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
Iconic design hotel housed in an industrial concrete building formerly an outhouse for the personnel of the nearby Nesjavellir geothermal power station. Unique views over the Icelandic volcanic landscape, mountain ranges and geothermal fumes. The property is impeccable and has an onsite hot spring outdoor bath. Water was a bit lukewarm to my taste (granted I am used to Japanese onsen), but the atmosphere was unique.
My husband and I just got back from a week stay at the Ion City Hotel in Reykjavik and we can not say enough good things about this hotel. The location was perfect, we were smack dab in the middle of everything we wanted to see and it was so easy to walk around and get places.
The room was clean and very cosy and a perfect spot to rest after a long day of touring. The room darkening blinds and curtains made the midnight sun not an issue for sleeping and the insulated windows and doors made late night sounds (Icelanders like to party. ;)) only a muffled noise. It was perfect.
But what made it really great was the staff. Virginia at the front desk answered a question I sent via email before our arrival and remembered us when we arrived. Her and Yingying were gracious, always ready with a smile and a recommendation and just added a bright spot to every day we were there.
If (or when) we go back to Reykjavik, we won't hesitate to book our stay at the Ion City Hotel.
Hotel itself is nice and clean. Reception staff very nice and helpful.
My only issue would be with the breakfast as there's almost nothing to eat at the restaurant plus they are located beside night club so if you a person who likes to stay up long, the hotel is for you.
Rooms are much better and services are also taken care very nicely.
It is at Prime location of city.
Food quality could be much better and hence my overall experience was too good, but some modification needs to be implemented.
Stayed four nights in April. Great location, near everything in Reykjavik. Not sure why it's listed as a B&B, as they offered no breakfast.
Rooms have quality Nespresso-type coffee makers, which is a good thing as small coffees cost $5 at the bakery. Also a complimentary bar with beer, wine and water,
There's not much of a lobby, but the restaurant is very good.