Hlemmur Square is a new and innovative concept of accomodating international travelers in both a luxury hotel and hostel all in one building. It was to create a environment where all walks of life come together and enjoy their new „home away from home“ in Reykjavik where all age groups meet and mingle, enjoying each companies together at the well known bar and the restaurant.
The public areas are designed to be a „collection of various feelings“ whereas the main lobby is of a more modern style and then the library give the guests the old feeling and tranquility of relaxing after a tour or at any time. Colors, which Reykjavik has always been known fo,r have become a big part of the concept and are found throughout the hotel and hostel and public areas.
Mr Ortlieb is a leading and innovative boutique hotelier with of over 35 years’ experience. His career started with working in Europe in various countries and hotels among them Claridges in london. After 5 years he moved to the US and had considerable success in the US. He inspired and opened the legendary Mercer Hotel, Soho, New York, revamped Chateau Marmont, started the Standard Hotel group and for Morgans Hotel group oversaw all aspect of the operation and development of seven hotels, including Royalton, Morgans, Paramount and the Hudson Hotel. Then, through Bodman Hospitality Group, he conceptionlized, developed, designed and managed a number of hotels in the US, including Hotel on Rivington, The Gotham Hotel, Highline Hotel, a luxury club in Amaganset, The Brazilian Court in Palm Beach, The Modern Hotel in New Orleans and the Cooper Square Hotel. All his hotels have won numerous awards from various organizations and are and remain well-known in the film, music, fashion and advertising industries. Hlemmur Square is the latest addition with its unique concept and has been recognized internatioally in press and has received accalates from all the OTB´s and local publications.
Unique Special Addition to Reykjavik
Built in the 1930s, the five-story and the only art deco building in Reykjavik was named for the central meeting spot that once served as a watering hole for travelers and their horses, Hlemmur Square is quickly becoming an extension of the city’s downtown neighborhood.
Located conveniently on Laugavegur, the main and famous street in Reykjavik where most of the shopping, nightlife, restaurants, art galleries, swimming pools and spas are located, The harbor and Parliament Square and all museums are literly a 15 – 20 minute walk away from Hlemmur Square.
Hlemmur Square also features an attentive concierge team who can help plan adventures to popular Iceland attractions such as the Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights, Glacier Lagoon, Into the Volcano, as well as trips for whale watching, horseback riding in the countryside and excursions to Iceland’s glaciers. Additionally Hlemmur Square´s concierge team is known to organize cusomized tours suited for the adventue you seek and to explore all of Iceland as well as all special requests for guests staying at Hlemmur Square prior to arrival.
Being a great supporter of the arts and music known in Reykjavik, you might find exhibitions, music performances and many creative events at Hlemmur Square.
As Reykjavik continues to develop as a destination for travelers from around the world, Hlemmur Square strives to be the best hotel and luxury hostel in Reykjavik and to provide an exciting new type of lodging for guests from all walks of life.