Iceland is a destination that has been experiencing a tourist boom over the last couple of years with more and more people now wanting to experience this pristine landscape and specifically base themselves in the capital Reykjavik. The capital is petite and increased demand for premium accommodation has meant the city is playing catch up and in my opinion there are currently only a couple of hotels that fit the TLE standard (there are no 5 star hotels in the country – but one is planned to open in the capital next to the Harpa opera house).
Things are also changing quickly within the 4 star and boutique hotel sector with upgrades to existing hotels underway and more room stock being added. There are also a number of new properties earmarked to open soon (Sand Hotel being a new one). Prices in Iceland in general are high for rooms and especially high in the summer peak season
We visited Iceland recently and have some tips for the best places to stay if you are basing yourself in Reykjavik.
A fairly new addition to Reykjavik (opened June 2014), Alda is super stylish, contemporary and in one of the best locations in the city, right on the main shopping street Laugavegur. Heavily Nordic inspired from the rooms to the beautiful communal area’s its a complete bolt-hole and the perfect place to retreat too after an energetic day exploring. 65 rooms in capacity; rooms have views over Faxaflói bay and to Mount Esja. Bedrooms have wooden floors and benefit from a minimalist layout, extra touches include bedside Anglepoise-style lamps and powerful walk-in showers. We loved the onsite Barber shop at the entrance which was fully booked out when we were there.
Address: Laugavegur 66-68, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Phone: +354 553 9366
Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik
Like Alba the Hilton Canopy is in one of the best addresses in the city, just off Laugavegur at Hverfisgata Street. Six former houses have been connected into one hotel in what was originally a furniture factory from 1937-1963 and then a popular music and culture venue. Like the Alba the Canopy is Nordic in style with nods to local Icelandic design and culture. Rooms and suites are decorated in greys and blues (volcano and sea), local artists work dot the walls and cute touches like the music boxes that play Icelandic lullabies finish the rooms off.
Address: Smiðjustígur 4, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Phone: +354 528 7000