Hip Holiday Apartments in Reykjavík You’ll Want to Call Home

You can’t miss the towering Hallgrímskirkja when visiting Reykjavík
You can’t miss the towering Hallgrímskirkja when visiting Reykjavík | © Chad Ehlers / Alamy Stock Photo
Ellie Ross

Save your króna from expensive restaurant bills by booking an apartment in the Icelandic capital. It’ll leave more money for exploring sights such as the Hallgrímskirkja, Austurvöllur and the Golden Circle. Reykjavík will spoil you with choices; here’s our pick of the best.

1. Rey Apartments

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Rey Apartments
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Wedged between Laugavegur, Reykjavík’s main shopping street, and the hip Skólavörðustígur, these apartments feature modern kitchens, open-plan living areas with flat-screen TVs, and luxurious bedding. Choose from studios or one-, two- and three-bedroom units, sleeping between two and eight guests. There’s a clean, airy feel, thanks to whitewashed walls and large windows, while the vibrant chairs and potted plants give it a homely atmosphere.

2. Svala Apartments

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Svala Apartments
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Svala comprises eight well-appointed apartments, each with a contemporary feel and private entrance in downtown Reykjavík. The penthouse apartment sleeps up to four and has a balcony with fabulous views over the city. All apartments, including the small studios, have smart kitchens, making self-catering a doddle. Linen and towels are provided.

3. House of the Snowbird

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House of the Snowbird
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Wood-clad walls, potted plants and pretty garden views are just some of the touches that make House of the Snowbird a real home from home. While the building dates back to 1898, built by the Icelandic poet Einar Ben, it’s now owned by an art-loving family – evident in the paintings, photographs and ceramics found throughout the property. Cook up a storm in the cute kitchen, or head out to one of the many nearby restaurants.

4. Sem Apartments

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Sem Apartments
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Ideal for everyone from families to couples, these apartments feature fully equipped kitchens, a garden with a children’s playground, a terrace and a superb location near the Hallgrímskirkja, a Lutheran church. There’s free wifi throughout, along with a dishwasher and onsite laundry facilities, perfect if you’re planning an extended stay in the city.

5. Theater Row Apartments

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Theater Row Apartments
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For groups of up to eight people, these apartments are comfortable and cosy. Think underfloor heating in the bathroom, as well as spacious living and dining areas. Bedrooms feature twin, queen- or king-size beds, topped with knitted throws to keep you extra toasty. Eat breakfast at the long wooden table together before heading out to explore the city’s local attractions, including the Culture House.

6. Ice Apartments Reykjavik

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Ice Apartments Reykjavik
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You’ll be well-positioned on Laugavegur if you choose to stay at the Ice Apartments Reykjavik. The complex comprises six superior and two larger luxurious apartments. The decor is traditional, with a muted colour palette of oatmeal and coffee. Families are well catered for here, too. You can pull out a sofa bed in the living room for children, while the main bedroom comes with two single beds. Some have balconies, and there’s also a wheelchair-accessible apartment.

7. Freyja Guesthouse and Suites

Guesthouse, Apartment, Bed and Breakfast

Freyja Guesthouse & Suites
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Families will love this homely guesthouse, which has a deluxe family studio. It sleeps up to four guests on a king-size bed and queen-size sofa bed and features a lounge, bathroom and private entrance. Although all rooms types come with fully equipped kitchens, a continental breakfast is also available. The style has a boutique feel, with taupe and teal walls, gilded mirrors and L’Occitane bath products.

8. Nest Apartments

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Nest Apartments
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Nest is a collection of four apartments, conveniently located in the old Reykjavík centre, a short walk to the airport bus stop. Each one occupies a separate floor, but they all have different combinations of rooms. The largest, on the first floor, sleeps four people on a double bed and sofa bed. For the best view, book the loft apartment – it sleeps two and has a balcony overlooking Mount Esja.

9. Alfred’s Studios

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Alfreds Studios
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This jolly, lemon-yellow building on a quiet corner in downtown Reykjavík houses three cosy self-catering studios, each sleeping between one and three guests. The interiors are clean and bright, with wood flooring, neutral walls and plenty of light. One has a private balcony, while the largest is a good choice for small families, complete with a pull-out sofa bed in the spacious living area.

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