Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik
What We Love
- Comfy beds you’ll never want to crawl out of in the morning
- Almost all the city sights are just an easy stroll away
- The WiFi is quick, consistent and, best of all, free
- Rooms, spacious by city standards, feel even larger thanks to their huge windows and sky-high ceilings
What To Know
- Iceland’s tap water may just be the best in the world, so bring along a refillable bottle
- The extensive buffet breakfast, tempting you with everything from eggs and bacon to smoked fish and skyr (Icelandic yogurt), costs extra
- Light sleeper? Ask for a courtyard-facing room; while the hotel’s not smack in the middle of the nightlife district, boisterous party people do pass by regularly
- You don’t need a rental car to explore downtown, but you will need one to go anywhere else
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The hotel’s exterior is quietly grand, with rounded corners, a handsome cornice and the name “Eimskipafelag Islands,” the country’s first shipping company and the building’s original occupant, still visible across the front. Inside, the spare lobby is edged by seating and features humanoid art pieces by Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir on one wall. From the lobby a gorgeous green marble staircase (original to the building) leads to the floors above — or you can just take the elevator.
Bed & Bath
The guestrooms are the kind where you throw open the door and sigh contentedly. They feel clean and serene, with wood floors, original crown moldings, a subdued black-meets-white palette and sleek furnishings that remind you you’re well on the Nordic track. The beds will introduce you to the no-top-sheet, two-individual-duvets concept that’s popular in Scandinavia and parts of Europe for its insulating sleeping bag effect, insuring that both you and your bed buddy will be snug as a bug during the cold northern nights. Bathrooms are simple affairs done up with tons of tiles on the walls and floor and their own handy wall radiators.
Off the lobby the contemporary 1919 Restaurant serves neo-nordic dishes — local lamb, cod and even minke whale — while its lounge counterpart serves cocktails in a slightly more hip setting with tufted armchairs and cowhide ottomans. And while there’s no spa, there’s a modern gym where you can get your workout on should the mood strike.
In the Area
Generally, restaurant prices are high enough to raise eyebrows. Save your pennies by stocking up on snacks at local grocery chain Bonus (its logo is a goofy pink piggybank) and lunching on fully loaded hot dogs at the famed Baejarins Beztu stand, and bowls of steaming, spicy pho at, well, Pho. Then splurge at Fiskmarkaðurinn (Fish Market) where uber-cool decor — hammered bronze lights, pebbled walls — meets such delicate Asian-influenced dishes as grilled pork ribs and langoustine tartar. If you’re sweet on shopping, most stores are clustered around Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur streets (Kiosk sells killer pieces from local fashion designers). But a trip out of town is a must. There’s the Golden Circle, a drivable-in-a-day hit list of three major sights: þingvellir, a rift valley and the former seat of parliament, Geysir (the original) and the epic Gullfoss waterfall. And don’t miss the otherworldy Blue Lagoon for some soul-soothing soaking. Is it touristy? Yes. Will you care? Not one bit.
How to Get There
The service at this hotel was AMAZING! Staff was polite and engaging especially the wonderful polish girl Jusiney and the wonderful icelandic girl Saeggi. Niftshift staff were also lovely sorry did not get there names. Abhi at the bar was also fantastic, very funny chap indeed.
However the rooms were pretty worn down and due to central location is can get pretty noisy. However this did not affect our stay at all The central location and great service provided at the hotel made this all better. Will definitely stay here again.
Great location, great breakfast and great staff.
Room a bit dated but they are undergoing renovations so hopefully that will improve the rooms.
The location was great, everything within walking distance and whatever was not within walking distance the staff could easily arrange a taxi to get you there. Tour pick up location within minutes of walking and the good people at the reception could book any tours you like.
Special thanks to Antonio for letting me check in early and to Justina for helping me with all my tours. Didnt get the name of some of the others but all staff members i encountered were super friendly and eager to help.
Was expecting a 4* star hotel I wouldn’t say this matched that in the slightest... very laid back approach to everything no urgency from staff to help.. pictures speak a thousand words. Wanted to use telephone it was filthy.. bathroom wasn’t all that and there is no usb connection at all.. dirty floor..
location for hotel is brilliant near good food and nightlife so that helped as we like to enjoy a break.. be prepared for late night noise.
We stayed at this hotel as part of a package city break with Jet2 and found it to be to a good standard and centrally located.
We had a deluxe double room on the second floor which was spacious and had the usual amenities you would expect.
Being a central hotel in a capital city you do get some traffic noise and some noise of late night revellers, but it is not too intrusive. We stayed for 3 nights and found that we slept well, so it can't have been too bad!
Breakfast is the usual buffet affair, but you can ask for an omelette and they will cook it there and then for you. I'd highly recommend that.
We only ate on one night in the hotel, the Sunday evening, and we were the only people in the restaurant. The food was good, but like everywhere in Iceland it is pricey! Staff in the restaurant were busy making their own choices of music on the sound system, and although this was irritating, it didn't spoil the trip.
The hotel is in an excellent location, ideally placed for many of the tourist attractions and bus stops for sightseeing tours. We'd booked room only basis - there are many places to eat near the hotel open throughout the day and night.
The hotel is looking a bit tired in places, but still perfectly OK. The rooms were spotlessly clean and comfortable and the wi-fi was excellent. I'd be happy to stay there again.