Need to know
53, including eight suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $330.89 (ISK34,234), excluding tax at 11 per cent.
Rates don’t include breakfast, an à la carte menu of eggs-any-way, home-made jams and juices, and a selection of fresh-from-the-oven breads and sticky-sweet pastries from Sandholt Bakery (from ISK2,800 an item).
Brush up on your Icelandic history here: flick through a novel by Icelandic writer and Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness who lived in one of the houses that now make up the hotel; get fitted for something svelte in Iceland’s oldest tailors Guðsteinn Eyjólfsson, just next door; and stop by the hotel’s own Sandholt Bakery (established in 1920) for superlative sourdough and cool confectionary.
At the hotel
Lounging area with a selection of coffee-table books; free WiFi throughout; laundry service. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Marshall Bluetooth speaker, Nespresso machine, minibar, Soley Organics bath products. A kettle can be added to rooms on request.
Our favourite rooms
Reykjavik’s hotel rooms often favour a monochrome, concrete-lined, volcanic-stone-accented look to reflect the country’s more lunar-looking wilds. Not so at Sandhotel, whose rooms use art deco elegance and a touch of masculine tailoring to create the cosiest of city spaces. The Junior Suites with their huge button-back headboards in minke-whale grey, cushions made of offcuts from Iceland’s oldest tailor; and local artwork, such as Birgir Andrésson’s textual canvasses and Sigurdur Gudmundsson’s playful photographs feel snug and stylish. Street-facing windows let you spy on hip Reykjavikers, too.
Bring some footwear suitable for exploring; for winter stays, a North Face parka and fleecy jim-jams are de rigeur.
The hotel is wheelchair-accessible with four specially-adapted rooms and a lift to all floors.
Children aged two and up are welcome. The hotel has a limited supply of baby kit (a couple of buggies, highchairs, beakers, children’s cutlery, child-friendly books and art supplies).