Guesthouse Bríet is owned by Hrefna Rósa Sætran and Ágúst Reynisson, who also own two of Reykjavík’s most popular restaurants, the Grillmarket and the Fishmarket. Their goal was to create a charming and cosy home away from home for their guests and to make their stay a memorable one. Ágúst’s wife, Guðbjörg Hrönn Björnsdóttir, manages the guesthouse and Björn Árnason, Hrefna’s husband, took the wonderful photographs that decorate the walls (and are for sale), so this is truly a family affair.
The quaint, old house was built in 1880 by Brynjólfur Oddsson, a bookbinder, and since 1897, there have been rooms for let in the building.
The house was recently refurbished in the ‘Old Scandinavian’ style with all its original features being recycled and updated. The job was done with such care that the building’s owners received an award from the Reykjavík City Council for outstanding renovation work.
Nesting next to the guesthouse is a small square dedicated to Bríet Bjarnhéðinsdóttir, an Icelandic suffragette and early advocate for women’s rights, who was among the first women to be elected to the City Council. We thought it only fitting to name the guesthouse Bríet in her honour.