Hotel Thingholt Hotel 4 star
Dingholtsstraeti 5 101 Reykjavik Reykjavik, Iceland -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

A member of the Icelandic group Center Hotel, the Thingholt stands out from other hotels in the area by its ultra-contemporary style, created by famous Icelandic architect Gulla Jonsdottir. Having been built in 1943, this former printing house is yet another example of successful redevelopment in the capital. It is now a small 50-room hotel and a great place to chill out after an afternoon enjoying the great outdoors. Unfortunately though, the hotel has neither a spa nor a restaurant.

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    Location 9.54 /10

    The Thingholt enjoys a prime location at the heart of the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. It is just a stone's throw from the main shopping street (Laugavegur street) and just a tad further from the hustle and bustle of the port. Allow about one hour to reach the international airport or the famous 'Blue Lagoon'.

    Accommodation 7.35 /10

    With 4 floors, 1 lift, and 50 guest rooms, the Thingholt's key numbers are not exactly head-spinning, but you won't find any of its guests complaining! In fact, you'll soon feel right at home in this modest-sized hotel where the rooms come in various categories: Standard, Deluxe, Junior Suite, and Loft Suite. Although the rooms do vary slightly in terms of size and layout, they are all decorated in a fairly similar style: leather flooring, reinforced concrete walls from the 1st to 3rd floors, white-painted walls in the attic space on the 4th floor, and contemporary lighting throughout. The combination of the coarse aspect of the concrete and the elaborate design of the stylish furniture is also very successful. In terms of amenities, you'll have everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a plasma screen television, electronic safe, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a bathroom complete with concrete walls and floor, an Italian-style shower, a stylish wash basin, a selection of hospitality products, and a shower gel dispenser. With regards to the view, you will have a choice of either the street below (which gets noisy at weekends) or the inner courtyard in the middle of the building. The one drawback is that the lighting isn't very functional.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The Thingholt is housed in an unassuming building in the city centre and certainly plays its cards close to its chest. The low key building reveals nothing of the stylish redevelopment that has taken place in this former factory, dating back to the mid-20th century. A staircase leads down to the lobby, which is located a few metres below ground level. The trickling of a wall-mounted water feature welcomes guests on arrival in the dim but ultra trendy reception. However, the light from the entrance and the odd skylight do allow in some natural light, particularly in summer, when the sun is out 24 hours a day! Take the time to take in the rest of the decor as well, from the hide reception desk and leather sofas to the original seating... Standing in the middle of the lobby, a mini bar complete with mini stools just waits for guests. The barman even pretends to climb down a mini staircase to get to it. Once you get to the lift though, you've pretty much seen everything the hotel has to offer, as there are no leisure facilities here, not even a gym. Guests do, however, have the option of using the equipment at one of the other hotels in the Center group, located around a 10 minute walk away. Free Wifi is available in the communal areas and a free wired connection is available in the guest rooms, though you will need to have your own computer with you if you want to take advantage of this feature.

    Food and drink

    There's no point looking for the restaurant at the Thingholt because there isn't one! There is a breakfast room though. Served as a buffet, it has everything you need to get the day off to a good start, but unfortunately does little to compensate for the lack of a proper restaurant. The offerings include: cereals, fresh bread, cold cuts, scrambled or hard-boiled eggs, fruit, raw vegetable sticks, bottled fruit juice, etc. When it comes to lunch and dinner, meanwhile, you'll find some very good eateries in the neighbouring streets, such as Domo, an ultra trendy establishment of Japanese influence.

    To know

    You'll soon find that one Center Hotel can give you access to 5 others, so if they're fully booked at the Thingholt you could always try one of the group's other 4 hotels, all located at the very heart of the city. Each with a different style, from classical to contemporary, you're sure to find a Center Hotel that will suit you best.


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

      beauty salon, sauna, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room


    • The decor in the lobby
    • The location
    • The size
    • The bathrooms


    • The absence of a restaurant
    • The lack of leisure facilities
    • If you're staying in one of the attic rooms on the 4th floor you'll need to watch your head!

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