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Where to Stay in Reykjavik
The Icelandic metropolis of Reykjavik boasts a number of convenient and interesting districts that tourists can explore. Many of the city's most luxurious hotels are clustered downtown near Tjornin, a natural lake that serves as a popular tourist destination. Here, visitors can enjoy great views of Reykjavik City Hall. Just east of this area, you will find the city's most active nightlife district, Laugavegur. A mix of mid-range and high-end hotels dot this area, which is known for its many bars and nightclubs, many of which remain open until 6 a.m. on the weekends. The Laugavegur district is also one of the best upscale shopping centers in the city. As Reykjavik's fashion capital, visitors can purchase garments by some of the world's top designers. Those traveling with children may want to search for accommodations near Laugardalur Park. This large urban park is home to a domestic animal zoo as well as a small theme park with rides and games.
Reykjavik Hotel Tips
Reykjavik's hours of daylight vary widely throughout the seasons. If you're not a fan of darkness, avoid visiting during the winter months when daytime is fleeting. Those that don't mind the lack of light, however, can find some of the best flight deals to Reykjavik during this cold season. As an added, treat holiday visitors can experience a Scandinavian-style Christmas and witness the beauty of the northern lights.
Summertime is Reykjavik's peak tourist season. During these months, daylight lasts much longer and the weather is comfortably warm. However, crowds descend on the city, especially in July and August, so book your reservations well in advance. Travelers can sometimes find great deals in June, when the weather is a little rainier but still warm.
Reykjavik Hotel Recommendations
The four-star luxury Borg Hotel offers guests one of the most sophisticated stays in all of Reykjavik. Located downtown near Tjornin along Austurvollur Square, the hotel provides guests with convenient access to shops, restaurants and local sights. Nearby attractions include Althingi, the Icelandic parliament. The Borg Hotel offers guests chic black-and-white rooms furnished with custom-made interiors. The bathrooms' marble floors are heated for comfort. Guests can dine at the hotel's Silfur restaurant, grab a drink at the bar or sip on a warm mug of coffee at the cafe.
For a boutique hotel experience, book reservations at the four-star 101 Hotel. The lavish facility is located downtown near the city's main business hub as well as many bars, clubs and restaurants. The hotel's interior and exterior are equally elegant, featuring sleek and modern designs. The use stark black, white and gray furnishings gives the public areas and guest rooms a stylish flare. The hotel's oak floors are heated, and there is a fireplace in the lounge. Guests can also take a dip in the hotel Jacuzzi or spend some time in the sauna. The 101 Hotel's restaurant and bar is a trendy hotspot for the after work and late-night crowd.
Those looking for an affordable stay can compare rates at Reykjavik's many guesthouses. One of the most acclaimed guesthouses is Sunna. Located in the city center, Sunna offers rooms with both private and shared bathrooms. Accommodations with shared bathrooms are offered at reduced prices. Private room options include guestrooms, studios and apartments. Studios and apartments are both equipped with kitchens, while other guests have access to the guesthouse's fully equipped public kitchen. A buffet-style breakfast is served each morning and is included in the price of the room.
Because of Iceland's rocky terrain, Reykjavik does not have any rail transportation. However, there are public buses. Most visitors who fly into the Keflavik International Airport reach Reykjavik via FlyBus, a shuttle service that carries passengers from the airport to various downtown hotels.
One of the best ways to see Reykjavik is by car. The city has very little traffic and sports a number of large multi-lane highways. Plus, some of the area's best attractions are a few miles outside the city proper. Renting a car is the most reliable way to experience these sites.