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Hotel Borg

Hotel Borg overviewDignified and imposing, Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík, across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. The Borg, which has become one of Reykjavik’s landmarks, is conveniently located within walking distance of variety of restaurants, businesses, souvenir shops, art galleries and specialty shops. The hotel's 99 rooms and suites, with Art Deco style throughout, are elegantly appointed yet offer an extensive array of modern amenities.

The hotel is now managed by Keahotels.
Welcome to Hotel Borg



Hotel Borg oldHotel Borg was originally built by Jóhannes Jósefsson,  famous strong-man and adventurer. After competing in the 1908 Olympics and traveling in America with Barnum & Baileys circus, he returned to Iceland in 1927 with one goal: a dream to build a luxury hotel.  As the first millennium celebrations of the republic were at hand, a hotel fit for foreign heads of state, dignitaries, and celebrities was desperately needed in Reykjavík.

The cornerstone was laid in 1928. Eighteen months later, in January1930, Hotel Borg opened its restaurant  and four months after that, in May, the hotel itself was opened and began to receive guests. . The proud owner of this new  landmarkbuilding, Jósefsson was usually referred to as Jóhannes at Borg.

Ever since its opening in 1930, the history of Hotel Borg has been intertwined with the history of the country as many historical events and meetings have occurred within its walls.  Today, Hotel Borg has been renovated and recently expanded with every detail restored to mirror it’s former glory of the 1930s. Our mission is to continue this dream of our founder by continuing to offer first class service and accommodation into this century. 


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The Hotel Borg, is located in the center of Reykjavik, Iceland. The hotel is just steps away from a variety of restaurants and shops. The distance from the international airport is 45 kilometers. The Flybus service departs the airport after every international flight arrival. The driver,when asked, will stop at The Hotel Borg. Upon departing the hotel, the concierge will reserve Flybus seats. Also taxi service and rental cars are available, at the international airport and city center of Reykjavik, Iceland.


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    Both times our rooms have looked over the square. We like the location and if we're ever lucky enough to visit this beautiful country again, we'll stay here.
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  • Perfect central location with a bit of glamour
    he staff were more then helpful at every request and even though they are renovating some parts of the lobby, you would not have noticed
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    Hotel staff were friendly and always keen to help. Highly recommend this hotel and would surely stay here again when we visit next
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  • A great place to stay in the heart of Reykjavik
    The three nights spent at the Borg were comfortable and quiet, despite having a room that overlooked Austurvollur Square. I would happily stay at the Hotel Borg again.
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    A lovely Art Deco hotel with a long history.Staff are superb, very helpful and knowledgeable.
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    We plan to return to Iceland for a longer visit during the summer and will definitely choose Hotel Borg for the Reykjavik part of our trip.
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  • ..should have stayed longer
    Our rooms were tastefully decorated in an art deco style, and adorned with photos from the city's past. See you can get a room on the top (5th) floor - the views over the city are great.
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    Within walking distance of everything central, a good choice of restaurants and shops and yet we found it quietly situated. Would definitely go back.
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