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ION Adventure Hotel
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Travelling from our day in Pingvellir and searching for somewhere to get a coffee we took a turning on the way back to Selfoss and literally "found" this hotel next to a power station. We asked if we could just have coffees and the friendly receptionist took us to the "Northern Lights" bar which is a glass cube hanging over the side of the hotel. Coffee was great as was the hot chocolate. Lovely find.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Angela P
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

We stayed in the Ion for 3 days and had an amazing time. It's remote, so don't expect to be visiting local attractions without a journey, but the hotel team are very accommodating and arranged pick ups and transfers for us to the dive site and to travel along the coast to the glaciers for a glacier hike.

We did not go for the luxury room (we would if we go back) as the standard ons were basic. But the staff let us use the spa anyway (it was lovely).

The food was beautiful - have eaten in a fair few expensive places in our time and this was comparable, fresh and simple.

The Norther lights bar is a great addition.

Room Tip: Go for the luxury rooms and ask for a view of the lake not the power plant.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Mark P
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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

Great place to stay away from the city. The staffs are fantastic and very helpful. You will want to come back to the spa over & over. The view is to die for. The food is delicious. The only improvement will be the shower drain needs to have quicker flow

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank tiisai
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

I love luxury. And I love adventure. And I wanted to see the Northern Lights. So the Ion Hotel seemed like the perfect choice. That was until our rental car was stopped dead in almost 3 feet of snow on the road to the hotel.
The hotel will provide transport from the airport, but we were already staying in Reykjavik so we were told to rent a car. We plugged the location in our GPS and found ourselves in the middle of a snow bank. Driving back to the closest petrol station we were relieved to find an "Arctic Adventure" driver to ask directions. "You're trying to get to the Ion Hotel?", he said. "Well, that's a challenge." Great. When the Arctic Adventure guy thinks you're in for a challenge, what's a city girl to do?
We called the hotel for directions, they seemed "surprised" that the road was closed and gave us an alternate road.
Look, it's a beautiful location, although not necessarily the best to view the Northern Lights (you can see them right outside of Reykjavik). But it's not luxury and it's not adventure.
Their adventure is nothing you can't get from city center (in fact many tours leave from the city so you're just going back there anyway). Scheduling anything seemed hit or miss. Some folks seemed to have managed to book some trips but nothing was going to happen once you were there. Including the spa. There is one therapist so unless you were lucky enough to get someone to answer a pre-arrival email it was all booked.
It's not worth the drive, it's not the best location for Northern Lights and while the food is good, it's terribly expensive (even by Icelandic standards). Stay in Reykjavik and do day trips.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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5  Thank TravelsfromMadAve
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Tucked away on the border of Pingavalaten lake is an ultra-modern hotel in a stunning isolated location. Friendly staff, top notch food and comfortable rooms (if a tad small). Northern Lights bar is a great place to relax and take in the surrounding views (in our case a frozen lake and snow covered mountains). Only 40k from Reykjavik - probably a little difficult to get to if the roads are not cleared - and only a stones throw from the national park. Lots of added extras including spa and hot tubs. My only advice would be to request a lake view room when booking

Room Tip: Ask for a lake view room
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank williamsjd4
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