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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


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
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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


Great location and value for downtown hotel

Enjoyed a three night stay at the Ion City hotel. The hotel is situated in a great location on the main street with abundant coffee shops, restaurants and souvenir stores. Our room was Spotless. The ensuite Modern bathroom offered good bath amenities and robes with slippers. The towels are average in size but the great rain head shower made up for the average size towels. Large screen tv with International news.
24 hour concierge which surprised me for a small European hotel.
We read reviews about noise from adjacent clubs/bars but we not experience this at all. In fact we slept with the window open which was lovely. Would definitely stay again.

A great place to stay!!!

This was our first time to Reykjavik, The hotel was very conveniently located and we loved to be able to walk every where. The rooms were comfortable and clean. The staff were outgoing and efficient.

Ricardo, night shift, was supreme. He was more than accommodating in meeting our needs and answering questions. He is a star in the travel industry.and excels in customer service.

Agnes, day shift, was warm and welcoming and efficient. Always with a quick smile, she anticipates our needs and readily makes helpful suggestions. Excellent customer service skills.


The Ion City Hotel was the perfect place for my first introduction to Iceland. The central location makes it easy to explore, as you are in the middle of everything. My room was spectacular- clean and cozy! Lastly, everyone at the hotel was kind and went out of their way to help me. I couldn’t recommend a stay here more. Thank you!