Opening of Exeter Hotel

Keahotels just opened an impressive four star hotel, Exeter Hotel, right by the old harbour in Reykjavik. The hotel’s main building is a restoration of a house originally built in 1904 as a storage and later used as a house of residence and trade. Now renovated and linked to new and modern buildings the hotel‘s exterior is a tribute both to contemporary architecture and times when fishing and trade where the area’s main industry.

The hotel is designed in a modern industrial style with strong connection to the area's history. Open space, raw textures and sharp colours define the design which mixed with modern architecture create a unique experience for guests. The hotel offers 106 well equipped rooms, ranging from standard to junior suites. The grand suite is on the top floor, 51 square meters with balcony overlooking the harbour area and Esja mountain. The hotel furthermore offers a gym room and a sauna.

On the ground floor, facing the harbour, is a open space restaurant called Le Kock which offers street food done in a fulfilling and quality driven way by professional chefs. In the same space, run by the same owners are Tail bar, first in Iceland to offer "bottoms up drafted beer" and Deig bakery, offering freshly baked goods every day. 

The hotel's design and aesthetics are by Richard Blurton and Sigurður Halldórsson from Gláma-Kím Architects and the construction ran by Mannverk. Photographs that adorn the hotel are by the artist Hrafnkell Sigurðsson.

Keahotels CEO , Páll L. Sigurjónsson, is pleased with the results. „From the beginning this has been a very exciting project which I have been lucky to participate in from the beginning. The hotel is getting a lot of interest and we already have inquiries regarding the modern and laid back experience that we are offering“. The are surrounding the hotel is increasingly getting more popular, both with locals and tourists and the hotel along with the restaurant fit well in the diverse neighbourhood which connects Grandi, the old harbour and town central in a great way. 

Exeter Hotel will be the eleventh hotel in the Keahotels chain who currently manage seven hotels in Reykjavik, three in north Iceland  and one by Vík in Mýrdalur, with the total of 900 rooms.