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..
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Budir Hotel Stykkishólmur