Iceland has plenty to offer when it comes to hotel variety. From modern downtown hotels to cozy wilderness lodges, these hotels will give you a great atmosphere to enjoy either as a base setting to explore the surrounding landscape attractions or as a point of destination in itself. Here are the 10 best hotels you should visit in Reykjavik.
4th Floor Hotel is set in downtown Reykjavik, a prime location for exploring the city. Located in a corner building off the main shopping street, the hotel is located just meters from Hlemmurthe bus station, the oceanside walking path, and walking distance from Hallgrimskirkja and the Reykjavik Art Museum, Kjarvalstadir. The hotel has a cozy cafe and bar in the lobby, with wide windows facing a busy street corner – a great place to observe.
Located just a 20-minute walk from downtown Reykjavik, Hotel Island is next to the capital’s financial district as well as Laugardalur, a green area including a pool and park. Most rooms offer views of Mount Esja to the west. The hotel is also Iceland’s first hotel dedicated to wellness, with a center located in the hotel where guests can access healthcare specialists promoting health and relaxation during their stay.
Hotel Holt is somewhat of a legacy in Reykjavik art culture, as it has been the go-to place for visiting artists and writers from abroad in the last century. In fact, the Argentinian novelist, Jorge Luis Borges, stayed here during his visits in the 1970s. The iconic Gallery Bar is full of sketches from Iceland’s most renowned landscape painter, Johannes Kjarval, a cozy fireplace, and plush red leather sofas.
While technically a hostel, the former biscuit factory Kex (Icelandic for biscuits) also offers private rooms. This is a place where travelers not only like to gather but the excellent bar and restaurant attracts locals as well. The large, open-space common area has beautiful views of the surrounding North Atlantic and Mount Esja and is located close to downtown and a short walk from Harpa Concert Hall.
Fosshotel Reykjavík is one of Iceland’s largest hotels and stands prominently against the cityscape in the city’s business district. The hotel is a great place to explore all of the things that Reykjavik has to offer such as restaurants, shops, and museums. Each of the rooms offer views of either the harbor or the city. When visiting, be sure to visit the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Haust.
This boutique hotel located in downtown Reykjavik offers the best of contemporary design and minimalist couture. With stark furniture and a color scheme of black, white and grays, the dimly lit corridors are relaxing and inviting, contrasting with the bright rooms available. Enjoy the restaurant, lounge, and bar on the ground floor and don’t forget to look up at the white bauble wall through the glass ceiling. In the basement, you can find a jacuzzi and a geothermal heated steam room.
This iconic, tasteful hotel is housed in one of Reykjavík oldest buildings. The five-storey building, which used to house the apothecary from which the hotel takes its name, is located downtown in Austurvöllur square diagonal to the Icelandic parliament. The luxury rooms offer a modern yet classic design that matches the hotel’s exterior.
Hotel Borg is located downtown overlooking Austurvöllur square. The hotel still maintains its original Art Deco ambiance, especially in the lounge area. Enjoy excellent cocktails at the bar or the vintage yet modern Borg restaurant operated by the award-winning local chef, Volundur Volundarson.
Kvosin Downtown Hotel is situated next to landmarks including the Icelandic Parliament, Dómkirkja Church, and City Hall. The 1900s building in which it is set features contemporary decor with minimalist features. Enjoy the breakfast served in the adjacent restaurant, Bergson Mathús. The Klaustur bar on the ground floor is noteworthy for its experimental cocktails and ‘cloister’ theme.
Center Hotel Arnarhvoll has been listed as the Best Value Hotel in Iceland. With stylish rooms, a wellness center, and a top floor restaurant with spectacular city and mountain views, the price goes a long way. The hotel has an excellent modern Scandinavian design in a great environment and in a well-suited location downtown.