The 88-bedroomed Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel is housed in a historic constructing in downtown Reykjavik and caters for each enterprise and leisure travellers. This charming landmark lodge occupies a re-developed workplace constructing that dates from – sure, you’ve guessed it – 1919. It is considered one of Reykjavík’s oldest buildings and opened its doorways as a lodge within the Summer of 2005.
We arrived fairly late having travelled from past the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (a drive of greater than 5 hours), and brought within the airplane wreck, Skógafoss, Seljavallalaug swimming pool and Seljalandsfoss alongside the route. We due to this fact welcomed the swift and environment friendly nature of the check-in course of within the lodge’s pristine, spacious foyer.
It’s right here within the lodge reception space that there’s additionally complimentary espresso and tea, water, fruits and vitality bars from 4am to 7am for anybody wanting ‘breakfast to go’.
Our modern visitor room was compact however very snug, with the whole lot we wanted.
Equipped with a desk, sockets both aspect of the mattress, a flatscreen TV mounted to the wall, and a kettle with tea, espresso and sugar, the room additionally had a cabinet with a protected, baggage rack, ironing board and iron, plus a facility to request laundry or dry cleansing companies.
English-speaking channels on our TV included CNN, BBC News, Sky News and Cartoon Network, while further TV companies included a welcome, alarm clock, information, Web radio and YouTube, and you possibly can even choose a video of a hearth to present your room that additional cosy really feel.
Our lavatory had an ideal bathe space with considered one of Iceland‘s many waterfalls used as a backdrop, in addition to a basin, shaving mirror and WC.
Radisson’s own-branded toiletries had been additionally equipped.
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The Brut Restaurant is a excessive finish informal seafood restaurant established within the Autumn of 2021 which we dined in a single lunchtime. Among the dishes we had was a deliciously tender octopus starter which got here with a barely smoky, wealthy salsa rojo and kohlrabi.
Also amongst our order had been whelks, candy in flavour and barely chewy however not overcooked, served with a garlic butter.
The broccoli with chilli, capers and Tindur cheese made for one more attention-grabbing starter, not least as a result of we hadn’t tried (or heard of!) any such cheese earlier than. It seems it’s a pointy, tangy (but in addition tasty!) exhausting Icelandic cheese.
And to spherical off our starters had been uncooked, marinated scallops with tomato and lemon juice. Who knew that scallops might style so candy and scrumptious in the event that they weren’t really cooked?!
Our mains had been an ideal success additionally, from this ocean perch with olives, tomato and basil (an ideal alternative for a gentle, sweet-tasting fish)…
…to the grilled courgette with yohurt and a lemon and salsa verde, good for the vegetarians.
But don’t overlook it is a fish restaurant only a two-minute stroll from the harbour, so the fish is unquestionably value making an attempt. Possibly the very best dish of all was the monkfish with a rooster glaze, roasted hazelnuts and mushroom – an uncommon mixture you would possibly suppose however monkfish is a meaty fish which might deal with these further flavours.
For one thing extra delicate, strive the lemon sole with a chic beurre blanc and samphire sauce.
A patisserie choice was wheeled out on a trolley that made desserts exhausting to withstand. These delicacies are sourced from Gulli Arnar, a comparatively new bakery in Hafnarfjörður (simply outdoors Reykjavik).
Their petit gâteau choice is created from the best components and features a lemon tart with a butter-baked biscuit base, lemon cream and Italian meringues…
…plus this milk chocolate hazelnut mousse with apricot jelly.
Brut restaurant additionally doubles up for a buffet breakfast within the mornings.
A health flooring is situated on flooring 0 and options an array of contemporary train tools together with complimentary water and towels. It is open 24/7.
And there are a selection of assembly rooms to be used by enterprise travellers, in addition to alternatives for personal eating.
The Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel is in downtown Reykjavik in an space often called the 101 District (due to its 101 postcode). It is inside strolling distance of bars and eating places, and the primary buying streets equivalent to Laugavegur, in addition to close to the previous harbour, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik City Hall, Harpa Conference Centre and the National Museum of Iceland. The well-known Hallgrímskirkja Church is lower than a kilometre away.
Street parking is offered straight outdoors the lodge and is free after 6pm, plus there may be multi-storey parking shut by in Hafnartorg. Immediately outdoors the lodge is the recent canine stand Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, owned by the identical household because it opened in 1937, made well-known after Bill Clinton visited in 2004.
Other good touches
Some complimentary goodies had been in our room on arrival and complimentary glowing and nonetheless water is offered for Radisson Rewards members (changing into a member is simple – you may be a part of on-line in a matter of minutes).
Standard rooms begin 23,000 ISK for Radisson Rewards Prepaid Members, on a room solely foundation.
The finest bit
The finest a part of our keep was lunch at Brut Restaurant. This was on a par with a few of our greatest meals in Iceland, with each the service and the meals being distinctive.
The ultimate verdict
The Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik is a really snug way of life lodge with a wonderful restaurant. Its location in a modern a part of Reykjavik’s metropolis centre is ideal, with the whole lot you possibly can want for inside a brief stroll: the harbour, quite a few sights, buying, bars and eating places.
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