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As one of the most up and coming cities in the northern hemisphere, Reykjavik is topping the charts as THE place to visit in 2018.
But because of this high demand, hotels in Reykjavik can be expensive and get booked super far in advance. So to help you – we created this insider guide to the best hotels in Reykjavik!
Written by our expert travel writers, this insider guide will help you easily find a hotel that matches your style AND your budget. This means you’ll be able to book yourself a room quickly and be sure to beat the crowds and enjoy this unbelievable city.
Finding a great hotel has never been this easy! Let’s take a look at the best hotels in Reykjavik…
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The overall best hotel in Reykjavik is Kriunes Hotel. With 5-star service from start to finish, there is a lot to love about the Kriunes Hotel. As a guest of this fabulous establishment, you will have access to their glorious spa and wellness centre. Tell you what, the sauna is a welcome treat after a day exploring in the cold!
Kriunes Hotel is set just out from central Reykjavik which is a really great thing. You will wake up to views of Iceland’s impressive landscape and have a sense of ‘real Reykjavik’ all the while. The staff at Kriunes Hotel are wonderfully helpful and will ensure you have a comfortable stay.
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura is the best hotel in Reykjavik near the airport. With 4-stars to its name, as airport hotels go Icelandair Hotel is a cut above the rest. You will have access to free WiFi and complimentary coffee in your room. After a long flight, we all need a decent cuppa Joe to wrestle the jet-lag away.
The rooms at Icelandair Hotel offer everything you could need for a pleasant stay, an en-suite bathroom, free WiFi and access to the in-house spa.
Positioned within easy reach of the Icelandic capital’s must-visit landmarks is Hotel Fron. Easily the best hotel in Reykjavik near Downtown, Hotel Fron is a popular choice for couples, mini-break travellers and solo wanderers too. Hotel Fron are really accommodating, they even offer reduced single occupancy rates for budget-conscious solo explorers.
In your room, you’ll find an en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV and one of the comfiest beds in Reykjavik. There is a modern feel to the rooms at Hotel Fron and they offer just the right amount of space.
Without a doubt, the best hotel in Reykjavik for families is the Reykjavik Residence Hotel. They have got you and your family covered. The apartments offer plenty of space for you and the gang to feel right at home. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a living room and a deep soaking bathtub in the bathroom.
The team at Reykjavik Residence Hotel offer a childminding service which is ideal for those couple of hours where you want to explore child-free! The whole property is modern and bright; the perfect home-from-home for families in Reykjavik.
If you are heading to Reykjavik with your furry friends you best book into Downtown Reykjavik Apartments. As the best pet-friendly hotel in Rejkjavik, Downtown Rejkjavik Apartments offers you total freedom. You can prepare your own meals in the fully equipped kitchen, or have a cosy night in front of the TV.
Downtown Reykjavik Apartments is just a few minutes walk away from The Living Art Museum. Not only the best pet-friendly hotel in Rejkjavik, Downtown Rejkjavik Apartments is ideal for independent travellers who want to live like a local in Iceland.
The best cheap hotel in Rejkjavik is Hlemmur Square. Reykjavik, in fact, all of Iceland, is famously that little bit more pricey but Hlemmur Square offers fantastic value for money.
Hlemmure Square offers free WiFi, complimentary tea and coffee and an affordable airport shuttle service. There are hostel-style dorms and private rooms available.
To help keep costs down in Reykjavik, you can hire a bicycle from the team at front reception. They also have an in-house tours and travel desk where you can arrange all your day trips for a fair price.
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The best hotel in Reykjavik near Blue Lagoon is Northern Light Inn. Technically speaking the Blue Lagoon sits outside Reykjavik’s city limits but there is no arguing that it is the highlight of nearly every trip to Iceland. If you want to stay close to Blue Lagoon and have easy access to Reykjavik city centre, Northern Lights Inn is the place for you.
The rooms are homely, warm and offer complimentary tea and coffee, WiFi too. You can arrange your Blue Lagoon experience through Northern Lights Inn and they even offer a free shuttle service.
Fosshotel Baron is the best hotel in Reykjavik near the Living Art Museum. To be fair, many of Reykjavik’s must-visit landmarks sit within a short walk of Fosshotel Baron’s front door. A simple hotel with all the facilities you could ask for, Fosshotel Baron ticks all the right boxes.
The rooms are compact but have everything you could possibly need, including an ensuite bathroom and free WiFi. The whole hotel is spotlessly clean and has a welcoming vibe. There are communal dorms available for those budget-savvy travellers.
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The elegant and stylish Hotel Odinsve is the best hotel in Reykjavik is near the Sun Voyager. Set in the heart of the city, within a short walk of the Sun Voyager, Hotel Odinsve is the perfect place to stay for travellers who want to treat themselves. Offering 4-star service and facilities, Hotel Odinsve is a top pick in Reykjavik.
There is a warmth and homeliness to Hote Odinsve that makes you feel instantly at ease. The staff are simply exceptional and can help you with anything you need. Tickets, tours, taxis, directions…they’re ready to help!
The best hotel in Reykjavik near Reykjavik Cathedral is CenterHotel Plaza. Offering great room rates and accommodation options for all kinds of travellers, CenterHotel Plaza is a bit of a gem. The whole hotel is modern and smart in appearance. The team keeps CenterHotel Plaza immaculately clean at all times!
There is a mini bar in every room and complimentary tea and coffee too. During your stay, you can fill up on the complimentary breakfast. It goes a great way in making CenterHotel Plaza a great value hotel in Reykjavik.
Couldn’t find anything that takes your fancy in that list? No worries! Here are some more best hotels in Reykjavik to give you some more food for thought!
CenterHotel Thingholt is a top pick in Reykjavik, with 4-star facilities and outstanding levels of service this hotel is not to be overlooked. CenterHotel Thingholt can be found in a great location in Reykjavik, within a 10-minute walk of The Sun Voyager and Laugavegur.
The rooms at CenterHotel Thingholt have an urban feel and modern design features. Many of the en-suite bathrooms feature a luxurious free-standing bathtub which is a total treat! During your stay be sure to book in for a massage at the in-house spa.
Tower Suites Reykjavik is a boutique accommodation option in the heart of Reykjavik. There are just 8-studio apartments available, all of which are a very popular choice for travellers to Reykjavik. You better book your bed ASAP if Tower Suites Reykjavik takes your fancy!
The whole hotel is modern and features super stylish furniture. There is free WiFi available everywhere you go and each studio features a giant flat-screen TV. Tower Suites Reykjavik is perfect for trendy travellers who love a little bit of luxurious living.
If you want to explore Reykjavik’s nightlife scene, Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is an ideal place to stay. Within a short walk of a number of Reykjavik’s best bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is an all-around winner. Set in Midborg, staying at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum puts you at the heart of the action.
The interior is bright and features modern, stylish furniture with an urban-inspired colour scheme. There is free WiFi throughout the hotel and plenty of space to work, should you need to open the laptop during your trip.
Fosshotel Reykjavik is one of the coolest hotels in Reykjavik, they even have their own in-house beer brewery! If you appreciate a small brew craft beer, Fooshotel Reykjavik is the place for you. Designed with a modern and minimalist feel, Fosshotel Reykjavik is perfect for travellers who like to keep things simple.
The rooms at Fosshotel Reykjavik are spacious and each offers a work desk, flat-screen TV and of course, WiFi access too. There are family rooms available and generous-size suites complete with a living room area.
Radisson Blu Saga Hotel is the perfect place to stay in Reykjavik for unfussy travellers seeking a place to sleep and shower. With so much to see, do and explore in Reykjavik somewhere to rest your head is all you’re really looking for. Each room at Radisson Blu Saga Hotel offers an en-suite bathroom with 24-hour hot water.
Breakfast is offered daily at Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, although it is only complementary with premium room rates. Room service is available at certain hours and there are tea and coffee making facilities in every room.
Hotel Borg by Keahotels is a top pick in Reykjavik. Offering great room rates throughout the year and employing a fantastic team of staff, there is a lot to love about Hotel Borg by Keahotels. The in-house restaurant is reason alone to book, in all fairness! Serving a French-inspired menu Hotel Borg’s restaurant should be high on your ‘to-eat’ list in Reykjavik.
Each room features little luxuries like a mini bar. They feature bigger luxuries too, like a deep soaking bathtub. You’ll have access to on-demand movies in your room.
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica is a great choice for all kinds of travellers heading to Reykjavik. It is a popular choice and travellers just rave about the service. If you’re keen on keeping fit during your trip, Hilton Reykjavik Nordica is the place for you. They have a decent fitness centre that you can use for free throughout your stay.
After your workout you can head back to your room, tuck into the minibar and kick back with some on-demand movies. If you fancy you can order room service. You’ll have earned it!
Hotel Holt is a little gem! Offering everything you could ask for, and more, Hotel Holt should be added to your shortlist for sure. Set in the central neighbourhood of Midborg in Reykjavik, Hotel Holt is perfect for travellers who like to explore a city on foot.
The rooms are comfortable and cosy. Each feature incredibly comfortable beds, plenty of pillows and real duvets. Even in the depths of an Icelandic winter, Hotel Holt is toasty warm. Hot water is available 24-hours in the private ensuite bathrooms.
So there you have it, the best hotels in Reykjavik. What a selection there is! Not only a great city to explore but Reykjavik is the perfect based for discovering the rest of Iceland.
Remember not all hotels in Reykjavik are up to scratch. The hotels in this guide are guaranteed to please.
Are you finding it tough to decide? No worries. We understand! We suggest that you go for the overall best hotel in Reykjavik, Kriunes Hotel. With those fantastic facilities, you will have a ball!
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Born in Los Angeles, Aaron Hovanesian is one of the original staff writers for Hotel Jules. Having backpacked the world as a young man, Aaron now prefers to travel the world in luxury, proudly staying in the world's most amazing hotels and properties. When Aaron is not traveling he lives in Western Colorado he can be found brewing his own beer (probably an IPA) or spending time with his two amazing golden retrievers.