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Hotel Skaftafell
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Freysnesi, Skaftafell, Skaftafell National Park 785, Iceland (Formerly Fosshotel Skaftafell)   |  
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Chard, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great location, well equipped, good food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I find the other reviews somewhat disappointing as they seem to forget the point that you are pretty much in the wilderness, with little but a petrol station nearby! It's not spectacularly modern, although very warm and comfortable, and yes the internet wasn't the best, but hey it's free, which is better than many hotels in Reykjavik. I was staying with a large university group, and we were very well accommodated and fed. The breakfast buffet was great! With all you can eat, and a huge selection of fruit, pastries, toast/preserves and meats and cheese. There was no hot option for breakfast, but you will find this in many of the hostels/hotels/guesthouses in Iceland. I was delighted when I arrived that our rooms had the radiators on, and incredibly comfortable. We had been on Solheimajokull for a couple of hours and were soaked through and freezing, so this was incredibly welcome.

The rooms were very comfortable, with an AMAZING view of Svinafellsjokull, and provided you with linens and duvet (unusual for budget accommodation), and the bathroom was a good size (no bath) and clean. The staff were mostly helpful (save for a slightly grumpy waiter) and accommodated my never ending requests for a flask of hot water!

I thought Hotel Skaftafell was great. But then I am not one who usually stays in plush modern places. If you want to experience the National Parks and you want to be comfortable, choose Skaftafell.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Basic sort of accommodation, staff seem to do their best to help, but the internet access is extremely poor; poor connection (if at all) constant drop outs, limited bandwidth from your room. It may or may not work from reception. If you want to remain connected with the outside world go somewhere else! This is not good enough for 2014!!!
Watch out for the 'happy hour' at the bar... it is not much cheaper!

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

We have been here two times. The last time at the beginning of March 2014. The location is wonderful, you get you own glacier practically in your backyard! (svinafellsjokull). The interior is very outdated, but the beds are fine, staff is friendly and dinner is good. Did miss wifi in the rooms, hopefully this will come with the new owners. The Skaftafell is no longer a Foss Hotel, looking forward to what the new owners will do with the place!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Palatine, Illinois
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185 reviews 185 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This hotel is all about the location. It's not fancy, or new. It was a little run down but it was clean, the dinner was good, food was hot and tasty. The breakfast buffet was good - not great - but definitely everything you need to start your day.

Stay here to be close to the national park and the caves.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We stopped at this place in a horrible storm and they were so helpful. They told us we could try to wait it out in their lobby or book a room. We decided to book the room just in case and they even gave us a 'bad weather discount.' The hotel itself is big and in a great location, but lacks a little bit of the charm and character other guesthouses have. Still definitely worth staying in though. Has everything you need, including a wonderful breakfast!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Booked two nights, checked out after only one. Chose to stay here based on geographical location. This place is the definition of basic.

Essentially Clean and friendly with nice food, but criminally lacking in basic comforts; wifi in reception area only, no double rooms (despite having booked one), no hot food for breakfast, apparently there is a general bar but it wasn't obvious, cheap construction, cheap fixtures and fittings.

If you need to stay in the area or if utilitarian styling is your thing, this will probably suit. If you're looking for somewhere comfortable to unwind, it's probably not going to the ideal hotel choice.

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Additional Information about Hotel Skaftafell

Address: Freysnesi, Skaftafell, Skaftafell National Park 785, Iceland (Formerly Fosshotel Skaftafell)
Location: Iceland > East Region > Skaftafell National Park > Skaftafell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Skaftafell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Skaftafell 3*
Number of rooms: 63
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