Kelly LaRotonda

Kvosin Downtown Hotel

Reykjavik, Iceland

by: Kelly LaRotonda

  • Why

    Long weekend getaway to beat the suffocating New York heat.

  • When

    July 2013

  • Who

    Me and my best girl friend / PR maven, Sara Powell.

Highs + Lows

  • Incredibly helpful and accommodating front desk service – drew out maps when we asked for directions and always made sure we had cabs / transportation ready and waiting.

  • Amazing balcony off our room with views of the city and a nice place to step out into the sunshine in the afternoon.

  • While not exactly a deal breaker for a hotel stay, we really enjoyed the names of each room (particularly the Bjork room), they made it feel more personal and cozy.

  • Blackout curtains didn’t quite black out the daylight and no blackout curtain for the door to the balcony.

  • No refrigerator or mini bar, so we couldn’t keep any cold foods (particularly my skyr) in the room, even though we went to the nearby supermarket for a few room essentials like Honey Nut Cheerios...but no milk.

: 34/45
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Modern boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Simple, clean, Nordic minimalism.

  • Location

    Easy walk to the main street.

  • Rooms

    17 rooms (3 currently under renovation so 14 available).

  • Music

    Bjork…at least that’s all I heard in my head.

  • Year Opened

    June 21, 2013 - brand spanking new!

  • Designed By

    The design is a collaboration between the owners and interior designer Einar Geir Ingvarsson.

  • Pool/Gym

    Nope.

  • Restaurant

    No, but there is an adorable breakfast shop around the corner.

  • Bar

    The bar at the Kvosin Downtown Hotel features the only real wine bar in all of Iceland - everywhere else is a traditional Pub.

  • Wifi

    Yes and it’s free!

  • Children

    Bring them, but only if they’re able to walk around on their own.

  • Price

    Worth the extra bucks.

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Inconspicuous façade.

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