Across the mountains and plains of Iceland, a natural phenomenon called the Northern Lights dances. In winter, Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik gives visitors a front-row seat to the breathtaking sky display. Now, travelers have another hotel option when planning their Reykjavik visit, and this one is something special: The Reykjavik EDITION. But it’s not just Winter’s Northern Lights you’ll want to enjoy at the newest EDITION hotel; there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
Reykjavik EDITION Opening Soon
Reykjavik’s newest hotel is a member of the Marriott’s EDITION family. Each EDITION hotel is completely unique, so while you can expect a standard level of hospitality and quality across the entire brand, you won’t feel like the rooms have been copy and pasted from property to property. The Reykjavik EDITION is opening soon, with a preview opening on November 9th, and it’s a truly spectacular display of eco-modern elegance.
In a statement, the EDITION team shares, “The Reykjavik EDITION will set a new standard as the city’s first truly luxury hotel experience, combining the best of the Icelandic capital with the personal, intimate and individual experience that the EDITION brand is known for. The result is a vibrant and sophisticated urban hub with 253 rooms, an outstanding line-up of bars, signature restaurant and nightclub and, in true EDITION style, the introduction of a new kind of modern social wellness concept. In the land of hot springs, mineral waters and natural fjords, this creative innovation, visceral emotional experience and authenticity of Ian Schrager, together with Marriott International’s long-standing operational expertise and global reach, results in a totally distinct offering that further boosts Reykjavik’s growing allure as a world class international cosmopolitan destination.”
The exterior of the Reykjavik EDITION is a bold and modern combination of shou sugi ban timber blackened by an ancient Japanese tradition, and steel beam frames that evoke images of Iceland’s lava fields. Schrager dreamed of creating a unique “alchemy and magic” for the Northern hotel, perched as it is above the pedestrian Harpa plaza, which features a canopy lit from beneath by over 12,000 LED glass nodes. Guests will have a breathtaking view of the Harpa or across Iceland’s stunning, windswept but far-from-lifeless hills and valleys.
The interior decor is another ode to the natural beauty of Iceland, with basalt – volcanic rock – making up the Lobby’s floor, an open-flame fireplace at the heart of the entrance, and a sculptural desk waiting at reception. Balanced against the stark and imposing basalt touches are warm contrasts in the form of Icelandic lava stone sculptural totem along with tactile saddle leather wrapped around concrete columns, and white oak features throughout.
The rooms are spacious and cozy, with a number of room and suite options to choose from. Each retreat-like space has floor-to-ceiling windows to give unparalleled views, some include private outdoor terraces, and all embrace modern convenience with local flair. Each room has handpicked art from local artists, a color palette of ash wood and pale gray oak along with monochrome bathrooms and bright and color wool throws. Faux fur rugs, Italian furniture, and copper accents complete the ethereal and elegant design that will draw you in and warm you as you enjoy the views Reykjavik has to offer from the comfort of your own bed.
Wine and Dine
But if that winter wind picks up and you don’t want to travel far afield to eat, you’re in luck – the Reykjavik EDITION offers a restaurant on site, along with a lounge and a Roof venue that allows for private entertaining. Here are the unique entertainment options the Reykjavik EDITION offer:
- Tides: A unique dining destination, Tides boasts a private dining room along with a café that provides homemade baked goods, all under the competent guidance of Gunnar Karl Gíslason – the chef behind Dill, Reykjavik’s much-celebrated New Nordic Michelin-starred restaurant. Floor to ceiling windows give diners a stellar view, and the thoughtfully crafted décor is a blend of classic elegance and modern chic. Guests can dine at The Counter, a 10-person seating option that allows views of the kitchen and a private serving experience. The EDITION team adds, “In the mornings, breakfast is a fresh, healthy mix of clean juices, pastries, fruit, cereal and skyr (Icelandic yoghurt) supplemented by an à la carte menu of hot dishes and a selection of open-face sandwiches. For lunch and dinner, Gíslason serves modern Icelandic cuisine, with subtle hints of traditional cooking methods, focused on seasonal local products and the highest quality of global ingredients mainly cooked over an open fire. Alongside an extensive global wine list, expect dishes such as a vertical salad topped with fried oyster mushrooms aged soy sauce and roasted almonds, whole Arctic char stuffed with lemon, dill and garlic butter, baked Atlantic cod, grilled potatoes, mixed herbs and butter and lamb shoulder braised and slowed grilled, pickled onions mint and apples, and for dessert, Tides carrot cake, buttermilk ice-cream, carrot and sea buckthorn jam, with roasted caraway oil.”
- Tölt: Tucked away on the opposite side of the lobby, the on-site bar named Tölt is the perfect, lowkey, private place to unwind after a long day of exploring. The bar offers three intimate nooks for seating, decorated by local Icelandic-designed rugs. The whole venue revolves around a central fireplace, with sleek oversized windows that offer a stunning view of Harpa.
- The Roof: On the 7th floor of the hotel, The Roof is designed to be its own destination venue. With views over the city, all the way to the North Atlantic Ocean, The Roof is the perfect place to plan a private event. The décor is more simple ebony so as not to detract from the breathtaking views embraced by more floor-to-ceiling windows and a seasonal outdoor terrace that boasts a firepit and ample seating.
- Sunset: This venue won’t open with the rest of the hotel but is coming soon and expected by the end of the year. It’s a sleek, underground night venue, with stark black décor to frame the theatrical lighting and state-of-the-art sound system. Per the EDITION team, “Along with a killer cocktail menu and an ongoing roster of events, the club will play host to some of the world’s top DJs and performers, earmarking it as the latest unmissable destination in Reykjavik’s thriving nightlife scene.”
While Visiting Reykjavik…
Of course, if you visit in Reykjavik you have to set aside some time to take in the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. But what else can a visitor do while exploring a city nestled among what consider the icy northern wastes? It turns out, plenty.
Visitors to the capital city can enjoy a swim in a volcanic crater, take a tour of the surrounding vistas, and explore waterfall, glaciers, and black sand beaches. Hiking, whale watching, and boat tours that take guests around breathtaking icebergs and right to the mouth of where glaciers meet the ocean. Use your own feet or ride Icelandic horses, take in geysers, or enjoy a traditional hot spring dip – there’s something for everyone.
But if you’re a night owl, you’re also in luck – Reykjavik’s nightlife scene is both booming and growing. Icelandic entertainment tradition is inclusive and welcoming, and the Reykjavik nightlife venues are all a stone’s throw from one another and rarely charge entrance fees. Whether you’re looking for an intimate night of boozing, or a wild party helmed by some of the world’s best DJs, you’ll find it in Reykjavik.
And where better to create a home base for your explorations than the Reykjavik EDITION? Visit the website to plan and book your stay, but move quickly – it’s in hot demand.