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Last updated: 13 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Oliver Berry

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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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
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 types


Room facilities

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

Bedding options

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

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Perlan Museum

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A high-tech museum that recreates Iceland’s geological wonders: volcanoes, ice caves, glaciers, sea cliffs and even the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Best for ages: 4+ | £25 | 1 night

Whale-watching in Iceland

Iceland[4.6 miles]

Once-in-a-lifetime trips to see migrating humpback and minke whales up close, as they pass by on their annual north–south migration. Tours from Husavik, Akureyri and Reykjavik can be arranged.

Best for ages: 4+ | £70 | 3-4 hours

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Kjarvalsstadir art museum

Kjarvalsstadir art museum

Reykjavik, Iceland[0.5 miles]

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Best for ages: 13+ | £12 | 1 night

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front view of the Hallgrimskirkja


Reykjavik, Iceland[0.9 miles]

Iceland’s tallest church, built from 1945 to 1986, has become a symbol of Iceland’s identity and a Reykjavik landmark. It’s striking design is inspired by Iceland’s geothermal geology – it’s supposed to resemble basalt lava and trap rocks. It’s also a decent viewpoint. Take an elevator ride to the top for sweeping views over the city.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Asmundarsafn art museum

Asmundarsafn art museum

Reykjavik, Iceland[1.1 miles]

An art museum and sculpture collection featuring white Viking figures and curvaceous shapes, housed in the former studio of Icelandic sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson. One of three museums that officially make up the Reykjavik Art Museum. Open daily.

Best for ages: 13+ | £12 | 1 night

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Exterior of the Hafnarhus art museum in Reykjavik

Hafnarhus art museum

Reykjavik, Iceland[1.8 miles]

An art museum on the Reykjavik waterfront showcases the work of pop artist Erro alongside new installations by local and international artists. One of three museums that officially make up the Reykjavik Art Museum. Open daily.

Best for ages: 13+ | £12 | 1 night

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