Is This Iceland’s Capital’s Sleekest Hotel?  

Iceland is the perfect midway point between North America and Western Europe. It’s filled with picturesque scenery, an abundance of geothermal lagoons and natural sites, and chic restaurants, which is why it’s quickly becoming a bucket list destination for many. And, right in the midst of it all, next to the Harpa (Iceland’s concert hall) sits Reykajvik’s newest luxury hotel, the Edition. It’s just minutes from Laugavegur yet feels like a city-escape, thanks to beautiful harbor and courtyard views from the rooms. 

Th Reykjavik EDITION The Penthouse
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The Edition Hotel is the perfect sanctuary amid the hustle and bustle of the Icelandic capital. With gorgeous sleek interiors, it sets itself apart by being the first and only luxury hotel in the largest city of Iceland. With 253 rooms, the property is large yet somehow feels intimate the second you step inside. 

CREDIT: Nikolas Koenig

Designed in partnership with a local architecture firm, T.ark, the property subtly captures the city yet remains in line with the neutral, homey design that’s typical across the brand’s properties. Each of the rooms and suites are designed with a neutral color palette filled with different wood tones and their beds facing floor-to-ceiling windows to create a warm retreat-like atmosphere. You can expect to find faux fur lugs, artwork from local craftsmen, and monochrome bathrooms with white marble, matte black detailing, and Edition-scented Le Labo toiletries in every room. Plus, on the corner of the 6th floor is the one-bedroom Penthouse suite, which is complete with its own private terrace, plush custom furnishings, a central fireplace, and an oversized bathroom. 

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Within the lobby is the Tides restaurant and Tolt, the properties’ two main venues. Tides is helmed by Gunnar Karl Gislason, the chef behind the Michelin-starred restaurant, Dill, and serves modern Icelandic cuisine with dishes that emphasize seasonal local products. Some dishes you can expect to be served include a whole Arctic char stuffed with lemon, dill, and garlic butter, lamb shoulder braised and slow grilled, and pickled onions and mint apples. In the morning, you can find a delicious spread of pastries, fruit, and cereal, along with an a la carte menu of hot dishes for your included breakfast. Tolt, the lobby’s cozy, hidden bar serves a menu of cocktails inspired by Icelandic culture with local Icelandic spirits. 

CREDIT: Nikolas Koenig

The property also recently just opened The Roof that’s located on the rooftop of the hotel. It boasts panoramic views, a large fire pit, and a small menu of comfort foods like toasted sandwiches and fresh salads. Later in the year, Sunset, a cool underground night spot will open with an incredible cocktail menu. 

One of the biggest draws to the new hotel is the spa. It truly sets it apart from other properties in the city due to the fact that it has three spacious treatment rooms, a hammam, steam room, sauna, and plunge pool. The spa boasts typical facials and massages along with Icelandic-inspired treatments that can only be gotten at the Edition’s Reykjavik property.

Top Takeaways: 

  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland 
  • Rating: Five-Star
  • The Vibe: Sleek yet Comfortable 
  • Our favorite thing about the hotel: The hotel’s swanky presence in Reykjavik is unrivaled — the brand really did a unique thing opening up a hotel here. 
  • Food and Drink: Located in the lobby, the Tides restaurant serves up daily breakfast and an evening menu of local Icelandic cuisine whereas Tolt, the bar in the lobby, boasts a menu filled with cocktails using Icelandic spirits. The property also has The Roof, a rooftop hotspot with panoramic views and comfort food and will soon open Sunset, a cool underground night spot. 
  • Amenities: Guests are provided with custom-scented Le Labo toiletries and an oversized plush robe for usage during their stay. A  beautiful gym, serene spa, and breakfast are included free of charge. 
  • Any neighborhood recs? Baka Baka, a delicious Icelandic bakery that’s just a short walk away. There is also some great shopping within a couple block vicinity and the Sky Lagoon, which is only a 15-minute drive away. 
  • Rooms: 253 rooms, including the Penthouse suite, which is complete with a private terrace, a central fireplace, an oversized bathroom, and more. 
  • Pricing: Rates start at around 400 Euros per night.

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