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Iceland Hotels – Hótel Borg in Reykjavík.

Hótel Borg Bar
(Last Updated On: December 7, 2018)

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 Bar

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.

The Lobby

As you enter the hotel lobby, you’ll be filled with a sense of romance as you take in the elegant art deco design.

Hótel Borg Lobby
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.

Hótel Borg Bar

Hótel Borg Restaurant

Hótel Borg Restaurant

My Room

I stayed in a single room and while very small, it was everything I needed and more.

Hótel Borg Room

The room came complete with a mini-bar, robe and slippers and even heated floors, especially appreciated during that cold time of year.

Hótel Borg Room
There was also a flat screen TV and workspace with free Wi-Fi available in the room.

Hótel Borg Room
While I only had a shower, most rooms have a bathtub and some even have whirlpools.

Virtual Tour of Hótel Borg.

Watch this short video clip to see Hótel Borg for yourself.

Recommendation Stamp  Hótel Borg has the 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

  1. The hotel is about a 45-minute drive from Keflavík International Airport.
  2. If you’re renting a car, you can park it at the hotel for a daily fee. A reservation in advance is not needed.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. If you’d like to stay elsewhere in Reykjavík, consider Hotel 101.
  7. 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.
  8. For more Icelandic inspiration, view my archive. Or read this post about free things to do in Reykjavik.


Hótel Borg Reykjavík
Posthusstraeti 11
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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  • Reply elaine schoch May 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Looks amazing…the noise might deter me though.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard May 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      It’s a lovely hotel and in such a great location. The noise was a little tough to deal with but other than that, I have nothing negative to say about my stay. 🙂

  • Reply Sam May 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I can’t help but thinking that their slogan should be something like “resistance is futile: you will be pampered”! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the Star Trek reference.) It is a shame about the noise, but it’s really not something a hotel can do anything about, other than by changing location. Arriving knowing that, though, does help.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard May 18, 2014 at 1:29 am

      Hey Sam,

      For sure, they can’t do anything about the external noise. It’s a party city and that’s not a bad thing! It’s best to request a room that does not overlook the main square.


  • Reply Stephanie Mayo May 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Looks absolutely fabulous! I loved Iceland and have to return, especially hearing of your sunrise horseback riding tour!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard May 18, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Hi Stephanie – Iceland is such a stunning country. I think about returning often. That sunrise tour was fantastic!

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