About Hotel Borg

Hotel Borg Exterior

Hotel Borg history

Hotel 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.

Dignified 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.