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Hotel Ranga
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Hella
Certificate of Excellence
Zuid Holland
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Would stay again”
Reviewed 6 May 2008

Lovely hotel, comfortable rooms. Large bathroom. Exit to outiside where you have access to 2 jacuzzi's. Staff very accomodating to the children who were gobsmacked when we ordered room service and it was brought in by 3 people.

Our only complaint was that breakfast choice was rather minimal for a 4* hotel. The restaurant meals were also very expensive.
However, throughout our travels we came to discover that this is the situation all over iceland. Eating out is extrememly expensive.

  • Stayed April 2008
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2008

We stayed in this Hotel for one night in late April.
The Hotel is located in a plain field near the ring road No 1 some klm after Hella.. All the rooms have a beautiful view on a river. Now this hotel claims to be 4 stars, but I don’t think that it deserves it. The quality of the construction is rather basic (you can hear everything from next rooms or the hallway), the decoration and especially the furniture (in the rooms, restaurant and bar) mediocre, the bed mattresses bad. The owner tries hard to improve the image and create a relaxing atmosphere, with nice fresh flowers, candles, amenities like bath robe, magazines etc. But if you have stayed in Budir Hotel before you have the experience of authentic elegant decoration with original character, style and class.
We had also dinner in Ranga and we found the food to be pretentious and overpriced.
The breakfast was ok The usual stuff but no eggs, nor salmon
No complaint about the stuff which was always very helpful and friendly.
Overall I prefer the 2 or 3 stars in the region that offer more basic but good value services and save the money (we stayed at hotel Laki as well at half the price, excellent stay) or spend the Money for staying in Budir.

  • Liked — The view on the river
  • Disliked — The price, the decoration, and the poor qualitiy of construction
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2008

My wife had an award presentation at this hotel after winning a 4 day trip through work. What a fantastic place. We ended up in the hot tub after the presentation with some of my wifes workmates - we were in there from around 11 pm till 5.00 am in the snow, having beers bought out by the A* waiters, watching the northern lights - it seemed like we were out for about 5 minutes only!
The location, food, drink, and staff are all absolutly top notch and we both cant recommend this hotel enough. Cant comment on the value though as was a jolly!!!
Say hello to the polar bear in the lobby.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled on business
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 March 2008

If you're vacationing in Iceland Hotel Ranga is a must. It's in a great location for seeing the sights in southern Iceland or if you're heading into the interior. The hotel owner and concierge was an amazing help in giving us tips on the local attactions and things to do. The first day we were there we did some offroading to a glacier in Porsmork (otherwords known as God's Country).

As you enter the rustic hotel a lifesize polar bear greets you! The room are spacious and well equiped. The hotel staff are so helpful and very friendly. The food is of the typical european menu except with Icelandic specialties like puffin, reindeer or goose.

Next time I visit Iceland I'm definitely staying at Hotel Ranga again!

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — There's nothing I didn't like
  • Stayed June 2006, travelled with friends
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West Sussex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2008

This hotel is fantastic well worth the drive from the airport.
the room was spacious and well equiped. The hotel staff are so helpful and friendly nothing was to much trouble for them. Room service was delicious!
To top it off the hot tub outside our room was such a bonus. To be in the tub at night, -5 and snowing what an experience!!!
Highly recommend this hotel. We have been to Iceland on several occasions and this hotel is certainly top of our list!

  • Liked — Hot tub, friendly staff.
  • Disliked — Everything was excellent
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Jane_JohnWestSussex
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Dublin
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2008

I stayed here for a night with my boyfriend and we had a FABULOUS time! We took a bus tour to the south of the island and we stayed there on the way back (the driver kindly left us at the door of the hotel!)

The staff were possibly the nicest whilst we stayed in iceland! We got a beautiful room with views of the river (and hot tub!)
Our room was a deluxe room- it was very big with jacuzzi bath!
We had a door which led out to the gardens and hot tub outside.
The hotel was very quiet...only a handful of other guests stayed there.

Dinner is expensive- but that is known in iceland anyways. We both ordered lamb, which was superb! Buffet Breakfast was fantastic- served till 11am...nice bonus!

Because we depended on public transport, we had to get the bus back to the city, which was at 5pm. They allowed us to have late check out (4.30pm) without any extra cost and One of the staff (could have been the manager/owner?) gave us a lift to the town to catch the bus, now thats hospitality!

If anyone decides to stay in the south of the island, this is the place. I highly recommend it!

  • Liked — Scenery, staff and hot tub under starry skies
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2008

I followed Trip Advisor advice and booked this hotel for our anniversary. What a good tip. This hotel was super. We felt like the only guests in the place. The rooms were big, bathrooms huge, and there was a nice view to the river. Even in December, we made use of the hot tub and had a nice drink in the bar. We were really happy with our whole stay.

  • Liked — rustic feel, personal attention
  • Disliked — a little hard to find - luckily got directions from a tour guide in Selfoss.
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Ranga
Address: Sudurlandsvegur, Hella 851, Iceland
Region: Iceland > South Region > Hella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Hella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ranga 3*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Ranga is a luxury countryside hotel and the only 4 star resort in South Iceland. It offers all the facilities and services of a modern resort. Located about an hour from Reykjavík between the towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur, it lies just off the main road right in middle of South Iceland’s panoramic scenery. The resort is built in log-cabin style and has through the years acquired an excellent reputation for its food, accomodation and service. It is the first Icelandic hotel to become a member of the prestigious international hotel chain Great Hotels of the World. A celebrity hot spot, top honeymoon destination and favorite hotel amongst Icelanders, Hotel Rangá also offers great facilities for small business meetings, weddings and social gatherings. One cannot miss feeling welcome entering its warm interior where relaxed countryside feeling meets the professional ambition of pleasing its entire clientel. Upon entering Hotel Ranga, you will be greeted by a towering 10-foot tall polar bear named Hrammur that resides in the lobby. He is a favorite model for photographers and is definitely one of the most pictured objects in Iceland. This is just a prelude to the cozy ambience that you will encounter that vibrates throughout the hotel. Hótel Rangá was upgraded and renovated in 2007/2008 and presently has 51 luxuriously decorated rooms and suites. It also features an acclaimed riverside restaurant, a lounge and bar, 2 upstairs meeting rooms, a game room, massage facilities and three much beloved outdoor hot tubs heated with geothermal water - where there is an excellent chance to view the fantastic northern lights during September through April. ... more   less 
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