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London, UK
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Reviewed August 17, 2004

WOW !! in a league of its own....

A wonderful hotel that not only has wonderful rooms...with every finishing touch you can imagine.
The showers are amazing...especially if you have one with views over the bay area.

Try to get a top floor room (facing out on to the park and water)....the views are lovely especially when it never gets dark.

Expect everything to be VERY EXPENSIVE !! Basicly everything in the room is for sale @ really silly prices.

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Napa, California
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Reviewed May 27, 2004

Hip without being pretentious, that's the 101. Cool (meaning stylish), but welcoming, just like the Reykjavik I have come to enjoy. After viisting Iceland many times and having tried several of its hotels--from the classic (old) to the highly rated--I look forward to staying at the 101. The hotel feels businesslike, yet friendly--like Icelanders themselves. The very good food, the staff and all the ameneties that a world traveller on business comes to rely upon are all in place. The 101 is extremely well located for business and for enjoying Reykjavik's famous dining spots and its enthusiastic nightlife. Perfect? maybe not: a little more variety of malt whiskies-- to compete with the nearly unmatched collection at The Holt. But then again that might make the 101 just too perfect.

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Reviewed April 21, 2004

Fabulous! The staff was very friendly and went out of their way to assure a hospitable stay. The rooms were beautiful and the robes in the room were perfect when using the hotel hot tub. Highly, highly recommended. In the center of Reykjavik, nowhere else could have been better. We will return.

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New York, New York
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Reviewed March 28, 2004

With a modern, edgy style somewhat reminiscent of certain Ian Schrager offerings (e.g., the Royalton in NYC), 101 Hotel provides great comfort, with a very attentive staff, in a central location. As other visitors have noted, the rooms are super-sleek, modern, and very comfortable, with high quality materials throughout. Equally important, the staff is great. For example, when the airline temporarily misplaced my colleague's bag and left him with only the shirt on his back, "Katta" the receptionist went to heroic lengths to help smooth things out. Similarly pleasant is the young staff in the bar/restaurant, who will gladly accomodate the pickiest palates (and even conjure up some dishes that aren't on the menu). Beware of the drink prices, however, which shock even a hardened New Yorker (17! bucks for a vodka Martini versus 11 in midtown. Of course, most things in Reykjavik are noticeably more expensive than in New York). Finally, one should not forget about the hotel's very own spa, consisting of an uber-mod hot tub and steam room (all "powered" by Iceland's natural, geothermic heat), as well as a sufficient amount of exercise equipment. The former two features are just the thing for a jet-lagged body and mind, and are very well done.

Nit: the only questionable aspect of 101 Hotel's design and execution is the "pregnant" wall over the bar (the large whitewashed expanse is "adorned" with tens of protrusions resembling pregnant tummies and busoms). Bizarre--or maybe just too avant-garde for me. In any event, if that's the worst thing about the place, that says a lot.

  • Stayed: March 2004, traveled on business
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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed December 27, 2003

We just stayed at 101 Hotel for two nights right after Christmas as our holiday gift to ourselves. It was a splurge after a year of staying in tourist-class places on our various European city breaks this year, but Reykjavik has relatively few inexpensive hotels located right downtown that are also open around Christmas. We didn't want to be a 20-minute walk away from the center this time of year (and it was indeed cold!).
So we booked the least expensive double room on offer, requested something with a view, and were given a cozy (but by no means cramped) room on the top floor looking northwards over the bay. A fabulous view of Mount Esja, and later on we really came to appreciate it because we did see the Northern Lights from our windows, however faintly.

The hotel lobby and lounge areas were both very stylish, and I'd seen images on the website, so I knew we were in for a treat. But our jaws dropped when we got to our room and saw all of the attention to detail.
The black and white decor really comes across as more luxe than it might appear on the website (though the television cabinet really is just melamine laminate), because the textures are all played off of each other really well. The bathroom area (it's not a separate room, so intimate couples only, please!) is a tasteful work of mirrors, frosted glass, and a waterfall shower head. And the sink/vanity is the quirkiest version I've ever seen (but again, it works! No water careening out of the basin like I've seen in other "designed" hotels).
The towels are thick, the mattress is firm, the sheets are soft...I could go on and on about how they nailed every detail.

But the other significant thing about the 101 Hotel, besides the fact that you'll love your room so much that you'll hate to leave, is that it's smack-dab in the heart of Reykjavik. Reykjavik isn't that large of a city, of course, but when it's 6 below in the middle of winter, even a few meters can make a difference. The Culture House which currently holds the manuscripts of the original Icelandic sagas is located cater-corner to the hotel and is a must-see. In the other direction are the two main shopping streets, and just a couple of blocks west are Austurvollur Square and the Old Harbour neighborhoods. Much, if not all, of what you might like to see in Reykjavik is located within ten minutes' walk from 101 Hotel. But you'll have to leave your wonderful room to get there!

N.B. Breakfast is not included in the room rate here, although you can order some in the restaurant. But don't bother in December, when hardly anyone was out at 11:30 am on a Saturday morning after Christmas and there are so many inexpensive cafes and restaurants to grab a bite in.

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