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Set in a building dating back to 1916, this Reykjavík guest house is within 5 minutes’ walk of the popular Laugavegur shopping street. Both WiFi and private, on-site parking are free. Guesthouse Galtafell offers both rooms and self-catering apartments with wooden floors, an iron and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Apartments include a private bathroom and well-equipped kitchenette with a microwave and fridge. General facilities include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a garden. Hotel staff can recommend restaurants and shops in the area. The National Museum of Iceland is 700 metres from the guest house. Hallgrímskirkja Church is within 5 minutes' walk.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

Guesthouse Galtafell has been welcoming guests since 31 May 2011.

Property highlights

Situated in the real heart of Reykjavík, this property has an excellent location score of 9.4

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

FREE parking!

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Room type
1 large double bed
2 single beds
Bedroom :
1 large double bed
Living room:
1 sofa bed
1 large double bed
2 single beds
1 large double bed
2 single beds
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Guest reviews


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  • Sean
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Thorey went out of her way to get us checked in early, greatly appreciated. Location is perfect, 5-ish minute walk from the BSI bus terminal, used for the airport bus transfers. 5 minute walk from the big church.
  • Sheila
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Good location for exploring Reykjavik. Clean , comfortable accommodation. Helpful host.
  • 采芳
    leave clear message for us even the crew is off work
  • Victoria
    Good communication & even though no-one was onsite, everything was organised for us. Great spot for us close to bus station & plenty of good restaurants in east walking distance.
  • Karen
    United StatesUnited States
    Unit as described. Were able to leave luggage to explore city. Perfect location in a very walkable city. We were rarely in the unit except for sleeping, but it would probably be very comfortable for a long visit. It was quiet and didn't hear other...
  • Ricardo
    Cozy apartment, confortable and functional. Location in the city center, in a quiet area. Good and effective communication with the host, who was really kind.
  • Christine
    United StatesUnited States
    Perfect location to see things and around Reykjavik. Kind and attentive owner. Excellent apt for a family
  • Nandini
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    The host was very sweet, kind and helpful. She gave us a very warm welcome and helped us with maps of Reykjavik. She even removed her car so that we could park there. It was a wholesome stay
  • Alison
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Great location, close to the bus station. Very clean room and easy contactless check in
  • Helena
    Super location. Spacious room with fridge and cooking facilities. Clean. Area felt very safe, surrounded by nice homes and several embassies. Met all our needs.

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  • Please can you confirm parking is free and on site? In one part of your facility description it says “parking in nearby location”.

    There is free public parking in the street in front of and around the house.
    Answered on 25 January 2022
  • Hi, I’m hoping to stay with you either side of a 3-4 day hiking trip. Is there anywhere we could leave luggage in between stays?

    Yes that is welcome
    Answered on 21 November 2022
  • Hi, is there hair dryer available and airport shuttle service going to Keflavik airport? How much does it cost?

    Yes there is a hair dryer in every room and apartment. October schedule: from BSI at 04:30 and 14:30 and from Keflavik Airport at 11:00 and 17:00. P..
    Answered on 30 September 2020
  • Can we check in later than around 7:00-8:00 pm?

    Yes that is welcome
    Answered on 24 July 2022
  • My flight arrives at 00:30 midnight, can we check in as usual?

    Yes that is welcome
    Answered on 24 April 2022
  • Is there availability to refrigerate medication as I do not see a refrigerator in the room?

    There is a small fridge in the room.
    Answered on 29 January 2023
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Managed by Thorey and Arni, owners

Company review score: 8.9Based on 1,474 reviews from 1 property
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Property information

Guesthouse Galtafell is a historical house and the former home of the beloved Icelandic artist Guðmundur Thorsteinsson - Muggur. His father built the house in 1916 after blueprints from Iceland´s state architect of that time Einar Erlendsson. The house has many characteristics which underline that it was meant to be used as an art studio such as large windows and bright rooms for the artist. In 1924 it was bought by Bjarni Jonsson (Bíó Bjarni) who was well known in Reykjavík for opening one of the city´s first cinemas. Bjarni was the youngest brother of the famous sculptor Einar Jónsson. The Einar Jónsson Museum is within 10 minutes walking distance of Guesthouse Galtafell.

Languages spoken


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Facilities of Guesthouse Galtafell
Great facilities! Review score, 8.5

Most popular facilities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Extra long beds (> 2 metres)
  • Garden
  • Cleaning products
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels
  • Radio
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not possible).
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Luggage storage
    • Airport shuttle
      Additional charge
    Reception services
    • Invoice provided
    Safety & security
    • Safety deposit box
    • Non-smoking throughout
    • Hardwood or parquet floors
    • Heating
    • Soundproofing
    • Family rooms
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Iron
    Languages spoken
    • Danish
    • English
    • Icelandic
    • Dutch

    House rules

    Guesthouse Galtafell takes special requests - add in the next step!


    From 15:00


    Until 11:00



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

    Children and beds

    Child policies

    Children of any age are welcome.

    To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

    Cot and extra bed policies

    0 - 2 years
    Cot upon request
    12+ years
    Extra bed upon request
    € 40 per person, per night

    Prices for cots and extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

    The number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

    All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

    No age restriction

    There is no age requirement for check-in


    When booking more than 4 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

    Maestro Mastercard Visa Argencard Cash Guesthouse Galtafell accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


    Smoking is not allowed.


    Pets are not allowed.

    The fine print

    Please inform Guesthouse Galtafell in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

    FAQs about Guesthouse Galtafell

    • Check-in at Guesthouse Galtafell is from 15:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

    • Room options at Guesthouse Galtafell include:

      • Twin/Double
      • Apartment
      • Studio

    • The prices at Guesthouse Galtafell may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

    • Guesthouse Galtafell is 750 yards from the centre of Reykjavík. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • Guesthouse Galtafell offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):