Every summer, the city of Reykjavik in Iceland bustles with activity. From June to August, the mercury soars and the days are long (they don't call Iceland the land of the midnight sun for nothing), and it's in this slightly warmer season where tourist numbers spike. Reykjavik is the perfect blend of cosmopolitan city and small-town charm. Its alluring beauty lies in a series of contrasts — its streets are vibrant yet sophisticated, while its buildings are obscurely hip yet full of history. A stroll down this compact city, and you'll find that it is one filled with surprises.
If you're heading there this summer, check in at Reykjavik's newest, coolest pad — the 18-room Ion City Hotel, which embodies the spirit of adventurous travel and cool Nordic design. Ion City is strategically housed in a building that retains its original architectural beauty yet is augmented by outside walls featuring a motif inspired by traditional Icelandic weaving.
The rooms in Ion City are bathed in a minimalist luxe palette of clean lines, hues of gunmetal grays, wooden floors and the occasional Icelandic art. All the suites feature sweet balconies and private saunas, while its Panorama Suite even comes with a bartender or chef on request. Large windows are also a must-have here to accommodate the expansive picturesque views of this charming city. Now all that's missing is a mysterious billionaire and his secret coded closet.
But here's a serious thought when staying in a place like this — why would anyone want to leave? When it's way too cold to head out (temperatures still dip to 7 degrees Celsius at night even in summer), its comfortable furnishings are an excellent reason why you should call it a day and stay in. Excuse us while we check out the mini bar.