Apotek Hotel

Location: Reykjavik & Western Iceland | Iceland

Price guide: $$$$$ $100-$200 per person per night

A charming boutique hotel housed in a historic pharmacy building, Reykjavíkurapótek, Apotek Hotel is a Reykjavik landmark designed by former State Architect of Iceland Guðjón Samúelsson. The hotel's rooms and suites are comfortable and traditional, the perfect place to retreat after a day’s sightseeing or braving the beautiful wilds of Iceland’s countryside, while the popular restaurant and bar draw on the hotel’s colourful history. Centrally located in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, this hotel will ensure you get the most out of your time in Iceland’s capital..
Perfect forTaking in Reykjavik’s historical and cultural sites.
In the knowApotek’s architect was responsible for several of Reykjavik’s most famous buildings, including Hotel Borg and the Akureyrarkirkja and Hallgrímskirkja churches.

Recommended for...

  • Chic Design
  • Boutique Hotel
  • Service & Hospitality
  • Food & Wine

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Apotek Hotel is in central Reykjavik, a short walk from attractions such as the National Cathedral and Parliament House.

Rooms at Apotek Hotel

Apotek Hotel’s rooms and suites are comfortable and tastefully designed, reflecting the traditional nature of the hotel, with muted browns and greys, wooden floors and staircases, and artwork which reflects the long history of the city and the hotel’s location in the iconic former Reykjavik Apothecary. The huge rainfall showers get rave reviews from guests.

The vast Tower Suite, which has 3 floors and is a spacious 57m2, offers sweeping panoramic views of the beautiful old town.

Food & drink

The hotel's restaurant is one of the city’s most exciting and vibrant places to eat, serving up delicious fusion cuisine in a lively, smart-casual environment. The dishes, which are designed to be enjoyed as sharing platters, bring together Icelandic and European cuisine in a fun and innovative way, with the added element of a smoking Argentinian grill. Seafood, beef and lamb feature prominently on the menu.

Meanwhile, the buzzing cocktail bar pays tribute to Apotek’ Hotel's history, with knowledgeable ‘pharmacists’ mixing up any cocktail necessary – whether you’re after a painkiller, a stimulant or a tranquilliser, or even a placebo if you’re trying to be good.


The friendly, multilingual staff are on hand to provide expert first-hand recommendations of sightseeing in the area as well as the best local restaurants to try.

Activities at Apotek Hotel

Apotek Hotel’s central location makes it perfect for exploring Reykjavik’s historical sites, with the National Cathedral, Reykjavik City Hall and the shopping district of Laugavegur all within a five-minute walk.

Also nearby and well worth a visit is the striking Lutheran church, Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Iceland and a masterpiece of Expressionist architecture. Built over half a century and consecrated in 1986, its size is such that it is also used as an observation tower, with stunning views of the capital and mountains beyond from its elevator-accessible viewing deck.

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Hotel location

Apotek Hotel is a 50-minute transfer from Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik.

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