How can you say you have experienced Reykjavik if all you did was visit downtown a few times from your soulless hotel a 20-minute bus ride away in the middle of some nameless industrial estate? The answer is that you can’t. There is just no substitute for Reykjavik city centre accommodation.
The Reykjavik hotel chain Center Hotels gives tourists in Iceland the chance to connect with Reykjavik and enjoy the best of Icelandic culture without the hassle of going home early on buses, paying for expensive taxis or driving themselves and not being allowed a beer or two.
Reykjavik’s impressive Culture Night celebration is fast approaching and a bigger than ever Reykjavik Jazz Festival is already underway, meaning a good downtown Reykjavik hotel is integral to getting the most out of your stay.
Menningarnott, called Culture Night in English, is the annual celebration of Reykjavik’s birthday. This year it happens on Saturday 22nd August. The whole day of celebrations includes hundreds of shows, exhibitions and demonstrations, as well as the Reykjavik Marathon and a huge fireworks display.
Talking of birthdays, the Reykjavik Jazz Festival is now celebrating its 20th year with a special 20-day long run of live music and other events, starting on 13 August. Any fan of jazz will find something special going on every evening in Café Rosenberg and other city centre venues.
Center Hotels has designed its chain so that each of its five is very different from the others, but all in the trendy Reykjavik 101 postal district. Describing each in a few words can help paint a picture; but a visit to the website is the best way to decide which suits you best.
Hotel Plaza is a modern, traditional and friendly Reykjavik hotel. Hotel Klopp is youthful, intimate and cool. Hotel Skjaldbreid is laid-back, bright and unpretentious. Hotel Thingholt on the other hand is über-cool: a design hotel inspired by Iceland’s nature and folklore. Hotel Arnarhvoll is another super chic design hotel whose décor is only surpassed by the stunning sea views.
More than just a place to lay your weary head, Reykjavik Center Hotels is also committed to providing great food: Hotel Arnarhvoll’s Panorama Restaurant and Domo at Hotel Thingholt are two of Reykjavik’s most respected eateries.
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