ION City Hotel
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
- Free WiFi
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
Nice, small hotel in the heart of Reykjavik. With very smooth processes.
However, rooms are really small for a high price. Even worse, the hotel is located right next to a club. Until 2:30 the noise what at a level similar to the dancefloor.
We chose this because it’s affiliated with Marriott, and it turned out to be amazing. Staff was terrific, extremely responsive to requests and so friendly. Area was perfect for getting around, near bus stop 7 which was our go to for tours. The hotel is extremely quiet as well.
We had originally booked to stay in the Ion Adventure Hotel, but decided that we preferred to be in the city and the Ion handled our change of reservation really efficiently and helpfully. When we arrived for our stay, we found ourselves booked into an amazing suite - which even had its own 'floor' button in the lift! There was a large and pleasant lounge, a good-sized bedroom with a comfortable bed facing a great floor-to-ceiling window, and an excellent bathroom with a full-sized sauna in it. The staff were all friendly and helpful and the hotel in great condition. We would definitely stay again, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Ion to anyone.
First let me start my review by saying that we stayed in a room facing the road, next to multiple bars. Can you hear people and music, yes. Will it keep you up, only if your window is open. We went in January, so no need for an open window.
The hotel itself is small, but very charming. You can not ask for a better location. You’re within walking distance to everything Reykjavík. The night desk person is probably the nicest guy I’ve meet working a front desk. He goes out of his way to ensure you’re visiting not only tourist spots, but local watering holes too.
We stayed three nights as we traveled Iceland and couldn’t have been happier.
1) There is minimal signage so you might walk past it the first time(s).
2) No matter how short/long your visit is, do yourself a favor and walk to the nearest pharmacy or market (there are many) a buy a roll of toilet paper. You’ll thank me later (there stuff is like sandpaper).
This quaint little city hotel is located right in the middle of the Reykjavik shopping district. We took the room with a outdoor sauna and it was a nice little treat for us during the winter (:
The only down side is that if any city downtown hotel, the noise level can get a little high on weekends.
However, this is definitely made up by the beautiful bakery 30m down the street which will lit up your mornings.