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Complete with a tranquil vibe in both atmosphere and design, this spa-like retreat is an ideal base from which to explore the active volcanoes, geothermal mud pools, rock formations, and rugged landscape of the UNESCO-protected Reykjanes Peninsula and to enjoy direct Blue Lagoon access. All of the 35 spacious and light-filled rooms feature minimalist Scandinavian decor, soft grey hues, contemporary furnishings, and large windows opening onto a terrace overlooking the surrounding lava fields. Modern amenities include a flat screen TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, sofa bed, and en suite bathroom with walk-in shower, toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers.

Elsewhere, you’ll find a private on-site lagoon that has the same mineral-rich qualities as the nearby Blue Lagoon, but is far less crowded. While there is no on-site restaurant or bar, drinks and snacks are available from the self-service bistro. You’ll also have access to the dining spots at the Blue Lagoon, including the Blue Café for coffees and smoothies, the Moss Restaurant for refined Icelandic cuisine, and the Lava Restaurant for gourmet dishes. You may also upgrade to a Blue Lagoon pass that includes the option of booking relaxing and rejuvenating treatments with mineral-rich products at the peaceful Retreat Spa.

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Rooms

Available in one category only, the 35 spacious and light-filled rooms have minimalist Scandinavian decor, soft grey hues, contemporary furnishings, and large windows opening onto a terrace overlooking the surrounding lava fields. Modern amenities include a flat screen TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, sofa bed, and en suite bathroom with walk-in shower, toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. 

Location

You’ll be 10 minutes from the Blue Lagoon, the geothermal spa resort located on the UNESCO-protected Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland’s south-west. Attractions within easy distance include Mount Þorbjörn, Reykjanes Nature Reserve, the Gunnuhver mud pools, and the towns of Grindavík, Sandgerdi, Vogar, Hafnir, and Gardur. You’ll also be a 45-minute drive from Reykjavík and only 20 minutes from Keflavík airport. 

Food and Drink

While there is no restaurant or bar, drinks and snacks are available from the self-service bistro. You’ll also have access to the dining spots at the Blue Lagoon resort, including the Blue Café for coffees and smoothies, the Moss Restaurant for refined Icelandic dishes, and the Lava Restaurant for gourmet cuisine. Both restaurants have lagoon views and reservations are recommended.

Families

Silica Hotel welcomes children, although family facilities are limited. All rooms feature a sofa bed for children up to 12 years old. The minimum age for using the Blue Lagoon is two years old due to the water’s elevated mineral content.

Facilities and Activities

Open daily from 9am to 10pm, the hotel’s private Silica Lagoon offers in-water massages and two types of bench treatments. For an additional cost, you can upgrade to a Blue Lagoon pass and enjoy the facilities and optional treatments at the Retreat Spa. There’s also a swimming pool, fitness room, and complimentary parking.  

Accessibility

The hotel is on one floor, making it very accessible. All doors are electric and there are wheelchair accessible rooms with larger bathrooms. Guests with disabilities have full access to the treatment and massage area in the private Silica Lagoon. Those arriving without a wheelchair can borrow one from reception. 

Environmental and Social Responsibility

Silica Hotel relies solely on sustainable geothermal energy from the numerous power plants around the Reykjanes Peninsula. The nearby Blue Lagoon has been awarded Blue Flag status for the past ten years.  

Our opinion

Better suited to couples than families, this chic boutique hotel in the Reykjanes Peninsula offers attentive service, minimalist rooms, and its own private lagoon. We love the direct access to the nearby Blue Lagoon resort. 

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    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.