I was participating in at trip arranged by http://www.icelandworkshop.no/ , and we had been two nights in the highland and the glassier Vatnajökull, stayed at relatively primitive cottages. With that in mind I had no expectations to the Hotel Ranga. First I was overwhelmed by the looks. Wooden buildings is rare in Iceland, and this hotel is in timber. Timber from Canada. The standard rooms are big enough and with bobble bathtub :-) Very good beds. Outside there are several "heita pottur", this is outdoor bathtubs heated by hot water from the ground (volcano activities). Quite å spectacular experience to sit in a "heita pottur" with a drink when it is raining and just a couple om degrees above freezing. The food was amazing and the best experience of the stay. Both dinner, breakfast and lunch was excellent. Gourmet kitchen, with local ingredients. Likewise the service from the staff and the hotel manager. The manager had time to sit with us at the dinner table :-) Where do you experience that?
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ranga Hotel Hella
- Hotel Ranga Iceland/Hella