The Blue Lagoon has established itself as a health retreat, and the geothermal lagoon is generally thought to have medical powers, especially for psoriasis patients. The hotel is close to the Lagoon, in a new and modern building, offering excellent facilities for the guests. The rooms are new and modern and relatively spacious. The same goes for common facilities. Everything in the hotel is affected by the emphasis on health. Some people like it and some don't! The hotel's neighbourhood looks as if it was from outer space. Everything is engulfed in the steam from the lagoon and the geothermal power station nearby. Well worth visiting, even if you choose to stay at another hotel.
Named after an almost perfectly symmetrical mountain close to Þingvellir, Hótel Skjaldbreið is a new hotel in an old and distinguished building in Laugarvegur. The hotel's location makes it an ideal dwelling place for those who want to be able to enjoy Reykjavík on foot. It is close to the city centre and extremely strategic if one wants to go shopping on Reykjavík's main shopping street. The house itself is a beautiful old three storey building with great charm. The lobby and the bar are not spacious, but they are homely, and the service is personal and friendly in this family-run establishment. The rooms are pleasantly decorated, without being luxurious.
Odinsve doesn't fuss around its guests but promises quality, which is evident in its 43 comfortably furnished rooms. The close proximity to Lækjatorg square, Living Art Museum, and restaurants - Lake Front, Skolabru, and 3 Frakkar is an added advantage. The in-house restaurant, Siggi Hall, is named after the chef, who whips lamb, chicken or bacalao with élan. What's more, expect the aroma of devilled eggs and coffee first thing in the morning in your room. Guests can avail of professional massages and sightseeing tickets.
There's no doubt that at Radisson SAS 1919 you are pampered silly. LCD televisions, video-on-demand, Wi-Fi, high ceiling rooms, hardwood floors, customized menus, a gymnasium and many more features are up for grabs. Salt Restaurant and Salt Lounge Bar are the in-house eating holes. Ideal for leisure and business travelers alike, the hotel allows pets too. It sure is a place for glitz and snazz this side of the globe!
Hótel Örk is located in Hveragerði, a small town 45km east of Reykjavík. The town is known for its geothermal activity and its greenhouses. The hotel is relatively new and modern, and is well suited to the holiday maker wanting to stay close to the countryside without being too far from Reykjavík. The hotel's facilities are marked by its proximity to a great provision of geothermal water. It has its own outdoor swimming pool with a water slide, a children's pool and a sauna, heated with water taken directly from hot springs in the vicinity. The interiors are spacious and modern, and all the rooms well-equipped and neat. An excellent choice for those who want to relax and keep fit without having to go too far to find the facilities.
If you're looking for accommodations that don't burn a hole in your pocket, then the Reykjavík City Hostel is a safe bet. Fifteen minutes from the City Centre, it offers a clean, comfortable stay, with facilities such as guest kitchens, a self-service laundry, living rooms, and internet facilities. A swimming pool and other sports facilities are within walking distance.
Located in Reykjavik’s business district, this Hilton hotel offers a 5-star gourmet restaurant, popular breakfast buffet and helpful, knowledgeable staff. Hilton Reykjavik Nordica’s bright rooms feature wooden floors, a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee facilities. Many offer views of the Akrafjall and Esja Mountains or Faxaflói Bay. The in-house Vox Restaurant specialises in Icelandic and Scandinavian cuisine. The top floor executive lounge offers views over Reykjavik. Guests with access can enjoy their breakfast here as well as refreshments throughout the day. All guests enjoy free gym access. Other spa facilities accessible for a fee includes 2 spa baths, an outdoor hot tub, a relaxation pool, 2 aroma steam rooms and a sauna. Exercise and yoga classes can be booked on site.
This hotel is a short walk from the city centre and Reykjavik's main shopping street, Laugavegur. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi access and 24-hour free tea and coffee. Hotel Orkin's guest rooms have a TV and a bathroom with a shower. Ironing facilities are located in the corridor. Guests can use the Orkin's TV lounge and 2 communal seating areas. Facilities for children include a play room and table tennis table. Hotel Orkin has both a free internet computer station and a free Wi-Fi connection throughout the building. Breakfast is served each morning in the lounge room. Orkin's express check-in and check-out service might benefit those travelling early to Keflavik International Airport, which is 45 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
The Grand Hotel is a relatively new building, located in the Laugardalur area of Reykjavík. It takes around 20-30 minutes to walk to the city centre. The distance to the Kringlan shopping centre is similar. It is within short walking distance of Reykjavík's most prominent sporting facilities. Furthermore, the museum honouring Ásmundur Sveinsson, the late sculptor, is next door. Equally close is a newly-established art gallery, Listhúsið, which accommodates several artists. Reykjavík's scenic coastline is just a few minutes away on foot. The modern and very spacious hotel has large, carpeted rooms with private baths and showers, as well as most facilities you normally find in hotels of this category. All the rooms were renovated in 1995. A very good choice for those wanting to be able to have easy access to the life of the city centre, without being in the middle of it all the time.
This good-value hotel is a short walk from Iceland’s largest swimming pool, Laugardalslaug, and Reykjavík’s biggest shopping centre, Kringlan. Its spacious rooms offer flat-screen TVs, refrigerators and tea/coffee facilities. Tastefully decorated in neutral colours, Arctic Comfort Hotel’s rooms feature historical photos and either wooden or carpeted floors. There are 2 free internet computers in the lobby, while a free Wi-Fi connection can also be accessed there. The hotel's popular breakfast buffet provides a solid start to the day. Guests can relax with a drink in Arctic Hotel’s lounge or bar, and staff can recommend or book local restaurants. Arctic Comfort is only a 5-minute bus ride from the city centre. Reykjavík Zoo and the Botanical Gardens are just around the corner.
Egilsborg is a small guesthouse located in a residential area, just a short walk from Reykjavík's main shopping attraction, Laugavegur. It is strategically located just off Reykjavík's main bus terminal. The building is a rather dull one, at least on the outside, but clean, neat and tidy on the inside. The maximum number of guests being very small makes the service personal and friendly. Egilsborg's location and pricing make up for what may be missing as regards luxury and class. Egilsborg is open 15 May-30 Sep, being closed over the winter months.