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Colourful, vibrant Reykjavík is further north than any other capital city and much of its uniqueness can probably be, in part, attributed to the location. The varied length of the days and the nights, the strange colours of the sky and the spectacular, but very raw, Icelandic landscape, influence every aspect of the culture here, from the striking, colourful architecture to the lifestyle. If you’re just here for a short break you’ll probably want to stay in Reykjavík city centre but if you’ve been hooked by Reykjavík’s hip and happening reputation then you might stay down by the marina. Either way our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Reykjavík has some great possibilities for you.
Things not to miss:
- By international standards, Reykjavík is a tiny capital, but it has all the accoutrements of a capital. An excellent National Museum, several world-class art and design museums, a very cosmopolitan restaurant and cafe culture and a music and nightlife scene that many larger capitals envy.
- Just outside the city you’ll find the wilds of Iceland - the silvery sea to one side and a sparse landscape leading to snowy mountains on the other.
- You’ll not get the full Reykjavík experience without learning something about the history of this place, the Settlement Exhibition, built around the excavated remains of a Viking longhouse which was found right under the centre of town, is a great place to start.
- You’ll also not experience all Reykjavík has to offer if you miss out trying some new cuisine in one of the myriad of restaurants.
- Even if you feel you are past your clubbing prime, to experience Reykjavík properly at least dip a toe into the nightlife here, whether that means dancing ‘till dawn or just seeing some late night live music.
- And you can always recover, like the locals, in one of the geothermal pools.
Reykjavík is an amazing place to come for a mini-break, there’s really a lot to see here. So if you only have a few days you’ll be sure to want to come back. Soon. Don't forget this is a popular year round destination, so if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Reykjavik get organised and book early.
For a City Break
The Hotel Borg is a gorgeous Art Deco hotel with sophisticated rooms and suites. Expect cream leather furnishings against dark wood and marble floors, plus an excellent restaurant and plenty of character. You’re also perfectly located in the heart of town.
- Reykjavík’s 101 Hotel is a superb boutique hotel with minimalist decor in 38 rooms and suites. Expect black and white furnishings, big bathtubs and balconies, plus a lively bar, an excellent spa and a very stylish restaurant. Sounds like it’s not really for families, but actually it’s very family friendly.
For a stylish stay
- The Centrehotel Thingholt is a contemporary hotel with an award-winning spa and 52 rooms and suites decorated mostly in white. There are stand-alone bathtubs and a state-of-the-art spa, plus a bistro and bar.
- The Reykjavík Marina Hotel is a hip hotel in a landmark building overlooking Reykjavík’s marina, which is a pretty trendy part of town. There are 147 contemporary rooms and suites - some with floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking the marina. There’s also a lively bar and restaurant.
For great value
- The Grand Hotel Reykjavík sounds grand, of course, but is actually very reasonably priced, with rooms starting from around £90 per night. For that you’re staying in an environmentally friendly, four-star hotel with great city views and light, spacious, modern rooms.
For modern luxury
- If your looking for a contemporary five-star hotel, you don't need to look much beyond the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica. Featuring swish suites, an excellent seafood restaurant and great views of the city, it's an ideal launchpad for a weekend in the capital.
For an apartment or cabin
- Browse the options at our online partner Booking.com.
- International flights land at Keflavik, 23 miles from Reykjavik.
- A car gives you a great chance to explore Reykjavik and beyond, so visit our online partner Rentalcars.
- Warm summers and midnight sun make the summer (May to August) a pretty unforgettable time to visit. If your in search of the Northern Lights, the best time is either February to March or September to October.
Still not sure?
Best Hotels in Reykjavik
Sandhotel 52 rooms from $202Reykjavik
Stylish and sleek, Sandhotel is in the heart of Reykjavik. Embodying Icelandic minimalism, the hotel features sharp design, muted colour scheme, carefully chosen furnishings and a superb restaurant. A great base from which to explore Iceland's capital.Sights nearby - Five minutes walk from Hallgrímskirkja Church.Romantic - Good for couples.
101 Hotel 38 rooms from $234Reykjavik
A superb boutique hotel that combines high design with sophisticate minimalism. Simple rooms and suites have clean lines with wooden floors, black and white furnishings, bath tubs and balconies. Lively restaurant and bar, excellent spa, and family friendly. Very stylish.City StyleSights nearby - Located in the centre of ReykjavikLocal markets - Good for local colour.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, CN Traveller
Reykjavik Marina Hotel 147 rooms from $289Reykjavik
A hip hotel in a landmark building overlooking the marina. Contemporary rooms, the best of which have floor-to-ceiling glass walls with fantastic marina views. A lively bar and restaurant. Located in a trendy part of town with plenty of restaurants and shops. A chic choice for a city crash-pad.City Style - A trendy hotel overlooking the marina with a young vibe and a lively bar and restaurant.Sights nearby - A 10 minute walk from the Harpa Concert Hall.Lively - Hip and happening.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel Borg from $279Reykjavik
A gorgeous Art Deco hotel with sophisticated interiors. Rooms and suites have cream leather furnishings, dark wood furniture and marble floors. An excellent restaurant serves traditional cuisine. A characterful spot in the city centre.FoodiesCity StyleDesigner - Phillippe Starck fittings in the bathroomsSights nearby - Viking Settlement Museum.
Centerhotel Thingholt 52 rooms from $189Reykjavik
Contemporary hotel with an award-winning spa. Rooms and suites decorated all in white with cow skin throws. Large comfy beds and stand alone bath tubs. State of the art spa, a bistro and bar. A stylish spot.Spa breaks - Award-winning spa.City StyleSpaFishing - Excellent fishing nearby.
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica 252 rooms from $216Reykjavik
A chic hotel just outside of Reykjavic's downtown. It features a range of chic rooms and suites with wooden floors, excellent views and en suites. Eating at the delicious 5* VOX gourmet restaurant (specialising in regional seafood dishes) is a must! An upmarket and professional spot for a city stay.Business meetings - Its location in Reykjavic's business district and on site meeting rooms make this the perfect choice for a business tripTotal relaxation - Unwind in their extensive spa facilities which include two steam baths, a relaxation pool and two aroma steam roomsLocal exploring - Situated in a prime central location for a spot of city exploringSights nearby - Plenty of local sights to explore whether that be Laugardalsholl Stadium, the Pearl building or the Kjarvalsstadir Art Museum
Grand Hotel Reykjavik 311 rooms from $120Reykjavik (105 REYKJAVÍK)
Environmentally-friendly four star hotel in Iceland's capital Rekyjavik with great views across the city. Range of light, spacious and modern rooms and suites available including family friendly options. Free shuttle services to city centre, and free entry to Botanic Gardens. For a slick city stay.Sights nearby - Botanical Gardens, Reykjavik Art Museum - free bus shuttle service to city centreViews - Great views from hotelLocal markets - Good for local colour.Back to Nature