Situated in the centre of the Icelandic capital, overlooking Faxa Bay, Oddsson is a charming combination of hotel, hostel and local meeting spot. As a hostel-like hotel, it has an informal, youthful buzz; as a hotel-like hostel, it embraces the little luxuries of hotel life. Facilities include a yoga room, karaoke room, rooftop hot tub, bar and restaurant, and there are lots of thoughtful details for design-conscious visitors, such as record players in the hotel rooms which come with a personalised collection of music.
Guests have plenty of choice when it comes to room options, which range from budget bunkbed dorms sleeping up to 12 guests (earplugs and lockers included), to an art-filled private suite overlooking the ocean. In an industry that often clings to traditional delineations and an increasingly irrelevant star system, Oddsson’s strength lies in its flexibility and ability to adapt to the different needs of its customers.