Hotel Borg by Keahotels
What We Love
- Central yet quiet location
- Extra-comfortable beds
- The impeccable views from some of the suites
What To Know
- In-room dining is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Rooms at the back of the hotel overlook the city, while rooms at the front overlook Austurvollur Square
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located on the corner of pretty Austurvollur Square, Hotel Borg opened as Reykjavik’s first luxury hotel back in the 1930s. Today, stepping inside is like stepping back in time. Its features have been lovingly restored, but the old black-and-white photographs that line the walls pay homage to the past. The design is Art Deco, with opaline globe lamps, geometric headboards and polished parquet floors — a total contrast to its Scandi-chic neighbors.
Bed and Bath
None of the 56 plush guestrooms makes the mistake of compromising comfort for style. Hastens beds with sink-into mattresses are topped with goosedown comforters, while the monochromatic bathrooms come with Philippe Starck fittings and heated marble floors. Walls are either in neutral tones or deep browns, and furnishings come in the form of cream leather bucket chairs and polished wood desks.
Downstairs, the elegant, high-ceilinged Borg Restaurant draws locals in for its constantly changing menu and arguably the best seafood in the city. It’s filled with a mix of vintage and modern furnishings, from boudoir-style chairs to elaborate Old World floors and ceilings. For private events in the most elegant of surroundings, the gold ballroom, a former dancing haunt, is well worth dressing up for.
In the Area
Despite being set on a quiet square in downtown Reykjavik, Hotel Borg is still in the heart of the action. It’s a five-minute stroll from the main street, Laugavegur, which is filled with beautiful design shops, bars and restaurants. The old harbor is a short walk away, and you can take whale-watching trips year-round. Head there in the height of summer to see orcas under the midnight sun. If you’re in Iceland for the northern lights, Super Jeep has trained guides who can pick you up and take you on an awe-inspiring adventure to chase the celestial show.
How to Get There
Lovely hotel, fabulous staff - very helpful and knowledgeable, great central location - walking distance to most local sights. There was everything we needed. We would highly recommend Hotel Borg to anyone going to Iceland.
Lovely room. Lovely location. Lovely breakfast. Lovely hotel.
#1 we arrived with a fair bit of luggage and nobody offered any assistance with getting our luggage up to our room, which in this day and age is a little surprising.
#2 as others have reported, OMG the noise! We had one lovely night and one Friday night with booming music pounding through our heads until 3am despite being on the second floor. When we mentioned it to the hotel staff on checkout they could not have been less surprised or, to be perfectly honest, less bothered. They told us this was usual for the weekend. So, if you are going to stay here, clearly the advice is do not do so at the weekend unless you are an insomniac.
We picked this hotel based on its location. What a great choice. The room was clean and spacious. The hotel was quiet and the staff was very personable and kind. We were close to many restaurants and bars and other activities.