Iceland may or may not want your tourism, but this alluring, high-design hostel in Reykjavík seems to be begging you to stay awhile. Designed by DÖÐLUR, a local Jack-of-all trades creative studio, Oddsson is a 250-person-capacity lodge that offers affordable shared rooms as well as a handful of private hotel accommodations. Amenities abound, too, including a yoga space, rooftop hot tubs, karaoke, a cafe, restaurant, and bistro, and, of course, a bar.
But it’s the chic, eccentric interiors and plush furniture pieces in the common areas of this former warehouse (apparently one of the most famous buildings in Iceland, the JL HÚSIÐ) that take center stage here. A muted palette of blues, burnt oranges, neutrals, naturals, and pinks wash over the otherwise industrial space, lending a retro but contemporary atmosphere to your undoubtedly nature-heavy stay.
And for a hostel, the furniture is top notch, with sculptural pieces from masters like Pierre Jeanneret, Eero Saarinen, Pierre Paulin, Ettore Sotssass, Gerrit Rietveld, Augusto Bozzi, Gervan, Mario Bellini, Tomasso Barbi, Maison Jansen, Paul Evans, and de Sede—as well as DÖÐLUR-designed customs—peppering the generously-spaced common areas. We’re going to have to agree with them when they say that "Thrifty people with expensive tastes will feel at home at ODDSSON." Have a look around, and book your rooms right this way.