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“Basic but has a great view” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Dyrholaey
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Brekkum 1, Vik IS-871, Iceland   |  
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Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Vik
Ramat Gan, Israel
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Basic but has a great view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Felt like going back to the desert for the electricity closed on us if we did not move for a moment ( in the public toilets and public areas) In the shower one has to press again and again to continue washing, but it was clean and the view from the hotel was great breakfast was great.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is a basic hotel in the outskirt of Vik. Most tourist stop over here on their way to or from the glacier lagoons and national park. Not a luxury or even 3 star hotel by any means. But the views are spectacular! You can see stunning coastlines on one side and amazing glaciers on the other. Knowing the layout of the hotel, I would assume all rooms have very nice views. Take a walk around the hotel or to the a little town nearby, you will see how beautiful Iceland is!

The room is very basic and food mediocre at best. But you don't come to this part of Iceland for luxury. If you are a nature lover, you will like this hotel.

Tip: The shower in the room is tricky to turn on and off. Read and follow the instructions stickered on the handle!

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the new wing (painted in red). Front rooms have views of the coastline. Back roo...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We stayed in this hotel as part of a Discover the World tour of Iceland. It's extremely basic and not especially clean. The bathroom mirror had been fixed by a giant as it started at head height. One of many little annoyances that could so easily be fixed. The worse thing was dinner - the dining room is like a canteen and the food like 1970's school dinner. There aren't many hotels to choose in this area which is why I assume it was full. If you can go somewhere else do.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cave Junction, OR
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

This was the first overnight on a nine day REI tour around Iceland. The location is lovely, set high on a hill with stunning views. We were put into the newest wing which was very nice. It was super clean and very comfy - the bed and linens were great. They served us a super fish dinner and the breakfast buffet the next morning was equally good. This hotel made a great start to our fantastic trip.

Room Tip: Apparently this hotel has been added on to several times. Definitely ask for a room in the newest w...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Reykjavik, Iceland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

I have traveled a lot and in many places, and I have never experienced equal lack of hospitality and overall service, and I have traveled in deepest South America and Africa!

It all started out nice as our group of 40 people arrived and got our keys, then we got to the dorm and it smelled not so nice - probably close to some sewage, and then stains in both towels and bed sheets, this i can live with personally even though I find it disgusting. Hoping this would be all I would be happy - as we had a 5 night stay here. Now after a long day of activities everyone just wants a hot shower and a nice meal. What are we offered? Well showers that only let out the tiniest amount of water and at best slightly warm - that is for the first person - if the second and I dare not say third person wants to shower...well you might just as well forget it unless you want an ice-bath.

Now to the meals - that we paid for per person similar prices to some very decent meals in Reykjavik (and sending costs are not this high) - how can I start - one night we had such dry fish nobody ate it - another some sort meat (god know what was in that) in a pre-made lasagna (I would recognize the taste of Knorr anywhere) - and the list goes on - The most eatable thing at night was some excuse of a soup: water with a bit of veg at its best! - And this we paid for, peer pressure I guess, but most folks had quit eating by second or third day and got themselves extra food when the bus stopped in the day. And breakfast - to most the most important meal of the day - hmmm - well there was unhealthy bread and cheerios and cheapest kind of ham, and when the staff and owners were asked if they couldn't serve us some eggs as well, just to put on the bread, they said plainly NO! And were rude about it as well - anyways definitely if nothing else do not eat HERE!

To the service - while I was at Hotel Dyrholaey - there was not one Icelandic person working for them - only Polish (which are most likely not getting well paid - as not one of them smiled the whole 5 days!) The owners themselves didn't even have any decency to show hospitality - my guess is they care more about easy money than their clients.

DO NOT STAY HERE UNLESS FORCED TO!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
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Sydney, Australia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We stayed here in April 2013 whilst renovations were still being completed. The owner was embarrassed that the renovation was still active and offered us another hotel. The restaurant was also closed. We opted to stay and the facility was very adequate with hot showers, a large bed and couch in the room. Free wifi and a good breakfast. The hotel is simple but adequate.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sussex
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Good value for money. Hotel's in the countryside with a view over Dyrholaey beach. The Northern Lights appeared spectacularly the night we stayed there which was a bonus. Rooms comfortable and spotless. Very friendly staff. Good breakfast. Only negative was we arrived at about 8pm and they said it was too late to eat there. Vik however is just a short drive away and we ate there. It was out of season and we were the only guests staying that night so during the season i'm sure this wouldn't be the case.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Hotel Dyrholaey

Address: Brekkum 1, Vik IS-871, Iceland
Location: Iceland > South Region > Vik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Vik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Dyrholaey 3*
Number of rooms: 55
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