101 Hotel Reykjavik
Located in downtown Reykjavik, the town’s cultural and commercial offerings are essentially right on the doorstep. The Icelandic Opera House is next door and it has a 20-minute walk into the Icelandic National Gallery and the National Museum of Iceland.
Style & personality
Do not be tricked by the unassuming outside: each inch of the resort’s inside objects to impress. Produced by owner and skilled designer Ingibjörg S. Pálmadóttir, it is a riot of modern design that incorporates a cool palette of blacks, blacks and slate-greys, classic and idiosyncratic furnishings, plus a selection of artworks by local artists that is regularly commissioned by temporary exhibitions at the resort’s public areas.
Service & amenities
There is loads on offer, in the basement fitness center and spa using a steam bath, plunge pool and spa (in-room spa therapies will also be available), to a DVD library and a 24-hour reception which is included with attentive staff and a concierge services. There is a complex space for meetings and events (the Red Room) too, and a bigger but hi-tech small business room.
With only 38 rooms (including six suites), the resort has a romantic setting which helps counterbalance its own design-savvy aesthetic. Each of the rooms are brightly bright, including mellow colour-schemes complemented with stylish rugs on hardwood flooring and beds using Quagliotti linens. Mod-cons like satellite TVs and Bose iPod sound-docks really are a cut above the average, and bathrooms include bath robes, Aveda products and walk-in closets. Suites have freestanding baths and views overlooking the volcano (a few have balconies), along with the Apartment Suite also has commissioned, bespoke art and its own dining room.
Food & beverage
The restaurant, Kitchen & Wine, is a contemporary affair having a glass ceiling, unique dimpled mural on the walls, perspex seats and polished surfaces. The menu provides Icelandic dishes in addition to casual foreign dishes like gourmet burgers. You may enjoy a pre- or post-prandial beverage either in the very long black glass pub or adjacent to the fireplace in the lounge. Room service is available until midnight. The breakfast is a somewhat rich spread which includes bagels, egg whites and homemade waffles, and of course delicious smoothies.
Value for cash
Double rooms from #280 in low season; climbing to #400 at large. Breakfast excluded (Number16.50). Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
The resort has one room especially designed for disabled guests.
The resort welcomes families but besides infant cots and beds (which take an excess fee), there are no special amenities, and most guests are with kids.
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