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Hotel Borealis

Efri Bru, Selfoss 801 Iceland
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#4 of 11 hotels in Selfoss
Hotel Borealis is a proudly Icelandic, family friendly hotel with a unique breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. We offer a wide range of accommodation to meet your every need: from spacious hotel room, family suites, bungalows to a three bedroom villa, all on site. The hotel is perfectly located to discover all the natural beauty South Iceland has to offer.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
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Sun terrace
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English, Russian, Spanish, Danish and 7 more
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Arndis wrote a review Nov 2019
Reykjavik, Iceland6 contributions3 helpful votes
Hotel Borealis has been closed down for business. We arrived this afternoon Nov. 24th. to the hotel but front door sealed with red police tape. Very strange...sad that we received no information about this. Money lost. 🤨
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Steph wrote a review Oct 2019
Nottingham, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed in one of the bungalows here for a few nights while exploring southern Iceland. The accommodation is basic, but it’s rural Iceland, and you’re not really there for luxuries. It’s a great location for seeing the sights, most places are within driving distance, we visited Vik, Geysir, Gulfoss, Thingvellir National Park, Skogarfoss and a few other places with the Hotel Borealis as our base. The city of Selfoss is a short drive and there’s some good shops and supermarkets for picking up supplies there. The front desk staff were really friendly and even helped us out with a fully mapped itinerary before we arrived which was so helpful. The bar is nice and there’s a good beer selection and a very friendly cat. This was a great base for exploring and enjoying a bit of solitude. And the cat is excellent.
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Date of stay: January 2019
Sverrir B wrote a review Oct 2019
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Raw fish, mistery meat(for maybe 4 people) without sauce or any kind if garnish is NOT a buffet. A small piece of Betty Crocker chockolate cake is a pretty lousy desert. Getting screamed at by the "bartender" for wandering where the drink, that you ordered almost an hour ago, is (after you get the third drink you didn't order) is NOT service. And btw courtesy is free and it is something you excpect to get from hotel staff and not this constant bithcy attitute that we were shown. All in all the most ridiculous hotel trip I have ever been on and I NEVER EVER go there again! Ps. The room smelled like a cat had urinated everywhere and we couldn't get anybody to do anything about it. STAY AWAY!!!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Elva wrote a review Oct 2019
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We came in late on Friday evening for a romantic relaxing night. Were sent to a different house, in a room located half underground. We could easily reach to the ceiling. the room smelled like a toilet, No soap in the shower, View to the carpark area. Asked for a different room, but nothing left except the room next to us ( which was also half underground.) We thought of driving back home. But decided to stay since it was late. Breakfast next morning was a bit "joke", there was no bread, and no milk either. The only person we saw working was both in the reception and breakfast. His explanation was they ran out, and the delivery was late. It was Saturday morning. Nobody who took our key when we left, we had to leave it on the desk.Only good thing was the beds were fine. Wrote them an e mail later. No answer. Nver coming back.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Sim494 wrote a review Sep 2019
Cambridge, United Kingdom170 contributions125 helpful votes
My wife and friends went on a bit of a road trip round Iceland which included me driving while my friends found places to see and accommodation to stay in. After driving 400km one Friday we all chose to stay here. The criteria for that night's accomodation was that it must have an a la carte restaurant and must be quiet. We checked their website and sure enough, it said it had an a la carte restaurant and the menu looked very nice. when we checked in we were advised that we must book a table at the restaurant, which we were happy to. We were all tired, especially me who had driven 400km and didn't want to make another trip out that night. When we arrived to a completely empty restaurant we saw that it was buffet. Not only that, but it was 4000kr each or 4500 with dessert. That's £30 each for a buffet. By this time we had been in Iceland for a week and had eaten in good restaurants every night so we knew what was expensive vs overpriced for tourists. We asked about the a la carte menu on their website but we were informed that their a la carte restaurant had closed the previous year. We obviously weren't going to pay £30 for a buffet when we were obviously duped so we got back into the car and headed into Selfoss. Of course, being a Friday night, every single decent restaurant was fully booked. We ended up with 2 choices, Domino's or hot dogs. What a great Friday night... Funnily enough when we got back we watched a couple enter the restaurant, sit down, get back up and get in their car. Obviously they too didn't want a buffet When we got back we decided to play cards in the lounge and ordered 2 bottles of beer. It was only when we paid the next day we realised they were £12 each. Not only were these the most expensive beers we had in Iceland ( and we had a lot of beer ), they were probably the most expensive beers I have paid for anywhere in the world, beating Stockholm and Nyhavn in Copenhagen. The rooms were clean but certainly need a little updating and fixing up. The shower was next to useless and they don't provide any shampoo. Our room was unfortunately right at the end of the corridor by the exit door to the hot tub. So all night until midnight we had people going in and out letting the door slam keeping us awake. Breakfast the next day was pretty good, no complaints there. It was probably one of the better breakfasts on our travels. Not the best but they had some decent hot food. On checking out the girl mentioned very quickly something about 450kr for towel supplement. I wish I got her to repeat. I didn't see anything on our bill to suggest anything had been added. Bit strange. All in all, not best pleased to be tricked into booking due to an out of date website. The £12 bottle of beer was very nice, but it will teach me not to ask the price before ordering because that really was a rip off.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Room Tip: Ask for a room as far away from the exit door to the hot tub as possible
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Borealis
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Borealis?
Nearby attractions include Ljosafoss Power Station (0.6 miles) and Ulfljotsvatnskirkja (1.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Borealis?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Borealis?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Borealis?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Borealis?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Romanian, and Swedish.
Does Hotel Borealis have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.