get into the town of Keflavik. I was in luck, one would be leaving in about a half hour. A bus fare of 440 Kroma ($5.15 CDN) would take me the 4 kilometers to within a couple blocks of my hotel.
And then I arrived at the Nupan Deluxe Hotel. I really didn’t have high expectations. They do have high ratings on their reviews for both Hotels.com and Trip Advisor. But for the low price they charged I assumed I would be lucky to get something in the quality level of a Motel 6.
Was I ever wrong. I was buzzed into the hotel, which has more a feeling of being in a home than any hotel i’ve ever been in. The woman checking me in was super polite and answered my many questions. She even offered me a free taxi ride back to the airport which would have cost me about 2100 Krona ($19.50 CND).
Because I arrived so early in the morning the room was not made up yet, so i waited in the living room for about a half hour. They offer coffee and a selection of tea, I chose the sleepy herbal tea. Here is a super blurry photo of the living room shot with my cell phone.
And this is what my room looked like.
One of the cutest, and most comfortable rooms I have ever booked. Maybe it was because I was so near complete exhaustion, but the room looked like a complete dream. The bed is super comfy, they provide slippers and ear plugs. There is no TV!! That in itself is just fantastic. TV’s in hotels rooms is one of my big pet peeves.
The room is quiet, decorated really nicely and the hot water coming out of the taps didn’t even smell of sulphur! The Wifi is also more than fast enough to work on blog posts, watch Netflix, or listen to music.
The staff is not at the hotel 24/7. But that really wasn’t a problem. Everything was taken care of and checkout was a matter of simply dropping the key at the front desk. The cab to the airport arrived exactly on time, and accepted a handwritten coupon from the hotel to pay for the full fare of the ride.
So if you ever find yourself looking for a place to stay in Keflavik, (or Reykjavik) Please check out this awesome little hotel. I’m getting nothing in return for writing this post, I just want to pass on the awesome service and comfortable time I had staying at the Nupan Deluxe Hotel. I would have no reservations staying there again, assuming I make it back to Iceland.
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