The best available hotels & places to stay near Iceland

August 8, 2022 Tonie Szymanski

Icecaps and glaciers, spouting geysers and steaming solfataras, volcanoes, raging rivers and magnificent waterfalls, a bevy of birds, cavorting whales offshore and much more are on your Iceland itinerary. Among lively Reykjavik's multitude of attractions are Hallgrimur's Church, a bevy of geothermal baths and sizzling hot nightlife. The Icelandic capital is the starting point for the Golden Circle Route driving tour through the southwest. The mineral-rich Blue Lagoon is a 40-minute drive from the city.
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1. Reykjavik Residence Hotel

Hverfisgata 60, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 2248 reviews

Reykjavik Residence Hotel

Reykjavik Residence offers brand new apartment accommodations in the heart of downtown Reykjavik. These are the perfect choice for the independent traveller seeking a place that is more a home away from home, than a hotel. Our luxury suites are perfect for business travellers wanting to make the most of their stay, or for those seeking truly special accommodations. Our quality apartments allow guests a comfortable degree of flexibility and independence, with larger units ideal for families. Though new, our facilities are in prestigious buildings on Reykavík's Historical Registry. We offer two types of breakfast. Choose between our delightful breakfast baskets, delivered straight to your room, and the savory selection at Port 9 next door. However you like to start your day, we‘ve got you covered! A beautiful winebar Port 9 a blend of the best of wines, appetizers and hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeu and timeless elegance.

Ideal location. Lovely accommodations and warm staff.

Reviewed By Jmgoldilocks

We stayed for a week at Lindergata 11, and were so happy we did. While ideally central to absolutely EVERYTHING, still a nice couple of blocks removed from the weekend nightlife noise. Compact, quiet, comfortable and modern with a nice bay view. Comfy bed and nice shower. We opted for breakfast included which was verrrry generous with coffees and juice, fruit and cheeses, cereal and milk, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, warm fresh bread and on an on. Seriously only lovely, helpful, caring and warm people work there. They immediately helped us out with a couple of difficulties we had and really saved us! They could use more places to hang clothes but that’s our only constructive criticism. When we return we can’t wait to stay there again! Home away from home.

2. Fosshotel Reykjavik

Borunnartun 1 On The Brink Of Vibrant 101 District, Reykjavik 105 Iceland
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2633 reviews

Fosshotel Reykjavik

Fosshotel Reykjavik is situated in Reykjavik's business district Borgartun, close by the city center. Within a ten minute walk along the seaside you will reach Reykjavik harbor, the stunning Harpa concert hall and Laugavegur with its bustling restaurants, bars and shops. With 16 floors, many of the rooms at Fosshotel Reykjavik offer magnificent views of the city and the bay area. The interior design of Fosshotel Reykjavik is dominated by warm, natural materials that makes you feel right at home. Last but not the least, Haust Restaurant and the Beer Garden are located on the ground floor. The Beer Garden is a great meeting place for beer lovers and foodies alike with 30 beers on draft and countless bottles of beer. Haust is the Icelandic word for autumn - harvest time. The cosy atmosphere of the restaurant is relaxing and immediately puts you at ease. The food is set up buffet-style on a long, pristine counter, from soups and cold dishes, to salads, meat, fish and finally desserts.

Good choice!

Reviewed By JWillemsens

Good location within walking distance of the old city. Friendly staff. Nice beer pub that serves perfect fish & chips. Only car parking was a bit puzzling. All in all a good choice for visitors that wish to explore Reykjavik.

3. Skuggi Hotel by Keahotels

Hverfisgata 103, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2554 reviews

Skuggi Hotel by Keahotels

Skuggi Hotel is a design hotel managed by Keahotels. The hotel features modern rooms and great location in centre of Reykjavík. The main ideology of the design is to convey nature to urban area. Timeless, modest and clear-cut design reflects the style of Skuggi Hotel. The hotel offers 100 room and a stylish lounge and bar.

Nice Stay

Reviewed By hannenb2016

Stayed here in May. Nice hotel, the staff are really nice and helpful. The breakfast was very good. Good location as bus stop 9 for tours 30 seconds away and 20 min walk into the center. The only negatives were there not being any storage for clothes such as a wardrobe in our room and there was a strange intermittent mechanical noise in the bathroom, but only happened during the day so didn't bother us really! Would stay again.

4. Storm Hotel by Keahotels

Thorunnartun 4, Reykjavik 105 Iceland
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1783 reviews

Storm Hotel by Keahotels

Storm Hotel is a 93 room hotel in Reykjavik city centre offering stylish and comfortable quality accommodation. The hotel is located between Reykjavik's main business district and Laugavegur shopping street. Storm Hotel offers a Nordic-inspired designed combined with functionality, quality and style. Every guestroom has a sleek bathroom and an ultra-comfortable luxury bed as well as free Wireless internet connection. Storm Hotel offers 93 styles and comfortable rooms with quality furnishing. Our rooms immerse you in soothing colours and textures inspired by Nordic design. Dive into luxury beds and stay connected with WiFi. In our rooms you can find 40" flat-screen TV, phone, parquet floors, bathroom with shower, tee- and coffee set. Storm Hotel is located in Thorunnartun 4 between Reykjavik's main business district and Laugavegur shopping street. Near Storm Hotel is Laugardalur where you can find variety of different recreation like one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, Reykjavik Park and Zoo, the botanic garden and more. It's easy to access Storm Hotel by car or by taxi. Keflavik international Airport is only 50 km away. Reykjavik domestic airport is only 3.5 km away. Welcome to Storm Hotel.

Storm hotel, downtown Reykjavik

Reviewed By amyacline

We e joyed our stay for two separate nights. They have a nice breakfast and very friendly staff. The rooms were clean and comfortable. If we return to the area we would definitely stay here again. Thank you.

5. Center Hotels Laugavegur

Laugavegur 95-99, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 334 reviews

Center Hotels Laugavegur

Center hotel Laugavegur is located on Laugavegur, the main shopping and restaurant street in the midst of all the main attractions in Reykjavik city center. The hotel has 102 modern rooms offering everything you need for a comfy stay. Open and spacious lobby area with Lóa Bar - Bistro along with Stökk Food on the go with a selection of food and drink to choose from.

exceptional service

Reviewed By Janice S

This hotel is very conveniently located near the restaurants and activities. We stayed in the standard room and found it big enough for two people. We had been confirmed for an upgrade but did not get it on check in. The staff here are exceptional. They were friendly, knowledgeable and were a big help both before we arrived and while there and answered a wide variety of questions. The breakfast was extensive and good. The rooms tended to be warm and opening windows could be a challenge.

6. Alda Hotel Reykjavik

Laugavegur 66-68, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2113 reviews

Alda Hotel Reykjavik

See why so many travelers make Alda Hotel Reykjavik their hotel of choice when visiting Reykjavik. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you. Free wifi is offered to guests, and rooms at Alda Hotel Reykjavik offer a flat screen TV. During your stay, take advantage of some of the amenities offered, including a 24 hour front desk, baggage storage, and currency exchange. Guests of Alda Hotel Reykjavik are also welcome to enjoy a hot tub and breakfast, located on site. Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Laugavegur (0.2 mi) and Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre (0.6 mi), guests of Alda Hotel Reykjavik can easily experience some of Reykjavik's most well known attractions. While in Reykjavik be sure to experience local oyster favorites at Fiskmarkadurinn - The Fish Market, Snaps Bistro Bar, or Harry's Reykjavik. Best of all, Alda Hotel Reykjavik makes it easy to experience many great Reykjavik attractions like Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), Reykjavík Art Museum Ásmundarsafn, and Culture House, which are some popular art museums. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Alda Hotel Reykjavik as you experience all of the things Reykjavik has to offer.

Great Place

Reviewed By 2014mifamily

Helpful staff, great location, clean rooms., very quiet Our room was on the 4th Floor with a nice balcony. Easy to walk to the main attractions, close to bakeries, restaurants and grocery and drugstore

7. Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Hnappavellir, 785 Iceland
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1858 reviews

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is a four star superior hotel. A perfect location for travellers who want to explore the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and the diamond beach 29 KM away or take a glacier hike in Vatnajokull national park at Skaftafell 27 KM away. Excursions can be booked at the reception desk. The restaurant adheres to the same standard and can seat up to 180 guests. We use only the freshest local produce. Opening hours are between 6 - 10 pm and we do have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free option. The bar is very popular for guests and travellers alike. Opening hours are between 4 pm to 10 pm every day of the week. Happy hour is between 4 and 6 pm every day. Laundry service is available. Access to our sauna, hot tubs and gym is included, opening hours are 10 am to 10 pm every day.

Amazing hotel

Reviewed By Explorer20929830505

Lovely hotel in a great location. Room was really clean and the hotel had all the facilities you could need including gym, sauna and hot tubs. Breakfast had a huge choice and the restaurant food was amazing.

8. Aurora Hotel at KEF Terminal

Blikavöllur 2, Keflavik, Reykjanesbaer 235 Iceland
Excellent
39%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1447 reviews

Aurora Hotel at KEF Terminal

Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travelers visiting Keflavik, Airport Hotel Aurora Star is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its quiet environment and proximity to great restaurants, Airport Hotel Aurora Star makes it easy to enjoy the best of Keflavik. Airport Hotel Aurora Star offers guests an array of room amenities including a flat screen TV, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available. The hotel offers a 24 hour front desk, 24 hour check-in, and express check-in and check-out, to make your visit even more pleasant. The property also features free breakfast. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking. Close to some of Keflavik's most popular landmarks, such as The Giantess in the Mountain (2.0 mi) and Anchor Monument (2.2 mi), Airport Hotel Aurora Star is a great destination for tourists. When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Loksins Bar, Paddy's Irish Pub, and Cafe Petite, which are some pubs that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike. Plus, during your trip, don't forget to check out a military museum, such as Keflavik Maritime Center. Whether you’re traveling for business, pleasure or both, Airport Hotel Aurora Star is sure to make your visit to Keflavik one worth remembering.

Great location

Reviewed By Mariangel2899

The hotel is walking distance from the airport. It was clean and comfortable and exactly what we needed arriving late into Reykjavik. The breakfast was also very good and conveniently located in the hotel.

9. Hotel Borg by Keahotels

Posthusstraeti 11, Reykjavik 101 Iceland 011 354 551 1440
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1840 reviews

Hotel Borg by Keahotels

Dignified and imposing, Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík, across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. The Borg, which has become one of Reykjavik's landmarks, is conveniently located within walking distance of variety of restaurants, businesses, art galleries and specialty shops. The hotel's 99 rooms and suites, with Art Deco style throughout, are elegantly appointed yet offer an extensive array of modern amenities. Enjoy a drink or cocktail in the hotel bar. Relax in the sauna, steam bath or hot pool. Massages and treatments available by appointment. Full service gym with free weights, state-of-the art treadmill, exercise bike, rowing machine, and more is available for guests of the hotel.

Perfection!

Reviewed By Go273354

Absolutely perfect location in historic city center. Walk everywhere. Great sites, tours, bars , shops and restaurants within east walking distance. The hotel is gorgeous, reasonable when you compare. Incredible breakfast buffet, gym, spa. Staff are so friendly and knowledgeable. Everyone on our tour wished they had booked at Hitel Borg!

10. Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Aðalstræti 16, Reykjavik 101 Iceland
Excellent
47%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2352 reviews

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Hotel Reykjavík Centrum is located in the bustling city center within walking distance of some of Iceland's best museums, restaurants and bars. The hotel opened in 2005 and is stands in one of Reykjavik's oldest streets, Aðalstræti. The hotel has undergone extensive renovations while maintaining its original charm as the oldest parts of the building were built in 1764. The hotel spreads over three buildings and during its construction, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found. Among the finds excavated at the site were Iceland’s oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD. The hotel has 89 rooms, each fitted with modern amenities, such as satellite TV, telephone, Internet access, mini-bar, radio, iron and board, hair dryer, safe and tea & coffee set. All rooms have en-suite bathroom with either a shower or a bath.

Overheated Room

Reviewed By melindamitchellj

We checked in on May 26th in the afternoon. The room was located on the sunny side of the hotel and with the curtains open the temperature had to easily be in the mid-80's. We drew the curtain and opened the window a few inches, even though on the first floor, then left to explore the city. On returning in the evening the room was still unbearably hot. Around midnight I attempted to call the front desk to see if I was overlooking a thermostat. there was no pick-up of the call so I went to the front desk and informed that the rooms were not air-conditioned. I was given a plastic electric fan, which was useless as well as rattling. The noise with people and cars moving by the room made the experience feel unsafe as well as hot. So we were glad to be out of the room in the morning. Horrible experience.

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