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Downtown hotel advises guest against drinking tap water, charges 4 USD for own bottled water

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  • Odd warning The Adam Hotel, located at Skólavörðustígur in Reykjavík’s city centre, recommends guests drink bottled water rather than straight from the tap. 

The Adam Hotel, located at Skólavörðustígur in Reykjavík’s city centre, recommends guests drink bottled water rather than straight from the tap. The hotel charges 400 ISK (3 Euros and 4 USD) for a 2 litre bottle, labelled with the hotel’s name and logo.

Adam Hotel, vatn

The bottled water. 

Photographs of the sign and the bottle were shared on a Facebook forum called Bakland ferðaþjónustunnar, a page where people discuss matters concerning the tourism industry in Iceland. Outraged members called the hotel’s conduct “greedy” and “shameful”, others wondered whether something was wrong with water pipes in central Reykjavík.

Read more: Bottled water more expensive than petrol

Veitur, the company that oversees Reykjavík’s water supply and sanitation network, commented on the matter, saying that 100 water tests taken last year confirmed that the water in central Reykjavík was completely safe for consumption. Therefore, there is no need to warn guests against drinking the tap water unless the water pipes in Adam Hotel were damaged.  

Mbl.is attempted but was not able to reach the owner of Hotel Adam this morning for a response. 

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