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Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

A trip to Iceland and this remote hotel turned into an epic adventure which held zero allure. The hotel is remote as was the demure of the hotelier. Rest of the staff very helpful. Hotel is criminally expensive considering it is so spartan. Room service non-existent as was the expected facility to make a warm drink. The food was good but in a simple way. Excruciatingly expensive stay due to the family wedding. Weather ensured it was necessary to stay 2 nights and at twice the price of most 4 star hotels I felt cheated.

Date of stay: December 2013
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2  Thank tonnic
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

We are Iceland lovers, smitten with the glory of the landscape and the drama of the weather and especially the lighting, that of the sun slowly coming up from the south under the clouds to make a short but gleaming appearance at the time of that we went, Thanksgiving. We stayed on the Western Peninsula, a remote fishing area about a leisurely and beautiful three hour drive from Reykjavik, in order to stay at the Budir Hotel, a coveted destination in and of itself, set out overlooking the pounding Arctic Sea. It is a magical place, commanded by weather and water, but the solid (and sound-proof) Budir Hotel feels like a large ship built to withstand anything, a port in any storm. It is serene, without pretense, with its beauty based upon taste that is meant to soothe and blend in, not some contemporary ideal of matching up or being all new and eye catching. Instead, comfy old leather chairs, a telescope to watch the seabirds below, large windows, candles everywhere, little clusters of beaten-round pebbles, fireplaces, and a very lovely dining room with a different hand embroidery Icelander tablecloth on each table. The staff is mostly local, meaning unspoiled by city tourism, and deeply kind and helpful. The food, French style, was exquisite. Our room, #17, was simple, white, spotless, a front corner room with views of the sea and of the 1723 small church standing tall in the west. A couple and their party occupied most of the inn, to marry in that church when we were there, and we couldn't imagine a more romantic choice. The inn did a magnificent job o. the arrangements and catering, from what we could see. It was great fun watching it all, and yet not feeling neglected ourselves at all, (An alternative and lovely dining room was set up to accommodate those few of us who weren't part of the wedding.) The hotel has a system of waking its interested guests if the Northern Lights appear. It is perfectly positioned in the darkest of locations for Light viewing, though the sky was too weather-y during our stay to see them. However, we have become complete Hotel Budir devotees and we will return until we do see them. It was a wonderful experience in every way. The hotel couldn't have been better if you are not someone who wants modern high style luxury, but values the feel of personal and low-key. This is not a place for noisy children, and I do believe that the hotel does not welcome very young children, by the way.

Room tip: I would ask for a room with a sea view, though there is nothing shabby about overlooking moors and snow-covered mountains.
Date of stay: November 2013
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4  Thank jenkatze
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

I stayed at Búðir with my partner early September and have to say it just stunning. We didnt want to leave it was so peaceful and had such a relaxed charm about it. We stayed in room 23, with a roll top bath overlooking Snæfellsjökull, and a skylight with a view of the black church by day, and great for northern lights spotting at night! We had delicious food all weekend, the tastiest of which we have tried in Iceland. Everything is local and fresh, and beautifully presented. We went walking in the surrounding nature, around the lava fields, rockpools and beach. We also watched seals swimming from the hotel pier. It was a truly memorable holiday thanks to Búðir, thank you. Just perfect.

Date of stay: September 2013
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3  Thank j9gem
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

We chose Hótel Búðir for our wedding after seeing pictures of the nearby black church, we stayed in September to see the hotel for ourselves and to confirm that everything would be good for the wedding. The manager took the time to spend an afternoon with us discussing plans and checking rooms and put us completely at ease about everything and gave us real confidence in the location. He really went the extra mile to make sure everything would be perfect for us and our guests.

Come the wedding weekend at the end of November, we couldn't have asked for a better hotel team to ensure everything was perfect for us, plus all our guests said it was the best wedding venue they had ever been to, so rich in natural landscape of both sea and mountains in one setting, very unique.

Búðir did everything they could to ensure our wedding day went well, they even prepared gluten free bread for one of our guests with a severe gluten intolerance and catered for many other allergies and dietary requirements (including preparing some special vegetarian food that wasn't on the menu for our vegetarian guests on the days before and after the wedding). The food overall was amazing, we have now eaten at the hotel quite a few times and everything has been fantastic, our guests really enjoyed the wedding breakfast and every course looked like a piece of art!

The hotel interior has a real rustic feel, it's not your typical luxury chain hotel, its rough around the edges with country soul and very charming. Perfect for relaxing and taking a slower pace of life for a weekend.

Where our guests noted that Búðir shined was in the service. Despite being slightly under staffed over our wedding weekend, the staff were extremely helpful and did everything they could to ensure all our guests had a memorable stay.

We have enjoyed Budir so much we can see ourselves returning many times in future, not many hotels give you the opportunity to spot seals while enjoying a drink in a relaxed and comfortable bar. Our guests even mentioned watching the seals swimming from their bedroom balcony!

This is a unique Icelandic country hotel with a lot of soul and a deep connection with the surrounding nature, an experience not to be missed.

Date of stay: November 2013
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2  Thank JustinvanderMerwe
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

There is apparently a good view of the glacier on a clear day, but it was not for our day. The hotel is very warm and inviting, and the common areas are lovely - would be great for a group. Also, there is free wifi, but it does not work in the rooms, just the common areas - lovely as these areas are, this is a bit annoying. Service was a little demure, but was quite helpful. The rooms are comfortable, but the bathrooms are a bit old, and the furniture (esp) tv is getting a bit dated, and is a bit expensive all things considered. Restaurant is quite good, with excellent dishes in terms of both quality and quantity, with reasonable value for money.

Room tip: Just to note: wifi does not work in the rooms, only the common areas. However, the common areas are lovely and warm.
Date of stay: September 2013
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1  Thank David M
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