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Sand Hotel, Reykjavík, Iceland
A fabulously located hotel in which you can walk to the highlights of the cool, compact city of Reykjavík. With the historic family-run Sandholt Bakery just next door, the scent of sumptuous artisan baked goods permeates the air. The hotel itself is chic with a neutral colour scheme punctuated with colourful contemporary art sourced from famed art gallery Gallery i8. Although the restaurant only serves breakfast, the hotel bar just off the open-plan lobby is popular with guests and locals alike. Staff are friendly and eager to share insightful tips on where to go and what to see, then after a day exploring, you'll be happy to return to your calm, clean-lined boutique bedroom or suite.
We loved the food tour with Addý from 'Your Friend In Reykjavik'. She took us to the city's best dining destinations and we even tried the famed fermented shark.
Located on Laugavegur, the main shopping street in downtown Reykjavík, you'll also find the sculpture garden a short walk away.
By plane: direct flights from London to Reykjavík take 3 hours. The hotel is a 45-minute drive from the airport. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Solo travellers or couples will love the central location of this modern, chic hotel, within walking distance of the city's highlights. The contemporary artwork all sourced from renowned local gallery Gallery i8 adds interest, adorning the walls with pride.
Service & Facilities
The receptionist gave us his top tip on where to buy a typical Icelandic jumper - The Hand Knitted Society of Iceland.
- Breakfast room
- Fitness centre
- Free Wi-Fi
The Sand Suite, fitted with a kitchenette and birds-eye city views is both modern and spacious. The grey upholstered furniture was very calming, we loved the pop of colourful patterned cushions on the bed in contrast.
Small Room, Standard Room, Superior Room, Family Room, Junior Suite, Suite, Sand Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, Nespresso machine, fridge, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
It was nice to see the authentic local Icelandic kleina (deep-fried doughnut) on offer at breakfast. The breakfast coconut milk chia seed pot with pureed fresh mango was delicious and a great option if you're vegan.
Sand Bar: buffet breakfast served daily. Bar open for drinks and small snacks, 4-11pm.