By Paul Johnson on Oct 26, 2022 in Accommodation, Attractions, Europe, Family Travel, Featured, Food and Drink, Nightlife, Hotels, Iceland, Pleasure Travel, Regions, Specialty Travel, Travel Miscellaneous, Eastern Europe West
Occupying the top floor of the already famous Keflavik Hotel, Diamond Suites Luxury Boutique Hotel is Iceland’s first five-star hotel and consists of a collection of individually decorated suites. While the exterior of the building may seem unremarkable, each suite is ultra-luxurious and has its own character and theme for travelers who demand the best.
Tucked away on the top floor, Diamond Suites is completely private and separate from the Keflavik Hotel, and even has its own small reception area. There was no staff at the time of our visit, with smooth and seamless check-in being done instead of the hotel’s main reception on the ground floor.
The Diamond Suites door initially takes you into a private space shared by all suites. Think of it as a club floor in a larger hotel.
Versace marble floors, comfortable leather seating, and a kitchenette are among the amenities available for the exclusive use of Diamond Suites guests.
We stayed in the first suite on the right – the Topaz Suite – which is also the most modern of the suites, covering an area of 420 square feet.
The Queen Size bed, dressed in luxury linens, ensured a great night’s sleep.
The suite boasts wooden floors and a sleek design with modern and contemporary furnishings, showcasing authentic Icelandic artwork on the walls.
There’s extensive use of technology in the suite, from the Bang Olufsen 42-inch flat-screen TV and Apple TV entertainment system to the iPad controls at the door with the SONOS music system. Other examples include LED ambient lighting, underfloor heating, remote-controlled electric blackout curtains and blinds, and free private Wi-Fi access exclusive to each suite.
Red leather seats and matching ottomans are eye-catching pieces of furniture that let you relax in front of the TV.
Other extras include a safe, cordless phone, Nespresso machine, kettle and daily housekeeping.
The modest bathroom includes luxury fittings, including a rain shower head, a luxurious whirlpool bathtub, a Duravit heated toilet seat and a very sophisticated faucet designed by Philippe Starck. There is also a high quality shaving mirror and super fluffy towels and flannels.
A very smart toiletry box is provided, complete with shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel, but also a whole series of extras including bath salts, sewing kit, shower cap, shaving kit, comb, toothbrush, vanity kit, earplugs and pen. Bathrobes and slippers are also provided.
Although the suites include access to their own kitchenette, you’d be missing out if you didn’t try dining at the KEF restaurant downstairs.
The lobster soup, flavored with chilli, coriander, ginger, lemongrass and star anise is a treat for the taste buds.
The main course that stood out for me was the monkfish with chorizo, olives, tomatoes, walnut pesto, pearl onion, potatoes and yuzu hollandaise sauce.
Carnivores will love the grilled leg of lamb – served rosé – with yellow beet mash, grilled yellow beet, rainbow carrots, herb crust, fondant potato, herb and date demi-glace.
Among the sweet treats, this chocolate and caramel brownie served with vanilla ice cream and forest fruits.
If you’re worried about pounds put on at the restaurant, the hotel also has a 7,000-square-foot fitness center, with treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, power benches, and an assortment free weights, resistance bands, flexing machines and weight machines.
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Diamond Suites is a popular choice due to its convenient location, just a 6-minute drive from Keflavik International Airport and within walking distance of Keflavik’s amenities, not to mention the Atlantic Ocean which is just two minutes away. walk. The Blue Lagoon and Grinadvik, from where you can explore the recent volcanic activity south of the Reykjanes peninsula, are each just 20 minutes away by car.
An added special perk of staying here is access to two private outdoor hot tubs located on a balcony overlooking the sea. These are for the exclusive use of Diamond Suites guests.
Suites start at around ISK 140,000 including breakfast.
The best piece
The best thing about the hotel is its luxurious and opulent suites. In addition to the Topaz Suite described above, there is an Emerald Suite, a Pearl Suite, a Sapphire Suite and a Ruby Suite. All five suites can be rented together exclusively as a suite combination known as the Diamond Suite.
The final verdict
A stay at Diamond Suites is an added treat and a great way to start or end your trip to Iceland.
Are you planning a trip to Iceland yourself? You can watch a video of our trip to Iceland here: