Happy 2014 Ladies and Gents! Tina here. I’m so excited for a fresh start, a new year and 12 new design destinations! Sarah and I have already planned out this year’s Design Hotels and we’re kind of wishing we could actually vacation to all of these places. This month we’re visiting the ION Luxury and Adventure Hotel in Iceland. I’ve wanted to visit Iceland for some time, but this winter I’m especially interested. The Northern Lights are at their peak, which happens every eleven years. The view from Iceland must be stunning!
The ION is an abandoned power plant in Nesjavellir by Lake Thingvellir, which has been renovated and rebranded into a luxury hotel. It’s located close to the Thingvellir National Park allowing guests access to everything on “the land of fire and ice”, including the Gullfoss waterfall. The 45 room luxury hotel was founded by Icelander Sigurlaug Sverrisdottir who is an expert in adventure and travel. She created the concept hotel with her husband, so every guests can enjoy an adventure of their own. At the end of their day of excitement they can return to a luxurious, relaxing spa hotel.
The hotel relies on sustainable practices and the natural features of the island. Natural elements were used, which can be seen in the wood floors. Fairtrade organic linens are used on the beds and the shower systems rely of water-saving techniques. Certain light fixtures are created with lava and found wood.
I was immediately attracted to the color scheme of the hotel, black, white and grey. My favorite colors! The neutral colors are placed strategically to evoke emotion while the guests look out onto the vista from the floor to ceiling windows. Wood is a prominent element in the design, which adds warmth to the spaces. Sheepskin throws pop of now and again, also adding warmth.
The hotel has also been praised for it’s restaurant, the Silfra Restaurant & Bar. Chef Guðmundur Sverrisson focuses on local ingredients which can be found in the surrounding area. The restaurant’s walls are adorned with images of native fish.
Thank you for touring the ION with Sarah and I today!
We’d love to hear what you think.
Have you been interested in visiting Iceland? Are you excited to take an adventure at the ION?