Welcome to Reykjavík and Hotel Klettur!
When you stay with us, you’re staying at a modern hotel in a prime location, only a stone’s throw from downtown and the best of Iceland’s shops, entertainment, bars and world-class dining. We encourage you to ask us about our city as we want you to like it as much as we do.
The hotel has 166 rooms, of which 143 standard rooms, 20 superior and 3 family rooms. The standard rooms are modern, bright and well equipped, ranging from 19 to 21 sqm. Our stylish superior rooms are located on the top two floors and are more spacious, including a sitting area with two chairs and a table. Of the twenty superior rooms, ten have with private balconies and five offer stunning views over the sea and to the mountains. On the ground floor we have an inviting and a spacious lounge, a cozy bar and a dining room where breakfast is served. There you will also find a game room with a pool table as well as a TV corner for the kids. On the first floor you’ll find our souvenir shop and tour desk where we are happy to help you book your travels with most tour operators.
… you must wonder; now what exactly means the word “Klettur”?
The hotel’s name derives from the large boulder (‘klettur’ in Icelandic can mean either ‘large boulder’ or ‘cliff’) which has been left in site on the ground floor of the hotel and appears to be bursting out from the wall. The overall appearance and design of the hotel is inspired by Icelandic nature and, more specifically, Icelandic rock formations.
There are numerous stories of elves in Icelandic folklore. There have even been examples of planned road-works and buildings being amended because contractors were prevented from moving large boulders believed to be inhabited by elves. Signs of such changes can be seen in various modern road-works and buildings.
Stories about elves originate in numerous mythologies about elves and dwarfs. They are believed to be minor divinities and are closely associated with people’s ideas about nature and fertility. Elves are usually invisible, but can become visible to humans if they choose to. They can be helpful and kind to those who wish them no harm and will do favors in exchange for favors. They can, however, be mean and take swift revenge if thwarted. Although nothing is known for certain, it may be that the boulder on the ground floor was left in place so as not to disturb any elves living in it.