The beauty about Iceland is that it offers something for everyone in terms of activities, food, places to visit and especially, types of accommodation. Iceland hotels are by far some of the most unique, diverse and assorted hotels in the world. The hotels seem to reflect and depict the natural environment they are surrounded by.
Here you will find 5 hotels, hostels and accommodation to suit varying budgets. These places are very unique and come with a twist on style and ambience. These are not just your regular “lay your heading down for the night” type of accommodation. It’s what you want after a day of travel and outdoor activities… a place with a bit of a buzz to share your experience with others!
If you’re at the planning stage on a visit to Iceland, you will want to read to the end. Especially, as you will probably be using Reykjavik as a base and travelling to other parts of the country. As the road network and weather conditions make travelling time longer, you may want to stay and discover other noteworthy and characterful Iceland hotels in other towns around Iceland.
As you are probably aware, flights to Iceland are not difficult to find and book as there is a limitation on which airlines fly into Reykjavik. Hence, you will find yourself spending a lot more time researching hotels to get the best experience.
Cool Iceland hotels with Reykjavik as your base:
The Loft Hostel is in the Reykjavik city centre and very close to the main shopping streets including cafés, bars and restaurants. You’re literally in the heart of Reykjavik and no city sights are far from the doorstep.
Loft Hostel offers a lot more than one would imagine. There are private rooms, double and twin rooms and dormitory style spaces as well. There are also female only dorms and so, solo or group female travellers need not worry. There is also a kitchen for the guests if you feel like cooking up a meal.
The ambience is very refreshing and cheerful. Your face will always light up with a smile when you walk into the hostel and that’s not a bad thing is it? It is modernistic but not over-trendy. It’s a great balance of cool and practical.
Apart from the awesome roof terrace where you can hangout, the reception area is actually the heart of the Loft Hostel. This area serves as a daily breakfast area offering everything you’d expect in a continental style breakfast. This is also the bar area where you can enjoy a super selection of local beer and ale with a buzzing atmosphere to match.
The Loft Hostel is very reasonably priced during both peak and off-peak time and is aimed for the younger backpackers, but not limited to them. We have also had customers with disability who have stayed here and have thoroughly enjoyed the ease and accessibility.
Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel
As far as Iceland hotels go, this has got to be up there on our list. A boutique hotel that is comfortable, classy and eco-friendly. Slightly further away from the heart of the city which brings with a bit more calm and peace. However, within 5 – 10 minutes walk, you will find places to eat, coffee shops and some very cool designer shops.
The hotel is family run or shall we say, couple run and so the welcoming warmth and open arms just radiates as you enter the hotel. This boutique hotel is eco-friendly as you will note from all the sustainable materials used to design and craft the interior. Nevertheless, the hotel is chic and contemporary with a somewhat viking ambience.
The organic kitchen that produces the fantastic food for the restaurant will not let you down. Simple food done really well, from a great, energy building breakfast to a relaxed dinner. The Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel has a bar, a bar you just won’t want to move away from. The styling of the entire place is simply earthy and impeccable. It draws you in!
The hotel is mid-priced and disability access is very limited.
Galaxy Pod Hostel
Now what! Is probably what you’re saying. This is the perfect backpackers space or anyone who wants to experience accommodation out of the ordinary.
Pod style rooms perfectly placed for backpackers with a bar and chilled out backpacker community. The modern feel and future-retro style is befitting especially for this hip city. The Galaxy Pod is not city centre, but a short 10 minutes walk from all the action.
The reception area is where the community gathers for drinks and socialising. It’s a fantastic open plan reception with stunning view of the nearby mountain range. The guest kitchen is clean and has ample space for the guests to prepare meals. There’s also a cinema room where you can congregate for a movie and a beer.
The Galaxy Pod has dormitory rooms as well as 38 pod-style units with basic but necessary fittings. It truly is futuristic with an intergalactic ambience. Weird, not really, it’s actually very cool.
The hostel is very budget wise and affordable, and there is some access for disability.
Minimal Nordic style hotel with a modern touch. A designer hotel close to the City Centre and about a 10 minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of downtown Reykjavik.
The modern, Nordic minimalism is indeed very refreshing. It doesn’t detract from why you’re in Iceland, to explore of course, but actually adds to your focus on travel and experience. The hotel and all the rooms are bright and airy filled by natural light.
You will find all the facilities a hotel should have including a well stocked bar and laundry service. When booking in advance, we recommend you ask for the mountain facing rooms which look across the mountain range across Faxaflói Bay and Laugardalur valley. There is also free parking available if you have hired a car.
The Reykjavik Lights hotel is in the medium price range and provides great value including offering family-friendly rooms and full disability access.
A good all round and comfortable hotel to base your Icelandic adventures from.
Hlemmur Square Hotel & Hostel
Stunningly styled hotel come upscale hostel with a unique restaurant and bar serving craft beer comes in at a very reasonable cost. What more do you really want?
Hlemmur truly is a great choice for your stay in Reykjavik as it is just off to the end of the main shopping and busy area of Laugavegur. It is a peaceful area of downtown with easy walking to most of the attractions within Reykjavik.
Hlemmur Square Hotel and Hostel is beautifully designed from the inside, and offers hotel rooms to hostel rooms and dormitory style spaces too. Hlemmur Square has everything you’d want from your place of accommodation; laundry service, restaurant, bar and much more.
The amazing Plysa restaurant serves up quality food and even caters for Vegans. The bar offers “happy hour” daily which showcases some of the most creative cocktails and an unimaginable selection of craft beer.
The Hotel and Hostel is very reasonably priced catering from a low price bracket to medium for the more private, mountain facing hotel rooms. Families are welcome and people with accessibility or disability requirements are also welcome.
Search for an Adventure in Iceland
Some travellers want a bed to simply lay down their head for the night and others, something with a little bit more culture, uniqueness and adventure. The 5 options above will give you more than you bargained for but most of all, offer you a lifestyle when you return back to your hotel/hostel after a long day out exploring.
Here’s to your visit to Iceland, and whichever Iceland hotels in Reykjavik, make the most of the local people, food and outdoor experience!