101 Hotel Reykjavik in Iceland

For this month’s Destination Design we fly up and over to Iceland (not really, we wish!) for a stay at the dramatic 101 Hotel Reykjavik. Situated in the heart of the city’s historic district, it’s housed in a 1930s office building that was once home to the Icelandic Social Democratic Party. Owner Ingibjörg S. Pálmadóttir is also the designer. With a Nordic cool vibe, who the sleek space is a symphony of black and white, punctuated with cozy touches like the fireplace in the lounge and old-fashioned freestanding tubs in some guest rooms. Contemporary art, from standing and crouching nudes of slightly indiscriminate gender to misty abstract canvases, dot the public spaces, lending an almost eerie feel to the cutting-edge design. As you’ve probably figured out by now, we’re huge fans of boutique hotels that incorporate art galleries into the experience.

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What: 101 Hotel Reykjavik
Where: Hverfisgata 10, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland
How much? Standard rooms are 38,900 ISK.
Highlights: A sleek bar perfect for cocktails and rooms with claw foot tubs.
Design draw: Interesting and even eerie contemporary artworks, with an emphasis on sculpture, are spread throughout the public areas.
Book it: Call +354 580-0101 or email [email protected]

Marni Elyse Katz is a Contributing Editor at Design Milk. She lives in Boston where she contributes regularly to local publications and writes her own interior design blog, StyleCarrot.