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Fosshotel Reykjavík, Iceland
A skyscraper by Reykjavik standards, this 320-room hotel is the city's largest, and part of Iceland's most successful chain. Don't hold that against it, though - the décor is more in line with a boutique property, service is friendly and personal and the restaurant serves plenty of Icelandic produce. There's also a fun beer garden with a well-stocked list of local drinks, plus a decent-sized gym. Simply decorated with photographs of the country's spectacular natural scenery, bedrooms are comfortable and lots on the upper floors have knockout views of the city and beyond, inviting you to explore. Book a tour in reception or make the most of the hotel's central location to set out on foot for Reykjavik's excellent museums, bars and geothermal swimming pools.
Reykjavik has 17 geothermal public swimming pools and the largest, Laugardalslaug, is an easy 20-minute walk from the hotel - kids will love the slides.
The hotel is in the business district a short walk from the city's main shopping street and attractions.
By plane: there are direct flights to Reykjavík from London (3 hours) and Manchester (2 hour 45 mins). The hotel is a ten-minute drive from the airport. Paid parking available on-site. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Fosshotel Reykjavik works for all-comers - everyone from couples on an adventurous short break to families travelling with children will find they fit right in. Even though the communal spaces are buzzy with people coming and going from tours, the upper floors are serenely calm and quiet.
Service & Facilities
Staff really want you to enjoy Iceland and frequently check in with guests, asking how their day went and offering tips on how to make the next one even better.
- Swimming pool
- Paid parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Consider paying extra for a Tower View Room, so you can wake each morning to the dazzling sight of the Faxaflói Bay, snow-capped mountains looming in the distance. The beds are brilliantly comfy, laid with pristine white linens and tactile throw-over blankets. Each room has a mini-fridge - it's well worth bringing a few drinks and snacks to put in it, as Iceland is expensive.
Standard Double, Deluxe Double, Family Room, Tower View Room, Tower Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, free toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Though guests serve themselves, restaurant staff are still keen to provide good service; checking that you're enjoying your food and making recommendations from the wine list. We love the flavourful vegetable sides and salads on offer at Haust's dinner buffet - ranging from chargrilled asparagus to pickled celeriac carpaccio.
Haust's: buffet dining, European cuisine, healthy options, vegan dishes. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner. From kr3,900 per person.