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Two five star hotels to open up in Iceland in the next years

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  • First five star hotel in Iceland An image shows what the the new Blue Lagoon hotel will look like. The new hotel is to the suth of the spa and lagoon. Photo from the webpage of the Blue Lagon.

Two five star hotels will open up in the next few years, adding to the range of selections available to foreign visitors in Iceland. Currently there is no five star hotels in Iceland. One is a Mariott hotel which will rise next to Harpan the Reykjavík Convention Centre and Concert Hall by the old harbour. The other is a five star hotel by the Blue Lagoon on the Reykjanes peninsula.

The first five star hotel to open in Iceland
In the spring of 2017 the Blue lagoon will open a 7.500 m2 (80,730 sq. ft.) hotel, which will be the first five star hotel in Iceland. The hotel, which will be located west of the current spa, have 74 rooms will have a view of the blue lagoon and the nearby lava fields. Construction is already well under way in the lava field west of the lagoon. The hotel will be connected to the structures by the current spa.

One of the best hotels in the world
A second five star hotel will rise by the old harbour in downtown Reykjavík. This week Reykjavík City announced that the hotel planned for the site would be a Marriott Edition Reykjavík with 250 rooms. Construction will begin early next year and be completed by 2019 when the hotel is scheduled to open its doors. Sandeep Walia, the regional manager of Marriott, told local newspaper Fréttablaðið that the planned hotel “would, without a doubt, one of the best hotels in the world.”

The City has worked for years to reach an agreement with foreign investors on building a five star hotel in the lot next to Harpan. The goal is to strengthen Harpan as a convention centre and the tourism industry in downtown Reykjavík.

About time the hole is filled
The site construction site next to Harpan has stood empty since before the financial collapse of 2008 when construction at the site was brought to a standstill due to the recession. Dagur B. Eggertsson, the mayor of Reykjavík, told the local news site visir.is that it was “about time that the hole was filled”.

Dagur told visir.is that the city government stressed that the hotel would add life to downtown and would not be a closed luxury hotel only for the wealthy, “but a living hotel which remains open to the citizens. With a living schedule of cultural events, and remains a part of life downtown, rather than closing itself off from the city.”

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