By Paul Johnson on Oct 26, 2022 in Accommodation, Attractions, Europe, Family Travel, Featured, Food and Drink, Going Out, Hotels, Iceland, Leisure Travel, Regions, Specialty Travel, Travel Miscellany, Western Europe
Occupying the uppermost floor of the already-renowned Hotel Keflavik, Diamond Suites Luxury Boutique Hotel is Iceland’s first five star hotel and consists of a collection of individually-decorated suites. Whilst the building’s exterior might seem rather unremarkable, each suite is ultra-luxurious and has its own unique character and theme for travelers who demand the best.
Tucked away on the top floor, Diamond Suites is completely private and separate from Hotel Keflavik, and even has its own small reception desk. This was unmanned at the time of our visit, with a smooth and seamless check-in performed instead at the main hotel reception area on the ground floor.
The door into Diamond Suites initially takes you into a private area shared by all the suites. Think of it as being like 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 with luxury bed linens, assured us with a good night’s sleep.
The suite enjoys hardwood floors and an elegant design with contemporary modern furniture, showcasing authentic Icelandic artwork on the walls.
There’s extensive use of technology within the suite from the 42” Bang Olufsen flatscreen TV and Apple TV entertainment system to the iPad controls at the door with SONOS music system. LED mood lighting, underfloor heating, remote controlled curtains and electric black-out blinds, as well as a free private WiFi connection exclusive to each suite are further examples.
Red leather seating and matching foot stools are eye-catching items of furniture that enable you to relax in front of the TV.
Other extras include a safe, cordless phone, Nespresso machine, kettle and daily housekeeping.
The modest bathroom features luxury fixtures including a rain shower head, luxurious whirlpool bathtub, heated Duravit toilet seat and a very fancy faucet designed by Philippe Starck. There’s also a great quality shaving mirror, and super fluffy towels and flannels.
A very smart boxed toiletry set is supplied, complete with shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel, but also a whole host of extras including bath salts, sewing kit, shower cap, shaving kit, comb, toothbrush, vanity kit, ear plugs and pen. Bathrobes and slippers are also supplied.
Although the suites include access to their own kitchenette, you would be missing out if you didn’t try dinner at KEF Restaurant back on the ground floor.
The lobster soup, flavored with chilli, cilantro, ginger, lemongrass and star anise is a treat for the tastebuds.
The stand-out main dish for me was the monkfish with chorizo, olives, tomatoes, nut pesto, pearl onion, potatoes and yuzu hollandaise.
Meat eaters will love the grilled leg of lamb – served pink – with yellow beet purée, grilled yellow beet, rainbow carrots, herb crust, fondant potato, herb and date demi glace.
Sweet treats included this chocolate and caramel brownie served with vanilla ice cream and forest fruits.
If you’re worried about the pounds gained from the restaurant, the hotel also has a 7,000 sq. ft. Fitness centre, complete with treadmills, cross trainers, exercise bikes, power bench presses and an assortment of free weights, resistance bands, flexion machines and weight machines.
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Diamond Suites is a popular choice because of it convenient location, just a 6-minute drive from Keflavik International Airport and within walking distance of Keflavik’s amenities, not forgetting also the Atlantic Ocean which is just a two-minute walk away. Both The Blue Lagoon and Grinadvik, from where you can explore recent volcanic activity on the south of the Reykjanes Peninsula, are each just a 20-minute drive away.
An extra special benefit to staying here is access to two private outdoor hot tubs situated on a balcony overlooking the sea. These are for the exclusive use of Diamond Suites guests.
Suites start from around 140,000 ISK, including breakfast.
The best bit
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, Pearl Suite, Sapphire Suite and Ruby Suite. All five suites can be hired together exclusively as a suite combination known as the Diamond Suite.
The final verdict
A stay at Diamond Suites is an extra special treat and a great way to either start or finish your trip to Iceland.
Planning a trip to Iceland yourself? You can watch a video from our trip to Iceland here: