I am always on the lookout for a cool new hotel that combines high end edginess in architecture and design and perhaps is located in a place somewhat off the typical tourist’s radar. Interior Design magazine wrote an article last year about a few new boutique hotels that
just fit into that category and I would like to share one of them with you. Of, course, remember, you are sworn to secrecy about this oh-so-very-cool-hotel, as what makes it even more enticing to me is that it hasn’t been discovered yet!
Pack your warm clothes and your adventurous spirits when you head for this hotel which is located in Nesjavellir, Iceland and provides a fabulous glass room where you can sit and watch the aurora borealis. Designed by the architectural firm, Minarc, which is located in Santa Monica, CA, and headed by two Icelandic natives, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir & Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, the hotel is created out of prefabricated panels and a laundry list of other recycled materials. All of this is, of course, not only out of respect for the location of the hotel, overlooking a UNESCO national park site, but because of the holistic/eco-friendliness philosophy of Minarc.
Part of the hotel is built on a series of irregularly angled pilings, suspending the hotel over the rolling terrain. Offering a broad list of activities, from snorkeling, hot springs, glacier tours, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing and many more thinks to do, it is the ultimate adventure experience in Iceland. There is also a outdoor pool to swim in and a luxurious spa.
Furniture is made from products found in Iceland and at all times sustainable and or recycled. Painted walls are minimized and natural materials predominate. Geo thermal heating is supplied by the natural hot springs located near by. Lights are made out of lava and pieces of wood discovered in the surrounds.
One fabulous touch are the bar stools in the restaurant, which appear to be covered in natural vegetation, although I couldn’t find any real description of the material used and I am only sumizing from the pictures. The over sized murals of animal and fish species indigenous to Iceland which cover the walls in the rooms and public spaces are spectacular. There is not a detail that has been missed in an attempt to maintain the sustainability feature of the hotel, from bedding to the food served in the restaurant and beyond.
This is a fabulous place to experience the outdoors of Iceland and the chic comforts of an up scaled hotel, constructed with sustainability as it’s mantra. AND, with the number of places you can visit in this world where McDonalds or Starbucks hasn’t yet arrived to be counted on one hand these days, this is a perfect destination to enjoy spectacular architecture and a spectacular environment.