Marriott to open Edition hotel in Reykjavik next month

24 Oct 2021 by Hannah Brandler
The Reykjavik EDITION_Exterior

Marriott is opening its first Edition hotel in Iceland’s capital, with a soft launch scheduled for November 9.

The Reykjavik Edition has been designed by local architecture firm T.ark and New York-based studio Roman and Williams, with guidance from the Ian Schrager Company design.

The hotel is located on the harbourside adjacent to Harpa, the city’s concert hall and conference centre, and is minutes from the shopping street Laugavegur in downtown Reykjavik.

The façade features shou sugi ban timber which has been charred using an ancient Japanese technique, and blackened steel frames in homage to Iceland’s lava landscape. The double-entrance lobby is accessible via the pedestrianised Harpa plaza or the harbour, the latter of which features a canopy with an underside illuminated by 12,210 glass LED nodes.

In a nod to the country, the lobby features basalt stone on the flooring and an immersive 3D digital artwork of green and purple dancing waves inspired by the Northern Lights.

The hotel’s 253 rooms and suites feature window-facing beds to make the most of the view, and some include outdoor terraces. The design includes a muted palette of ash wood and pale grey oak, Italian custom-made furniture, faux fur rugs, and artwork and accessories from local craftsmen such as oeuvres by Icelandic artists Pall Stefansson and Ragnar Axelsson depicting the country’s landscapes. Meanwhile, monochrome bathrooms are furnished with a white marble vanity and custom Le Labo toiletries with Edition’s exclusive scent.

The Reykjavik EDITION_Tides Restaurant

Dining venues include the lobby bar, which has a menu of global wines and cocktails with an Icelandic twist to be enjoyed by the open-flame fireplace. The restaurant and café Tides on the ground floor is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has an outdoor terrace and waterfront entrance. Overseen by chef Gunnar Karl Gislason, guests can enjoy modern Icelandic cuisine focused on seasonal local products and ingredients mainly cooked over an open fire.

Meanwhile, intimate bar Tolt serves cocktails using local Icelandic spirits amidst floor-to-cieling windows offering views of Harpa, and the seventh floor rooftop has a wrap-around seasonal outdoor terrace and a large fire-pit, and serves dishes such as grilled flatbreads, toasted sandwiches and salads.

Meetings and events spaces include flexible studios, a boardroom with natural light and a grand ballroom with pre-function space.

Leisure facilities include a gym and spa with three treatment rooms, a hammam, steam room, sauna and plunge pool offering hydrotherapy, plus a spa bar with snacks like volcano bread with black lava salt.

Ian Schrager, founder of Edition, commented:

“Reykjavik is a really cool, young city – perfect for our brand. We think this is Reykjavik’s time and we’re right here at the very heart of it and at the perfect time.”

“In Iceland, you’re getting to see things you won’t see anywhere else. More so than any other place in the world, it’s a real opportunity to get in touch with earth and nature and we’re proud to further expand the Edition brand in an incredible place with an incredibly exciting hotel that gives you a true sense of place.”

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