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Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina

Given the building’s history as a former paint factory, it’s easy to see why this contemporary hotel in Reykjavík’s lively marina district tempts with such quirky and playful interiors. But while it has a strong focus on modern design, it also makes plenty of subtle references to the area’s maritime history and culture with crafts, embroidery, vintage photographs, and objects salvaged from the shipyard. All of the 147 individually styled and light-filled rooms and suites feature nautical decor, custom-made Icelandic furniture, wooden flooring, and plenty of natural light. Amenities include a flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, safe, and en suite bathroom with toiletries.

Elsewhere, you’ll find a welcoming restaurant that serves European cuisine and fresh seafood, a relaxed bar for daily happy hours and end of day cocktails, and a friendly reception team who can arrange sightseeing tours and advise on the best local attractions. There’s also a gym with weights, a treadmill, a small climbing wall, yoga mats, and other training equipment in addition to a 26-seat cinema that screens Icelandic films with English subtitles three to four times a week and cartoons at the weekend.

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms

Available in varying categories, the 147 individually styled rooms and suites have nautical decor, old objects salvaged from the shipyard, custom-made Icelandic furniture, views across the city or the marina, and plenty of natural light. Modern amenities include a flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, safe, and en suite bathroom with toiletries. 

Some of the Deluxe rooms have tea and coffee-making facilities while the larger Junior suites offer bathrobes and slippers. Please note that the rooms facing the marina are slightly noisier during the day.

Location

Directly in front of the dry dock and overlooking the mountains and sea, you’ll be staying in Reykjavík’s lively marina district. Hallgrímskirkja church and the Harpa concert hall are a ten-minute stroll from the hotel. There are also plenty of shops, restaurants, and art galleries within easy walking distance.

Food and drink

Buffet breakfasts are served at the hotel's bar and restaurant, Slippbarinn, with the option of ordering grab-and-go bags if you’re leaving early. You can also enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner menus that pull focus on European cuisine and seafood dishes. There’s a daily happy hour from 3pm to 6pm as well as performances by a local band on Wednesday evenings.

Facilities and activities

Located in the lobby, the gym offers weights, a treadmill, a small climbing wall, yoga mats, and other training equipment. The hotel also has a 26-seat cinema, Sipp, that screens subtitled Icelandic films three to four times a week and cartoons at the weekend.

Environmental and social responsibility

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina is continually improving its environmental performance without compromising on a high level of service. It strongly encourages guests to reduce waste and increase recycling. The restaurant uses as many organic and local Icelandic ingredients as possible.

Our opinion

We love the quirky interiors, relaxed vibe, and attentive service at this landmark historical building turned nautical-inspired hotel in Reykjavík’s lively marina district. The sea and mountain views add to its appeal.

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