A rather unassuming exterior belies the lively atmosphere of this quirky seafront boutique hotel in Reykjavik’s popular 101 harbor district.
Checking in well after midnight on a Thursday, I was expecting a quiet introduction, but the lobby, bar and restaurant were buzzing. So despite the long journey and late hour, I headed straight to the bar to join the party for a nightcap (or few).
But with an early start ahead, I was soon cocooned in my deluxe double room, which continues the hotel’s playful marine theme with fisherman knot wallpaper, net storage bags and direct views over the city’s dry docks and harbor.
At breakfast next morning, the restaurant was once again a hive of activity, with a mix of suited professionals, trendy Icelanders and Gore-Tex clad couples ready to brave the great outdoors. It might have been early, but there was a shared eagerness to be out exploring Iceland, from shopping in Reykjavik to hiking up to glaciers.
The noteworthy breakfast buffet ran the gamut, from healthy cereals and fruits to fortifying plates of eggs and bacon, which certainly set me up for the long day of touring in a cold Icelandic spring.
Quirky, fun and genuinely welcoming — much like my whole experience of Iceland.
Words by: Chris Peacock
Address: Myrargata 2, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland.
Contact: T: +354 444 4000. icelandairhotels.com/en/hotels/marina
Price: Double rooms from $145 per person a night, including breakfast.
PUBLISHED IN THE SUMMER 2014 ISSUE OF ASTAnetwork