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Hrauneyjar Guesthouse
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Hella
Bedford, United Kingdom
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“Basic accomodation at its best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

First impressions were worrying, situated in a beautiful and remote spot the guesthouse itself looked little more than a collection of huts.Decribed as the last port of call before entering the "inhabitable interior" of Iceland we really felt like we were embarking on a rugged adventure.
However despite appearances, this guesthouse was pleasant and cosy and our room with ensuite was clean and comfortable.We weren't too keen on the see through glass petition in the ensuite where NOTHING is left to the imagination- whoever though of that one!
I would not have wanted to rough it in the economy rooms with shared facilities but if on a tight budget I'm sure they would suffice.
The canteen was clean but no airs and graces, this is a back packers hostel really where food is wholesome and plentiful but not a 4 star hotel. We had full board so we ate our meals in a slightly more separated area of canteen with waiter service.All the staff seemed very young but they spoke perfect English and were always polite and helpful even though at times(this was peak season) they were very busy. We enjoyed our meals there and the Vegetarian option served daily was fine. A lovely fresh salad bar and homemade soups were an excellent start to the meal. Breakfasts were OK too, nothing fancy but all you could need -although no cooked options. We also had a packed lunch daily for our travels which consisted of freshly made sandwiches, fruit, carton of juice, Skyrr or yogurt and chocolate bar- very tasty indeed.
I admit I am a middle aged traveller who's not that keen on roughing it but this was fine as a three day stay and it certainly was a great position for 4x4 touring in the area ,even if it did bring back vividly 40 year ago memories of youth hostelling !It also had it's own fuel station and car wash hose- pretty crucial in such an out of the way position! A resident 4x4 trails expert also was on hand to give guests suggestions and advice for their daily adventures- he was brilliant and gave us some really good places to go off the beaten track.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

We stayed for 2 nights last summer in rooms with common bathroom. It's no Paradise, but it's perfect for the location. If you want to visit with magnificent, wild area with all the modern life facilities book at the nearby Hotel Highland, but do it well in advance (6 months before?). But if you like to feel the rough savage beauty of the environment this is the place.
If we are so lucky to be back in Iceland, we will be back to this guesthouse.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Geneva, Switzerland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

We landed here after a booking from our travel agency. If we would have known what it's worth, we definitely would not have come.the rooms are very basic, the staff unfriendly and there is one shower for about 12 rooms. I strongly recommend going to the region of Fludir instead which is only 45 minutes away and has plenty of places to stay. The only good thing in this guesthouse is the free wifi with which one can write reviews...

  • Stayed July 2014
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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

We had a great night in this place. Its in the middle of no where and looks very uninspiring from the outside. We had one of the smarter rooms with an ensuite - these rooms looked much better than the cheaper ones with shared facilities. They're more modern, larger and on a wing of the building which was quieter as not as many people walked past the room.The breakfast was good and dinner was fine too - burgers, soup, ssalad bar etc. Staff are friendly.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

We stayed at Hrauneyjar Highland Center for one night, at first I was disappointed to see the run-down very basic facilities and furniture. However we had such a fantastic service that the look of the guesthouse didn't really matter.
The staff welcomed us, answered all our questions, helped us plan our trip, prepared the sauna for us, prepared dinner, arranged for us to have breakfast early, replied to my email a week later when I thought I had lost my driving licence in the hotel....I could go on, but the point is they are very friendly and helpful.
The room we originally booked was clean but quite small and old. We were upgraded to a nicer room since the bathroom fan in our room was broken. The new room we stayed in was lovely and modern.
We also enjoyed using the sauna and the dinner was very good.
Thank you to Hrauneyjar Guesthouse for a great stay!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

I spent a night here during February which was very cold with very little to do, we were also the only guests staying that night. However i was pleasantly surprised by the room. It might have been quite small but it was one of the newer ones and was nicely decorated and furnished, felt warm and was clean. The only thing i wasn't so sure about was the frosted glass wall for the bathroom.....leaves nothing to the imagination when the bathroom lights are on. The staff here are extremely friendly and helpful. The restaurant is basic but the food is good and well priced for Iceland.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

We stayed in Hrauneyjar for 3 nights to make trips to the Golden Circle in the west and the glaciers towards the east. We arrived at night, and the snow and ice was already pretty deep on the roads - the drive from Keflavik was long but very exciting! Driving in the snow requires a 4x4 vehicle which we had hired and it can be slow progress. The scenery around the area is absolutely amazing.

We arrived at 9pm on the first night, where the staff had a 3 course meal waiting for us, which was really lovely. The staff were amazing and the food generally was good to very good. The waiter provided us with very informed information about where to travel and what to see and was perfectly polite and amenable. The chef obviously took a lot of pride in his food and we were given a good variety over the 3 nights. Pate with salad, salmon 3 ways and spicy cauliflower soup for starters over the 3 nights, mains were lamb, schnitzel and beautiful spicy/lemon cod. A lovely dessert was provided too. Water and bread were left on the table ready for our arrival each night, on a perfectly laid table.

We were given a spread of cold meats, cheese and toast for breakfast or jam, marmalade & butter with plenty of coffee. They provided packed lunches for our excursion days, and also for our flight back day which was a pleasant surprise.

We were the only guests in the guest house for the 3 nights so it may be very different when they have to provide for the 100 or so rooms, so I imagine the food & service may differ at peak times but I can't imagine the staff being anything other than polite and helpful. We found the place charming. Warm and comfortable, basic rooms with wet room but with clean bedding & towels and perfectly suited our needs. A sauna is available in the building.

I can't rate the fitness centre or swimming pool as I did not use it. That could be one small fault that we were not shown these areas, or maybe they were closed as the hotel was quiet. The sauna was open though.

5 stars for me!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hrauneyjar Guesthouse

Property: Hrauneyjar Guesthouse
Address: Sprengisandur road 26, Hella 851, Iceland
Region: Iceland > South Region > Hella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Hella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hrauneyjar Guesthouse 2*
Number of rooms: 108
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hrauneyjar Highland Center (Halendismidstodin Hrauneyjum) is situated at the edge of the country’s most impressive and active volcanic area. It is the last stop before entering the vast and untouched interior of Iceland. Hrauneyjar is close to many of the most beautiful and popular tourist attractions in the highlands - including Landmannalaugar, Pjorsardalur, Mount Hekla, Sprengisandur, Veidivotn and Fjallabak. The vastness and lack of human impact on the surrounding area makes it truly one of the last places in Europe where freedom, natural beauty and solitude are combined in a breathtakingly powerful experience. Hrauneyjar Guesthouse offers 54 CAT I rooms with shared facilities (19 double and 35 twin), 20 CAT II double rooms with bathroom. L-House with 14 twin rooms with shared facilities. In addition Hrauneyjar offers a restaurant, sauna and petrol station. The hotel is well accessible by paved road all year round and is only 150 km from Reykjavik. We recommend guests that are planning on staying with us during Winter season to have a 4WD. ... more   less 
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