Short stay: Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland


By Paul Johnson on Oct 15, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Featured, Food and Drink, Going Out, Hotels, Iceland, Regions, Restaurants, Travel Miscellany, Western Europe

The 88-bedroomed Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel is housed in a historic building in downtown Reykjavik and caters for both business and leisure travellers. This charming landmark hotel occupies a re-developed office building that dates from – yes, you’ve guessed it – 1919. It is one of Reykjavík’s oldest buildings and opened its doors as a hotel in the Summer of 2005.

The welcome

We arrived quite late having travelled from beyond the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (a drive of more than 5 hours), and taken in the plane wreck, Skógafoss, Seljavallalaug swimming pool and Seljalandsfoss along the route. We therefore welcomed the swift and efficient nature of the check-in process in the hotel’s pristine, spacious lobby.

It’s here in the hotel reception area that there is also complimentary coffee and tea, water, fruits and energy bars from 4am to 7am for anyone wanting ‘breakfast to go’.

The room

Our contemporary guest room was compact but very comfortable, with everything we needed.

Equipped with a desk, sockets either side of the bed, a flatscreen TV mounted to the wall, and a kettle with tea, coffee and sugar, the room also had a cupboard with a safe, luggage rack, ironing board and iron, plus a facility to request laundry or dry cleaning services.

English-speaking channels on our TV included CNN, BBC News, Sky News and Cartoon Network, whilst additional TV services included a welcome, alarm clock, news, Web radio and YouTube, and…

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