“Hip design hotel with minimalist style in the heart of Reykjavik”
The 38 light and airy rooms have matt black locally-made furniture, American oak floors and big beds covered with cosy mohair throws and the finest Italian linen. Palmadottir's open-plan minimalist style creates space. Bedrooms flow into sleek glass bathrooms, featuring mirror walls, walk-in showers with huge showerheads, and toilets in opaque cubicles. All have bathrobes and Aveda freebies; Deluxe rooms and Suites also have gleaming free-standing bathtubs with plentiful piping-hot geothermal water.
Storage comes as quirky open shelves and hanging racks. In a diversion from the overall monochrome scheme, the entertainment cabinet has a turquoise interior. Within are a DVD/CD player, satellite TV, a well-stocked maxi-bar and host of extras (you'll have to pay for the T-shirt, the intimacy kit or Blue Lagoon spa products). The higher you go, the better the views: Junior Suite 501 has a balcony and view of Mount Esja across the bay, while Apartment Suite 101 has a cool sitting room overlooking the main square.
Central to 101 is its glam bar-restaurant where you can either enjoy classy cocktails and snacks perched on white leather stools at a sleek long counter gazing up at a white wall covered in bumps (an installation created by the owner's sister when pregnant), or be tabled for something more substantial. Friday and Saturday nights see it packed out with a trendy Reykjavik crowd, on our mid-week visit all was calm.
Try the signature fish skin and beetroot crisps while you wait for the small plates (we had flat bread and gravadlax, and asparagus with soft-boiled eggs). Next from the Icelandic bistro-style menu we devoured langoustine soup and Arctic char, with pannacotta and soft almond cake to finish.
For breakfast (not included in the room rate) there's a marvellous help-yourself-buffet with the full gamut of the usual suspects plus Icelandic smoked salmon and Skyr yoghurt.
Iceland is a cool (pardon the pun) playground for kids of all ages. Although a swish boutique hotel geared to adults, children are welcome with cots and extra beds are available on request, and the top suite can fit a family of 5.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
All rooms can fit a baby cot, extra beds can be added to double, double deluxe and junior suite categories too. The Apartment Suite on the top floor can sleep up to 5 on a sofa bed and cot or extra bed. For larger families or extended family parties, a door can close across the corridor thereby creating a Family Suite consisting of a Standard room and Apartment Suite
Available with advance notice
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Mini-burgers, fries, sandwiches and small plates are all available