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, Apotek Hotel is a Reykjavik landmark designed by the former State Architect of Iceland. 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 historic and cultural attractions in style.
In the knowApotek’s architect, Gudjon Samuelsson, was responsible for several of Reykjavik’s most famous buildings, including Hotel Borg and the Hallgrimskirkja church.

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 Hallgrimskirkja church and Parliament House.

Rooms at Apotek Hotel

The 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, while the insulated windows ensure a good night’s sleep.

The vast Tower Suite, which has three floors and is exceptionally spacious, 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, including a delicious buffet breakfast in the morning. 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 Argentinean grill. Seafood, beef and lamb feature prominently on the menu.

Meanwhile, the buzzing cocktail bar pays tribute to the 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. This is the place to be for happy hour drinks in the evening.


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. Ask them about activities such as daily walking tours, which have a meeting point just across the street.

Activities at Apotek Hotel

The hotel's central location makes it perfect for exploring Reykjavik’s historic sites and more, with attractions from Reykjavik City Hall to the shopping district of Laugavegur all within a five-minute walk, with numerous bars, restaurants and galleries close by too.

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 drive from Keflavik international airport in Reykjavik.

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