Review: The Reykjavik EDITION

by | Published Jul 22, 2022 | Edited Aug 9, 2022


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Recently I had the pleasure of staying in the EDITION in Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik for a single night, the final of my trip to Iceland (see the full Iceland trip report).

The Reykjavik EDITION is a brand new Marriott Bonvoy property in the city, only opened in November 2021.

As such a new addition to the Marriott portfolio and part of the esteemed EDITION brand, I was keen to check out the hotel (and also get a great night’s sleep after a busy week of non-stop exploring). 

Booking (as a pseudo Travel Agent)

While I would normally use points for a Marriott Bonvoy stay at a premium property like the EDITION, I actually elected to book using my travel agent rate. The rate was only 30,774 ISK per night which is approximately $290 CAD at the time of writing.

Reykjavik EDITION booking on Marriott Bonvoy for 30,774 ISK per night with CLIA rate

Having booked using a (barely legitimate) travel agent rate, I didn’t push too hard for an upgrade. However, I did get upgraded to an Ocean view room still.

For a seasonal property that can retail for more than 100,000 ISK ($1,000 CAD) per night at peak times of the year, this is quite exceptional value.  

Reykjavik EDITION booking on Marriott Bonvoy for112,700 ISK per night with standard rate

Location – Close to Downtown Reykjavik

The Reykjavik EDITION is located in a perfect location, just steps from the old harbour on the northern side of Reykjavik.

The side of the hotel directly faces the harbor, while the hotel main entrance is tucked into the laneway. The back side of the hotel is conveniently located adjacent to the Harpa Concert Hall.

As a result, rooms on the north side of the hotel can have a vintage harbor view, scenic mountain views, or both.

Importantly, most of the main attractions in Reykjavik including the city center are located close by. Only about a 10-minute walking distance is the start of Laugavegur, the main shopping street and an essential stop on anyone’s visit to the city. 

Related: Top 5 Things to Do in Reykjavík, Iceland

Check-in

Upon arriving, the level of service was high, as is expected at an EDITION brand. We were greeted by multiple staff members, one of who guided us to the front desk and took our bags to a trolley for us. 

Reykjavik EDITION hotel lobby

The process did take a surprisingly long time. We had to provide passports for both guests. The clerk asked if we wanted coffee but then went and made the coffee herself, leaving us standing around. So that didn’t really make a lot of sense.

But from there everything was pretty smooth. Another staff member escorted us to our room and transported our luggage trolley for us, which was extremely helpful. 

Reykjavik EDITION elevators

Also, as part of the check-in process, I was charged a refundable fee for incidentals of 20,000 ISK (~$200 CAD) to my credit card. In my experience Marriott has usually just held the card number on file, but alas, not a big deal. 

The wooden room key cards we were provided were neat – not something I’ve seen before, but apparently the norm for EDITION properties.

Reykjavik EDITION wooden room key
The Reykjavík EDITION – wooden key card

The Room 

Our room was the Deluxe Guest room with two double beds, which actually gave us a partial harbor view. The room was apparently 300 square feet and felt spacious enough for what it was (rooms with two beds always feel a bit more cramped than those with a single bed).

As you enter the room there is the bathroom directly on your left, as well as a concealed and spacious closet.

Closet in Reykjavik EDITION deluxe harbor view room

There was a momentary panic as I looked around for the coffee machine. Turns out it is hidden in the credenza. 

Coffee maker in Reykjavik EDITION deluxe harbor view room
Hidden Nespresso compartment – very elegant, but perhaps not obvious?

 The bathroom was spacious and elegant, in keeping with the theme of the rest of the room.

The pictures above don’t do it justice, as the pleasant brightness of the room wasn’t quite captured properly with my camera due to the lighting.

Also not pictured, there was a very nice amenity kit which included some bathroom essentials, a wooden toothbrush, and high-quality soaps and shampoos.

Finally, the waterfall shower tucked around the corner of the room was equally spacious and luxurious.

If waterfalls aren’t something you’re into, there is a hand wand as well. But if you’re not into waterfalls I’m not sure why you’ve come to Iceland in the first place =P

Toilet Review

The toilet and surroundings were simple and elegant. Excellent roll placement. The flush was a button located above the toilet, which added to the minimalistic style.

Toilet, Reykjavik EDITION

Toilet paper itself could have been a little softer, and the flushing power left a little something to be desired.

Overall rating: 1.85 / 2.

Hotel Facilities

The Reykjavík EDITION has a standard set of facilities available, including a fitness center, on-site spa, conference, and boardrooms. The spa and gym were both on floor -1 (lower level 1).

Elevator floor directory, Reykjavik EDITION

Gym

The fitness center was fairly small and minimal, having just the basics: treadmills, ellipticals, and a set of dumbbells. 

Fitness center, Reykjavik EDITION

It was rather dark. Although I didn’t get around to working out here, I am not sure I would have wanted to. Something with a view of the harbor would have been nicer.

Really gives off the vibe that they just threw a bunch of equipment in a spare room to check off the ‘fitness facilities checkbox’, so to speak. But I won’t hold it against the EDITION if that was the case. Fitness equipment is not high on the priority list for most people on vacation, myself included.

Spa

Unfortunately the Reykjavik EDITION spa was closed when I went to take a tour. Its hours of operation are Monday – Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Wednesday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Spa - closed, Reykjavik EDITION

I’m not much of a spa guy, but from what I’ve read, the spa here is quite nice. It includes a sauna, steam room, power showers, hot tub, plunge pool, spa changing, and relaxation areas.

Individual spa room, Reykjavik EDITION
Individual spa room at the Reykjavik Edition. Image credit: the Reykjavik EDITION

The spa also includes a central lounge with a bar – by day it serves a selection of healthy smoothies, and later in the evening, it becomes a  “pre-party pamper spot”, all part of the pioneering social spa concept.

Spa lobby bar, Reykjavik EDITION
The impressive spa lobby bar at the Reykjavik Edition. Image credit: the Reykjavik EDITION

You can read more about it on this page, including the full spa menu and pricing.

Restaurants & Bars

The Reykjavik EDITION is fortunate to have not just one but several distinct restaurants and bars.

Tides Cafe and Restaurant

Tides is the Reykjavik Edition’s main restaurant, serving separate menus for breakfast (7:00 – 11:00), lunch (12:00 – 3:00), and dinner (6:00 – 10:00, closed Sunday – Monday).

A la carte breakfasts include the traditional bacon and eggs or Tides eggs benedict, as well as various combinations of avocado, feta and smoked salmon on toasted rye and sourdough. 

Dinner is a more exotic affair, with offerings like Iberico pork neck and lamb backstrap with smoked lamb fat. Of course a large selection of seafood is also available.  

Read more about Tides, download the full menus, or make a reservation on the EDITION hotels website

Lobby Bar & Tolt (Speakeasy)

A centerpiece of any luxury hotel is the Lobby Bar. The EDITION features a nice lobby bar with an open-flame fireplace. The drink menu includes several locally produced macro and craft beers like GULL Lager, Helga Raspberry Sour, Arctic Fox Hazy Pale Ale (a collaboration with the EDITION hotel itself), and more. If beer is not enough, the Lobby Bar menu also boasts signature and locally inspired cocktails and a small food menu.

View the full menu here.

Lobby bar, Reykjavik EDITION

Furthermore, the lobby bar houses a hidden bar called TOLT, open only on Friday nights from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. TOLT is a cozy speakeasy named after the unique and smooth four-beat gait Icelandic horses are known for. 

Tolt speakeasy, Reykjavik EDITION
Image credit: Nikolas Koenig

Unfortunately timing didn’t permit me to visit TOLT, but images paint a one-of-a-kind sanctuary that pays tribute to Icelandic culture with its design, decor, and drink menu. There is also ample space, for a speakeasy, with three intimate nooks.  

Will definitely make it a point to return for a visit to Tolt next time I’m in Reykjavik. 

The ROOF

The Reykjavik EDITION has its very own rooftop bar on the 7th floor, aptly named ‘The ROOF’. We visited The ROOF about an hour before closing time (11 pm on Sundays, otherwise open until 1 am Wednesday – Saturday). 

It was a really nice space, with quite a lot of room and a variety of seating arrangements, including sofas and tables with floor-to-ceiling windows. The menu was minimalistic but sophisticated. I especially enjoyed the Reykjavik cocktail, consisting of Þúfa Brennivín, Hvítserkur Rum, Fernet Branca, and Angostura Bitters.

Of course, the main attraction of The ROOF is the stunning 360° panoramic views of the Ocean, Mount Esja, and the Snæfellsjökul glacier that can be seen from the wrap-around outdoor terrace. I’d imagine it’s also a great viewing spot for Iceland’s spectacular northern lights.

Unfortunately for us, it was very windy and only about 10 degrees Celsius when we visited, so there was no service out there (we would have gladly bared the elements if given the option though). 

I’m also told that The ROOF will be hosting an exciting line-up of DJs every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer, and is set to host a number of events for the Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland Airwaves, and Pride over the next few months.

If you are going to be staying here I definitely recommend trying to plan around some of these events and dedicating some time to enjoying everything The ROOF has to offer, particularly on one of Iceland’s bright summer nights. 

Sunset

Sunset club, Reykjavik EDITION

The lower ground floor (-1), the same floor as the spa and gym, is home to Sunset. Sunset is a nightclub opening later in 2022. It will have a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting and aims to be a key addition to Reykjavik’s thriving nightlife scene, with access from both the hotel and Harpa concert hall.

Parking and Valet Service

The Reykjavik EDITION has an underground parking lot and valet service which costs 5000 ISK per day as a package (as of June 2022).

Check-out

Check-out would normally not deserve its own heading in a review, however, we did encounter some minor issues at the EDITION that made the process less than smooth.

For example, we asked the hotel staff to provide a simple invoice. It seemed to be a foreign concept to them, stating that it would show $0 (as I paid with Marriott Gift cards from a previous promotion).

After questioning this a different staff member finally printed me the following receipt:

Invoice for incidental charges, Reykjavik EDITION

Also it turns out, for incidentals they didn’t hold my credit card, instead they actually charged it $200. So at checkout, I had to provide my credit card again to have the $200 manually refunded. A strange and atypical experience when compared to my previous Marriott stays.

Finally, the valet parked our Jeep Wrangler close behind a trailer and then proceeded to park another vehicle adjacent (not behind) the Wrangler. We were boxed in and had great difficulty trying to get out, which was less than ideal given we had a flight to catch.

Overall these were minor issues but still dampened the overall smoothness of service we had experienced at the EDITION thus far.

Conclusion

Our stay at the Reykjavik EDITION was pleasant and luxurious. I was impressed with the elegance of the hotel, and it was a great way to end a grueling (but amazing) 6-day trek throughout Iceland. 

Would I pay $1,000+ a night to stay here under any normal circumstances? Absolutely not. That just isn’t the frugal way. But if you’ve got travel agent privileges to access cheap cash rates or lots of Bonvoy points to burn, this is a great place to stay, and likely one of the nicest hotels in Reykjavik (and perhaps all of Iceland) right now. 

As some of the EDITION’s facilities continue to be finalized (like Sunset) and the surrounding construction is completed, I have no doubt the desirability and demand for the hotel will further increase.    

Reed Sutton

Reed Sutton

Founder at Frugal Flyer
Reed is addicted to the science (and art) of earning and redeeming travel points, and frequently pairs his trips with his other hobby: photography. Through Frugal Flyer, Reed aims to distill some of the complex and esoteric points strategies into digestible information. Furthermore, he hopes to use his technical expertise to develop invaluable applications and tools for the travel community.

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