The latest addition to the luxury hotel scene in the Icelandic capital, The Reykjavik Edition arrived with fanfare and acclaim since opening in late 2021. The designer hotel boasts some serious design pedigree thanks to legendary American designer Ian Schrager, who is best known for creating Studio 54 in the 1970s.
Designed by Schrager in partnership with Marriott International, the Edition brand has brought impeccable design, cool momentum and genuine buzz to the beating hearts of several major cities since opening their first property in Honolulu twelve years ago. That’s no mean feat in places from New York and London to Shanghai that are home to a dazzling array of some of the best hotels in the world. If you’re looking for a luxury perch from which to explore Reykjavík and the rest of the country, the Reykjavík Edition is hard to beat.
Despite a common sensibility for editing, each hotel’s design is unique to its location and the Reykjavík edition is no exception. As central a location as it gets, the property straddles the harbor with its stunning mountain views and the city’s bustling downtown core. Next door is Reykjavík’s iconic Harpa Concert Hall, whose stunning multicolored glass facade was designed by renowned Icelandic/Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. Laugavegur, the city’s main shopping street, sits across its bustling side streets with the quaint wooden and iron houses, cozy cafes, gourmet restaurants and trendy bars that the city is famous for.
The hotel’s unusual design is a striking addition to the port. The ebony wood facade of shou sugi ban has been charred using an ancient Japanese technique and the blackened steel frames evoke the drama of the Icelandic lava landscape.
The hotel has a dual-entry lobby accessible either through the port or through Harpa Plaza. The centerpiece of the hotel, the Lobby Bar features an open fireplace, serving locally produced craft beers and signature cocktails with a local twist.
In the evening, we visited the lively bar overlooked by a video installation projecting the spectral dawn on the wall.
The 253 rooms and suites of the Reykjavík Edition all have floor-to-ceiling windows. Our room overlooked the harbor. In the same vein as the London Edition, you access your room through long, dimly lit passages. Upon entering our room, the ash wood interior brought an immediate feeling of warmth. The rooms are tastefully appointed with custom-made Italian furniture, copper light sconces, fur rugs and artwork including paintings by Ragnar Axelsson featuring Icelandic landscapes. The king-size bed was really very comfortable. The large Italian tiled bathroom has a marble sink and a spacious rain shower. Le Labo toiletries are standard. On the sixth floor, the one-bedroom penthouse suite comes with its own private terrace and even a central fireplace.
The Tides are led by Gunnar Karl Gíslason, Iceland’s first Michelin-starred chef, the man behind the town’s famous Dill restaurant. With a theatrical open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows, the restaurant has a central bar above which hangs a custom-made bronze chandelier by renowned French artist Eric Schmitt. Full with mostly Icelanders the night we ate, the restaurant’s winter menu uses seasonal local produce which is cooked over an open fire. We started with starters of San Marzano tomatoes, fresh skyr (Icelandic yogurt) and lovage herbs which we paired with a delicious plate of rock crab with a tangy wasabi sauce. Our hearty main courses of reindeer tenderloin with marinated blueberries and chanterelle mushrooms and corn fed Black Angus beef with whipped mashed potatoes with grilled portobello and black currants were exceptional. For dessert, we shared a more gourmet vanilla ice cream with grilled strawberries and pine nuts. Tides is a superb restaurant and is surely a favorite with locals and visitors alike.
Opening in the summer of 2022, the lower ground floor will house an underground Sunset nightclub with access from the hotel and Harpa Square. In addition, on the ground floor is a gym equipped with training, strength and cardio equipment. The spa, which will open in spring 2022, will include three treatment rooms, a steam room, steam room, sauna, and plunge pool that offers hydrotherapy treatments.
The rooftop terrace is located on the seventh floor of the hotel and offers spectacular views of the ocean and mountains. At night, you can relax around a large fire pit and admire the impressive Northern Lights.
Rooms start from 50,000 ISK $380 ppn and can be booked through the hotel website.
Address: Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Telephone: 00354 582 0025
E-mail: [email protected]