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Hlemmur Square 3.0

Reykjavik, Capital Region, Iceland

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Pros

  • 10-minute walk to Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral and Sun Voyager Sculpture
  • Minimalistic modern rooms with minibars and rainfall showerheads in bathrooms
  • Classy and casual restaurant, Pulsa, serves gourmet sausages
  • Stylish bar with large selection of craft beer and live music
  • Daily breakfast buffet with make-your-own waffles (extra fee)
  • Most rooms have terraces with city and partial waterfront views
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 
  • Concierge and currency exchange

Cons

  • A walk away from the center of downtown
  • Breakfast costs an extra fee
  • Small bathrooms
  • Hotel is also home to a hostel (3rd and 4th floors)

Bottom Line

The 18-room, mid-range Hlemmur Square Hotel is situated on the fifth floor of a building that's also home to a third and fourth floor hostel. The two share a stylish lobby, elegant restaurant that serves international sausages, and casual bar with a large selection of craft beers and daily happy hours. Rooms are minimalist, but modern, and include comfortable beds, minibars, and small en-suite bathrooms with rainfall showerheads. Hlemmur Square is well-located on the shopping street of Laugavegur, within a 10-minute walk to the Sun Voyager Sculpture, but it's a 15-minute walk to the heart of downtown Reykjavik. For a competitively priced mid-range option closer to downtown, travelers may want to consider the CenterHotel Klopp, which has similar, but more generic, minimalistic decor.

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Scene

Stylish mix of modern and traditional furniture and a minimalistic, Scandinavian air

Hlemmur Square is situated in a simple, five-story building from the 1930s with a flat, cream-colored facade that extends into rounded corners. Hlemmur Square is part hotel, part hostel, and part apartments. The hotel portion of Hlemmur Square, which this review focuses on, occupies the fifth floor, while hostel rooms are situated on the third and fourth floors. (Hlemmur Square also owns on and off-site studio and suite-style apartments.)

While the exterior looks dated, the inside of the hotel underwent a total renovation in the summer 2013 and is fresh, clean, and stylish. Modern and traditional pieces combine for a look that's homey with a minimalistic, Scandinavian air. In the lobby, smooth gray floors meet cream-colored walls. A cup-shaped purple chair and square gray couches sit near the reception offset the more traditional wood tables and classic fringed rugs in the lobby. The library offers up classic, velvety tufted couches and elegant carved wood chairs that face a chess table set. The restaurant, Pulsa, opened in 2015. It's classy and casual with rustic tables, an eclectic mix of chairs, and beautiful hanging chandelier lights. 

Location

Well-located in Reykjavik, about a 15-minute walk from the heart of downtown

Hlemmur Square hotel is situated near the end of Laugavegur, the city's main shopping street, about a 15-minute walk from the heart of downtown Reykjavik. It shares the neighborhood with many hotels and hostels, and plenty of shops and restaurants are in walking distance in the direction of downtown. The iconic Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral and the popular Sun Voyager Sculpture are a 10-minute walk from the property. The Hlemmur bus station is directly across from the hotel, and Keflavik International Airport (KEF) is about a 50-minute drive. The hotel can help arrange for shuttle or taxi service, and while there's no parking available on-site, the area has paid street parking and nearby parking garages. 

Rooms

Minimalistic, modern rooms with minibars and chic en-suite bathrooms with rainfall showerheads

The property's fifth-floor hotel rooms feature minimalistic, modern decor with light wood floors, gray walls, orange accent walls, and exposed concrete beams. Comfortable beds have fresh-white Lissadell linens. Furniture, like small night tables and desks, are black with silver accents. Rooms include work desks and lamps, wardrobes with robes and safes, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. All rooms also have minibars with snacks and drinks, though there are no coffee/tea-making facilities. Bathrooms are a bit small and modern. These are fully tiled with black floors and white subway tiling on the walls. The showers tend to be roomy, with a transparent glass wall and large rainfall showerheads. Bathrooms come stocked with Bigelow toiletries. Most rooms have private balconies, and upgraded rooms may have sitting areas or even a grill on the terrace. While rooms tend to be quiet, light sleepers may want to avoid rooms that face the bus station.

Features

Stylish bar with live music and craft beers, Pulsa restaurant, and breakfast buffet for an extra fee

Features are limited at this tiny hotel and tend to focus on food. Guests of the hotel and hostel have access to a stylish but casual first-floor bar that offers over 60 different craft beers, cocktails, daily happy hours, and live music each week. A classy and casual on-site restaurant serves up gourmet sausages and a variety of sides for lunch and dinner. The hotel offers a daily breakfast buffet, which is pricey but on-par for the city. The selection includes standard buffet fare like bread, cereal, meat, and cheese in addition to make-your-own waffles. An unexpected perk is 24-hour room service.

The hotel also has a concierge and laundry service. Overnight dry cleaning, car rentals, and secretarial services can be arranged. Currency exchange is also available. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. 

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Address

Laugavegur 105, Reykjavik 105, Iceland

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