The almost-Arctic Nordic country of Iceland is one of the world's most beguiling – a land of fire, ice, elves and amazing hotdogs. When you're done checking out the myriad wonders it has to offer, you'll need somewhere to lay your head, and the best options for that are just what you'll find here.
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Best for... exotic vibes
Situated in a fashionable industrial-style building in downtown Reykjavik, the Eyja Guldsmeden offers a highly appealing combination of traditional Icelandic flourishes – think furry animal throws and pillows – and Asiatic influences. Rooms feature four-poster beds with crisp linens and luxuriously appointed power showers. Service is efficient and gregarious, and the buffet breakfast is a doozy. Guests can help themselves to free tea and coffee all day long and relax in the comfortable and cosy reception, which is well stocked with magazines and softly lit – a fine place to relax after a day of sightseeing in (inevitably) adverse weather.
Brautarholt 10, Reykjavík
Midgardur by Center Hotels
Best for… a chic city break
Sip cocktails under the midnight sun or watch the Northern Lights from your hot tub at this elegant contemporary hotel right in the heart of the city. Offering stripped-back Scandi sophistication with a contemporary Reykjavik vibe, it has a destination restaurant known for its cool Nordic cooking, a spa and treatment rooms, and wonderful views out across the city. Plus, you couldn’t ask for a better location – right on the corner of the main shopping street.
Laugavegur 120, ReykjavíkBook with easyJet Holidays
Best for… adventurers
It’s hard to believe you’re just a short drive from the city at this winter wonderland, a chalet-style retreat surrounded by mountains and with an eye-popping view of the Northern Lights, when they choose to appear. Everything about this pretty, cosy hotel feels bespoke, from the Icelandic riding lessons on offer to the traditional cuisine served at its pub, bistro restaurant and coffee shop. Some of the country’s best hiking trails start near the hotel – staff can point you in the right direction.
Haholt 7, 270 Mosfellsbaer, ReykjavíkBook with easyJet Holidays
Best for… digital nomads
The clue to this vibrant, modern hotel is in the name – it occupies an unparalleled location in the heart of Reykjavik's picturesque old town, on one of the city’s oldest squares. But there’s nothing old-fashioned about this place; it’s set up for digital nomads, with brilliant office facilities and a stripped-back, simple aesthetic. Thanks to its central location, you can be sipping cocktails in some of the country’s best bars minutes after you’ve closed your laptop.
Aðalstræti 4-6, ReykjavíkBook with easyJet Holidays
Skuggi Hotel by Keahotels
Best for… exploring the city
Live out all your Scandi-drama dreams at this smart modern hotel, as crisply and cleanly designed as a contemporary art gallery. It’s got a cool, urban feel, but the decor is actually inspired by photographs of Icelandic nature taken by a local photographer, and rooms are dotted with quotes from his book Behind the Mountains. It’s easy to lose yourself in its rugged, winter wonderland beauty – but you can find yourself again in the vibrant streets of downtown Reykjavik, right on the doorstep.
Hverfisgata 103, ReykjavíkBook with easyJet Holidays
Reykjavik Lights by Keahotels
Best for… weekend breaks
There’s an illuminating concept at the heart of this cool, modern hotel. Its aesthetic is inspired by Iceland’s changing lightscapes, which range from golden sunsets to the palette of the Northern Lights. It’s in a perfect spot for exploring the city, right on the edge of the vibrant centre – but best of all it’s next to the Laugardalur park, which has an enormous geothermal outdoor pool, skating, a zoo and sculpture museum.
Suðurlandsbraut 16, Suðurlandsbraut 16, ReykjavíkBook with easyJet Holidays
Best for… beer lovers
You’ll fall for this hotel before you even get as far as the lobby. Iceland’s largest hotel towers above Reykjavik in smart, textured metallics. The views from the top floor are, of course, spectacular; but just as spectacular is the range of local beer on offer at its bar, the Beer Garden. Staff specialise in food pairings, but save room for dinner at the on-site restaurant, which aims to showcase locally grown Icelandic ingredients.
Þórunnartún 1, 105 ReykjavíkBook with easyJet Holidays
Borg by Keahotels
Best for… art lovers
A destination hotel inside one of the city’s most elegant landmarks, the Borg is a fantasy in Art Deco: everything, from the chandeliers to the bedheads, feels like it swung in from the 1920s. Nowhere is this more gratuitously luxurious than the spa, with its top flight treatments, steam bath and sauna. The hotel is beautiful from the outside, too – as you will appreciate while strolling the neighbourhood, which is rich in galleries, museums and boutiques.
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