Last update: December 5th, 2023 at 07:22 am
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Best Family Hotels in Reykjavik Introduction
Heading to Iceland with kids? Congratulations! It is an absolutely amazing place for a family vacation. In fact, as I write this, I am just 10 days away from another visit (although this time a girlfriend getaway). I/we just simply can’t get enough of that beautiful country.
Whether your Iceland family holiday is 3 days, or more than a week, you will definitely want to spend a few days exploring the charming and colourful city of Reykjavik. In my experience, finding Iceland family hotels can be challenging, including in the capital city. With that in mind, I want to share with you my favourite Reykjavik family hotels as well as a few important tips.
Please use the following menu to find what you need quickly regarding family friendly hotels in Reykjavik.
See also: The 10 Best South Coast Iceland Hotels (incl. family options).
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Family Hotels Reykjavik – Tips
- Reykjavik is a compact and very walkable city so you can’t go too wrong with your location as long as you don’t stray far from the central core. (More on this below.)
- Reykjavik is very stroller friendly, even in the winter, as the city’s sidewalks are warmed by geothermal heat and kept mostly free of ice and snow.
- Iceland is a very expensive country in general, so finding well-priced family hotels can be a little challenging (fear not – help is here). Don’t be afraid to also consider Reykjavik apartment-style hotels as well as vacation rental options on sites such as VRBO. Both offer some great alternative family accommodation Reykjavik options.
- The best family hotels Iceland has to offer tend to book up long ahead of time because there just aren’t that many of them. When you find a suitable family-sized room in Reykjavik, you are best to nab it quickly. Most hotel booking sites such as Booking.com, offer a Pay Later flexible reservation option, so this is pretty low risk. (Confession: I often change hotels at least once leading up to a trip as better options present themselves.)
- Like hotels, restaurants are also very expensive in Iceland (think almost double that of North America). It is quite common for family hotel Iceland properties to include breakfast in the price. If the hotel doesn’t, make sure that this is accounted for in a lower price. Alternatively, a place with a small kitchen or kitchenette that allows you to do some self-catering can be a more budget-friendly option.
Best Area to Stay in Reykjavik
Reykjavik is quite a small city that is easy to navigate on foot or via their excellent public transportation system. As long as you are somewhere around the center, you cannot go too wrong with your chosen accommodations.
Most Reykjavik hotels are located in 101 Reykjavik, which is the postal code that makes up the downtown core. I use the term “downtown” lightly as Reykjavik is not a major metropolis. It looks like this.
During your Reykjavik family stay, you will likely spend quite a bit of time around the harbour as that is where you will find the Harpa Concert Hall, the boat tours, several museums and a lot of excellent restaurants.
Most of the best family hotels Reykjavik has to offer are concentrated either on, or just off the main shopping street of Laugavegur. This is convenient because you are only a short walk to the harbour, but at the same time, away from some of the nightlife noise (Icelanders love to party.)
Note: An easy way to get a feel for where all the action (noise) is in Reykjavik, is to Google Reykjavik Nightclubs. They are generally all clustered in two areas, so as long as you have a bit of a buffer between the nearest party spot and your chosen accommodation, you should be fine.
Family Hotels in Reykjavik Map
I have plotted our favourite family friendly hotels in Reykjavik, Iceland on the following Google map. The one on the far left (The Black Pearl), is conveniently located in the center of the action but could potentially be the noisiest.
The two on the far right (The Alda Hotel and Tyr Apartments) are further down the shopping street of Laugavegur and would be quieter (this is the area we prefer to stay). The walk to the center of town is pleasant and takes about 15 minutes.
8 Best Family Hotels Reykjavik
With no further ado, here are our favourite family friendly hotels in Reykjavik, Iceland!
1. Reykjavik Residence Hotel
This luxury apartment-style hotel has fully furnished 1,2 and 3 bedroom suites that are perfect for families both large and small! Cots are available for those traveling with a baby or toddler.
These self-catering apartments offer flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and modern kitchenettes with tea/coffee makers and microwaves. Communal laundry facilities are also available. Guests love the breakfast baskets that are delivered to the room each morning (extra fee).
2. The Sand Hotel
This fashionable boutique hotel is in a great location on the best shopping street in Reykjavik, and only a 10 minute walk to the center of town. Rooms feature muted tones, flat-screen TVs and hardwood floors, complimentary Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines, and designer toiletries.
This Reykjavik boutique hotel has a 1 king /1 queen room and a 1 bedroom suite (1 king/1 sofa bed) that are both good options for families. All stays at the Sand Hotel include a continental breakfast featuring pastries from their award-winning Sandholt bakery.
3. Reykjavik Edition
The Reykjavik Edition is one of Iceland hottest new luxury hotels. This property offers 24 hour concierge services, a restaurant, a bar, a gym, a wellness center and a hammam spa.
For families, the Edition offers double queen bed rooms featuring a seating area, a flat-screen, free wifi, robes, slippers and coffee/tea making facilities.
4. Alda Hotel Reykjavik
The Alda Hotel is located onin central hotel offers with a flat-screen TVs and access. Hallgrimskirkja Church is a 5-minute walk away.
All guest rooms at Alda Hotel Reykjavík have a private bathroom with a bath or shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. Some rooms feature a private balcony with sea or city views. The Alda has family rooms and deluxe rooms that can sleep a family of four (1 queen / 1 sofa bed).
Note: The Alda does not have baby cribs available for guests making this property better suited for families with older children.
5. Tyr Apartments
These modern one and two bedroom apartments are centrally located – just a few steps from the popular shopping street of Laugavegur and the beautiful Hallgrímskirkja Church.
The apartments offer free wifi, well equipped kitchens (fridge, oven and dishwasher), flat screen TVs and more. The one bedroom can sleep up to four people, the two bedroom can sleep up to 6. Baby cots, cribs, and high chairs are available upon request.
Check rates for Tyr Apartments on Booking.com.
6. The Black Pearl
The Black Pearl luxury apartments are conveniently located right near Reykjavik harbour and city center. These modern, well-equipped suites have full kitchens and can sleep from 2-6 people. The deluxe suites have an in-suite washer and dryer. Cribs are available upon request.
7. Ódinsvé Hotel Apartments
Located in Reykjavík city centre, the Ódinsvé has both a boutique hotel (with a family room) and serviced apartments just down the road. Both have options to sleep a family of up to 5 people.
All rooms and apartments offer modern decor, flat-screen TVs and free wifi. The apartment suites all have up-to-date kitchens that include a microwave, electric cooktop, dishwasher and tea/coffee facilities. A baby crib can be added to the accommodations upon request.
The main shopping street of Laugarvegur is just 350 m away. The hotel has a 24 hour concierge and laundry service is available to guests for a reasonable price.
8. Kvosin Downtown Hotel
The Kvosin is located in a restored historical Reykjavik building near the Icelandic Parliament and Tjörnin Pond. Rooms offer a seating area, flat-screen TV, free wifi and a Nespresso machine. Most rooms also have a kitchenette with a dining area, fridge and cooking facilities.
A continental breakfast is served each morning at the hotel (for a fee) and can also be ordered to your room or suite.
Other Family Accommodation Reykjavik
As Reykjavik hotels can be very expensive, a vacation rental can be a much more economical option for families. The cost of a lovely 2 bedroom apartment can be the same as a basic hotel room.
Please note: Vacation rentals make the most sense when you are booking for more than a couple of nights. Otherwise, the additional service fees and cleaning fee can drive the cost up close to that of a hotel room.
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