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.
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.
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.
Hótel Loftleiðir is located near Reykjavík's domestic airport, and the central bus station (for trips to the country) is within walking distance. The hotel is close to Reykjavík's most beautiful outdoor areas, Öskjuhlíð, where one can enjoy a relaxed walk along forest paths, and Nauthólsvík, Reykjavík's sunbathing beach. The hotel is an extremely good conference hotel, with all the newest equipment and facilities, as well as experienced staff in that respect. 14 conference rooms of all sizes for up to 400 participants, as well as an auditorium with a cinema for 110. The rooms are technically advanced, with all the newest equipment, internet connection etc. There are also banqueting facilities, with capacity for up to 450 (seating) or 650 (standing cocktail buffets) Being part of the Icelandair group, Hótel Loftleiðir is well connected to the international airport.
Hotel Reykjavik is a well furnished establishment, a stone's throw from Kjarvalsstadir Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum. The rooms boast of the latest amenities, and don't appear too cluttered. A shopping area is but a minute away, so you can knock yourself out and then return to this comfortable haven. If you're famished, walk into Raudara - the hotel's steakhouse - for succulent rares. Children under 12 stay free (provided they are accompanied by their parents).
Located in the center of Reykjavik, this hotel spreads over four floors. Guests can choose from single rooms, double rooms, studio apartments and larger apartments. Kitchen facilities are available in all apartments. The National theater, art gallery's and an array of good restaurants are quite close by.
Apartmenthouse Forsaela is a good choice if you're looking to explore the local Reykjavik culture. Its location in the traditional and quiet residential area near Laugavegur makes it a good spot to get a glimpse of the local everyday activity. You are presented with a choice of a well-furnished house with three bedrooms, eight beds and charming old-style dining area. If you're a slightly smaller group, then the apartments that can accommodate about 2-4 persons are recommended. Although fully equipped to suit all your needs, the only condition is that rooms can be booked for a minimum stay of three days. In addition, warm and cozy double or triple rooms in typical bed-and-breakfast style can be rented out. To top it all, it is perfectly located amidst restaurants, art galleries and museums.
The bright blue paint of this apartment will bolt your blues away. Although situated in a secluded spot, it is still very much in the heart of the city. Theatres, museums and cinemas are all in close proximity. All the six rooms are decorated in a simple and uncluttered manner. An apartment equipped with a kitchenette and bathroom for 12.500 Kroner is available too.
Two apartments are on offer in Casa Centrum, both of which face the south with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Each comprises a double room and a living room. The rates are seasonal owing to the extreme winters of Iceland. You can have your own key to your apartment. The location is central and hence galleries, cafes, discos can all be accessed on foot.
Tents, cabins, caravans and cars are available to help you camp in comfort. 650 people can be accommodated on the Laugardalur part of camp site. All the activities are held in summer from May 15-September 15. The site is three kilometres away from the city centre. Also join the 'Travelling in Iceland' camping tour, which will take you all over Iceland at moderate rates. Batteries, postcards and stamps can be purchased at the reception counter.
Set just 250 metres from Laugarvegur shopping street, this central Reykjavik hostel offers guest rooms and dormitory rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Harpa Concert Hall is 1 km away. A seating area and a wardrobe feature in all rooms at Kex Hostel. Some rooms have a private bathroom with shower. Guests have access to a communal kitchen on site. A buffet breakfast is available each morning, while other meals are served at the in-house Sæmundur í Sparifötunum Restaurant. Drinks can be enjoyed at the on-site Drinx Bar. Leisure options include a communal lounge and a heated outdoor terrace. Hostel Kex offers free luggage storage. Bicycles can be rented on site. Whale watching trips depart from Reykjavik Harbour, a 20-minute walk from the hostel.
Ísafold is in a beautiful older residential building in a quiet and conveniently situated part of Reykjavík. Though the building has great charm on the outside, it is lost when inside. The rooms are in no harmony with the exterior and almost completely deprived of the building's grandeur. The breakfast room is on the top floor. Although it is rather charming, its panel walls would better harmonize with a timber house than a stone building like this one. The service is very warm and friendly, however.