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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Great service and staff! The restaurant has excellent food.It is really nice that the hotel manager comes to every table during dinner to answer any questions. Accommodations are very well maintained and clean. Bathroom is impeccable. Location is about 1.5 hr from Reykjavik. It is a must to rent a car to get there. Will stay there again. We were not lucky to watch the aurora, but that's the way of nature, unpredictable. Don't expect 5 star hotel facilities, but trust me, you will not miss them.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Carlos G
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Stayed here for one night in November. Like most people we were hoping to see the northern lights but the weather was not playing ball and it was incredibly cloudy and rainy - so alas no chance of a wake-up call but we still had an incredible time at this hotel, we stayed in a deluxe room looking out over the river (what we could see of it with the low-lying fog) which was opposite the 'hot pot' - which you have direct access to from your room.

The bedrooms are of a decent size, we did take a look in at a standard and it's well worth the upgrade, standard appears to look over the car park (not ideal if the NL do make an appearance) it's also quite a bit smaller.

Gorgeous whirlpool spa bath in all bedrooms, giant flatscreen TV if that's your sort of thing with a big catalogue of films to watch. Nice personal touches like a free postcard home to friend/family member and a full array of complimentary toiletries including bath salts.

The building itself once you're inside reminds me of a Swiss ski chalet - all decked out in wood. It's very warming and accommodating once you're inside and there's a lovely bar with some very friendly waiters who know a thing or two about making a decent cocktail. Recommend going to happy hour - 4-6.30pm especially if you like beer and wine!

The living room area upstairs above the bar is nice and cosy, feel it's missing a nice big roaring log fire but I guess you can't have it all.

All in all had an amazing time and would love to one day go back. Price-wise I have to admit for the £200+ it does seem on the slightly steep side - while it is lovely, I have stayed in higher-quality accommodation for less money, and this is out of season. Saying that, please don't let that put you off - accommodation like this is rare to find and I wholeheartedly recommend it - and if you get to glimpse those amazing NL then of course it's worth every penny :)

Room Tip: Treat yourself and go for the deluxe room. Means you are closer to the hot pots and of course you may see the NLs from your bedroom window :)
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank SunSeaSand83
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We stayed 4 nights in November - hoping to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately this didn't materialise, but the hotel was well worth the stay. We had a room facing the river and there was a hot tub not far from the room which we enjoyed, even with temperatures at -14C, the experience of sitting in the tub with the steam rising while all around was covered in snow was surreal.
The room was a little on the small side, but everything was fine - temperature in the room very controllable. The restaurant was very good, with a good range of high quality food, even for a non meat-eater.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank 912David
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in November and despite not seeing the Northern Lights we still had a great break. We were in room 16, overlooking the river and right by a hot tub. This made the holiday for me, running through the snow to get in a 40 degree hot tub when it was -12 outside. Beware getting back out though as the snow melts around your feet making it very icy!

The hotel is like a log cabin with pine throughout. Our room was very clean and there were plenty of towels and bath robes. The only negative was the noisy fridge but it wasn't enough to wake me up once I was asleep.

The restaurant food was fine dining. It was delicious but you did pay for that. The bar sells a more homely selection of food - burgers, cheese and ham toastie -but the only vegetarian option was a green salad. Gregg was very helpful advising on which beers my husband should try, he clearly knows his stuff. The breakfast selection was excellent and includes a waffle iron which was fun. The scrambled eggs had a powdery consistency so I can't recommend them, everything else seemed good.

Room Tip: I would recommend a room right by a hot tub
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Thank BlazaUK
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

We stayed for three nights in November,this hotel is fantastic,the rooms are spotless,we didn't eat in the restaurant but the bar food was very good,the staff very helpfull and friendly,we were upgraded on the last night to the Antarctica suite,breathtaking.
Would thoroughly recommend this hotel,and we saw the northern lights on two nights

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