Chic, convivial, designer hotel in the heart of Reykjavik's shopping, restaurant, and bar scene. My wife and I had an excellent room overlooking the harbor. Although there was no separate bathroom, just frosted glass enclosures for toilet and shower, and the sink was part of a designer cart, these proved fine. Our room was almost overstuffed with extra amenities, bar, DVD, and iPod players, etc. There were also excellent blackout curtains to keep out the midnight sun (it set at midnight and rose at 2:45 a.m. the last day we were there!) However, do beware the lodging floors' somewhat dangerously (designer) dark hallways.
The 101 has a lovely,large Icelandic lounge with fireplace, which leads up to the large bar (which serves breakfast in the morning). Both lounge and bar become packed with Icelanders in the evenings. Being in central Reykjavik means the partying here and in other nearby establishments goes into the wee hours of the night, followed by the sounds of the city's very efficient and thorough street cleaning equipment and crews -- so it can be a slightly noisy hotel, as are all others in a city legendary for its party scene.
We didn't have a chance to use the spa.
Two of the three receptionists we dealt with during our stay were friendly, knowledgeable, efficient, and pleasures to deal with (the third seemed a bit lost, perhaps hired for her Icelandic 'blonde goddess' appearance?)
We give the hotel 4 of 5 stars only because we of the confusion of that one receptionist; because somewhat less than helpful breakfast staffing, who on each day keep chatting about what they did the previous evenings rather than provide even the minor help we would have gotten at a business hotel breakfast buffet; because the ambient overnight street noise in downtown Reykjavik; and because the hotel is nearing, but not quite yet up to, Continental 5-star standards. Nonetheless, we think it will be 5-star soon enough and look forward to staying here again when we're next in Reykjavik.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 101 hotel is located in the oldest postal code of Reykjavík. Though the exterior will reflect the strength and character of its Icelandic history, the interior will be of refined elegance. Those who enjoy a balance of body and mind will appreciate 101 hotel's proximity to the business district, nightlife and geothermal pools, as well as the attentive amenities and services. Whether you are drawn to Reykjavík for work or play, 101 hotel is purely about you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 101 Hotel Hotel
- 101 Hotel Reykjavík