Kelly LaRotonda

Kvosin Downtown Hotel

  • Where:
  • 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.
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Kvosin Downtown Hotel Photos of laundromats through time, very appropriate decor for the Laundromat Cafe.

Photos of laundromats through time, very appropriate decor for the Laundromat Cafe.

Kvosin Downtown Hotel Very comfortable bed with a view out to the balcony.

Very comfortable bed with a view out to the balcony.

Kvosin Downtown Hotel Cozy sitting area to relax and watch Inspector Lewis on the television. Adorable, modern bathroom with open waterwork.

Cozy sitting area to relax and watch Inspector Lewis on the television. Adorable, modern bathroom with open waterwork.

Kvosin Downtown Hotel Radio and reading.

Radio and reading.

Kvosin Downtown Hotel We found Bjork’s room at our hotel!

We found Bjork’s room at our hotel!

Kvosin Downtown Hotel Scenic Tjornin Lake directly behind the hotel.

Scenic Tjornin Lake directly behind the hotel.

Kvosin Downtown Hotel Post-caving walk back to the van on a grey day.

Post-caving walk back to the van on a grey day.

Kvosin Downtown Hotel Panoramic view of Reykjavik from Perlan.

Panoramic view of Reykjavik from Perlan.

Kvosin Downtown Hotel Inconspicuous façade.

Inconspicuous façade.

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 34/45

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.

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Children

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

  • Price

    Worth the extra bucks.

  • Website

    Visit website

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