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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- 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