This former office building erected in the 1930s is now Iceland’s casual-chic lightning rod, where guests and locals gather in the communal lounge around tree-trunk tables and classic pieces by Eero Saarinen and Philippe Starck, all bathed in the warm glow of the wood-burning fireplace.
101 Hotel is undeniably cool. For Iceland’s foremost foray into the realm of design-led hotels, owner and designer Ingibjörg S. Pálmadóttir has transformed the Icelandic Social Democratic Party’s former home into the quintessence of Nordic style. The bar’s spare, masculine style is an innovative mixture of Chinese lacquered tables, wooden blocks, and Edwardian chairs. In contrast is the restaurant’s feminine atmosphere, where a white dimpled mural runs alongside the glass roof, and guests can perch on iconic Eros chairs. Throughout the public areas, monochromatic design and clear lines showcase the hotel’s collection of art by Icelandic artists. But coolness melts away in the guestrooms’ rustic warmth, which includes heated oak floors, white Italian bed linen, matte and glossy black furnishings, Artemide lamps, and a bathroom with a freestanding bathtub waiting to be filled with geothermal waters