I spent six nights here whilst touring the south of Iceland as part of a group. Check in was quick and my wife and I were allocated a lower grade room overlooking a meadow with views towards the river. I got the impression that most guests only stayed one or two nights as part of a tour or as a special treat. On the whole it was peaceful with only birdsong to wake you in the morning. There was a hot tub right outside our window which could be noisy if you wanted an early night, although there was a cut off time of 23.00hrs. The room was fairly small but comfortable with mini bar, kettle etc, combined corner bath and shower. The black out blinds/curtains were good but could have been imroved.
The bar was expensive, but no more so than anywhere else, it had a happy hour between 16.00 and 18.30 and had a great range of local beers and a hugh selection of whiskeys. I ate here on all nights but chose not to dine formally. There was a bar menu and it was possible to cherry pick individual dishes from the main menu. For any one staying any length of time and without access to transport this could be a slight problem as the choice was limited.
Breakfast was terrific, selection of cereals skyr, fruit, meats, cheese, breads with hot scrambled egg bacon and porridge. Plenty of good coffee.
My only other grumble would be that the only way this hotel had to control the heating appeared to be to fling the windows open. At times I found the room and communal areas uncomfortably warm.
There were massage facilities and a communal games room which I did not use.
The owner/ manager? was particularly attentive and had a strong presence throughout the hotel.
The wooden decor, polite staff and beautiful setting made this a lovely place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ranga is a luxury countryside hotel in South Iceland it is located about an hour from Reykjavík between the towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur, and lies just off the main road right in the 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, accommodation, and service. A celebrity hot spot, top honeymoon destination and favorite hotel amongst Icelanders. One cannot miss feeling welcome entering its warm interior where relaxed countryside feeling meets the professional ambition of pleasing its entire clientele. Hótel Rangá has 52 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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- Also Known As:
- Ranga Hotel Hella
- Hotel Ranga Iceland/Hella