What We Love
- Cutting-edge Icelandic design
- Nightly happy hour in the chic Thingholt Bar
- Within walking distance of some of Reykjavik’s best boutiques and bars
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- There’s no restaurant, only a café and lobby bar, but room service is available
- Airport transportation is available at an extra charge
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
L.A.-based Icelandic architect Gulla Jonsdottir is behind the distinctive look of the 52-room CenterHotel Thingholt hotel, which is housed in a 1940s converted printing factory. Luxe textures are the cornerstone here: The floors and lobby walls are made of leather tiles, and there’s a long, black lava textured wall at the entrance that’s covered by trickling water and hung with dark glass masks representing the hidden people of Iceland. Some guestrooms are decked out with rock-star pieces like white leather sofas, cowskin rugs and deep-soaking bathtubs. And the hotel’s location can’t be beat; it’s near nighttime revelry and Iceland’s trendiest shopping district, Laugavegur.
In the Area
Soak up Icelandic culture at the nearby National Museum of Iceland, whose permanent collection traces the history of the nation from settlement to present day. Shop for offbeat pieces on lively Laugavegur, Reykjavik’s main shopping strip, where you can pick up avant-garde knits from Elm Design Team, stock up on conservation-starting groceries at century-old supermarket Verslunin Vísir and browse the well-curated shelves at Kisan, Thorunn Anspach and Olivier Brémond’s hip concept store. Finally, slip into cult subterranean bar Kofi Tómasar frænda for snacks and coffee (or something stronger.)
How to Get There
My son and I visited and were thrilled with the location, quality/comfort of the room, and delicious breakfast served each morning. It was just steps away from one of the pick-up locations for tours and in the heart of the city.
We are in Reykjavik for a few days before a cruise. CenterHotel Thingholt was a great choice. Centrally located, within walking of most everything, nice breakfast buffet and a very friendly and helpful staff.
We were quite happy with our choice of this hotel. We came from the Silversea cruise ship, berthed only about 5 blocks away. If you had a small rollerbag, you could walk from ship to hotel easily. But we unfortunately had way too many bags for that, especially since the last couple of blocks are uphill. We had purchased at a good rate from an internet supplier, and had received several advance arrival emails from the hotel offering us various services. Their communications team is doing an excellent job of market. I accepted one offer for an upgrade to a premium room for $30. (Other offers were for airport transfers and discounted dinners at the hotel restaurant.) Arriving at 9:30AM, we were offered an early check in with full breakfast for $50, but declined. Just left our bags and went shopping. Room was ready at noon. Even the premium room is a bit small, but it was very attractive. There was a hand written personal note welcoming us, with a plate of strawberries and cookies. Also the hotel gave us free welcome drinks. Nice touches. We had no problems with the room being warm, because even mid-June temperatures were in the 50's. We used the table fan for air circulation. On a Tuesday night with had no trouble with street noise at all. Breakfast was better than average. About everything offered except a griddle. Overall, we were very pleased.
Stayed 3 nights and it was an absolute wonderful experience. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Am super close to pickup spot #6 if you are planning to go on any tours while in town. Had dinner at their restaurant and it was super delicious. Will definitely stay there again.
Overall excellent location , close to all the action of the city. Hotel front desk staff was very informative, nice and friendly, they took the time in detail to print out maps of our drives around the golden circle and the west side of the island- thank you, also gave some good advise for some other fun stuff do around Reykjavik which all worked out very well. Gym was small but we used it, the pool and steam room were nice and not to busy. The included breakfast was excellent good variety and healthy even had cod liver oil shots which I thought was kind of cool, not very tasty though. If you did want to get a good sleep on a Friday or Saturday it might be a bit loud, I did not have an issue kind of fun listening in on some of the singing on the streets.