We were intially confused when trying to find "Hotel Vik i Myrdal" as listed in the 2010 edition of Lonely Planet. This hotel was bought out by the Hotel Edda chain--and the upgrades and renos have totally elevated this location. Originally we wanted to book the adjacent cabins (also owned by Hotel Edda) but they were fully booked.
The staff were extremely kind in negotiating--and allowed us to stay in one of the hotel rooms for the same rate. Initially we looked at a room in the older wing and were rather disappointed. Rooms were sterile, pastel and very basic. However, we also had an option of staying in the new addition--wow! Now this is where you want to sleep! The rooms are exactly as advertised on booking.com--with repurposed tree stumps as tables, views of the Dyrholaey sea stacks, large windows and a very sophisticated and trendy masculine feel. The walk-in shower was the greatest attraction after our flight from Toronto and drive from Reykjavik.
Eager to enjoy the luxury of our room we ordered a take-out salami pizza (a traveler's saving grace) from Halldorskaffee in Vik. At the local supermarket a short walk from the hotel we bought bananas, rye bread and OJ for breakfast---though the hotel offers a breakfast buffet.
The location was superb--it's minutes from the black sand beach. Alternatively, you can hike up around the church that sits above the hotel and follow the trails there.
Staff were lovely and helpful--running to the kitchen to grab ice so we could keep our beers chilled in the room (no in-room refridgerators), googling road conditions to Skaftafell for the following day (we experienced an epic snow, sand and wind storm during our first three days--after Hotel Edda we were storm-stayed at Skaftafell National Park due to the winds and road closures).
It's also worth popping in to Vikurprjon (a wool-a-palooza) across the road from Hotel Edda. The wool factory has all the trinkets, shot glasses and bobbles for those on your souvenir list. Or, better yet? How about a reindeer hide? Or sheep skin? All the traditional and not-so traditional Iceland keepsakes are here. And, if you need fleece, windbreakers or any extra outdoor gear, there's racks upstairs of all the nordic brands.
But, be sure to enjoy your room and view. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and we felt truly pampered--though we wished we weren't so jetlagged to stay awake longer!
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