Iceland is transforming from something of a mythical “far away” country to a place that many tourists are heading towards – recognising that it’s home to incredible landscapes, waterfalls such as Gullfoss and an interesting culture. The country still has a small population and most of them – around 200,000 people – live in or around the capital city of Reykjavik.
The bay in Reykjavik
If you’re heading to Reykjavik but are scared of the cost, you might be pleased to see that the prices are relatively reasonable – much better than I’d expected, and I presume due to Iceland’s unfortunate economic troubles. So here is a list of hotels in various price ranges in Reykjavik, with the prices given being the lowest prices available for double rooms on a weekday night in April 2011. All these hotels scored at least 80% on verified guest ratings.
Reykjavik budget hotels
Centerhotel Klopp (80% guest rating, £43) is, as it’s name suggests, in the centre of Reykjavik, just a street back from the main shopping and eating zone (and directly opposite a bar which can be noisy – so just join in!). It isn’t huge with just 46 rooms; some of the rooms have bay and mountain views.
View from Centerhotel Klopp by iveyrocks
The Fron Hotel Reykjavik (82% guest rating, £47) is even more central, directly on the main shopping street of Reykjavik, and a convenient place to stay if you are planning to take various tours around Iceland as many of the tour companies use the Fron as a pickup point. The onsite restaurant is Mexican (why not?!).
CenterHotel Thingholt (84% guest rating, £62) is a stylish hotel with trendy design and decor, also located centrally in downtown Reykjavik. It’s even got an onsite jazz club.
Reykjavik mid-range hotels
The Hilton Reykjavik Nordica (86% guest rating, £70) is a little way out of the town centre but offers a free shuttle service and is a modern and clean hotel. It’s also a popular choice for business travellers.
The Odinsve Hotel (80% guest rating, £68) is quite small with just 43 rooms and is located close to the theatre, city hall, the cathedral and opera house. Although like many Reykjavik hotels the rooms are quite small, lots of previous guests have commented on the comfortable beds making up for it.
City Hall Reyjavik
The Centerhotel Arnarhvoll Hotel Reykjavik (82% guest rating, £65) is a couple of blocks from the main shopping street, includes a restaurant and a sauna and some of the rooms have views over the water.
Reykjavik high-end hotels
The Hotel Bjork (82% guest rating, £95) seems an appropriate choice for me since it shares its name with one of Iceland’s most famous exports, singer Bjork – but as far as I can tell is unrelated! While it is slightly further than some from the centre it is still within walking distance and it’s clean with good facilities and an onsite restaurant.
Hotel Bjork by DoctorWho
The Hotel Reykjavik Centrum (88% guest rating, £80) is very popular amongst previous guests and has a convenient central location, as the name suggests. It’s clear, offers a reasonable inhouse breakfast and is situated in a relatively quiet spot.
The Hotel Holt (88% guest rating, £120) is at the pricier end of Reykjavik hotels but comes extremely highly rated by many guests. It’s beautifully decorated, has very friendly, attentive staff, and the hotel restaurant serves excellent food. It’s centrally located but in a quiet street.
Last but not least, the Hotel Borg (84% guest ratings, £95) is art deco style and a little different to the standard hotel, and is still centrally located, looking over Reykjavik’s central square.
Room in Borg Hotel by R. Rasmussen
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