Iceland is probably not the place where you expect boutique or design hotels. The country of glaciers, volcanos and hot spring is well-known for hiking or other outdoor activities. So why should I find stylish hotels there? However these design boutique hotels on Iceland exist and they are great, so great that they can make you addicted to the beautiful nature and the vibrating capital town of Reykjavik.
The ION Hotel is the only hotel in the Þingvellir National Park. The Islandic owner Sigurlaug Sverrisdóttir extended and renovated the old workers’ quarters of the Nesjavellir geothermal power station and turned it into a fabulous design hotel. (from 250 € – 45 rooms)
Right in the heart of Reykjavik the 101 Hotel is located. The owner and designer Ingibjörg Pálmadóttir has created a chic and cool design hotel out of an old office building from the 1930s. (from 270 € – 38 rooms)
The Kvosin Downtown Hotel is located close to the Parliament in a square behind the Reykjavík Cathedral. It features modern rooms, most rooms have a kitchenette with a dining area, a fridge and a stove. (from 200 Euro – 24 rooms)
The black house in Borgarnes is situated at the base of mount Hafnarfjall right along the shores of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This traditional timber house was built in the authentic 18th-19th century style of country houses of the region and gets the tone and style just right. The interiors are modest in attitude but with a great combination of chic modern personality and old world style designed by Icelandic designer Rut Káradóttir.
Hotel Budir is located in a remote area in Snaefellsnes, just a couple of hours drive from Reykjavik, at the edge of the Snaefellsjokull National Park. The little black church that belongs to Hotel Budir is in walking distance. Weddings are welcome here. (from 170 Euro – 28 rooms)
The KEX hostel (Islandic for Cookie or Biskuit) Hostel is the most stylish youth and backpacker hostel we have seen in a while, housed in an old biscuit factory in Reykjavik’s city centre. (from 90 Euro – 43 rooms)
The Architect’s House
When you head up to Akureyri, there is not much choice to find stylish accommodations. The architect’s house is the one. With an amazing view to the fjord Eyjafjörður, Jórunn’s stylish architect’s house is fully booked in summer. You’d rather reserve early. (from 80 Euro – 3 rooms)
Are there other fascinating hotels, we need to mention on Iceland? Let us know. In the next blog post we will write about our favorite places to eat in Iceland.