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
We walked in without a reservation to book the hotel. Staff was super friendly (Yousef) he upgraded us to a suite with a fabulous sauna. Overall, great experience. Would return. Wonderful restaurant. Great coffee in our room. Very cozy. Sweet view.
Loved the location of our hotel. Agnes at the front desk was exceptional!! Picked this hotel as it is affiliated with Marriott as one of their newer boutique hotel collection. Comfortable beds and right in the middle of town on the main street and a glass of "sparkling wine" at check-in. The Michelin star restaurant attached was fantastic also. The portions are small but amazing. Highly recommend.
Enjoyed our stay here.
Location was perfect for enjoying the city and heading out for day long excursions and northern lights chasing. The hotel was very clean and the rooms had a nice feel.
I’ll be back!