A trip to Iceland has long been on my wishlist, and now I finally had the opportunity to take the trip. The visit was filled with Northern Lights sightseeing, traditional Icelandic beer tasting, a trip to Laugar Spa and last but not least we got to experience the blue lagoon. Having driven about 45 minutes from the airport into Reykjavik, where the views ranged from exciting country roads with views out to majestic snow-capped mountains to a contrast of sad impersonal grey houses, I was suddenly uncertain about the expectations I had of Borg Hotel.
Number of visits: 1
Location: Reykavik centre
Duration of my stay: 3 nights, from Sunday – Wednesday
When my friend and I decided to go on a wellness trip to Iceland, I spent plenty of time finding a good and reasonably priced hotel we could stay at. I had a notion that it would be easy to find a spa hotel in Iceland, but it is at present actually surprisingly few of these on the volcanic island. The excitement was thus great when I came across Borg – a hotel located in the center of Reykjavik, with a charming attached spa.
The airport bus stopped at a terminal, here we were told to go through a rather small building to meet up with a different so-called “shuttle bus”. We could, strictly speaking, have gone around the building itself and used just as long – as you can imagine the terminal was therefore not particularly large. We were also quite surprised over how short the distance actually was from the terminal to our bus stop – bus stop number 3. As mentioned initially, we noticed many grey houses on our way to the busterminal, neither my good friend Line nor I had pictured Iceland being this way. We couldn’t quite put our finger on how we thought Iceland was (apart from the spectacular scenery of course), but sad houses were not on our list. We were therefore quite perplexed when we strolled around the corner towards the hotel we were staying at.
All the Icelanders we had met so far were friendly, good in English and very helpful, yet we were unable to stop smiling when we were greeted by the receptionist at the hotel. The interior that met us had probably also left its wonders on our uncertain mood – it was sophisticated and elegant. This combined with the receptionist who did everything he could to give us a warm welcome, as well as arranging a room with a bath tub, replaced the uncertainty with a real good feeling.
We were allocated room no. 411, located on the fourth floor which is the only floor with a balcony. It actually took some time after we entered the room, it was perhaps the happiness of having a bath tub that distracted me, but when I noticed that we had a balcony, it truly felt like icing on the cake. Standing on the balcony, breathing in the Icelandic air felt refreshing and we had a lovely direct view to the square of Austurvöllur. The room, as well as the hotel was clearly inspired by a modern art deco style – large white surfaces, a high ceiling, black gorgeous details and a touch of elegant minimalism. Best of all was the bed, we both slept like two tired children and woke with new found energy. There was also no annoying ventilation fan that disturbed the night’s sleep (as it all too often can be in hotels).
Facilities: Hot bath, sauna and a steam room
The spa was smaller than I had originally imagined, but it was suitable for being in a hotel right in the city center. The interior was simple and elegant, without a particularly consistent theme other than it matching well to the rest of the hotel. The sauna and steam room were relatively small, they probably had room for a maximum of 5 people each – but this was actually quite charming, especially when there were only the two of us sitting there relaxing after long days of adventures. This evening we were down here all alone, so we took the opportunity to enjoy a few glasses of sparkling wine while enjoying the warm water and chatting about our experiences so far.
Type of treatment: 55 minute aroma massage
Both Line and I had booked an aroma massage. We were tired after the flight as well as a day’s busy schedule, so this treatment seemed like a good choice. The therapist who met us was English speaking and we soon realized that she was not an Icelander, it turned out she came from Ireland but had lived 12 years in Iceland. She was incredibly nice and had a relaxing energy with her. Good warm hands stroked rhythmically and slowly over my body, while soft music played in the background. I have received many massages in my life, but met few who have such natural good hands that I am able to completely relax just by some simple strokes. After both spending time at the spa facilities – especially the warm lovely bath, and then been massaged, it was quite amazing to fall asleep in a fresh and comfortable hotel bed. If you are going to this hotel – or if you are in Reykjavik, I would recommend getting a treatment here.
To sum it all up
If you want to be centrally located in Reykjavik, but at the same time have access to rest and relaxation, this hotel is a good choice. The friendliness of the staff combined with a comfortable night’s sleep, good food and not to mention a great little spa makes me want to return at a later occasion.
Food: Rich variety for breakfast with several options
The hotel’s restaurant: Jamie’s Italian
Interior: Art Deco style, modern and elegang
Cleanliness: Very good
Would I visit this hotel again: Yes