r e y k j a v i c r e s t a u r a n t
g u i d ec r o w d e d w o r l d
The last time I went to Iceland, my diet consisted of nothing more exciting than hot dogs and hamburgers and the mysteriously named drekka samloka ("dragon sandwich"), which I enjoyed at my buddy's corner store in the heart of the capital. That was cool, because I knew I wasn't in Reykjavik for the food -- I was there for the kick ass music and the Midnight Sun! The first time I went to Iceland, I couldn't afford to eat anything at all! That said, if you have the money, there are some gourmet options in the country -- mostly in Reykjavik, but also in other towns and villages. This website is basically the attempt to catalogue all of these aforestated Icelandic dining options.
If you are living in Iceland, or planning to visit for a holiday, it is interesting to take part in all the seasonal festivities which happen here. For example, there is Thorri, a Viking festival held on the Friday in the 13th week of the year. Each February Perlan (one of Reykjavik's most important sites) hosts a Thorri Day of its own for 200 guests. An hour's walk about Öskjuhlíð is followed by servings of hot cocoa and rum, after which a banquet is held with traditional food as it was prepared a thousand years ago. Thorlaksmessa, held two days before Christmas in honor of Iceland's native saint, is another festival you could experience if you were so inclined.
101 Hotel: Hverfisgata 10 | 101 Reykjavík | Sími: 580 0101 | Web: www.101hotel.is.
According to the official website: "101 hotel is a boutique hotel and a member of Design hotels, situated in the heart of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. The luxury design hotel is the the creation of owner and designer Ingibjörg S. Pálmadottir, a graduate from Parsons School of Design in New York.
"The hotel features 38 spacious rooms, including 5 suites / jr. suites. with in-room amenities providing all the modern comfort you need. All rooms are double bed - there are no twin beds. A luxurious basement gym and spa featuring a steam bath and jacuzzi allows you to completely unwind and relax.
"On the ground floor the 101 bar and restaurant offer an effortless combination of contemporary Icelandic and international cuisine."
Iceland Review commented: "The ground-floor restaurant and bar, offering great modern European/Asian food, has already become the hang-out of the hip crowd. It features a stunning, white wall mural of sensual three-dimensional pods, and the bar has a long, black granite top with cool leather high chairs under a glass ceiling. The adjacent library lounge is invitingly warm with a fireplace and comfortable sofas, and there's also a state-of-the-art conference centre. Best of all, the 101 hotel is located in the very heart of the city, within a short walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, museums and nightclubs."
Nordica Hotel: Suðurlandsbraut 2 | 108 Reykjavík | Sími: 444 5000 | Web: www.nordicaspa.is.
Julie Register from Your Guide to Spas visited this hotel spa in 2003, and registered this account of her experience: "I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of the 10-story Nordica Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland on May 6, 2003 amid ice sculptures, videos and speeches, drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
"Formerly known as Hotel Esja, the hotel's extensive 18-month, $20 million renovation and refurbishment has been primarily geared to the conference and meeting business with the addition of 58 business and executive rooms, the Presidential Suite, a Business Suite, Executive Lounge, a business center, 11 meeting rooms, a Grand Ballroom with seating for 650 and an Exclusive Boardroom - all equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technical and lighting facilities and audio-visual equipment. The hotel has also added items of interest for the leisure traveler -- Vox, a gourmet restaurant, run by internationally acclaimed chef Hákon Már Örvarsson, recipient of the bronze medal from the gastronomical contest Bocuse d'Or and a lovely, new fitness center and spa."
Television Pay Movies
Air Conditioning in Restaurant
Safe in reception
Room Service - not 24-hours
Bathroom with bath
Bathroom with shower
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