Founded in 1965 by a well-travelled couple who brought back the latest international trends to Iceland, Reykjavik’s Hotel Holt has blazed a trail for pioneering hotel experiences since the start. The slogan claims a ‘unique hotel for unique people’. And with the attention paid to local art, history and culture by this city-centre boutique, it’s difficult to disagree. The sense of one-off charm is notable as soon as you enter the lobby, where a grandfather clock stands sentinel over gilt-framed artworks and plush couches in maroon leather.
Luxury Holidays to Hotel Holt
Friendly, personalised service and time-honoured cordiality define your stay at Hotel Holt, from check-in to check-out. It’s a reception fit for royalty, to which notable guests such as the Prince of Denmark and the King of Norway can attest. And you can expect a similar level of luxury on your own Iceland holiday when you book in at Hotel Holt. Concierge service comes as standard, and the VIP treatment continues with a free three-day pass to Reykjavik Art Museum*. Stepping out into the local neighbourhood reveals some of central Reykjavik’s most popular shops, bars and restaurants, as well as art and culture venues. Register for the Hotel Holt Art Walk (commences daily at 5:30pm) and get the inside track on Iceland’s largest privately owned art collection. Back at Hotel Holt after a fulfilling day, rest up in your bright, airy guest room; at once chic and cosy. From flat screens to bathrobes, all the details to make this a real home from home have been attended to.
The Restaurant at Hotel Holt
The fact that the founders of Hotel Holt built their chic, city lodgings on the site of a former fish market, and can count a successful hot dog stand among their former business ventures, points to a certain passion for food. Today, this culinary legacy takes the shape of Holt Restaurant, the hotel’s first-class dining room. Frosted glass windows with harlequin pattern grills recall London’s The Ivy, and create an air of seclusion and exclusivity. The renowned menu sources local fish, meat and seasonal fare, anchored in tradition for an elegant dining experience. The Bar has Persian rugs on the floor, portrait sketches on the walls and a crackling fireside; just perfect for an after dinner nightcap.
Please note: Hotel Holt guests are invited to enjoy free access to the gym and swimming pool at Laugardalur.
*Valid booking packages apply. Please speak to your Kenwood Travel agent for more info.