My partner and I stayed at the 1919 on two separate occasions during our recent trip to iceland. We booked "business" rooms for both stays. First stay was on our arrival day (6:15 AM) into Reykjavik after a relatively short four hour "overnight" flight from Boston. We arrived at the hotel around 9:30A, and our room 401 was ready! (I had emailed the hotel requesting early check in because of our early arrival. The hotel responded stating it coudln't guarantee room availability at that hour but would try). Second stay was for two nights in room 206 at the end of our Iceland visit in room.
While expensive at $318 or 37,000 kroners (though perhaps not for Reykjavik), we were happy with the service and value.
Room 401 faced the street from which we had partial views of the harbor and the new performing arts center. Spacious with plenty of seating and a Nespresso machine with a variety of espresso capsules. Room 206 was an L-shaped corner room with a direct view of one of the principal shopping streets. Less seating but a much larger bathroom. Configuration of both rooms was quite different (see attached images), and each had its advantages.
Overall pluses of the 1919 hotel:
1) Excellent location! Many of Reykjavik's best restaurants are within a block or two of the hotel. The new performing arts center is nearby.
2) We experienced friendly service (impressed that our room was ready at an admittedly difficult time. Perhaps the hotel was not full the previous night).
3) Contemporary design. Some might call this cold, but we loved the sleek modern furnishings and hard wood floors.
4) Fabulous breakfast in a very stylish dining room which was included in the cost of the "business" rate. Variety of breads/pastries, yogurt, cereals, cold meats, cheeses, salmon, scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, and potatoes.
5) Small but very adequate workout room with a Lifefitness treadmill and elliptical machine. TV monitor was available but I could never get it to work, so I used by iPod. Refrigerator full of cold, bottled Icelandic water was available.
1) Room 206 (corner room) is very noisy on a Friday night with the infamous revelry that goes all the way until 4:00AM! Even with earplugs I could hear the constant beat of music that prevented any sleep. This wasn't the Radisson's fault, but if this weekend catharsis is an ongoing feature of Reykjavik behavior, the Radisson might consider better sound proofing the next time they renovate.
2) Lobby decor is less appealing (to me) than the rooms or dining room--rather dark and austere compared to light and modern.
Overall we were very happy with the 1919 hotel and would make this the base of any future visit to Reykjavik.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Refurbished, classic building in the heart of Reykjavik offering accommodation in style and comfort. Hotel located next to main shopping street with restaurants and bars. Cultural attractions close by like the Parliament of Iceland, art galleries and museums. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik Hotel
- Radisson Reykjavík
- Radisson Reykjavik
- Reykjavík Radisson