An important factor when traveling is where you spend the night. To help with this part of your travel planning we have put together a list of the best accommodation options in Reykjavík!
Reykjavik is a buzzing city with a welcoming atmosphere and a vibrant architecture. Staying downtown will keep you within close proximity of all the must-see attraction the city has to offer, most of them even in walking distance. The main area, the so-called downtown Reykjavik, is considered to be within the boarder of the postal code 101 (and 105) so, when looking up addresses, it will be easy to spot which ones are considered downtown and which ones aren’t. The closest postal codes to 101 are 105,107, 108, 170-172 and 104.
Reykjavík itself is a city of about 220.000 people and it is spread over an area of about 274.5 km². Its neighboring towns, Hafnarfjörður, Garðabær, Kópavogur, Mosfellsbær and Seltjarnarnes are usually spoken of as a part of the Capital Region and are all easily reachable with bus or a maximum of 15-20 min driving from Reykjavík.
The top booking sites for making accommodation reservation in Reykjavík are booking.com, expedia.com and Airbnb has become a big hit in Iceland if you are looking for a different type of accommodation. At these sites, you can compare prices and see what is available during the time you are planning your visit. Nevertheless, if you are looking to stay at a hotel in Reykjavík here are the hotels that really deserve your attention!
Fosshotel Reykjavik is the largest hotel in Iceland with 320 rooms in total. It is well equipped with a bar, the Beer Garden, an incredibly stylish and a well-designed restaurant, Haust. The hotel offers an excellent gym and spa. The location of the place is fantastic, within walking distance from all the major attraction but still not next to any of the popular bars so you will have no problem sleeping soundly at night. The rooms are simple yet spacious and the ones facing the ocean will treat you to impeccable marine views. Average from 150 USD a night.
This hotel might be new in the game but, the reviews are in and the Exeter Hotel is here to stay. People are raving about the overall design of hotel and hotel rooms, the comfortable beds, its fabulous location and the restaurant options on site. The overall look of the place is stylish, industrial and modern. The friendly staff can easily assist you with bookings of tours and transportation to the airport or maybe even the Blue Lagoon. Average price starting at 170 USD.
A boutique hotel at its finest and the location is hard to beat. Placed right at the Laugavegur Shopping Street the Townhouse 41 is as downtown as downtown gets. The famous nearby attraction Hallgrímskirkja church is only about 5 minutes away and all the main shops and restaurants surround the apartment hotel. All units offer a kitchenette fitted with both an oven and a microwave, a toaster and a refrigerator. The extra touches such as the soft leather seats and the bathrobes in the bathrooms show that the staff really cares. Average price starting at 170 USD.
Another well deserving placeholder on the list of the Best Hotels in Reykjavík is the popular Alda Hotel. Located right at the Laugavegur shopping street this contemporary and well-decorated hotel is definitely one of our favorites. One of the more interesting factors about this Nordic-inspired hotel is the barbershop in the lobby. The barbers are experts and just love to give the guests a trim and a tip or two for the road whilst doing it!
The rooms are spacious and bright and some of them even offer a private balcony with views over either the city or the ocean. There is a gym and sauna at the Hotel with an outdoor hot tub to relax in after a good workout, or maybe just a long day. The Reykjavík Art Museum is only about 10-minutes walking distance and the Hallgrímskirkja Church even shorter! Average price starting at 165 USD.
There is something about the Centerhotel Thingholt! From its dark stone-y interior to its black and white furniture, this is Nordic design par excellence. The additional wood that peaks in every now and then the hotel still manages to keep a welcoming atmosphere. The location is wonderful and the Ísafold restaurant makes sure to treat your taste buds to some of the best ingredients Iceland has to offer. The hotel has 52 rooms, which come in four different styles. First, you have the standard, then the Deluxe, the Junior Suites and the Loft Suites, which are two floors. All of the rooms are decorated in the same slick black and white style which is ongoing throughout the hotel. Average price starting at 185 USD.
Located at the Hverfisgata street parallel to the main shopping street the Reykjavík Residence Apartment Hotels towers in its exquisite white colors and royal-like architecture. They put a lot of emphasis on having the hotel soundproof, an important consideration as it is situated at Iceland’s busiest streets. They offer 24 hours services and staff ready to assist in person. They are known for the exceptional breakfast which is served at the neighboring bar. A welcomed addition to the otherwise home away from home!
The apartments range from studios to suites to three bedroom apartments and are all the perfect combination of luxury and comfort. The Reykjavik Residence offers delivered baskets will all kinds of goods upon request, be it a treat for honeymooners or simple breakfast baskets. Average price starting at 170 USD.
The Ion City Hotel is the answer to the famous Ion Adventure Hotel at Nesjavellir to where you should stay in Reykjavík. Situated at a great location right on Laugavegur Street the hotel is greatly equipped with a fitness center and a 5-star restaurant called Sumac that you cannot miss. Its modern design is bona fide impressive and offers many custom-made pieces including the bird nest lights above the reception table. The furniture has obviously been picked with great care and details such as the Iceland-made shower gel and body lotion are amazing. Some rooms have their own private sauna and the showers are incredible. The whole ambiance is something to experience! Average price starting at 240 USD.
For decades Icelanders have been coming to this place for the Sandholt bakery for some delicious baked goods and to the gentleman’s tailor next door for some well-fitted suits and now this is where you can find one of the best hotels in town. The rooms are trendy and comfortable with locally sourced organic toiletries from Sóley which is just one example of the little details and extra touches which lands the hotel on the list. The environment is open, warm and welcome and the guests receive a mobile phone upon check-in which has local internet and coded-in numbers for the reception and services, a fabulous added amenity. Average price starting at 200 USD.
The oldest hotel in Iceland right in the city center and the one with the most interesting history. At the time it was built Icelanders didn’t have any hotels they could proudly offer to visitors but as it turned out also no fund to build one. But by the good graces of an Icelandic wrestling master and philanthropist; Johannes, the project was started to build one. This building project became Hotel Borg. Today the Art Deco hotel is kept in excellent shape and recently a Jamie’s Italian restaurant open up at the ground floor to serve as a secondary restaurant to the hotel. There the breakfast buffet is served in the morning and the guests are raving about it.
The Hotel overlooks the beautiful Austurvöllur Square and is only a few steps away from Althing Icelandic Parliament and Dómirkjan, Reykjavík’s Cathedral. Hotel Borg has an impressive amount of rooms and suites for a hotel built in this time, 99 to be exact and the Art Deco style runs throughout with its elegance but still with a mixture of modern amenities. Average price starting at 185 USD.
The Icelandair Hotel Marina is hard to beat, in every aspect. The rooms are decorated in the most quirky and fun way without losing class, ranging from eye-catching colorful details to thoughtfully chosen comfortable furniture. The rooms are relatively small but the lounge area downstairs and the range of a cinema, bar (with the best cocktails in town), restaurant, chill out space and hang out rooms truly make up for it. This Hotel which is places in the quite remarkable building is right next to Slippurinn or the Shipyard, right by the harbor and the design bares an obvious influence of its location. If you are looking for a more spacious yet intimate setting the neighboring Reykjavik Marina Residence is perfect for you, it contains a few large apartment-style suited all of them including a private balcony!
Located at the upscale harbor districts the placing offers the best of both worlds, central downtown and the new hipster area at Grandi. The hotel is about 5-10 minutes walking to the Harpa Concert Hall. Average price starting at 130 USD.
The rates for hotel rooms in Reykjavík can vary greatly depending on the season, the time of the booking and the availability. We have found that at the average time you can find accommodation ranging from 15.550 ISK (127 USD) to about 53.000 (450 USD) for the night. This would usually mean a room for two.
At the top Hotel List for Reykjavík above you can see the average starting price for each hotel.
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