Where to Book a Stay in Reykjavík, Iceland

The best hotels in Reykjavík offer art-filled spaces, jacuzzis and views of the Northern Lights
The best hotels in Reykjavík offer art-filled spaces, jacuzzis and views of the Northern Lights | © Maciej Krynica / Alamy Stock Photo
Ellie Ross

Sip a pint of Einstök alongside Reykjavík locals or catch the Northern Lights from your hot tub – these are the best places to stay in the capital of Iceland.

Wondering where to stay in Reykjavík for a visit that isn’t just run-of-the-mill? We’ve got you covered. This Nordic city teems with hotels, ideal for millennial travellers or eager returnees who want to see a different side of the capital. Rub shoulders with residents in a hip bar or warm up in the sauna at these Reykjavík hotels.

1. Hotel Holt

Boutique Hotel

Dining tables with tablecloths and cushioned chairs on tartan carpet in dining room with many large paintings at Hotel Holt
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Art lovers need look no further than Hotel Holt, home to the largest private collection of Icelandic art. Hundreds of works are on display throughout, including seascapes, stoneware reliefs and bronze sculptures. You can learn more on a twice-weekly art walk around the hotel. Choose between a simple single or double room or a suite. Downstairs, cosy up by the fireplace with a whiskey before dining on the hotel’s tasting menu with organic wines to match.

2. Hotel Borg by Keahotels

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel

Several cushioned seats and benches by tables in a well-lit dining area at Hotel Borg by Keahotels
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Overlooking Austurvöllur square, this grand Art Deco hotel has long been a Reykjavík landmark. Rooms include bathrobes, slippers, Bluetooth speakers and Nespresso machines as standard. Upgrade to the Tower Suite for panoramic city views. Downstairs, Borg Spa is one of the best in the city. Unwind in the hot tub or sauna after a long day pounding the pavements.

3. Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel

Hotel

Many tables and chairs set for two and four people in spacious monochrome dining room at Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel
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Where to stay in Iceland for some boho chic? Try this quirky hotel, located in an ex-office building in Reykjavík’s quaint Holt area. The vibe is cool yet unpretentious – think exposed brick walls, graffiti-style art and industrial lighting. The hotel offers standard or superior single, double and triple rooms. Expect four-poster beds, parquet floors and organic toiletries. Look out the window for great views of the city and Mount Esja.

4. Alda Hotel Reykjavík

Hotel

Double bed in suite with vaulted ceiling, cushioned chair, flat-screen TV and wooden storage at Alda Hotel Reykjavik
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Hotel Alda is located at the quiet end of Laugavegur, Reykjavík’s main shopping street. It’s a perfect locale if you’re after a calm oasis, only a 15-minute walk from the city centre. The outdoor hot tub is a highlight – candlelit at night, it’s just the spot for catching the Aurora Borealis. The hotel also boasts a trendy barber, plus a brasserie.

5. CenterHotel Thingholt

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel

Indoor jacuzzi with four large rocks beside it, and two small lanterns behind it at CenterHotel Thingholt
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This centrally located, cosmopolitan hotel offers 52 modern rooms, designed by Icelandic architect Gulla Jónsdóttir. Book the Junior Suite – you’ll gain complimentary access to the spa with its large hot tub and rainfall shower. Downstairs, join the locals at a live music night at the Jörgensen Kitchen & Bar. Alternatively, take the elevator to the eighth floor for killer harbour views from the SKY Restaurant. The hotel also organises tours, including glacier, diving and whale-watching trips.

6. 41 – A Townhouse Hotel

Hotel

Double bed, leather sofa and armchair, kitchenette and large circular mirror in black-toned suite at 41 – A Townhouse Hotel
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Located on Reykjavík’s main thoroughfare, Laugavegur, this luxurious apartment hotel offers all home comforts in a prime location. The decor is slick and sexy – think dark walls, low lighting and vintage touches like retro leather sofas and Marshall radios. Kitchens feature all mod-cons while living areas are decorated with modern art and have large windows overlooking the city.

7. Kvosin Downtown Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Close-up inside a room at Kvosin Downtown Hotel, with large double bed, two small bedside tables and two overhanging lamps
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Join locals at Aldamót, the lively hotel bar, which serves light dishes and quality wines. Happy hour is from 4pm to 7pm – the perfect excuse to sample signature cocktails and seasonal beers. Then, head upstairs to find plush bedding, thick blackout curtains and smart bathrooms with locally sourced organic toiletries in the rooms, which range from cosy doubles to family-friendly boltholes that sleep up to six.

8. 101 Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel

A modern monochrome bedroom interior at 101 Hotel, Reykjavik, with a double bed and desk by the window
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This former office block in downtown Reykjavík has been transformed into a sleek, boutique hotel with minimalist rooms and bags of comfort. Expect bathrooms with underfloor heating, balconies with city views (in the larger rooms) and Bang & Olufsen speakers. The restaurant and bar attract Reykjavik’s residents – it features a glass ceiling and menu with everything from hamburgers to fine cuisine.

9. Hotel Óðinsvé

Hotel

Light-filled suite at Hotel Odinsve, with kitchen and breakfast bar, six-person dining table and sitting area with sofa and TV
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With 50 elegant rooms, a popular restaurant and a central location, Hotel Óðinsvé is a great base from which to explore the city. Rooms are individually designed – solo travellers will appreciate the single-bed boltholes, whilst there is plenty of room for kids to spread out in the two-bedroom family suites. Don’t miss the pancakes with Icelandic blueberries at Snaps, the on-site bistro.

Still considering where to stay in Reykjavík? Check out our pick of the best bed and breakfasts to book in Reykjavík. Alternatively, make a visit even more special with our exclusive five-day Iceland trip – perfect for exploring the country’s phenomenal scenery and much more.

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