Hotel Radisson SAS 1919 Hotel 4 star
Posthusstraeti 2 Reykjavik, Iceland -
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Not far from the port of Reykjavik, the Radisson 1919 is one of the trendiest hotels in the capital. Opened in 2005, the establishment occupies the headquarters of a former shipping company that was built in... 1919 ! Of this distant past, the hotel has retained the original architecture, which it has managed to blend with a modern interior. No unending corridors in this establishment: the Radisson 1919 has only 88 rooms, a fitness centre, and a bar-restaurant, unlike its sister Radisson establishment, which houses 229 rooms...

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    Location 8.03 /10

    In the heart of Reykjavik, a stone's throw from one of the busiest shopping streets (Laugavegur street) and not much further from the attractions of the port, the 1919 Hotel could not be better located. Allow about one hour to reach the international airport or the famous "Blue Lagoon".

    Accommodation 7.60 /10

    With 88 accommodation units, the Radisson 1919 is in the league of boutique hotels. There are 5 categories of rooms available: standard, deluxe, business class, junior suite, and suites. Although all of the rooms are different, they do share one thing in common: their loft design, with no separation between the sitting room area and the bedroom in the suites. Each one is equipped with a flat screen TV (size varies with the room category), a phone with the 'one touch service' function of the Radisson, a mini bar, a coffee and tea tray, a safe, a heater, and an espresso machine in the business class rooms. As for the interior decorating, the 1919 has opted for elegant sobriety: grey bedspreads, parquet floors, simple grey and black furniture, and a couple of paintings and objects placed here and there. We would've appreciated a more 'maritime' interior, as a homage to the history of the premises. The bathroom is entirely covered in white tiles and includes a phone, a square-shaped sink, a bathtub or a shower, and Anne Simonin hospitality products. You should note that the size of the windows, and therefore the amount of light, depend on which floor you're on. The higher you go, the narrower the openings.

    Overview 8.35 /10

    The 1919 is situated on a corner and therefore offers 3 independent entrances: one for the exclusive use of guests with reduced mobility, one for guests of the restaurant, and one main entrance for everyone. The revolving door is made of wood and includes portholes, which are reminiscent of the theme chosen by this former shipping company. However, the sea theme stays discrete and disappears completely in the lobby, where the interior is predominantly modern: padded sofas, flat screen TVs, silver sculpted human forms (by the same Icelandic artist as those in the 101 hotel), award-winning designer Swiss lighting fixtures... The ocean theme returns a little further on with the room's ceiling, which is decorated with sculpted waves. Two magnificent lifts or a splendid vintage staircase (marble-clad and embossed with the company's logo) lead to the upper levels. In the more recent section of the hotel - which occupies a former bank - there are 18 rooms that were added in 2006. The 1919 also includes a rather big fitness centre that is open from 6:00am until 10:00pm.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The Radisson 1919 didn't always have a restaurant, but it recently made an important investment by acquiring the adjacent building. Entirely painted in orange, it offers a pub menu (salads, fish, chicken, sandwiches, etc.) in a designer and sober setting: parquet flooring, wooden tables, leather chairs... This is also where hotel guests come for breakfast, where everything is included, even the fresh fruit juice! Recently revamped, the bar and has opted for a slightly zany look: baroque sofas, cow-skin chairs, candles, etc. It is open from noon until 1:00am and serves a selection of delicious cocktails; we recommend the mojitos. Take advantage of happy hour from 5:00pm until 7:00pm: in addition to the interesting rates, it also serves a few snacks to nibble on before dinner.

    To know

    There is more than one Radisson SAS establishment in the city ! Don't confuse the 1919 with the Saga, its sister establishment. Both belong to the same group but don't share the same owner, the same dimensions, or the same style... The 1919 includes 3 conference rooms.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, golf, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Barber
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room


    • The location (close to the port)
    • The Wifi access is free throughout the hotel
    • The historic building
    • The modern interior in the common areas


    • The rather standard interior of the rooms
    • The absence of a proper spa centre

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10