Typically when I travel I stay in hotels around the globe but on this trip to Iceland I opted for something different. I went with Airbnb to get a different experience abroad. I have stayed in a few different properties in the United States through Airbnb but wanted to see how it would be abroad.
Full disclosure: My host was amazing, the location was unbelievable, the penthouse apartment was an architectural masterpiece, and this is by far the best place I have stayed in Iceland and would recommend anyone visiting to stay here as well.
The property is a downtown Penthouse apartment with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and can accommodate 6 people. Think family or group trip – its a big enough space to accommodate everyone and enough to have your own privacy as well. There is a pretty open floor plan in the common areas that flows really nicely. The lighting in the space is really nice – as it allows you to set each of the rooms on different settings for whatever your mood may be.
I loved the gourmet kitchen and as an added bonus, there is a tap for sparkling water. This is one of the coolest features I have seen in lodging while traveling. There was ample counter space, plenty of fridge and freezer storage, a large variety of dishes for entertaining, plenty of pots and pans to cook with, and cutlery.
Each bedroom has its own luxury walk in shower and bathroom, TV, closet and drawer space, and nice modern decor. If you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, the light detects you are there and turns on low light dimmers by the sink not to fully awake you.
There is a deck off the living room that has chairs and a table, although it was winter during my stay so we didn’t utilize it much. Still nice to go outside and get some fresh air.
One of my main reasons for going with a rental versus a hotel for this trip was because I wanted access to do laundry and access to a kitchen. It rains and snows in Iceland in the winter and I only wanted to bring a carry-on, so I needed to be able to wash and dry things during the week I was in Reykjavik.
Below the flat is an art gallery and a ramen restaurant – which we ate at twice because it was delicious. You can also find the best fish and chips around the corner from the property (2 minutes walk).
Overall, I love this rental. Since I have been back home I have been talking to my husband about going back and staying here during the summer. This property is in my top 5 places around the world to stay. If you are planning to go to Iceland, I would highly suggest checking this place out.
- Location: across from the Old Harbor in Reykjavik
- 5 minute walk to city center
- Pick up and drop off for tours and shuttles is right next door
- about 45 minutes from the airport
- Flat is on the 4th level but has an elevator
- Flat is designed to accommodate someone who is in a wheel chair if need be. The walls, entry ways and showers are all designed the proper width
Disclosure: I was hosted during my stay, but as always, opinions are entirely my own.