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“Disappointing accommodation but food was AMAZING!”
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Hotel Geysir
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Selfoss
Reviewed 24 November 2013

We had expected the rooms to be located at the hotel itself but to our surprise they were in another building some 400 meters away. Also we had expected to be together, as we were travelling with a large group, but some of the couples did not stay in our building but in the small cabins next to the hotel. The room we got had two twin beds and not a double, so we decided to push the beds together. But than one bed was higher than the other. The beds were HORRIBLE! The matress was hard and I could feel every spring poke me in the back, so I didn't sleep very well. The bathroom was good, with a large shower. There was no minibar, no phone and to our disappointment didn't have complimentary coffee and te. You could get free coffee and te in the common area though. Ok now for the positive feedback: The room was clean and warm however. The food at the hotel was AMAZING!! We ate there both in the evening and than brunch the next day. The service was good and servers were friendly. I might want to eat at Hótel Geysir some day but I might not stay at the hotel over night...

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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ElinThor, Owner at Hotel Geysir, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Dear Elin,
Thank you for your review.

Yes it is correct that our rooms are not located in the restaurant but the building you checked in at, is our restaurant and the rooms are in one wing/bungalows in walking distance.
We always try to have groups together if possible and I´m sorry to hear that it was not your case. You can always request at booking to book a double room with the beds together.
The next review we received here on TripAdvisor was that the bed was amazing and that is the comment we get from most guest. All the beds are new and it is really important that our guest gets good night sleep but it is different what is suitable for different guests. The beds in one wing have gotten great review so I´m very sorry to hear about your lack of sleep. We decided to have tea and coffee for all our guests in the common area. I have great news though, we are building a 4* hotel now and there we´ll have phones, coffee and tea in all the rooms and a great bar with amazing view over the hot spring area with many selection and the new hotel will be connected to the restaurant as well as new spa. I hope that you'll then try our new hotel and hopefully you'll get a great night sleep. Nice to hear about the food and the service, it is also very important to us that all guests get great food at Geysir.

Thank you again for your review, it is always great to hear from our guest and it is good to get an Icelandic perspective as well. We really hope to see you again when our new hotel arrives.
Best regards,
Hotel Geysir

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

I liked my little cabin room at this hotel. It reminded me of the 1970s and was very relaxing. This hotel is simple but clean and comfortable. I enjoyed sitting in the dining room, as I saw the big geysir blast every few minutes. The food was ambitious but not pulled off to the standard one would expect for the price.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Two words: Identity crisis. We stayed here for one night while it's undergoing a rather strange transformation. I say it wasn't as expected because the photos online gave us a completely different perception.

Short story: Our room was clean and comfortable. We felt safe and it is super close to the actual geysers across the street. Aside from one other couple, we were the only ones there that night... and pretty much in the whole Geysir area.

The long story: When we were ready to check in, it was quickly getting dark and there were NO tour buses or crowds. However, we were confused as to where to the hotel lobby was. The main building had a large sign "Hotel Geysir," but there were no signs pointing to a lobby or check-in. I will mention here that I immediately noticed how old and dark it seemed and that it was loosely built in the style of a Swiss chalet, though obvious stages of remodeling was going on.

Still searching for the lobby, I kept walking into the restaurant, but none of the construction guys were being helpful until finally one of them kindly stepped forward to tell me it was closed. I gathered that me meant the RESTAURANT was closed and asked him where I could check-in for the hotel. His English was halted, so he actually stepped outside to wave me towards an exterior door near the REAR of the building. Ah!

The lady at the front desk was very nice and friendly and showed us on a map that our room was actually in a different building down the street. I was a bit perplexed, but okay.

The lodging was in a one-story block building in a straightforward, utilitarian style VERY different from the ornate 'chalet' look of the main building. Not modern, but simple and sterile. Although our room was small, it was very clean and had everything we needed. Aside from us, there was only one other couple in the place and they were next door, but we never heard a peep from them.

There are no dining options outside of Hotel Geysir, so at dinner and breakfast, we walked back over to the main building. Inside it was still dark, but the construction equipment was put away. To get to the dining room, which would have been hip and cool back in the 70s with its dark booths and mod-chic décor, we passed through the bar area which looked the part of a severely outdated, creaky Swiss chalet. The public bathrooms, on the other hand, were completely different from the rest of it: very futuristic and hip with modern aesthetic, and, in fact, probably one of the nicest restaurant bathrooms I've ever seen.

Dinner was actually decent and I had reindeer for the first time. Breakfast was the same elaborate spread offered at the other Icelandic hotels. Enjoyed both meals. The server at dinner was nice, but we could tell he was utterly and completely bored since he was serving only 3 couples that night. The staff at breakfast was also bored, but he busied himself and was also very kind.

Overall, this place was odd... the different building styles didn't make it feel very cohesive, but I attribute that to its current state of transformation. Being that it was November and they had very few guests, it made sense that they'd choose to remodel and perform construction now. Hotel Geysir provided a bed and bathroom and meals, and we couldn't have asked for a better location to be nearer the actual geysers.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank aerofaze
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ElinThor, Owner at Hotel Geysir, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thank you for your helpful review.
Good to hear that you were happy with the clean and comfortable room and that you felt safe. One of the good things about staying at Hotel Geysir is that is right opposite of the hot spring area and you can see it in the evening with few people around. As you said we were remodeling and we moved the lobby at the front since we have gotten this comment before that it is confusing were to check in. Now it is all clear and our new lobby is ready and we are very happy with this transformation. It was being built at the time you stayed in the hotel.

Regarding to you comment about identity crisis there is a lot of remodeling happening now at Geysir. It is a family company which started with a sport school in 1927 and is still run by the same family. We are starting to build another hotel which will be connected to the restaurant. We have been growing through the years but we want to stay close to our roots and keep the spirit and the design cozy and country style but still modern. We agree that the rooms in one wing have different style then the restaurant and that is something we have also started to change but it will take time. We are happy though with the rooms, new beds, clean and comfortable but as you said different style.
We just renewed the restaurant :) But of course people have different taste in decor. One of the most famous interior designer in Iceland right now, Leifur Welding designed the restaurant and everything is brand new (here you can see his work http://www.pinterest.com/leifurwelding/projects-designed-by-leifur-welding/).
We have paintings only from Jóhannes Kjarval, Icelandic most famous painter in the restaurant as well so we really aim to make it classic but warm.
We wanted to have it dark and cozy since our main focus is a la carte in the evening. We are also building a fire place in the middle so it will get even more cozy.
Great to hear about your dinner, we have a amazing head chef and we really focus on our restaurant to be good.
I hope that I have explained the different styles, our aim is that it will be the same style in time and the next 2 years will be a lot of changes so I hope you will come back to Geysir Iceland and it would be great to hear from you again:)

Thank you again and our very best regards from Geysir.
Hotel Geysir.

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Rooms arent in the hotel as the website would suggest. They are either in the cabins towards the fornt of the hotel or in a newly built block at the back of the hotel. We ended up in the block to the back. The rooms were fine but not what you d expect from the website. I think staying in the cabins the is the better option. The hotel staff were very friendly and the location of the hotel is good for the geysirs. The restaurant in the hotel is nice. It has a large window looking out toward the geysir. The food in the restaurant was top drawer. I had the cod and lingoustines in a lobster sauce with sushi to start. It was excellent and i d highly recommend a visit if you stay in the hotel. It worked out around £10 - 16 for a main course, which isnt bad at all. The drinks seemed a bit pricey but again not too bad at around £3.70 for a bottle of beer. The breakfast in the morning was also superb. A vast array of eggs, bread, meats cheese, mimi sauages, baked beans - the works. All in all the hotel is good, the food is excellent, the staff friendly and the location good for the geysirs. The rooms arent quite what you d expect off the website but go for a cabin if you have a choice as the seem the best option.

Room Tip: Go for the cabins
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MrFishwicksGlasses
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ElinThor, Owner at Hotel Geysir, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thank you for your review.
I´m very sorry that you felt that the rooms weren't the same as the website suggest. As stated on our website all our rooms are either in bungalows or one wing in walking distance from the restaurant. We would love to let you try the cabins/bungalows if you come again, it is very suitable for couples by the river, very cozy and you are very private there also. We are building a new hotel connected to the restaurant so if you will come again that would be another option. Tip for other travelers: feel free to contact the reception if you want to change your room, we´ll always let you have another room in bungalow or one wing if it is available.

Great to hear about the friendly hotel staff and the restaurant, thank you for your very kind words.
Thank you again and our best regards from Geysir
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

This hotel was very comfortable, had a good dinner, friendly staff and a really great breakfast with an abundance of delicious food.
The rooms were comfortable, and there was self serve tea, coffee and hot choclate available 24 hours a day.
The premises are situated immediately opposite the Geysir, the second biggest geyser in the World. I believe only the Beehive Geyser in the USA is bigger.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Ingwe447
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ElinThor, Owner at Hotel Geysir, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thank you for you great review for Hotel Geysir. You are correct about the geyser since the old geyser is "sleeping" right now but Strokkur erupts every 8-12 mintues:)
Our very best regards from Hotel Geysir.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Our guided tour had a lunch stop here so we did not stay for the night. For a starter we had a nice soup, and after the soup there where a lunch buffet. The lunch buffet where very influenced by the Icelandic food with mostly seafood, but there where also lamb and other meat meals. As on mostly Icelantic resturant buffet there where sushi. As the seafood is having a great freshness, sushi on Iceland is recommended!

For ppl with glutenallergy, they provieded a glutenfree soup and bread :) I can not tell about price since the meal where included.

We had the lunch and then we had 1,5h for the geysir attraction before the guided trip continued. We found it perfect.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Thank MarieJK
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ElinThor, Owner at Hotel Geysir, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thank you for you great review. We have lunch buffet everyday using the freshest food and we focus on local food and there is no problem if you have allergy, need gluten free food or vegetarian dishes, just ask the chef :)

Our best regards from Geysir Iceland.

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Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

Stayed for one night the first week of Sept while exploring the Golden Circle. We had a lovely cabin set away from the main building with beautiful views of a stream running past the property. Being able to take a morning hike around the geysirs was beautiful. The location also makes it an excellent base for going to Gulfoss (10 min away). We had a bit of an adventure checking in as the signage wasn't great. The internet also did not work at the cabin despite the front desk and restaurant workers telling us it would. The restaurant was way overpriced for its quality. Don't fall into the trap of eating whale! Even though our cabin was fantastic, I'm glad we only stayed one night- I felt a little cheated.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank Camony
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ElinThor, Owner at Hotel Geysir, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thank you for your review of Hotel Geysir.

Good that you enjoyed the location next the geyser and Gullfoss waterfall. I´m sorry to hear that your internet didn´t work, we have, since you stayed with us, changes to another internet company and all guest can get free of charge internet wi-fi equipment while they stay. I´m sorry to hear that you thought that the restaurant was overpriced, we have the same or lower prices as in Reykjavik but as all travelers know food is expensive in Iceland but we always aim to have the prices in accordance with the quality.
Thank you again and all the best from Geysir Iceland.

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Address: | Haukadalur, Selfoss 801, Iceland
Region: Iceland > South Region > Selfoss
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Selfoss
Price Range: £100 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Geysir 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The trademark of Iceland, the great Geysir, gave the hotel its name and Geysir is situated right outside the front door of the hotel. Haukadalur is one of Iceland's most famous historical sites, both ancient and today. The farmer's son from Haukadalur, Sigurdur Greipsson, founded a sports school in his father's inheritance at Haukadalur, which he operated with his wife Sigrun Bjarnadottir for a period of forty-three years. Today Hotel Geysir is run by descendant of Sigurdur Greipsson, Mar Sigurdsson (youngest son of Sigurdur and Sigrun) and his wife Sigridur Vilhjalmsdottur along with their children, Mabil Groa and Sigurdur.The Geysir-Center, which is directly opposite the geothermal area of Geysir and Strokkur, consists of a whole building complex with elegant restaurants, souvenir shop, outdoor and clothing store, snack shop, Geysir museum with multimedia show and camping area. Also there is a golf course, fishing, hiking trails, outdoor paradise the Haukadalur woods, Langjokull glacier tours and other activities such as highland tours. Therefore it is perfect for day trips because of many different possibilities of entertainment. Further details of activities in the region is available at the hotel's website hotelgeysir.Is. His landmark of Iceland is a spectacular natural phenomenon beyond description. The geothermal field surrounding the Great Geyser is the definitive geyser, having given its name to the geological phenomena. The Strokkur, another famous geyser located nearby, gives a performance every few minutes, shooting a tower of water and steam 30 meters into the air. There are other attractions apart from the magnificent geysers. For example, Blesi, a hot spring with water the colour of turquoise delights the senses. Walking about this natural wonder, one experiences the intensity of the forces of nature. Night time offers a fascinating view of the bubbling hot springs and the northern lights. A pot of boiling water takes on new dimensions.We place great pride in that all are equally pleased at the arrival and departure and your stay will be pleasant and memorable.Hotel RoomsThe hotel has twenty four double studio rooms in bungalows beside the river and twelve rooms in one wing, just two minutes from the thermal fields.All in all, this has to be the perfect framework for rest, relaxation, and getting charged up for the next activity. Access for disabled people is available both in hotel rooms, restaurants and toilets.The hotel has hot tub indoor with water from the geser, which are good to relax after a walk around the area. Iceland is an island capable of tempting visitors to a host of activities. One should however not forget that vacations are also for taking advantage of time by relaxing body and soul to the utmost. To reach this level of relaxation it is essential that the surroundings be conducive to this. ... more   less 
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