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Hotel Glymur
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Hvalfjorder (Whale Fjord) - Northern Shore, Akranes, Iceland   |  
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Stayed for 5 fight in villa romance.
What a special location, situation on the edge of a fjord. Secluded location, therefore car is essential to get here and travel around. Take about 50 mins to drive into Reykjavik, so going over for dinner is not out of the question. The hotel has an excellent restaurant, so not problem to stay in for that. The villa was also equipped with a kitchen, so could have self catered if we wanted to.

The private hot tub was absolutely wonderful, and we sat in the warm water, gazing up at the stars. Unfortunately no aurora whilst we were there, but enjoyed Iceland so much in every other way, that we weren't disappointed.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Staying at Hotel Glymur is a great treat! We stayed in the Villa Creativity and the weather was at its worst even for Icelandic standards. But the stay in the villa was so cosy that it actually added to the romantic feeling. The staffs was extremely accommodating, we did not need to go into the hotel for our food at all due to the high winds. They brought the food to us and we stood in awe when they arrive wondering if they could stand upright. Everything went well and the food was delicious. Such dedication and professionalism deserves to be applauded!

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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santa barbara
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in Villa Creativity for 3 nights and absolutely loved it. The walk to breakfast and dinner was cold but traveling to Iceland in winter we were prepared for it and it was actually quite nice. We really like our privacy so booking a room in the hotel was not an option for us. On our drive from Reykjavik we missed the tunnel and drove around the fjord which took a bit longer but was a very pretty drive. We were extremely lucky as the weather was really great. Saw the northern lights on our first 2 nights and woke up our third and final day to typical weather- very windy and grey with little visibility. The villa was very comfortable, with a fully stocked kitchen, great hot tub on deck, living room and dining area as well. Other than 2 small bottles of wine, coffee and tea, there are NO amenities in the rooms whatsoever so you need to come prepared by stopping at store for provisions. Being my first time in Iceland this may be normal but being from the United States were are spoiled and are used to a fully stocked mini bar. The bathroom had soap and shampoo but no lotion- and the hot water smells strongly of sulphur which takes some getting used to. There is a telephone in the room but no hotel information book listing the number to call the front desk. I'm not complaining in any way as we would stay here again in a heart beat! Richard and Bastian (sp?), our servers, were friendly and gave good service at the bar and in the dining room. The dinners were good and buffet breakfast every morning too. We took a day trip to Borgones, visited the settlement center, had lovely soup and also learned a little about Iceland. My only bit of criticism is that our villa had automatic lights on the front and back porch and we were unable to turn them off, even when we asked the hotel management to do so. Having the ability to turn off the lights would have made our viewing of the northern lights much better as we could have watched them from our hot tub. I was told the lights could not be turned off but I did notice the automatic lights in the vacant villas did not turn on from dusk till dawn as they did with the occupied villas. We also took a helicopter ride from HELO in their Bell 407 with Johann as our pilot and it was unforgettable and amazing. The modified windows on the aircraft really make a difference in viewing. They picked us up at our hotel so we didn't have to drive back to Reykjavik. We flew to the Geysir geothermal area, landed for about 45 mins so we could see the water shoot up and had the opportunity to shop and eat. Then we flew over and landed on Langjokull glacier where we were able to get out and take a few pics. I will never forget this experience- it was absolutely amazing, very comfortable and safe.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We had a standard room in the hotel, rather than a cottage and were glad we did- would not have enjoyed the walk to dinner or breakfast in the dark and wind!! Stunningly dramatic view over the inlet. We liked the double height room though sitting area not huge, it works well.
Well equipped room.
Pretty good food in the dining room, though the smoked lamb starter a little too "straight from the icy fridge". We stayed one night and this worked well as part of a 4 night trip.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

This hotel is in quite a remote spot but we found it despite the pitch blackness and driving rain. You do have to follow the directions carefully and look out for the white flags signposting the road to the hotel. On arrival we were allocated a room to the north of the hotel but asked if there were any rooms with a fjord view available, the staff were very obliging and moved us to a room with a view. The room was very warm and cosy, had a seating area with large windows and stairs leading up to a mezzanine bedroom. The beds were very comfortable. The staff were very friendly and helpful and gave advice re the road conditions and weather and places to eat/visit etc. There are two hot tubs to the side of the hotel which were very welcome after a day of driving and sightseeing. We found the food in the restaurant to be excellent and priced similarly to other good restaurants in Iceland. We came to Iceland knowing that everything here is more expensive than in the UK so were not caught unawares. The breakfast buffet was good and we were left to help ourselves, much better than having waiters hovering - a very informal and relaxing start to the day. We liked the location of the hotel being about 45 minutes from Reykjavik and quite close to the Snaefellsnes Peninsular which is worth exploring.We visited Gulfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir from here and although it was quite a drive it is very scenicroute and worth the effort. I would recommend spending a night in Reykjavik or somewhere nearer to Keflavik airport before flying home otherwise it is a long drive and an early start.

Room Tip: Lovely views from rooms overlooking the fjord.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We were lucky enough to be upgraded to our own villa due to a private party. The villa was really nice, warm & cosy. The food is exceptional and the service in the hotel & restaurant is too! The food is a fairly hefty price but worth it. A remote location means a little travelling to get places but we didn't find it a bind.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

well pretty much. The hotel's main attraction is the view (if you are in the correct rooms). The staff are very helpful and always willing to give you advice etc. the rooms were clean and well appointed. A few minor gripes, these being a limited restaurant menu so if you were to stay longer than 3 days you may find it limiting and directions to get there. As we visited in winter and Icelandic roads being minimally lit you could have issues especially if you didn't come directly from Reykjavik or used the scenic road around the lake. All in all a very good hotel with a few minor teething issues for some travellers.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Hvalfjorder (Whale Fjord) - Northern Shore, Akranes, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > West Region > Akranes
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Akranes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Glymur 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Romantic boutique hotel, only 75 min from Keflavik International Airport. Located on a high hillside over viewing the sea. The hotel has 22 mini-suite, spa area, library, piano-bar, conference facilities and magical surroundings. The hotel has a large art collection and beautiful restaurant. Looking for something different? This is it. ... more   less 
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