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Iceland’s New Parliament Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton, Opens in Reykjavik

by Ron Bernthal

Oct 18, 2023

© Iceland Parliament Hotel

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With high anticipation, Iceland Parliament Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton opened its doors to guests at the end of 2022 in Reykjavík. In a complex of seven rebuilt and new buildings, the 163-room hotel sits at the doorstep of Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament and the oldest recorded legislative body in the world, founded in 930. The hotel joins Hilton’s Curio Collection, a global portfolio of more than 130 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts handpicked for their distinct character.

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© Iceland Parliament Hotel

New construction, reconstruction and careful preservation maintain the important heritage of the hotel’s building, presenting irresistible class to the cityscape. Between the Ladies’ School and Independence Hall to the modern new building, the most striking feature is the restoration of the old Landsímahúsið, which reflects the elegant and classic architectural style of the local Austurvöllur Square.

In keeping with local social culture, the hotel offers more access to the public than ever before, with Télébar and Hjá Jóni Restaurant welcoming guests and locals to take in the country’s capital in what was once the headquarters of Iceland Telecom. Furthermore, the hotel displays part of the largest privately owned art collection, giving guests unique access to renowned Icelandic art.

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Surrounded by three lively squares and just steps away from Reykjavík Cathedral, Harpa Concert Hall, City Hall and the trendy harbor area, the hotel boasts a prime location within the city’s most high-profile zone. Additionally, the nearby old Reykjavík harbor offers spectacular scenes of the northern lights in winter and the midnight sun during the peak of summer.

Offering 163 guest rooms, family rooms and suites, each equipped with a 55-inch HDTV, espresso machine and mini-fridge, the hotel is a true design feat, as the seven rebuilt and new buildings reflect different eras of Icelandic history, making the Iceland Parliament Hotel a visual landmark in the city center.

guestroom

© Iceland Parliament Hotel

Hjá Jóni Restaurant serves local delicacies with international flair, and its large windows frame views of Austurvöllur central square and the statue of Jón Sigurdsson, the founding father of Icelandic independence in the 19th century. The name Hjá Jóni translates as “By John” and commemorates the national hero and his role in the development of modern democracy in Iceland.

The lively Télébar is inspired by the former headquarters of Iceland Telecom, which once operated within the main building of this hotel and was the center of international communication in the 20th century. The hotel features a beautiful 24/7 spa area with traditional Icelandic geothermal hot tubs, sauna and steam baths; it also offers massage and wellness treatments.

spa

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As a leading conference and event venue in Reykjavík, the property offers various function rooms and event spaces. The newly renovated Independence Hall, one of the most elegant banquet halls in the city, can accommodate up to 200 guests. Other function spaces include the Ladies’ School, a perfect setting for both formal and informal events, with a capacity of up to 100 guests.

 

 

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