Occupying a cluster of buildings in the heart of the Icelandic capital on Laugavegur, this relative newcomer offers classy, Nordic-suffused style in its 52 guest rooms and suites. Expect a mix of uber-hipness and refined comfort in the form of Quagliotti Egyptian-cotton linens, Soley Organics toiletries and Bluetooth speakers. Enter through a lobby enhanced by Halldór Laxness books (the Nobel Prize-winning author’s birthplace makes up a section of the hotel).
Sandbar & Bistro supplies rustic meals packed with local produce, while a trip to the world-famous Sandholt bakery – it too forms part of the site – will reward you with cakes, bread, confectionery and more all made with the knowledge gained during a nigh-on 100-year existence. For further adventures, head out onto the street to browse the boutiques and vintage shops.