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Hotel Hafnarfjall
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Borgarnes
Reviewed 24 March 2013

This hotel would be an ideal first night's stopover for anyone arriving at Keflavik (80 mins via the Hvalfjörður tunnel), and then heading west or north. It's also a good alternative to use as a base for anyone preferring to stay outside Reykavik itself, being just 45 mins from the city,(again via the tunnel). From our experience, other reviews about the location, hospitality, service, accommodation and food are all accurate, and we would heartily recommend staying here. It's genuine in every respect and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

My husband and I stayed just one night at this lovely cosy little hotel - and experienced the best service of our 6 night trip to Iceland. I described the fish buffet (served as the main evening meal) as the most delicious fish in the world - it was certainly the best fish I've ever tasted. Despite the poor weather / aurora forecast, the sky cleared and we enjoyed an exciting show by the Northern Lights. The staff were lovely, and Veigar spoiled us with hot chocolate and blankets, to keep us warm while we watched the Northern Lights with the other hotel guests. He also supplied a tripod so that my husband could take pictures of the Lights, and gave us advice as to where to visit the following day. The room was basic, but warm and clean; the bed was comfortable, and there was plenty of hot water (warning! - take off any silver jewellery - mine tarnished in the shower.). Thanks to Veigar, and the appearance of the Northern Lights, this was the most memorable night of our trip.

Room Tip: Rooms facing north have the best view.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Our stay two nights was incredible or as difficult to explain as the northern lights. It did not warrant the 5/5 due to the room being just slightly marginal and the heater being ultra sensitive.
But other than the physical aspects of a very simple room the rest of the experience is what I am rating. we did not go to stay in the room.
To begin, Veiger and staff were incredibly accommodating and made our stay there as one of the most memorable we've ever had. The meals served were good and very satisfying to hungry travelers but the overall experience is what made the stay phenomenal.
It didn't hurt that the second evening was a stellar display of the Aurora. We saw a small light show the first night but the second night a small group of six were enjoying mother nature at its finest along with the hospitality of Veiger. Going way beyond what a host would do he treated us as family while we watched and enjoyed at his place.
While staying there, his knowledge of the area is how we made our itinerary and the day was full and great

Room Tip: Sleep quality was hindered to the lateness of the Aurora
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

Wow, if you are visiting Iceland you must visit Veigar and his staff at Hotel Bru.

On arrival, Veigar was very welcoming and suggested places to see and things to do in the area that afternoon. We took his advice and what an incredible time we had as a result.

The fish buffet was amazing and following dinner, Veigar sat with some of the guests and taught us more about Icelandic culture. He was very friendly and generous and I would challenge anyone to find a better host.

We only stayed one night but I wished we had stayed there longer. If we return to Iceland, we will definitely be staying at Hotel Bru again.

Hotel Bru is very cheap for what you are getting, I would say you are not just paying for a room, you are paying for the experience.

One the morning that we were leaving, Veigar showed us other places to go in Iceland, and I have to say if it had not been for him the holiday would not have been as special as it was, especially recommending that we take the drive to Jokulsarlon.

If you are looking for a hotel with all the mod-cons then this is not the hotel for you but if you just want a pleasant, clean bedroom to put your head down after an exciting day's exploring and an owner who clearly cares about his guests, then Hotel Bru is a must.

Room Tip: I would ask for a room that faces the water.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

We chose this Hotel to get out of the city and hope to see the Northern Lights - luckily for us they showed up! The Hotel offers a wake up service, but we didn't need it because we were already up watching them for so long - they did however make us hot chocolate to take outside and continue to watch. Breakfast was included, but was very simple. There's not a lot happening in Borgarnes but this would be a great stop on the way to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Only about an hour north of Reykjavic.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

The exterior may need a little sprucing up but the rooms are clean and comfortable. The restaurant had the most amazing food. And I can't say enough about the owners and the views. These people are so generous. They are blessed with a beautiful location and the decency to wake up guests so I didn't miss the Northern Lights, they also had ski suits to keep guests warm while they watched the lights! Talk about hospitality! I would definitely stay here again!

Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

We picked this little gem virtually at random in order to be somewhere the Northern Lights were predicted to be. The fact that the Northern Lights dutifully appeared certainly helped our impressions overall!

To be honest, there is little reason to stay in this area - it is no more or less remarkable than any other area of Iceland, and there is little/nothing to draw the traveller to Borgarnes. The view from the Hotel is quite beautiful, across the water to the Church on the hill above Borgarnes, but you wouldn't want to look at it for a week.

But to Hotel Bru. Not eye candy, most bedrooms are motel-style with outside doors, meaning the walls are paper thin, but they were warm and cosy. Plenty of hot water, comfy double beds, wifi. No TV.

So as there is nothing to do in the area and the rooms have no TV it is a good job the restaurant & bar are worth lingering in.

Dinner is a set fish buffet menu - and what a selection. Rustic with a rudimentary range of salads but a bottomless selection of incredibly fresh, perfectly cooked local fish. Trout, Red Fish, Plaice, Cat Fish and salmon were a few of those on offer. It was all superb, and justifiably popular with locals (there was a dinner for 30-plus later in the evening).

The staff were excellent, the Jonny Depp look alike manager/owner oozed confidence and calm, allowing what were obviously less experienced staff to relax and offer personable service. They have a knack of anticipating your needs and giving the impression that nothing is too much trouble.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, the hospitality, the memorable meal and for summoning the Northern Lights for us.

Room Tip: Chalet rooms with a sea view preferable
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Hafnarfjall

Address: Hafnarskogur, Borgarnes 311, Iceland (Formerly Hotel Bru - Bridge Hotel)
Region: Iceland > West Region > Borgarnes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Borgarnes
Price Range: £81 - £162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Hafnarfjall 1*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated close to the bridge crossing Borgarfjordur bay, across the water from the town of Borgarnes Hotel Bru provides the simple comforts of home in a cozy atmosphere, a place you can sit and chat as the sun turns the bay first golden, then fiery red. Just a few hundred meters from the main road, Hotel Bru has a homey feel to it, whilst providing the facilities expected in a hotel. ... more   less 
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