The two unrelated upscale city-centre properties have independent branding and a unique design.
Two new upscale hotels have opened in Reykjavík’s city centre, one of them next to the harbour and the other being the third Hilton property to open in Iceland.
The harbour-side Exeter Hotel on Tryggvagata is owned by the Icelandic hotel brand Keahotels and boasts 106 rooms and a bakery as well as a street-food style restaurant and bar on the ground floor.
The rooms include a 51-square-metre suite with a view over the harbour and Faxa Bay.
“This has been an exceptionally exciting project and people have expressed great interest in the hotel,” claims Páll L Sigurjónsson, the company’s director, in the news site Iceland Monitor.
German consul’s spirit
The Reykjavík Konsulat Hotel, meanwhile, located very close by on Hafnarstræti, is part of Hilton’s soft brand Curio Collection and keeps its individual branding.
The design and interior of the 50-room property pays homage to bygone days and Consul Ditlev Thomsen (1867-1935), a third generation merchant and entrepreneur in Reykjavík and a driving force in the town’s transformation into a modern city.
Ditlev served as the German consul in Reykjavík from 1896 to 1915 and the rooms are decorated with black-and-white photographs and antique-looking furniture.
“We are thrilled to introduce Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel to our growing Curio Collection, as this hotel represents our first Curio Collection property and our third Hilton property in the great city of Reykjavik,” declared Mark Nogal, Curio’s global chief.