Need to know
Twenty-four, including 23 suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $160.06 (€143), excluding tax at 11 per cent.
Rates don’t usually include breakfast, a buffet spread full of Icelanders’ favourites. There are baked goods by famous Icelandic chef Joi Fel; Skyr yoghurts; meats and cheeses; hard boiled eggs; cereals; juices, tea and fresh coffee. If you skip breakfast
This hotel has a big heart. Each room has an individual and inspiring name (often invoking Norse gods), but none quite so much as Pippa’s Wish, the disabled access room. Former guest Pippa has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, but she wouldn’t let it stop her from travelling to Iceland to see her favourite band, Sigur Rós. The hotel were so honoured to be able to put her up that they renamed the room after her.
At the hotel
Boutique, free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: Samsung smart TV; minibar; Nespresso coffee machine; kitchenette with a hob and sink; tea-making kit; free reusable water bottles; organic Sóley bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Like Paris or New York, Reykjavik is known for having some rather pokey hotel rooms. Not so at Kvosin, where even the Junior Suites give you room to stretch out – but we do like the added lounge space in the Social Suites. If you want a view of the cathedral, ask for an an east-facing room; if you’d prefer one over the parliament and gardens, then west is best.
Pack an eye mask in summer, as it hardly gets dark at night. In winter, layers, layers and more layers. Remember your swimming gear if you’re going to the Blue Lagoon.
The lobby and common areas are wheelchair accessible, and one of the Social Suites is specially adapted.
Very welcome. Little Smiths will love the toys, books and board games that can be checked-out from reception. They even have snowman kits in winter (complete with a pint-sized pail and shovel, a box of reusable lava rocks, a carrot, a scarf and a hat).
All of the hotel’s electricity and heating is powered by geothermal energy, currently the cleanest in the world. They recycle wherever possible and use locally-produced organic bath products in large bottles to reduce plastic waste.