Pros

  • Within walking distance of attractions, restaurants, and shopping
  • Modern rooms with flat-screen TVs, tea/coffee facilities, and minibars
  • Apartments with kitchens, living rooms, and two bathrooms
  • Bistro restaurant with Scandinavian cuisine and a bar
  • Breakfast buffet (included in some room rates)
  • Free Wi-Fi and a public computer
  • One meeting room
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Cons

  • Complaints concerning noise from the bar, hallways, and other rooms
  • No air-conditioning
  • No fitness center or on-site parking
  • No elevator in apartment building
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Bottom Line

Hotel Odinsve is an upper-middle-range contemporary hotel on the edge of Reykjavik’s city center, within a five-minute walk of restaurants, shopping, and some top attractions. At 50 rooms, it’s an intimate property with modern and sleek decor. The trendy rustic restaurant and bar attract guests and locals, but that’s about the extent of the amenities here, beyond the one meeting room and free Wi-Fi. Rooms offer a good variety of features like minibars, flat-screen TVs, and tea/coffee facilities, though they might be small for some and complaints have been made concerning bothersome noises. Suites and apartments with separate living rooms and kitchens offer more space. For more spacious rooms, travelers should check out the nearby Room with a View Apartments, though there's no on-site restaurant or bar.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Internet

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Scene

Modern hotel with sleek interiors attracting mostly couples

Hotel Odinsve occupies a modern blocky building in Reykjavik’s center. Its interiors feature contemporary decor, though the lobby is a bit generic and plain with white tiles and a sleek front desk. Large photographs by famous Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson adorn the walls of the hallways, providing a trendy and chic touch to the neutral decor. The on-site restaurant has more character thanks to a rustic style. Wooden floors and chairs, white tablecloth-clad tables, and a number of potted plants create a homey atmosphere, while a skylight and floor-to-ceiling windows make for bright and attractive areas throughout. The bar has a more intimate vibe with red carpet, sleek black tables, and an impressive glass wine display. Most guests staying here are couples who can be seen in the restaurant, though a number of families are drawn to the hotel for their fully equipped apartments.

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Location

Located in central Reykjavik, near shopping, attractions, and dining options

The hotel is centrally located in Reykjavik, not far from the shopping and attractions of downtown. The famous Hallgrimskirkja church, the National Gallery of Iceland, and the National Theater are a five-minute walk away. For shopping, Bankastraeti street is five minutes away, while Laugavegur street -- the main shopping street -- is lined with upscale clothing boutiques and can be reached in three minutes. There’s a few cafes on surrounding streets, though a diverse selection of dining options and bars are found within a five-minute walk of the property. The closest bus station takes six minutes to reach on foot. Reykjavik Airport is a five-minute drive away, while Keflavik International Airport can be reached in about 50 minutes. The Blue Lagoon is a 45-minute drive from the hotel.

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Rooms

Modern rooms with flat-screen TVs, kettles, and minibars; some fully equipped apartments available

The rooms at Hotel Odinsve are sleek and modern, with a neutral color palette, hardwood floors, Icelandic photographs on the walls, and a minimalist aesthetic. Rooms aren’t overly spacious, though some, like the Suites and Apartments, have separate living rooms. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, desks, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and minibars. Apartments are equipped with full kitchens, dining tables, and two bathrooms. Rooms don’t have air-conditioning, though this is common in Icelandic hotels. The white-tiled bathrooms are quite cramped and include showers or shower/tub combos with waterfall showerheads. Toiletries and hairdryers are hidden in drawers beneath the sinks. Note that some complaints have been made about noise from the bar (in rooms on lower levels), hallways, and other rooms.

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Features

Bistro restaurant, bar, meeting room, and public computer

The hotel's most popular feature is its on-site bistro, SNAPS, which attracts plenty of locals and guests alike. It serves Scandinavian cuisine for lunch and dinner, while a breakfast (for a fee) is offered in the mornings. There’s also a trendy bar with a large selection of wine and a crowd that can be noisy in the late evenings. The hotel lacks a spa and gym, but it does offer a fully equipped meeting room, a public computer in the lobby, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. There’s no on-site parking, though parking can be found on surrounding streets for a price. 

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Amenities

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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