Life in Iceland is anything but mainstream. Perhaps it’s the 1400 miles that separate it from the rest of mainland Europe, or those long winter nights and summer days in the Arctic Circle. Either way, Iceland’s offbeat sensibility is indisputable. It’s this spirit and approach that’s behind the unique concept of Oddsson, a hybrid hotel/hostel in central Reykjavík’s west bank.
Located on the 4th and 5th floors of JL House, a landmark warehouse structure built in the 1940’s, the hotel was conceived by Reykjavík-based design studio Döðlur, who mixed their eclectic aesthetic with industrial elements to transform the building’s program, all while staying true to the JL House’s industrial past. Restored concrete and leftover industrial materials mix with vintage masterpieces from the likes of Eero Saarinen and Pierre Jeannert, complimented with custom furniture by Döðlur designed especially for the hotel.
Oddson provides a variety of rooms that range from dormitories to standard hotel rooms and separate suites, dispersed along ship-like corridors shaded in blues and greens that echo the nearby Faxa Bay. The style and palette of the hotel’s common areas extend into the guestrooms, which are decorated with custom furniture and vibrant artwork hung on pastel pink and sea-foam colored walls.
The ground floor lounge area acts like a gallery for the hotel’s rich collection of vintage furniture and features a café, a breakfast room and Bazaar, the hotel’s Italian bar and eatery.
The hotel accommodates up to 230 guests and boasts excellent facilities and services that include a fully-equipped communal kitchen, a movie theater, a rooftop jacuzzi and a yoga and meditation room. JL House is also home to the Reykjavik School Of Visual Arts, which works closely with the hotel and offers art classes for its guests throughout the year.
Oddsson // Hringbraut 121, 101 // Reykjavík // website