Landmark Hotel Borg set to raise the roof


REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Plans are under way to expand the landmark Hotel Borg, according to Heidur Gunnarsdottir, the property's general manager.

"We have figured out we can add between five and seven rooms to the top floor and now must figure out the financing," Gunnarsdottir said.

Currently, the fifth floor of the 50-room hotel consists of the tower suite and one double room. The project would raise the roof of the fifth floor and extend the existing tower, whose turret protrudes at the corner of the building, with a pointed cap.

"The preliminary drawings I've seen are really promising," Gunnarsdottir said. "I think it will be a really nice addition. We do hope that by summer of 2002 it will be ready."

The vibrant Art Deco property, opened in 1930, was last renovated between 1993 and 1997.

The hotel is located across a square from the Althing parliament building.

Hotel Borg is widely regarded as the best located hotel in the capital for those wishing to take advantage of Reykjavik's restaurant and bar scene. In a city known for its more modern facilities, the Borg stands out for its period style.

"It's the oldest hotel in the city and a house with character," Gunnarsdottir said. "It has the old European, traditional atmosphere."

All rooms in the property are individually decorated and have their own color scheme. They also all have a CD player and a VCR. The reception desk lends from a collection of videos and CDs of classical music, pop, rock and jazz.

For New Year's holiday stays, Hotel Borg is booking on a waitlist and will be able to quote availability after Oct. 10.

The minimum New Year's stay is three nights.

Hotel Borg may be booked through Icelandair sales offices and through the CRS systems.

Standard commission for bookings is 10%.

For information, contact the Hotel Borg: phone: (011) 354-551-1440; fax: (011) 354-551-1420; e-mail: [email protected], or on the Web at

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