Icelandic design is becoming more and more renowned internationally. It is young and vibrant and very much on the rise whether it is graphic design, architecture, fashion or industrial and product design. Various design studios and shops that sell Icelandic design products are situated close to the hotel.
We put great effort into our interior design. We wanted to be both colorful and fun and connect us to the history of the building and our location by the harbour. Everything in the hotel is designed and produced in Iceland.
Embroidery and other types of handicraft are a very old tradition in Iceland. Knitting has always been a popular past time as proven by the immense popularity of the traditional Icelandic wool sweater. After the economic crisis in 2008 it seemed like everybody went back to basics and started knitting and embroidering. In the blink of an eye the clean shaven male population in Prada became a bearded one in wool sweaters. At Reykjavik Marina we use old embroidery for decorations and in a few hotel rooms there are embroidered stools with unfinished needlework. Guests are invited to take part and leave their mark.
As an island, Iceland is defined by the sea. It is one of the main sources of food and income for the nation; the smell from the fish smelters used to be called "the smell of money". The sea gives and the sea takes, it was said, as fishermen went out in small boats and many didn't return. It used to be both a highway to other countries and the biggest barrier to travel.
The photographs in the hotel showing harbour life are shown with courtesy of the Reykjavik Museum of Photography, which is located close to the hotel.
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina is packed with all kinds of objects that will peak your interest and attention. Seeing is believing, and guests often spend time strolling around the hotel, observing the thoughtful details we've laid out. These details include a stuffed puffin collection, books on the Icelandic sagas and the works of, nobel prize winner, Halldór Laxness in the library and various pieces of old music memorabilia, plaques and old photos - and much more. All of these pieces make their mark on the hotel's decor as history and modern times are brought together in a symphony for the senses.
Icelandair Hotels is a chain of quality hotels located throughout Iceland. Each hotel has its own distinctive characteristics yet the overall feeling is the same across the chain. At each hotel, sculptures by Adalheidur S. Eysteinsdottir can be found, and two such pieces are located at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina. One is located at the hotel's bar and restaurant, Slippbarinn and the other sits in the hotel lobby, by the fireplace, mingling with guests.