Reykjavik, Iceland

Sandhotel

Rates from (ex tax)$342.78

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (ISK41,020.11), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

All things nice

Setting

Reykjavik’s main drag

The team behind Reykjavik's Sandhotel pretty much perfected the cinnamon bun, so they whipped up the city’s cosiest stay. The understated rooms and sweets – sorry, suites – echo Iceland’s natural palette, with hot-spring blues and Atlantic grays, the breakfasts are pastry-laden and staff can arrange private helicopter rides to volcano peaks, ice-cave expeditions, and even a spot of Pokémon-hunting. The stay sits on Laugavegur, a strip of rock-and-roll bars, and shops plying eccentric wares, in a house that once belonged to a Nobel laureate. Yes, this stay doesn’t go up to 10, it goes up to a baker’s dozen…

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A selection of handmade chocolates from the in-house chocolatier

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

66, including 11 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $342.78 (ISK36,955), excluding tax at 11 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (ISK36,955.05), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast; there's also 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.

Also

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.

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.

Packing tips

Bring some footwear suitable for exploring; for winter stays, a North Face parka and fleecy jim-jams are de rigeur.

Also

The hotel is wheelchair-accessible with four specially-adapted rooms and a lift to all floors. Single occupancy room are available on request – just call our Smith24 team and they'll sort out everything you need.

Children

Children 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). Baby cots (free) can be added to any room.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Propped up against your cushioned headboard after ordering breakfast in bed – just don’t get cinnamon-y crumbs on the luxurious bedlinen.

Dress Code

Sleek knits and classic Lopapeysa jumpers.

Hotel restaurant

Take breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner at hotel restaurant Sandbar & Bistro on the ground floor. Dishes are hearty and rustic (warm soups and grain-filled breads to keep any chills at bay; harbour-sourced fish; granola; home-made sodas and rich coffee). 

Hotel bar

A lounge bar is attached to Sandbar & Bistro, for glasses of imported wine with cheese platters and a range of local and international beers.

Last orders

Breakfast and brunch are served from 7am to 2pm. Dinner service runs from 5.30pm to 11.30pm. In Sandbar & Bistro, drinks run dry at around midnight.

Room service

A Continental spread can be brought to your door during breakfast hours.

Location

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Address
Sandhotel
Laugavegur 36
Reykjavík
101
Iceland

Planes

KeflavÍk Airport is Iceland’s main hub; from here, the hotel is an hour’s drive. There are direct flights to here from most major cities in Europe and services from New York arrive direct in around six hours. For hassle-free trip planning, get our Smith24 Team to book flights and hotel transfers for you; prices for the latter vary depending on what time you arrive.

Automobiles

Reykjavik is the jumping-off point for adventures in Iceland’s wondrous wilds; if you’re not a fan of coach tours, a car will come in handy. Smith24 can arrange car hire on request, and there’s a multi-storey car park a six-minute walk from Sandhotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

The list of trips the hotel’s friendly staff can arrange for you is as long as the number of vowels in an Icelandic volcano’s name. Ride horses through lupin fields and volcanic landscapes; trek through ice tunnels to the heart of a glacier; go caving, snorkelling and surfing; uncover Viking settlements; or hop in a helicopter for a private tour around the tip of a volcano. First-timers should hit the unpronounceable beauty spots of the Golden Circle (Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir), or book a soak in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal springs. Reykjavik itself is quirky and cosmopolitan, with sights as diverse as the Hallgrímskirkja church and Olafur Eliasson-designed Harpa opera house, and the blush-inducing Phallological Museum. Shop for lopapeysur (Iceland’s signature yolk sweaters) from the Handknitting Association of Iceland; niche vinyl from the Bónus Plötur label at vegan eatery Kaffi Vínyl (only 30 pressings are made of each release); and on the weekend hit downtown thrift market Kolaportið where you can buy a vintage sweater, handcrafted dreamcatcher, retro dinnerware and fermented shark meat in one fell swoop. Along Laugavegur, take pit stops at clothing store Kiosk (for Murder She Wrote-themed leather jackets and sculptural jewellery), Spúútnik (for Seventies leisurewear and sequinned things), and Myconceptstore (for tin toy robots, scented candles and turntables). Fatigued but in need of formal wear? Gentleman’s gear from Guðsteinn Eyjólfsson can be delivered to your room.

Local restaurants

Lined in colour-coded books and working its kitsch-Americana interiors with style, the Laundromat Café is a hip hangout that also happens to be one of Reykjavik’s more reasonable dining spots; the duck-confit burger and blueberry pancakes are stand-out menu items. Book in advance for fine pescetarian fare at Fiskfélagið whose two tasting-menu choices include a culinary tour of Iceland (cumin-marinated salmon, tender local lamb and a liquorice-chocolate dessert) or ‘a’ trip round the world’: a pan-global feast for the whole table.

Local cafés

Sandholt, Iceland’s most beloved bakery, is part of the hotel’s community; and it’s just next door, so you needn’t wander far for lunch. Order sandwiches of pomegranate-flecked chicken salad and gouda with roasted vegetables encased in warm, freshly baked sourdough, followed by stylish sweet treats. Alternatively, the spiced rolls at Brauð & Co elicit more gasps of delight than the friskiest of auroras do – seek out the bakery’s graffitied façade on Frakkastígur.

Local bars

Along Laugavegur, Dillon is a lively rock bar with an international whisky menu – including one distilled in Iceland. Live music is often hosted in the gastropub within super-cool hostel – and former biscuit factory – Kex, and Kaffibarinn (look for its idiosyncratic London Underground-roundel-style sign) is one of Iceland’s cosiest gathering spots.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this cosy city hotel in central Reykjavik and unpacked their liquorice and matching yoke sweaters, a full account of their town and country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Sandhotel in Iceland…
 
Have you heard the one about the tailor, baker and hotel-maker? Two wanted to loaf-er-round, but the third had reservations. Ba-dum-tish… Ok. What we lack in comedic genius, we make up for in taste. We appreciate the snug-fit of the dress jackets from Iceland’s oldest tailor Guðsteinn Eyjólfsson, the moreish tahini-swirl pastries from revered Reykjavik bakery Sandholt, and the subtle elegance of city-centre boutique stay Sandhotel. The trio sit shoulder to shoulder along Laugavegur, the main artery of Iceland’s compact capital, which is shot through with edgy bars and Scandi-cool shops. 
 
Like a tray of the bakery’s signature cinnamon buns popped into a piping-hot oven, Sandhotel is rising in popularity for adventurers who want to punctuate the stay’s lavish choice of tours – ice-caving, helicopter rides to volcano peaks, Pokémon-hunting (yes, really) – with a soft, snuggly bed and sugary bunfight of a breakfast. One of the unassuming white houses the hotel occupies was also once home to Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness, but we don’t have an-author joke for him. Sorry.  

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Sandhotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Being right in the middle of all the action. The mobile phone linked to your room that you can use for local calls while you're out and about. The range of gin tonics in the bar and restaurant. Rok restaurant up near the big church was super delicious.

Don’t expect

Lots of space in your room.

Rating

Stayed on 18 May 2018

We loved

The hotel and rooms are beautiful and the staff are excellent at leaving you to do your own thing, but being very helpful whenever you do need them. I was here for my (very low key) hen do and they helped my friends and family with a surprise 'hen party' in our suite for 13 people on the last night, sorting crockery and wine glasses for us to have a few drinks and a takeaway in the room. The beds were also absolutely amazing; I consider myself an expert on comfy beds but these ones were something else! Bathrooms are excellent with a powerful walk in shower and heated floors. The hotel were also exceptionally helpful prior to my trip in answering my many questions and sorting trips, transfers and recommending restaurants. Rok Restaurant a 5 minute walk away was a cozy, reasonably priced tapas style restaurant with a terrace overlooking the cathedral. Food was absolutely excellent and service very good. Sandholt bakery right next door to the hotel is also excellent for breakfast and lunch.

Don’t expect

Huge rooms with lots of storage if you are staying in a standard room (superior rooms and suites have more space). Be careful booking rooms in the north block as they overlook the Main Street and it can be a little noisy at night, but nothing major.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Mar 2018

We loved

The staff were so helpful and friendly from check-in to check-out did the upmost to ensure our stay was perfect. The beds are so comfortable you will struggle to get out of it! Loved the Soley products in the bathroom. 

Don’t expect

Late nights at the bar, but they do have an honesty bar!

Rating

Stayed on 25 Mar 2018

We loved

The location was perfect. Comfortable bed, clean and tidy. Liked the Nespresso machine, and the Continental breakfast was tasty and filling. Bravo bar just down the street was cosy and a welcome pit stop after our journey!

Rating

Stayed on 18 Mar 2018

We loved

We absolutely loved our stay at the Sandhotel. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, the rooms comfortable and well appointed and the breakfast was perfect – especially the produce from next door's bakery (which is also excellent). We came across the Sandhotel by chance but we were so glad we did. Highly recommended! The Blue Lagoon has to be experienced at least once although the locals prefer to use the thermal pools in Reykjavic itself so if the Blue Lagoon is too busy or expensive you can still get the geothermal experience. The walking tour is a good way to familiarise yourself with Reykjavik's town centre and find out about the history of the country.

Don’t expect

Huge rooms. This is a beautiful boutique hotel, the rooms are adequately sized but no more than that.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Feb 2018

We loved

The location – right in the city center on a popular street ideal for getting to tourist attractions, restaurants, supermarket, bus stops, tour pick up points. Felt sorry for so many people on tour pick up points that were stuck in out of the way hotels that needed taxis to get them into town. They maybe had some spa facilities that we did not but our location won out every time. We also had the local pool less than 10 minutes away and an Icelandic pool is so much more than a pool, it's a whole experience so worth having. Was very pleased with the fridge in the room, and a mobile phone was provided as were charging points. The cafe attached is lovely but so expensive. We were lucky to stumble on Braud Co bakery just two streets away that did amazing vanilla swirls at well under half the price of the bakery next door and we visited many times, great for an on the go snack. The swimming pool Sundholl Reykjavik was a short walk away and a great experience – not just a pool but spa baths, hot tubs and steam room for under 7 – well worth a visit.

Don’t expect

Spa facilities, in the smaller rooms much clothes storage.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Feb 2018

We loved

The easy and fast check in, little box of chocolates in our beautiful room (a Junior Suite), fabulous shower – one of the best we've had in a hotel room, extremely comfortable bed, warm underfloor heating (but windows that actually open a decent amount for air!). One of our highlights was getting back to the bar both nights we stayed and having a wonderful gin and tonic prepared by a very knowledgeable barman (for example, he scorched rosemary with a blow torch before adding to one type of gin!). Like the rest of Iceland, the people are just so friendly and helpful. Thanks so much – we hope to return! Food: Rok Bar/Bistro by the church. Amazing tapas and cosy atmosphere. Gastro pub (can't remember the name) very near to the hotel when you turn left. Lovely snacks / drinks and burgers etc. Activities: Golden circle is great but also to the south east you can drive along a coastal road to Grindavik (few places to eat there, we had amazing fish and chips) then further along from the little town is an amazing place to stop and walk along a thermal area and also to a lighthouse. Blue Lagoon is always lovely, especially in the late afternoon after a long day exploring! Treat yourself to the luxury package – it's worth it. Lava Tube was really interesting – the hour tour was just right. 

Don’t expect

Cheap drinks, but everyone knows that the nice thing about eating out is the very fresh food which makes up for it! Lots of bars have a happy hour 4-6 I think.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Jan 2018

We loved

First time in Iceland, and this was my favorite of the three hotels I visited. My Mr & Mrs Smith membership not only got me the promised chocolates but a room upgrade, a free breakfast and a 30 discount. The hotel is quiet and set back from the most active shopping street in Reykjavik – couldn't ask for a better location. The desk offered me a free cell phone which I declined since I had already purchased a data package for my phone. The breakfast was excellent, not a buffet like some hotels but a plate of fruit, bread with spreads with a pitcher of coffee. (The bread was great throughout Iceland.) Definitely go to the bakery adjacent to the hotel which has excellent pastries, yogurt and coffee.

Don’t expect

Don't expect parking on site. The very reasonably priced parking lot is a good five minute walk down the street.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Jan 2018

We loved

The location is great – right on the main shopping street (but this means it can also get a bit noisy). The room was comfy and nicely decorated, and the toiletries were very nice.

Don’t expect

It seemed like there were still quite a few teething problems and the service isn't quite there yet. We asked reception to look into a plug socket that wasn't working in our room, then we heard nothing further about it and it still wasn't working by the time we left. We also did not receive our Mr & Mrs Smith extras. We asked once then didn't receive anything, then asked another staff member who told us that there isn't a very good relationship between the hotel and the bakery (where the chocolates come from) so they hadn't been providing them for the past week. So in the end we didn't get our Smith Extra gift – very disappointing.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Dec 2017

We loved

The staff, the accommodations, the bed, the restaurant and bakery.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Nov 2017

We loved

We loved the hotel design and central location! The bakery next door is truly indulgent!

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Stayed on 18 Nov 2017

We loved

The hotel was clean but seemed very basic for a luxury hotel. The location was fantastic; there are so many lovely bars and restaurants to choose from. Reykjavik is a pricey city, so don't be alarmed by the prices. I would highly recommend Grillid for a lovely meal/4 course taster menu.

Don’t expect

Little extras in the room i.e a mini bar, beauty amenities, cotton wool buds, shower cap etc – or to be able to dry your hair at a mirror. Limited tea and coffee. 

Rating

Stayed on 10 Nov 2017

We loved

The big bed, soft bedlinens, Scandi style, big bottles of Icelandic bathroom products, warm floors, the big TV and the birthday cake delivered to our room.

Don’t expect

A lot of wardrobe space, consistent service from the staff.

Rating

Stayed on 31 Oct 2017

We loved

Amazing location in heart of Reykjavik. The bakery is superb. Decor to the highest standards. Family room was great size.

Don’t expect

Breakfast – which is a shame given the onsite bakery.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Oct 2017

We loved

The room was very well fitted out and comfortable. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful in recommending trips, restaurants and bars. Very central and ideally situated. The Bakery next door for breakfast (Sand Holt) is genuinely excellent. The Dill cocktail in Apotek was wonderful as was the 7 course tasting menu (and they will swap the whale off the menu for tuna which we did).

Don’t expect

We didn't receive our Mr & Mrs Smith extras, we were told that they would have something sent to the room as it was our anniversary and they didn't. When we went to confirm what time our rental car would be arriving for us in the morning we found that it hadn't been booked (despite us providing card details etc). Interestingly each of these interactions were with the same one member of staff. The other staff members on other shifts sorted out the rental car really well and bailed them out. These things took a bit of a shine off an otherwise excellent stay.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Oct 2017

We loved

The bakery and breakfast. 

Don’t expect

Good rooms, but not luxurious for the price; one of the two best hotels in Reykjavik/Iceland – but none are really the equivalent of a 4- or 5-star European hotel for the price. 

Rating

Stayed on 28 Jul 2017

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