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Hotel Budir
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Budir
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Wow. My sister and I stayed here for one night only in early December 2012. We were told 4 rooms were booked that night, but only saw one couple, so it felt like we had the place to ourselves. This was a side-trip from our weekend in Reykjavik and next time we'll be skipping the city and coming straight here.Yes, the rooms are very simply decorated and don't have a tea/coffee setup. And, the bathroom in our room (room 4) was tiny, but you're not there to hang out in your room. We saw many of the other rooms and they were all lovely in their own way. Some quite luxurious.

We got the room, three-course dinner, breakfast deal and the dinner was fabulous. Okay, the dessert was a bit uninspired, but my sister is a pastry chef, so our standards are higher than most. We are both allergic to shellfish, which they happily accommodated. Because the place was so empty, the dining room was ours alone. After dinner, we sat in the bar area and chatted with the manager, Johannes, about the region, sights and hotel for a couple of hours. All of the staff are wonderfully accommodating and helpful, and their friendly dogs that hang out in the lobby just added to the warmth.

You come here for the area, which is, in a word, magical. I've never been anywhere so secluded and peaceful. All you can hear is the ocean because the road is so far away and there are no other inhabitants within miles. Just take the time to walk along the beach or visit the tiny church on the hill. Then drive to the end of the Snaefellsnes peninsula and stop at every turn to admire the views. Just amazing.

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Room Tip: All of the rooms have a great view, but if you have heavy bags, you might want to avoid the higher f...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

I will say in advance that this review may not be totally helpful to others, as my wife and I stayed here for 5 days for our honeymoon (after getting married in Reykjavik!) in mid-November, when almost no one in their right mind comes to Iceland (but we did, one night, see great Northern Lights!) I gather from the reviews that it may be somewhat less good during tourist season (July- Aug). That being said we found this to be an amazing hotel - everything right. I would give it 6 stars. Yes the room (17) was a little small and simple but with great views - as everyone says, the views in and around the hotel everywhere are to die for. The place is removed from everything, not another house within 10 miles - you feel like you're in Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. Oldish sort of Victorian decor inside with candles everywhere - very romantic. The food was absolutely terrific with great service from the super-friendly staff (at any given time there were only about 5 couples in the restaurant or hotel). One of our favorite things was to sit in the lounge in the afternoon after a day of seeing spectacular sights, and get served cappucino or hot chocolate. We did have an adventure in a total blizzard but survived nicely. Pricey yes but totally worth it if you can swing it. We can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Our room (17) was on the small side and simple but with great views and a good bathroom.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

The hotel at Budir in fact IS Budir - there is no town or settlement here at all, save the hotel and the beautiful 19th-c. wooden church nearby (which is very popular for weddings). The setting is absolutely stunning, with dramatic landscapes of mountain or sea wherever you turn. Despite being rebuilt after a fire in 2000, the building has a lot of charm, especially the public areas downstairs, where one can have a drink or a cup of tea and enjoy the views (don't try reading, because it is too dark anywhere for that). The rooms are fair, not great, and the bathrooms are rather poorly designed. Meals are good, but nothing to write home about. Try the reindeer steak for something different and very tasty. Prices are high, but then where else are you going to go? You pay a price for a little luxury this far out in the bush! Great for a romantic getaway.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

The hotel is situated in a remote location on the Snaefellness peninsular. It has great views of the sea with a small inlet right beside the hotel and fantastic snow-covered volcanic mountains close inland. The setting must be idyllic at any time of year. It is a modern double-block building with quirky (underlying gothic) decor, but quite engaging. We stayed for two nights mid-week during bitterly cold, snowy weather in November when the hotel was unsurprisingly close to deserted.

Our large room had a high ceiling and only one radiator, so it took a while to crank up the temperature after returning in the late afternoon, but remained warm throughout the night. No bottled water or tea-making facilities were provided, but were readily available in the hotel lounge. The bathroom tap water was quite drinkable with no hint of sulphur. The bathroom itself was small with only a shower (and handrail for disabled users). There was a faint aroma of drains throughout the hotel on arrival but this dissipated. Exactly as I commented earlier at the Hotel Ranga, two single beds had been pushed together and the central bedside table/lamp was now inconveniently placed on one side of the bed although there would have been room here to bring in a second table and bedside light.

In addition to the comfortable albeit dimly-lit ground floor lounge and bar area with its sea views, shortly before departing we discovered an upper floor lounge equipped with a library containing several decades of National Geographic magazines and many other books.

Evening meals in the hotel were excellent but there was only a cold buffet breakfast which was disappointing. The Wifi was reliable although the range was a little limited. The hotel receptionist and general bar person was a treasure. We would happily have stayed longer.

Room Tip: We were in room 3 on the ground floor, just off from the reception area, which was well sheltered fr...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Hotel Budir is one of the most extraordinary hotels I've ever stayed at. It's in a breathtaking location a few hours outside of Reykjavik. You are surrounded on all sides by mountains, the glacier in the distance, and the ocean. The hotel sits on a point, providing incredible views of the ocean from the sitting room downstairs.

From the hotel, we were able to take a drive through the mountains, hike along the coast, and go horseback riding (just down the road, highly recommend).

We had the five course tasting menu for dinner in the hotel. Very special experience, and everything was fresh and delicious.

The staff is definitely worth noting. Everyone at the hotel was helpful from the moment we arrived -- helping us plan what we should do that day, where we should hike, arranging horseback riding. A particular thank you to the manager, Johannes, for making our stay so special.

Hotel Budir is one of the most peaceful places I've ever been, with otherworldly beauty. I have no doubt we'll be back.

Room Tip: It's a small hotel, so most rooms are great. We had one facing the ocean, which was perfect.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We stayed here for three nights in a gale! On the worst day we couldn’t go anywhere in the 90 mile an hour wind and there were only a few members of staff (one crawled several hundred yards from his accommodation to get to the hotel) and they were amazing. They looked after us and produced a lovely meal in a power cut! The hotel is a calm and cosy place with many areas to sit in and relax. On the day we were stranded we all huddled on the comfy chairs and settees watching the storm and enjoying Icelandic beers and had a great time together.
The views are typical Iceland – beautiful and stunning. Lava on one side and a beach on the other.
The food is wonderful. I had the best pudding of my life.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed two nights at Hotel Budir. The comfort of the hotel is faultless. The meals, including breakfast are excellent; the sitting area with the view is exceptional; the rooms comfortable. We were in a loft room which was small, but comfortable with an OK view through the dormer window.
Everyone at the hotel had rental cars which would probably be necessary as the hotel is out in the country at the edge of a lava field.
The hotel is an excellent choice for taking hikes that might be 30 minutes or 5 hours. Not inexpensive but worth the expense for a treat while on a budget vacation.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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: $231 - $341 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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