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“Great location, great views but not good value for money”
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Hali Country Hotel
Ranked #2 of 19 Hofn B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 October 2013

The hotel consists of a main building with reception and restaurant and accommodation spread over several buildings. We had a very large and spacious room in building 2 which is being extended. We were aware of this at the time of booking and the workman could not start until 10 am and had to finish at 5 pm so this was not irritating. Unknown to us we could have booked B&B and cooked for ourselves in building 2 which had a fully equipped kitchen with fridge etc for the use of guests and a pleasant dining area. You would need to bring your own food as the nearest shop is some way away however at least 1 couple did this. We stayed here as it very close to the Jockulsarlon lagoon and glacier walks. The food was excellent particularly the buffet dinner; the only option in the tourist season was IKr 5,500 each which was expensive, no coffee or sweet. Also if you are a vegetarian and non fish eater there would be almost nothing to eat. Breakfast was also good but on both mornings they ran out of plates, cups, coffee and the pancakes maker never kept up with demand. The hotel was pretty full and we had to ask staff to replenish. We were told it was close to the end of the season and staff were hard to find, sorry as this was our most expensive hotel in Iceland that is not acceptable. We had high expectation from the reviews and it did not meet them consequently an average review based on price and service. On our second night as we were in the area we ate at the Pakkhus restaurant in Hofn, excellent food, our service was good but we noticed other e were slow, it was packed with people queuing to get in. Overall Hali is very convenient of ice lagoon, comfortable and clean but expensive, even by Icelandic prices.

Room Tip: If you want the cheaper option opt for shared facilities and breakfast only and cook for yourself in...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

It was a clean hotel but I was a bit disappointed after reading so many raving reviews. Of the 3 places I stayed in Iceland (Centerhotel and Reykjavik Downtown Hostel) it was probably my least favourite. Not to say it wasn't nice - rooms were spacious and clean. But it was not great value for the money. Our room was on the end of building 2, so we had a beautiful view of...construction. The wifi signal was very weak and not accessible in our room. Dinner and breakfast was wonderful, but dinner was overpriced. Staff were just ok - it took a while for them to even approach me when I came to check in. Overall it is a convenient place to stay if you want to be close to the lagoon but I had high expectations after booking this on Trip Advisor reviews and was a bit let down. If I were to do it again, I would book a cheaper place.

Room Tip: None of the rooms I think are amazing or bad - try to avoid the end rooms where you won't get wi...
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank 122Courtney
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

We hadn't planned to stay at Hali, but were so glad that we ended up there. We were making our way from Hofn to Vik, but only got as far as Skaftafell before we had to turn back as a huge sand-storm developed, making continuing to Vik impossible. Our excellent tour company (Discover the World) hastily rearranged accommodation for us at Hali, saving us from the fate of other people we heard about who ended up having to sleep on the floors of local church halls. We ended up staying two nights at Hali, waiting for the storm to pass. What an oasis! The place is family run, and ALL the staff we met were genuinely friendly, warm, open and welcoming. The woman who seemed to be in charge could not have been more helpful with advice about the storm, and willing to talk. The place has a lovely calm and relaxed feel (maybe something about the farm having been in the family for over 1000 years!). It was such a contrast to the more impersonal hotels we had stayed in up to this point. The room was fine, with access to a shared kitchen being a big bonus. Free wifi. The restaurant was good (although slightly pricy); limited menu with no vegetarian option on the menu, but they were only to happy to cook a vegetarian meal for someone who asked. There is also a surprisingly excellent museum on the site, which is really not to be missed, and which is free to guests. It's also a great base for Jokulsarlon and Skaftafell. We will definitely make a point of staying there again when we are next in the area.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Paulfranacist
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

stayed here one night to visit Jockulsarlon Lagoon. Room was large and clean, but lacked character. bathroom was very nice. we had a view of the mountain. they are extending the building to add more rooms and there are construction materials that takes away from the view of the water a bit. no big deal. We ordered the artic char for dinner and it was excellent, probably the best fish dinner we had on our trip.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Nice hotel with very comfortable bed and excellent shower. Although this is something of a chain hotel, it does have character and is a good place to stay for those passing through on Route 1.

The hotel does not have an elevator, so if that's important to you, you may want to call ahead to see if they have accessible options.

Breakfast was great.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Thank spbutterworth
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

We are on a one month Iceland tour, having been here two years ago for two weeks. All our arrangements were made by Nordic Visitor as part of a self drive tour, so, we don't know the specific prices for accommodation. Nordic Visitor, in their tour packages offer three types of accommodation and we booked comfort accommodation (private bathroom, "nice" hotels & guesthouses), breakfast is always included. This will be one of many reviews for this trip.

As we drive along, this is on our route and we asked to make frequent stops in our itinerary, so, we didn't specifically pick this location. It was as the title says, nice, friendly and with a beautiful view. There has been a real boom in tourism in Iceland and compared to two years ago, we're seeing far more visitors on this trip than we saw two years ago. This hotel is currently building an addition and construction is right beside the room in which we're staying. At check in we were apologetically told about the construction and handed a note explaining that building would only go on from 10 to 6 so as not to disturb guests. Other than having construction right beside us, we were not disturbed. Nice room, clean, the usual Icelandic buffet breakfast, nothing special but not disappointing. Overall a pleasant place.

Room Tip: Ask for mountain or ocean as per your preference, or, don't ask and be pleasantly surprised.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Having spent previous nights in a hostel, Hali was a very welcome 'step up' for our next 2 nights.
What a pleasure, well presented, clean & cosy rooms, functionally furnished to a very high standard with quality fittings in the bathroom - the under-floor heating an added comfort!
Our group were together in one of the newer buildings furthest from the Restaurant/Museum with a view out over the sea - very tranquil.
The working farm continues with the Icelandic tradition of using fresh home produce coupled with locally caught fish, wonderful to the discerning palate, all expertly prepared 'in house'.
I am a lover of all things 'fishy' so thoroughly enjoyed the Arctic Chard presented in 3 different ways. Also available, Lamb, cooked 'pink' (which isn't to everyone's liking) plus another meat dish, something for every taste. Soup, salad & various vegetables to complement the meal. Those who enjoyed a sweet were pleased with the choice.
Breakfasts were wholesome & ample for the start of a busy days sightseeing; lots of cereals, yoghurts, cold cuts, home baked breads & pastries & the usual beverages.
We had a packed lunch each day - this consisted of a huge sandwich made with home baked bread & a cake for the group to share, all very enjoyable!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Hali 781, Hofn 781, Iceland
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Region: Iceland > East Region > Hofn
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Hofn
Price Range: £134 - £229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hali Country Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned country hotel. Located right by road nb 1. Only 10 min drive from Jökulsárlón, Glacier lagoon. We offer comfortable double and triple rooms and apartments. Restaurant and museum on site. Open all year around. Breakfast buffet, bed linen, towels, free wi-fi and taxes included in all room rates. ... more   less 
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