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“Restaurant Wine prices exorbidant”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Budir

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Hotel Budir
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Budir
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Restaurant Wine prices exorbidant”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2011

We stayed 2 nights in the cheapest choice at Hotel Budir, a Loft Room. Luckily we had a view over the mountains and a waterfall from our "window'" in the ceiling, but some of the loft rooms look out onto the roof, so check the view if you are going to take this option. Whilst the Hotel isn't cheap, it wasn't the most expensive we stayed in during our 3 week stay in Iceland, so my recommendation would be to book a better level of room if you can afford it.. The main problem with the Loft Room was that the Velux ceilng window was either fully open or closed, so you either froze or suffocated. I agree with other comments about the bathrooms - our was positively lethal - a two level tiny bath with overhead shower, a too long shower curtain that you could slip on, and a broken towel rail that couldn't support you as you tried to exit the bath - as water was over the floor thanks to the inadequate shower curtain, you needed extra support from the towel rail to avoid doing yourself an injury.
On the plus side, this was the only hotel in which we stayed in Iceland that had some style and charm - all the other hotels were bland in decoration - beige on beige, and no pictures / prints on the walls. At this hotel you even get pictures in the bathroom. The common rooms in the hotel are charmingly decorated and all have great views over the sea /estuary, glacier or mountain with waterfalls. As there are views in the better rooms from these 3 sides, request a room with one of these views. .
Major negatives - our major issue was that the WIFI was extremely intermittent, as discussed by other TA reviewers, and the staff were non plussed about rectifying it. Secondly the prices of wines in the restaurant were exorbidant. In Australia we are used to markups in restaurants of double to triple, but at Hotel Budir the prices of a bottle was around 4 times what you paid at "Vinbudin"( the Government controlled stores, the only stores in Iceland where you can buy full strength alcohol). We opted for ordering a glass of wine with dinner at A$10 /US$ 11, rather than pay A$80+ / US$ 90+ for a bottle.. We then went back to our room and drank a whole bottle of the same wine that cost us $20 at Vinbudin.
Beware that there is no lift, so if this is an issue for you, request a room on the lower floors..

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2011

We stayed at the Hotel Budir for two nights in mid-June. The location and views cannot be beat, one of the best settings we have stayed in. The staff at the hotel we very friendly and eager to please. The hotel itself has a great deal of charm and is a very nice place to pass the time in the evenings while enjoying the midnight sun. (The bar area was relatively quiet and especially enjoyable in the late evening.) We had a loft room with a great view of the old church. Only complaint was that the finishings were a bit cheap for a hotel of this stature. (Some items even stamped IKEA.) For example the bathroom had a flimsy sliding door that wouldn't close all the way and an open ceiling that exposed it to the rest of the room. The restaurant was quite good, though we thought it was a bit overpriced for the quality based on other fine restaurants that we had been to in Iceland. If you're staying at Budir and want to try another restaurant, the Hotel Hellnar, ten minutes down the road had amazing ocean views and fine cuisine at slightly better prices. (Price aside, we still preferred the food at Hotel Hellnar. We ate at both Hellnar and Budir once.) If you plan to have dinner at the Hotel Hellnar, we'd suggest making a reservation and asking for a table with a sea view. We'd definitely consider returning to the Hotel Budir, overall we had a great stay there.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati, OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2011

I was here for a friend's wedding. The scenery cannot be beat. We went hiking right outside the hotel. I was also very impressed with the service - a friend had a bag lost on Iceland Air and the hotel called to try to get it delivered on time. I needed to reprint my reading for the wedding, they did it for me immediately. My room was one of the smaller rooms, but it did the job, especially once I figured out how to open the window. the food was incredible. Limited options (and high prices) may be problematic for some. But the wedding day 'chef's surprise' with wine pairings could not be beat. The lamb was so tender, I am unlikely to forget it.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2011

No need for big words; it's all about location, location, location!

Expect a very well kept three star hotel with a five star restaurant.
The surroundings are captivating and tend to draw you outside to discover an ever changing scenery in this remote peninsula of Iceland.

True, bathrooms are small and basic at the most - they could use a little attention.
But that is no reason to not stay in Hotel Budir.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2011

We looked forward to staying at this "new" hotel that replaced the historic hotel that burned down.

First, the setting is spectacular.

Second, the disappointments:
Service was OK at best. The owner's wife manned the reception desk and was constantly on the phone and difficult to talk to. The rest of the staff were friendly but it was clear she was the one to see.
We had our worst dinner of the trip. The owner/chef, although renowned, churned out 3 fair-at-best meals. My lamb was a lousy cut and very underdone. Both fish dishes were not good. The star was a spectacular dessert.
Overall building has some shoddy construction. Loose fitting tiles, etc.
No wifi (although they claimed it was there) so you had to wait for access to a PC in the lobby.
TV reception was very poor; BBC or CNN were on occasionally but severe reception problems.
We had better than standard rooms and they were smallish.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Littleton
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60 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2011

The location was remote, yet beautiful. Rooms were spacious, clean and bright. Internet service didn't work. Breakfast good. Resturant over priced.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2011

Located near the end of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, this hotel offers comfortable rooms with great views in all directions. We had a corner room with bath and a view of the glacier, weather permitting. We had a 3-course dinner on both nights of our stay and were really pleased with both the food and the understated but attentive service. A perfect romantic getaway. Book well in advance for summer.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Property: Hotel Budir
Address: Budir, Budir 356, Iceland
Location: Iceland > West Region > Budir
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Budir
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Budir 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Budir is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countryside hotels in Iceland, just a short drive from Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik. The hotel sits in a lava field on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, in the western region of Iceland. Due to the hotel's location, guests have an impressive view of the breathtaking Snaefellsjokull glacier and the Budir-estuary which meanders into the vast Faxafloi-Bay where a number of seals reside.Over the winter time its cozy sitting by the fireplace having hot chocolate and enjoying the amazing northern lights Aurora borealis just outside the hotel. Hotel Budir's restaurant, arguably one of the most romantic restaurants in Iceland, has been referred to as "The Mecca of Icelandic cooking", due to its unique and delightful cuisine. The restaurant's menu is seasonal and takes advantage of fresh local produce like seafood and fish from neighbouring villages such as Stykkisholmur, Olafsvik and Borgarnes.The hotel also organises and hosts a number of weddings, all of which are unique and tailor made with the wedding couple or their representatives. Many of the weddings ceremonies are conducted in the little church close to Hotel Budir or in the hotel reception; it is even possible to get married on the golden sand beach close to the hotel.In addition, the hotel also offers facilities for meetings and small-to-medium sized conferences thus making it ideal for business-meetings or conferences with colleagues.Hotel Budir has it all, a world-class service, fine food and drink and luxurious rooms, making it ideal for get-togethers with friends and family, or a romantic weekend with a loved one - all of which can be enjoyed in an indescribably beautiful environment. ... more   less 
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