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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 its 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 find the best places to stay in Reykjavík are close to the centre or town, but if you’ve been hooked by Reykjavík’s hip and happening reputation then you might find the best places to stay in Reykjavík down by the marina. Either way our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Reykjavík has some great possibilities for you.
By international standards, Reykjavík is a tiny capital, but it’s got all the accoutrements of a capital, like 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 others. Inside the city the coloured buildings, outdoor art installations and graffiti make this a very unique place visually.
You’ll not get the full Reykjavík experience without learning something about the history of this place, and 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. And even if you feel like you’re past your clubbing prime, you’ll not have experienced Reykjavík properly without at least dipping 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, but 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 destinations, 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 its 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.
The Most Stylish to Stay in Reykjavík
- 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.
Best Hotels in Reykjavik
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
Hotel Budir 28 rooms from $165Reykjavik
An utterly charming hotel on the coast line in a remote setting. Traditional rooms and suites offer wooden floors, big bath tubs, and attractive country house style furnishings. Gourmet restaurant serves fabulous Scandinavian cuisine. Romantic, very family friendly, and perfect for Icelandic sports.FoodiesHoneymoonsActive HolidayFamiliesRecommended by - I Escape
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.
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
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
Hotel Glymur 25 rooms from $262Reykjavik
A remote hotel in the perfect position for viewing the Northern Lights. Positioned above a fjord, it offers magnificent views from its own geothermal hot tubs. Rooms and cottages all in wood with balconies and all the mod cons. Fabulous food. Perfect for couples, families, and activity seekers.Sights nearby - Northern Lights. 45 minute drive from central ReykjavikRomantic - Good for couples.Remote - Off the beaten track.Active HolidayRecommended by - I Escape
Hotel Ranga 51 rooms from $270Reykjavik
A fabulous boutique hotel perfectly positioned to explore Icelandic sporting activities and the Northern Lights. Romantic rooms and suites individually decorated in place themes, from South America to the Antarctic. Excellent local cuisine, spa therapies, and views to die for. Totally romantic!Foodies - Gourmet restaurant serves Icelandic specialities.Views - Great views from hotelHoneymoonsActive HolidayRecommended by - I Escape
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.
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