The Swan House Apartments, Reykjavík
The first impression we had of The Swan House was a welcoming, soft-lit reception area. Candles, a basket of knitting and comfortable sofa all contributed to create a cosy, hygge atmosphere. The staff member who greeted us at Reception was extremely helpful and friendly, going out of her way to help us on arrival when one of our party was feeling unwell.
The apartments come in a range of sizes, and are housed in a historic building that was once used to produce milk, butter – and later, chocolate and coffee. The apartments are beautifully designed, with high ceilings, hardwood floors and high quality furnishings.
We stayed in a family studio apartment, which slept four. The compact kitchen area was small, functional and attractive, and had everything needed to prepare simple meals – a two-ring hob, microwave, kettle, toaster and fridge. There was also a cafetiere and a glass storage jar full of real ground coffee – a hotel first for us, and a very welcome alternative to sachets of instant granules.
Everywhere was spotlessly clean, including the spacious bathroom with large walk-in shower – this had a particularly good rainfall shower attachment that was powerful and piping hot. The complimentary, deliciously scented Meraki toiletries were a delight to use. These natural, chemical-free skincare products – hand soap, body wash and shampoo – were presented in eco-friendly refillable pump dispensers.
Both the large double bed and the sofa bed were extremely comfortable, and made up with crisp, quality bed linen. The Scandic style décor of grey walls and wooden floors was calming and very stylish.
What we liked most about our apartment, though, were the little details, with lovely design features throughout. Vintage tiles and rustic-style crockery in the kitchenette complemented the scrubbed wooden dining table and chunky glassware.
The Swan House Apartments has responsible tourism and sustainability policies that are continuously improving. These include using no toxic chemicals, reduction of water and energy consumption, and use of locally produced and fairtrade goods and services.