Upon arrival at the hotel, it is obvious that the team members take pride in caring for every detail of the experience. Sitting and relaxing in the lounge area, which has been thoughtfully designed, is a perfect place to take a short break from your everyday busy schedule. It also fuels a wanderlust and desire to explore, which is a perfect match for any traveler visiting the hotel.
The remaining hotel décor including lights, lavish clothing goods, and old photographs of the Thomsen family life make you feel extremely welcomed and comfortable as if you were visiting a family member rather than a hotel. Since I am from Reykjavik, this was a staycation for me, but I definitely appreciated the feel of this hotel and now I am eager to plan even more adventures to satisfy my travel hunger.
I was visiting the hotel with my girlfriend and our year and a half-year-old son, and I can easily say that all three of us loved our stay. As a couple, we had the perfect amount of indulgence to feel well taken care of and spoiled. As a family with a young child, we felt the comfort and ease that young parents so often need. We stayed in a Suite which was extremely comfortable and we enjoyed the stylish interior design. The hotel team members were very professional and friendly, always greeted us with a smile and were very resourceful when we asked for help.
One of the highlights for all of us was definitely the hot pool, which relates so well to the hot pool culture of Iceland. For anyone new to the country, you should know Icelanders invented the “hot tub,” as our most influential Icelander to date, Snorri Sturluson, had an outdoor hot pool in a round shape in the 13th century.
The most prominent feature of the hotel is how well it fits into the city and how it incorporates the history, heritage and the direction that Reykjavik is moving towards. The building has been an important marker in building Iceland’s tourism and trade economies. Ditlev Thomsen was an entrepreneur and apart from doing well at the department store, he had a flair for hospitality, diplomatic services and art, and his actions influenced the development of the city so much that it’s dynamic growth put Reykjavik on the international map.
Restoring the grand spirit of such an important location in Reykjavik’s history is quite an accomplishment. The entire area around the hotel is being refreshed and reinvented, yet the building itself stands in something of an enclave. While in the heart of it all, it is tucked away to ensure very convenient quietness and intimate relaxation, which makes it one of the best spots in the city. The other thing that makes this building so special is a top floor terrace, as it offers a unique perspective over Reykjavik. Terraces and balconies in the city are a very rare sight, so having the chance to enjoy some sun rays like that is a treat even for a local!