After much research I booked this hotel for my husband as a present for 4 nights. I had high expectations and on arrival itlooked very impressive, nice bar area downstairs (albeit small) and friendly staff. The room was small but sufficient and the breakfast spread each morning was superb.
On our first evening, we dinned in the upstairs bar (be warned, they only serve bar snacks after 8.30pm), on the second evening we chose the restaurant, and the food was superb, as was the bread and service. I explained to our waiter that I couldn't eat raw seafood, and the chef made some adaptations to the curry soup starter to ensure the seafood was cooked.
The fresh bread was lovely and our waiter topped up our bread basket. Sadly the restuarant prices aren't cheap and there isn't any other option for food nearby.
There aren't many hot tubs and whilst we had a room directly facing the river and overlooking one of the hot tubs,this was both a blessing and a curse. Although the in room information lists the hot tub times, we had countless guests jumping into the hot tub after 11pm and hitting the bubbles button which made so much noise it was hard to get decent sleep. Coupled with poor sound proofing - we could hear the couple in the room next door talking and snoring, we didnt get much rest over the 4 nights. On the final night, guests proceeded to use the hot tubs beyond 11pm and we telephoned reception twice to ask why they weren't enforcining the useage times. Reception offered to move us into a new room (but who wants to do this at 11.30pm at night when you are already in your pyjamas) and we felt so strongly about it that we complained in writing to our travel company.
As it was Easter weekend when we stayed, we would have expected the hotel staff to be on the ball with regards to servicing the faciliities, after a day of sightseeing, we returned in the late afternoon and the staff hadn't finished servicing the hot tubs - so we were left for 2 hours to entertain ourselves - despite their hot tubs times listed as being avaiable in the late afternoon.
- Also Known As:
- Ranga Hotel Hella
- Hotel Ranga Iceland
- Hotel Ranga Iceland/Hella
- 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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