Very Good 73 Reviews
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What We Love

  • The natural light that floods the rooms (especially during summer's 22-hour days)
  • The hallway walls, which are lined with cool motion-controlled lighting that appears in angled lines
  • Complimentary minibars stocked with beer and wine

What To Know

  • Junior suites have balconies with private saunas
  • The hotel fronts a busy street, so request a room at the back
  • Free WiFi
  • There's a very small workout room in the basement


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Small, central boutique highlighting Icelandic traditions—all in superb style

The Lowdown

It’s all about the details at ION City Hotel, the sister hotel of ION Adventure Hotel—both designed by California-based firm Minarc. Take the façade, patterned in textured aluminum panels modeled after a traditional Icelandic wool sweater. You can buy those sweaters, woven by the owner’s mother, in the hotel, a pleasing bit of symmetry. Showcasing Iceland’s makers is part of the hotel’s mission, and the Scandi-hip rooms (some on the small side) even have bathrooms with local sand and moss in the walls. Oversized windows invite city and mountain views in, while the suites with saunas are the most coveted. Splurge on the premium Panorama suite and you’ll also get a chef on call for when you want to entertain. The hotel has a sweet location in the trendiest neighborhood in town, so it’s not likely you’ll be spending too much time inside, but the Sumac restaurant’s North African cuisine is a must-try. Service throughout is impeccable.

In the Area

Laugavegur is one of the hippest streets in the city, so you’ll be well-positioned to indulge in the first-class restaurants, bars, and shops nearby. It’s a five-minute stroll to Dill, the first Michelin-starred restaurant in the country (book waaaaaay in advance), where you’ll find deceptively simple dishes like Arctic char and fennel that make a disproportionately big splash. A couple of blocks away is the very hip Kaffibarinn, which has tip-top beer and late-night DJs. Hallgrímskirkja, an imposing Lutheran church that’s a city landmark, is just a six-minute walk from the hotel. If you want to go puffin spotting or whale watching, head to the harbor, which is extraordinarily picturesque with its fishing boats floating in front of snow-capped mountains. This area is getting better known for its restaurants and nightlife, too. Hotel staff are universally warm and friendly and have good, insider-y tips for where to go; run your evening plans by them before heading out to get the seal of approval.

How to Get There

ION City Hotel
Laugavegur 28
Reykjavik, Iceland


4.5 Very Good 73 Reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago

Central, offbeat, and friendly are just a few words to describe this hotel. Rooms are cozy, love the bathroom and amenities provided, especially the Nespresso machine. Too bad we only stayed for a night. Highly recommend.

Amazing Hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me & my boyfriend stayed here for 1 night 18th-19th November for my birthday trip - it was very easy to find off the main road and close to the local bus stop. First impression of the hotel was amazing the swing in the reception and David Bowie decor was boss! The receptionist could not be anymore helpful she was so lovely and helped pin point all good places on a map for us.

The room was amazing, we chose one that had a balcony with an outdoor sauna - the tele had all English channels on like itv channel 4 etc which was sound. The bathroom has all shampoo shower gel soap etc and we had complimentary slippers bath robe as well which was a nice touch. The only thing I didn’t know how to work was the coffee machine but didn’t want to harass the receptionist so just went across the road and bought a coffee instead. The plugs and switches seemed a little strange - again I didn’t really understand how to use them properly but we played around and got them working to charge my phone etc.

The sauna was boss and easy to use - the receptionist showed us how to work it when we was taken to our room. It was fab and one of the main reasons we booked the hotel.

The hotel is located like on a main road I think it was busy with shops bars restaurants - we went to a restaurant that sold soup in like bread it was boss I’d recommend going.

Highly recommend this hotel it was perfect x

Perfect location, friendly staff, awesome decor & cozy rooms
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hotel is right in the middle of the downtown, with awesome shops, cafes and restaurants all within walking distance. The hotel is sleekly designed and cozy, the bed was warm and comfy. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The attached restaurant was AMAZING, highly recommend for an ethnic Moroccan twist on Icelandic cuisine. Overall, great value and accommodations in the heart of the city.

ION City Hotel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice respite in the heart of Reykjavik within walking distance to the Harbour, sites, restaurants, and bars. The room was super comfortable and well designed. The hotel was very clean and well serviced. The hotel was much quieter than the anticipated late night noise. Some rooms feature a large balcony with an outdoor sauna. This was worth the splurge. Excellent choice.

Best hotel we had in Iceland!
Reviewed 2 months ago

We stayed 2 nights at the ION City Hotel on the beginning of our trip around Iceland.
The hotel is located in the city center of Reykjavik, so everything is in walking distance. The staff is very friendly and helpful with tipps for Reykjavik and Iceland. The rooms are very nice, stylish and clean, beds are very comfortable. Our room was not located to the street, so it was very quiet.
They offer breakfast but we didn‘t try it. If we come back to Iceland, we would stay for sure again at ION City Hotel!