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“Fantastic hotel”
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Hotel Ranga
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Hella
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic hotel”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

We stayed in Hotel Ranga in April 2014. It was an amazing hotel, the decor was fantastic, the food (including the buffet breakfast) was brilliant and the staff were extra friendly and hospitable. We enjoyed using the hot tubes and the general facilities. The food prices are quire expensive but no more so than the rest of Iceland. The burger served in the bar is particularly good! I would highly recommend this hotel and had a genuinely fantastic stay there.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2014

On an impulse to see the Northern lights we decided to visit Iceland. As we had never been before we checked reviews on trip advisor and Hotel Ranga had very good feedback, for the Hotel and it's perfect location for spotting the lights.
All I can say is we were not disappointed.
This hotel is perfect in every way. We booked a deluxe room for four nights because we had read that the extra room was recommended. Tea making facilities and a small fridge in the room were much appreciated. We had a huge jacuzzi bath ensuite but I spent every available moment in the huge outdoor thermal hot tub just outside of our room. So much so that my husband called me a mermaid.
We ate at the Restaurant on two of the nights and although a bit pricey the food was divine. My only regret was that on the second occasion I decided to be a bit adventurous and had the Puffin as a starter - I can only warn you that it is weird! It looks like strips of beet root, has the texture of chewy meat but tastes extremely fishy. At least I can now tick that off my bucket list.
Did the golden circle, Blue lagoon, Vic woollen factory and the fantastic waterfalls on the way to Vic and they were all fantastic. Do pack waterproofs - you will need them.
The receptionist woke us on the second night to see the lights and although I must have looked a sight rushing through the hotel in my nighty, robe and slippers we did see the lights, ( some guests missed them because they got dressed and put on coats etc. ) The hotel also provides blankets and cool wooden loungers outside to view the lights.
We had to check out of the hotel at 4am for our flight home and even at that time the hotel had provided us with a packed lunch to take because we would miss breakfast.
Perfect Hotel. Perfect staff and would recommend to everyone.
Already looking forward to going back next year.

Room Tip: Riverside rooms better view and quieter.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed in the Royal Suite at Hotel Ranga from 16th - 20th March 2014. In the room, there was a notice asking for feedback so I thought I would take this opportunity to write them.

Here are our recommendations for improvements to the room:

1) We found the mugs a little small.
2) The room was so large we would have appreciated another bin.

You will notice that this is a very short list. This is because we had the most extraordinary stay at the hotel. Quite apart from the beautiful location, we found the hotel comfortable and well-equipped, and every member of staff friendly and helpful. We organised a tour with South Iceland Adventures through reception with minimal effort from us and were given excellent advice with regards to the Golden Circle tour.

This was our first visit to Iceland and we had been concerned that we might run out of places to eat in the area. We need not have worried - we loved the restaurant so much that we ate there every evening and one lunchtime. The food was some of the best we’ve eaten (and we have had a lot of experience in eating!). We also appreciated the effort your manager made to come round the tables every evening - it was welcoming without being intrusive.

We had been looking forward to visiting Iceland for some time, and can honestly say that we were not disappointed. We fell in love with this astonishing country and this wonderful hotel: so much so that we are looking to book another visit for later on this year.

Sjáumst.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Sorry, that joke is obligatory.

Stayed at Ranga for four nights, the hotel facility is very nice but the people are above-and-beyond nice. The optional "wake me if there are northern lights" service is why we first chose to stay there, and the last night of the cloudy time we were there, the clouds parted and the show started. Power had been knocked out, so the staff went up and down the halls with candles alerting those who asked to be called. The owner was there, an is charming and considerate and very willing to assist with anything you are trying to work out. If you had a problem with the hotel, he'd surely be as helpful, but we had no problems.

The restaurant is good, if I had to nitpick I'd say it would be nice if they rotated the menu during the week a bit, for those who dine there several nights. But that's minor -- the menu has some good variety and the food was excellent. (Well, the puffin was not excellent, but that's because puffin is terrible, nothing to do with Ranga!)

The bar is well stocked and a pleasant place to relax, the upstairs lounge is also nice.

It is bit in-the-middle-of-an-empty-palin -- this is not as scenic in the daytime, but assures maximum beauty of the aurora at night, so is a positive feature in balance. There is also plenty of room for your helicopter to land, if you choose to arrive by helicopter, which somebody did while we were there. And if you don't helicopter in, I will lose all respect for you! DO IT! ^_^

I'd go back in a heartbeat, and hopefully will soon.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Portland, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We stayed here for one night and it was amazing. The hotel staff was great and showed us our room options with the different views (it was during the off season). We ended up eating at the restaurant right at the hotel which was very good (pricey, but as is everything in Iceland). Beautiful views, great hot tub, and the best part is the staff will get you up in the middle of the night to see the lights. They have these fun wooden lounges to see the lights with cozy blankets to keep you warm. Breakfast the next morning was very good as well. We would love to come back and stay here!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

This is a lovely ranch type hotel we had a room looking out over the river and hot tubs. Everything was clean and well laud out and organised. This hotel is in middle of nowhere nearest tone is Hella about 5 mins drive away where there is a couple of cafés and a garage. The hotel restaurant is very over priced and very slow we had 4 main courses and some drinks at a cost of £150. We waited over an hour for our meal and when it arrived it was nothing special considering it's price tag. Everyone was very helpful though and it is a lovely setting. We will definitely go here again.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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San Diego
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46 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2014

We stayed six marvelous nights at Hotel Ranga in March. We were hoping to see, and photograph, the dancing lights of the aurora borealis.
The hotel location is lovely: rural, and nestled alongside a river. It is a joy to get outside and walk about this property, and once outside, one has easy access to neighboring locations for continuing to walk and drink in the fresh air and serene vistas. One of our favorite sights was the wild swans in the river.
The food is first class. We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast buffet each morning, and the dinners are always a special treat.
Aurora hunting, of course, is totally dependent upon the weather, and we were blessed with wonderful auroral displays on three of our six nights. The hotel offers an “aurora watch” signup list, where you can choose to have a telephone call to notify you right in your room if the aurora shows up! No worries! As for weather variety, we experienced both clear days and days of heavy snowfall!
The staff is totally attuned to friendliness and helpfulness. They arranged a taxi to transfer us from Reykjavik to the hotel, and then to transfer us to the Keflavik airport at the end of our stay. While we were at the hotel, they amazed us with their efforts to provide for our needs.
We were travelling with friends, and we had plenty of time to enjoy the pool table and the hot tubs. We even visited the new “observatory”, which has two classy telescopes and a motorized roof which pulls open to allow star gazing.
How highly do we recommend Hotel Ranga? Well, we made reservations for another week there in 2015!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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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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