The Best Luxury Hotels in Reykjavík, Iceland
Enjoy the views and stylish decor at Tower Suites in Reykjavík, Iceland | Courtesy of Tower Suites Reykjavik / Expedia
Explore the Icelandic capital from a luxurious base, complete with fine Nordic cuisine and Aurora Borealis views.
Looking for a hotel that’s a cut above the average? Whether you’re after an in-room sauna or an outdoor hot tub for gazing at the Northern Lights, Reykjavík is home to a whole host of luxury hotels. Here’s our pick of some of the best the capital has to offer.
4.4/5 (730 Reviews)
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A gallery without the crowds sounds like luxury to us. Hotel Holt is home to the largest private collection of Icelandic art. Delve into it on the twice-weekly guided walk around the hotel, which is crammed with hundreds of seascapes, stoneware reliefs and bronze sculptures. The 42 rooms are classically styled and feature original paintings. Dinner at the smart Holt restaurant is excellent, with organic wines to match.
Kvosin Downtown Hotel
4.8/5 (733 Reviews)
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Expect rooms with plush bedding, thick blackout curtains and organic, local toiletries at this boutique hotel, located next to Austurvöllur park. Choose from four categories ranging from cosy doubles to family-friendly boltholes that sleep up to six. Aldamót, the lively hotel bar, is popular with locals and serves light dishes and quality wines.
Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel
5/5 (1 Reviews)
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Once an office block in downtown Reykjavík, this sleek boutique hotel offers minimalist rooms and bags of comfort. The decor is monochrome, and luxurious touches include bathrooms with underfloor heating and Bang & Olufsen speakers. The larger rooms have balconies with city views. Join locals beneath the glass ceiling in the restaurant and bar for everything from hamburgers to fine cuisine.
4.6/5 (150 Reviews)
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The 50 rooms and suites of this centrally located hotel welcome you with a cool, pared-back style. Think neutral colour schemes, elegant wood floors and lots of natural light entering through french doors and large windows. For a more luxurious option, book a junior suite – split over two floors, offering great views – or a luxury apartment with self-catering flexibility. Snaps restaurant has a bistro vibe with cosy booths and a superb brunch menu – try the pancakes with Icelandic blueberries.
Hotel Borg by Keahotels
Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel
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If you enjoy the grandeur of Art Deco style, look no further than this landmark hotel, overlooking Austurvöllur square. Its 99 rooms and suites feature black-and-white colour schemes, geometric cushions and smart marble bathrooms. There’s also an excellent spa with a hot tub, a sauna, a steam bath and a range of treatments, including marine enzyme conditioning for the whole body that’s said to relieve jet lag.
Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.8/5 (113 Reviews)
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Dating back to the 1900s, this former department store was transformed into the luxury, contemporary hotel that you see today. Little luxuries, such as the sauna and whirlpool, blend well with heritage touches like the exposed original stone walls. Rooms range in size from twin, queen and king to large suites with leather sofas, fresh flowers and private terraces. The restaurant – Gott Reykjavík – serves local, homemade dishes like grilled eldfell burger and creamy seafood soup.
Ion City Hotel
Boutique Hotel, Luxury
4.7/5 (141 Reviews)
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There’s a cool, edgy design to this hotel with its hanging seats and mirrored corridors. Standard doubles come complete with egyptian-cotton linen, organic toiletries and a window sofa. Upgrade to a premium suite with panoramic views, a private sauna and a freestanding bathtub. Downstairs, Sumac restaurant serves Middle Eastern mezze, such as crispy falafel and grilled lamb ribs.
Tower Suites Reykjavik
Luxury, Chain Hotel
4.7/5 (112 Reviews)
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Views don’t get much better than this. The eight luxurious suites here are positioned on the 20th floor and offer the highest viewpoint in Reykjavík. Each has its own distinctive character – from the Vífilsfell suite, with its freestanding bathtub looking towards the mountains, to the Akrafjall room overlooking the ocean. Telescopes and the self-serve Honesty Bar are thoughtful touches.
Alda Hotel Reykjavik
4.7/5 (992 Reviews)
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Like the idea of sinking into an outdoor hot tub for some stargazing? Book a suite at the Alda Hotel, positioned at the quiet end of Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Reykjavík. Step inside the hotel, and you’ll discover an oasis of calm, with rooms and suites painted in peaceful shades of grey and cream. The place also boasts a trendy barber, plus a brasserie-style restaurant for burgers, soups and salads.
These recommendations were updated on February 24, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.