At a Glance
Really fantastic Apotek Grill - the hotel's restaurant and bar
Very good sized rooms for a city hotel
Excellent location right in the center and opposite the Icelandic Parliament building
Beautifully designed chic rooms with lovely parquet floors and original features of the 1917 historical building
Best time to Visit
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Nordic climate - May, June and July are the driest months of the year. Mid-June to August is high season, but most highland tours don’t operate until July because of snow. At other times, many tourist facilities outside Reykjavík are closed. From September through March, the night is dark enough to see the Aurora Borealis.
To start planning your vacation to Apotek Hotel
Located in the heart of Reykjavik, on the square just behind Iceland's Parliament, the Hotel Apotek is one of the newest hotels in the city and housed in a 1917 landmark building which was formerly the city's biggest pharmacy, Reykjavikurapotek.
Apotek Hotel is perfectly placed on Austurvollur square, near the Icelandic parliament building in the heart of the city and within very easy walking distance to shops, bars and restaurants.
The 4 star hotel has 45 rooms and suites which are all designed in-keeping with the Art Deco theme of its sister hotel, Hotel Borg also designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, the State Architect of Iceland at the time. All have lovely parquet floors, chic grey walls and bright bathrooms with walk-in showers. In many of the rooms you can still see some of the historical buildings original features and most have views of the square and Parliament building.
The hotel's restaurant and bar, Apotek Grill is beautifully lit and has an inviting atmosphere, comfortable and cosy seating and delicious grilled meats and fish make it the perfect place to warm up and relax after a stroll around the city in winter. The menu is an exciting blend of Icelandic and European dishes but also a "smoking hot Argentinean grill". All tastes are catered for at Apotek, the bar being no exception, offering artisan cocktails mixed by award winning "pharmacists".
The Apotek Hotel has 45 rooms and suites, most facing the square and all with parquet floors, chic grey walls and an Art Deco feel. Bathrooms are bright and have a sink, toilet and walk-in shower.
Set over 11 square meters these rooms are fully equipped with amenities such as minibar, television, telephone, radio, safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and ironing board.
Covering 19 square meters these rooms come with either a double bed or two twin beds and minibar, television, telephone, radio, safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and ironing board.
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These spacious rooms are around 20 square meters and are equipped with minibar, television, telephone, radio, safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and ironing board.
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Set over 29 square meters these spacious, modern rooms come with minibar, television, telephone, radio, safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and ironing board.
Junior suites are around 34 square meters and are simplistic and modern with minibar, television, telephone, radio, safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and ironing board.
This luxurious suite is spacious covering three floors and 57 square meters and comes with minibar, television, telephone, radio, safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and ironing board.
Children are welcome at Apotek Hotel although there are no specific facilities. There are interconnecting room options and babysitting can be arranged.
Apotek Grill is the hotel's bar and restaurant and has a lovely inviting atmosphere thanks to the warm lighting and comfortable seating. The food in Reykjavik is fantastic and Apotek Grill does not disappoint. Expect delicious and perfectly grilled meat and fish.
Reykjavik is a fun, beautiful and cultural city bustling with energy - natural and from its population and vibrant venues. The hotel's concierge service will be at hand to help with the booking of all sorts of activities and excursions inside and outside of the city to make your stay as easy and as enjoyable as possible.
Anne Bamber (Staff)
The bar at the Apotek attracts the locals and therefore has a vibrant and lively feel. Rooms are stylish and plush with lovely bathrooms (showers only) and most have great views over the square. This hotel is a great option for couples or families and is based very close to the harbor and all of the restaurants and shops in the city.
Cordelia Nicholls (Staff)
I visited the Apotek Hotel when it had just opened its doors. The design had an Art Deco feel to it which you can see in the other higher end hotels of Reykjavik. The parquet floors were lovely and brought a warmth to the hotel; bathrooms were wonderfully bright though it is a shame none of the rooms have baths which is all you want in winter! The Apotek Grill was so nice, the lighting was so warm and cosy and the food was delicious. Great value.
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Location & directions
Apotek Hotel is located on Austurvollur square, near the Icelandic parliament building in the heart of the city.