Iceland is a small island with a dense amount of amazing things to experience. The capital of Reykjavik has plenty of great options when it comes to boutique hotels from which to base your adventures from. They are all centrally located, next to excellent restaurants, cafes, museums, galleries, and shopping streets. Check out our list of the best places to stay in Reykjavik each with their own charm and unique offering.
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 baubled wall through the glass ceiling. Other contemporary art fills the hotel gallery, one of the highlights for sure. In the basement, you can find a jacuzzi and geothermally heated steam room.
Kvosin Downtown Hotel is situated next to landmarks in Reykjavik 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 which is served in an adjacent restaurant, Bergson Mathús – an excellent, ambiently lit eatery. The Klaustur bar on the ground floor is noteworthy for its experimental cocktails and ‘cloister’ theme.
This iconic, tasteful hotel is housed in one of Reykjavík oldest buildings. The five-story building used to house the apothecary, from which the hotel takes its name, and is located downtown in Austurvöllur square – diagonal to the Icelandic parliament. Enjoy the excellent Apotek restaurant and the sleek hotel bar on the ground floor. The luxury rooms offer a modern yet classic design that matches the hotel’s exterior.
Hotel Borg is located downtown overlooking Austurvöllur square. The building was built by Jóhannes Jósefsson, who, after competing in the 1908 Olympics and traveling with Barnum and Baileys circus as a strongman in America, returned to Iceland in 1927 with the dream to build a luxury hotel – which would be the first of its kind at the time in Reykjavik. 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.
This former biscuit factory is now a vintage style hostel. With beautiful views of the ocean and Mount Esja across the bay from the popular bar and restaurant lounge, this is a place where not only tourists enjoy spending time. On Tuesday evenings there is live jazz improv. Kex also hosts many festivals throughout the year including a Scottish Culture Festival, Reykjavik Folk Festival, and a Beer Festival.
This classic staple in Reykjavik is located within walking distance to many landmarks yet still lies on a quiet residential street. Renowned for its large collection of Icelandic art, the bar and library on the ground floor have carefully curated walls with works by some of Iceland’s most well-known artists. Enjoy the chic atmosphere with plush red leather sofas, a fireplace, and excellent cocktails.
This charming hotel is located on a narrow side street off the main shopping street, Laugavegur, in downtown Reykjavik. Situated next to excellent restaurants, cafes, and shops, it is a prime place from which to base your explorations. Enjoy the tasteful rustic elegance of the local art decorating the place, as well as the excellent restaurant on the ground floor. Don’t miss the indoor geothermal pool and spa.
Housed in an Art Deco style building that was formerly the Norwegian Embassy, Reykjavik Residence Hotel has a great location on a street that is developing into a popular cultural highlight with new restaurants, cafes, and shops. The large building in which it is set evokes old-style elegance and charm. The rooms are all spacious, well furnished and have small kitchens. Downtown Reykjavik is just a few steps away as well as a local art house cinema Bioparadis.
This historic hotel in downtown Reykjavik has parts of the building dating back to the late 1800s. Next door to the hotel is the Settlement Exhibition, where one of the oldest dwellings in Iceland was found. Enjoy this charmingly decorated and conveniently located hotel, which provides a great springboard for exploring the city and beyond.
Hotel Ódinsvé is very well located to popular sites in Reykjavik such as Hallgrimskirkja, Laugavegur shopping street, and the National Gallery of Iceland, yet it is still in a quiet residential neighborhood. Enjoy the terrace, café bar and second floor balcony looking over the city. Also, the excellent Snaps Bistro and Bar is on-site, offering the best French-Icelandic cuisine in the city.