Ion City Hotel opens its doors in Iceland
A new design hotel has opened in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. Ion City Hotel is a sister property to the existing Ion Adventure Hotel and both were designed by award winning Icelandic duo Minarc, who have their studio in Santa Monica, California. The 18 room boutique hotel is situated on the city’s main Laugarvegur avenue and is housed in an existing building. The designers have retained the building’s original architectural characteristics and have based the design on local artisanal craftsmanship and traditional culture, interweaving elements that reference Iceland’s unique landscapes, history and geography.
The facade has been interestingly reimagined to replicate weaving techniques native to the island. Patterned aluminium is bonded to concrete and evokes textures found in Icelandic sweaters, and the facade is just one of the areas in which the designers have successfully merged the traditional with the contemporary. The interiors are treated minimally, with a neutral palette of greys and whites creating a relaxing yet luxurious atmosphere in both the guest suites and common areas, and contrasting with the wooden boards used on both the floors and the walls. The accommodation ranges from standard rooms to Junior and Panorama Suites, taking advantage of the stunning views around Reykjavik. Some of the suites have their own private sauna, and the City Suite benefits from a French balcony.
TOPHOTELNEWS recently reported on tourist taxes around Europe, with Iceland set to introduce new regulations to control the number of visitors to its shores. Iceland has seen a boom in tourism in recent years, due to the devaluation of the local currency, and of course visitors coming to take advantage of its natural wonders, see the Northern Lights and visit the place where the hugely popular TV show Game of Thrones was filmed.
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