There are times in life when all you want to do is indulge in a little bit of luxury. So when planning my Christmas in Iceland, spoiling and pampering myself was naturally at the top of my list.
While I typically book hostels or private apartments, I also love staying at luxurious hotels. As such, I made sure to book one night at Hótel Borg in Reykjavík.
Hótel Borg in Reykjavík.
Hótel Borg is a historic landmark located in central Reykjavík, the world’s most northern capital nestled on the edge of the Arctic Circle. It overlooks Austurvöllur Square and Althingi, the Icelandic parliament.
This 4-star property with its 56 rooms and suites is the oldest hotel in city, weirdly commissioned in 1930 by a local wrestling champion! Notable, is the Tower Suite with stairs leading to a circular lounge offering panoramic views of Reykjavík.
The hotel has even welcomed such distinguished guests as Marlene Dietrich, Anthony Hopkins and Ella Fitzgerald.
As you enter the hotel lobby, you’ll be filled with a sense of romance as you take in the elegant art deco design.
While the reception area is tiny, there’s always 1-2 helpful staff available to tend to your every need be it checking in, calling a taxi or helping you book an excursion. For example, they helped me book a sunrise horseback riding tour.
Silfur Restaurant and Bar
The hotel features a trendy bar and restaurant which serves up daring twists on traditional Icelandic cuisine.
The art deco design is especially prominent here, as you’ll find tall arched windows, crystal chandeliers and patterned wall paper.
I stayed in a single room and while very small, it was everything I needed and more.
The room came complete with a mini-bar, robe and slippers and even heated floors, especially appreciated during that cold time of year.
Virtual Tour of Hótel Borg.
Watch this short video clip to see Hótel Borg for yourself.
Hótel Borg has the cherylhoward.com stamp of approval! I recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a romantic stay in a historic property in central Reykjavik. Refer to this review at The Telegraph for more information about the hotel.
Good to Know
- The hotel is about a 45-minute drive from Keflavík International Airport.
- If you’re renting a car, you can park it at the hotel for a daily fee. A reservation in advance is not needed.
- A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost you about 70 € or $95 US. A more economical option is to use Flybus to make your way into the city, which will take you directly to the hotel for around 9 € or $12 US.
- The hotel is situated in the heart of historic Reykjavik, with plenty of restaurants, bars and shops within walking distance. I recommend both Cafe Paris or The Laundromat Cafe (both offer Wi-Fi).
- Reykjavík is a city that likes to party. I do love a good party but found it difficult to sleep due to the excessive noise coming in from outside.
- If you’d like to stay elsewhere in Reykjavík, consider Hotel 101.
- For first time visitors to Iceland, do a Golden Circle tour which will include a stop at the Geysir Geothermal Field. See my photos of the geysir at sunset.
- For more Icelandic inspiration, view my archive.
Hótel Borg Reykjavík
101 Reykjavik, Iceland
(+354) 551 1440
* Disclosure – My one-night stay at Hótel Borg was complimentary. Any opinions expressed about my love of art deco design and historic properties are entirely my own.
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