This hotel is situation in an isolated position Approx. 90 Km East of Reykjavik, very close to the coast. It is ideally situated for exploring the south of the island. Its isolated position means that the sky is clear of light pollution so if the Northern Lights are visible you get an outstanding view (view images on Google). The one downside of the isolation is that you are more or less forced to dine in the hotel restaurant in the evenings unless you are 'out and about' and eat before returning. A three course meal without drinks will set you back about £50 per head. The best part of the hotel for me was the 'hot tubs' which are placed strategically around the building just yards for the rooms (which are all ground floor). This meant that at night although the temperatures when we went (February) were around freezing you could sit out in the tubs and watch the stars which were stunning. The rooms are of average size but very comfortable and warm. Contrary to reports we had read the rooms did have a kettle so you could make your own drinks. I would certainly go again if only you could guarantee the the lights!
- Also Known As:
- Ranga Hotel Hella
- Hotel Ranga Iceland
- Hotel Ranga Iceland/Hella
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ranga is a luxury countryside hotel and the only 4 star resort in South Iceland. It offers all the facilities and services of a modern resort. Located about an hour from Reykjavík between the towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur, it lies just off the main road right in middle of South Iceland’s panoramic scenery. The resort is built in log-cabin style and has through the years acquired an excellent reputation for its food, accomodation and service. It is the first Icelandic hotel to become a member of the prestigious international hotel chain Great Hotels of the World. A celebrity hot spot, top honeymoon destination and favorite hotel amongst Icelanders, Hotel Rangá also offers great facilities for small business meetings, weddings and social gatherings. One cannot miss feeling welcome entering its warm interior where relaxed countryside feeling meets the professional ambition of pleasing its entire clientel. Upon entering Hotel Ranga, you will be greeted by a towering 10-foot tall polar bear named Hrammur that resides in the lobby. He is a favorite model for photographers and is definitely one of the most pictured objects in Iceland. This is just a prelude to the cozy ambience that you will encounter that vibrates throughout the hotel. Hótel Rangá was upgraded and renovated in 2007/2008 and presently has 51 luxuriously decorated rooms and suites. It also features an acclaimed riverside restaurant, a lounge and bar, 2 upstairs meeting rooms, a game room, massage facilities and three much beloved outdoor hot tubs heated with geothermal water - where there is an excellent chance to view the fantastic northern lights during September through April. ... more less
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