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Eyja Guldsmeden

Last updated: 13 December, 2022

This practical city hotel offers a decent base for exploring Reykjavik.

It’s a little way east of downtown, just off the main thoroughfare of Laugavegur, and while the building isn’t much to look at – a boxy, concrete block that’s typical of so much of Reykjavik – inside you’ll find plenty of designer style, including in the chic open-plan bar and attached restaurant.

Rooms are surprisingly cosy, with timber furniture, frilly fabrics and sheepskins giving them the feel of a rustic B&B out in the country. There are some handy amenities here, too, including free parking and on-site bike hire.

Surrounding area

This isn’t the liveliest or prettiest part of Reykjavik, but that has the advantage of meaning street noise and traffic is kept to a minimum.

The hotel is surrounded by similar concrete buildings that look rather like office blocks, but there are views from front-facing rooms across the city to Mount Esja, the mountain range to the north of Reykjavik.

It’s about a 30-minute walk into the city centre and to the harbourfront, or you can hire a bike and be there in ten. Alternatively, there’s a decent range of bars and restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed