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“Overrated”
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Hotel Budir
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Budir
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Reviewed May 2, 2007

We stayed here for one night while on honeymoon in Iceland. The setting is beautiful (which is why I have given it 3 stars) but the hotel is certainly not worth the money and does not live up to its claims.

The room was unfinished (one of the lights was actually hanging out of the ceiling), the bathroom was small and the service from the staff was indifferent (for breakfast we had to rummage through the drawers to find our own cutlery and plates).

The restaurant is very expensive, which for Iceland is to be expected, but the food was probably the worst we had on our two week trip.

I think it's fair to say that we will not be staying here again.

  • Stayed: June 2005, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2007

Direct from the Hotel's web site:
"It's the catch of the day that decides the evening menu because of the long tradition of organic cooking at Hotel Budir. If the fishermen of Breidafjordur catch plaice during the day, it's served at evening dinner seasoned with herbs from the lava in Budir. Game is in abundance around Budir: geese, ptarmigan, guillemots and cormorant and are on the menu seasonally.
In Budir the menu changes depending on the seasons and the catch".

The above is the most misleading information from a web site I have ever read in my entire life.

We stayed for 3 nights over Easter. The dinner menu did not change once. There was a choice of two dishes: Lamb or Cod. Unfortunately the hotel was out of Cod. What was served on the 3rd night bore no relation to what was described on the menu as Rack of lamb with lamb shanks and brazed parsnip with a portobello confit. The menu description was what was served on the 2nd night and the hotel could just not be bothered to type up a new menu. The hotel was treating its guests with contempt in the knowledge they had a captive audience with limited other dining options in the area.

There was also out of date shrimp paste on offer for breakfast.

The service in the hotel is also poor with no visible management presence. When I checked out I was not even asked if I enjoyed my stay - I wanted to complain but no manager was available.

Perhaps we should have heeded the English couple we overheard on our first night saying 'Oh no, not lamb again, we can't have lamb three nights running.'

Despite this the hotel is in a beaufitul location with plenty to do and we loved our holiday to Iceland.

Stayed: April 2007
5  Thank hf128219
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Reviewed March 26, 2007

Whilst booking our tour of Southern Iceland I was asked to choose between Hotel Budir and one other for the penultimate 2 nights stay. On being told that Budir was the most romantic hotel in Iceland it was the one for me, being a romantic soul. Now the hotels we stayed in up to then were acceptable but nothing had prepared us for what awaited at Budir. The location blew us away, the staff were genuinely excellent, the food was out of this world and the views were second to none. I defy anyone to provide a better hotel package, anywhere. My wife and I will return one day.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jas&Jan
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Reviewed January 29, 2007

This is basically a nice hotel but one can't help feel a bit ripped off in the end. We did not get the fairly expensive room we booked and paid for in full online prior to arrival, but got stuck in a cheaper loft room which was VERY small as they had gone and given our room away prior to our arrival despite the fact that we phoned earlier that day to confirm our late arrival. There was also no cupboard space available in the room at all. Quite hard to live out of a suitcase if there is no space to put the suitcase on the floor due to a lack of space....Service on the front desk is really really bad - you can literally stand there ringing that bell for hours on end and get no service. At one point I finally gave up and walked right into the kitchen before I actually got anyone to attend to me. The breakfast is quite nice. The restaurant is over-priced and the menu extremely limited especially considering that there is no other place to eat around for miles and miles. Kinda added to that being ripped off feeling....

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2006

My wife and I stayed at Hotel Budir in September 2006 for one night in a Deluxe Double room for approximately $360. The best thing about the hotel is the setting; the hotel sits right on the coast, facing the coast is range of mountains streaming with waterfalls, and there is also a view (weather permitting) of the Snaefellsjokull glacier.

The room was much larger than our room in Reykjavik for a similar price. It had hard wood floors, contemporary décor, a sofa, and a couple of chairs. Our room had a view of the Snaefellsjokull glacier, however that was mostly obscured by clouds during our visit. The bathroom was large and immaculately clean. The mattress was firm and much more comfortable than the average hotel mattress.

The staff was polite and marginally friendlier than what we encountered elsewhere in Iceland.

The hotel has a casual but elegant restaurant, since there are few other dining choices within 10 miles we had dinner there. The food and the service were both very good but not outstanding. Dinner was expensive but that is case everywhere in Iceland. There is also a lounge area with large windows with views of the ocean and mountains. It is a wonderful place to have a pre-dinner cocktail or morning coffee. The room rate included a continental breakfast which was fine.

There are no amenities within 5 miles of the hotel and very little within 15 miles. I recommend bringing whatever you need with you. The drive from Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours, about an hour outside of Reykjavik is the small town Borgarnes where you can stock up on whatever items you may need. You may also want to have lunch there if you are traveling after checking out of your Reykjavik hotel in the morning, as the hotel restaurant does not serve lunch.

Overall I highly recommend the hotel. We had a lousy weather day on the peninsula, but relaxing in the hotel lounge against the fabulous backdrop made the trip worthwhile. If we were to return to the area I would not consider another hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2006
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1  Thank bnjsmith
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Reviewed September 8, 2006

We stayed at the Budir for 3 nights in late July and have to say that the location is second to none with sea, river, mountains and total isolation. The public rooms and bar are nice to sit and relax in with great views from the bar and upstairs lounge.
Our bedroom came as somewhat as a surprise, we were on the top floor in the attic rooms, with sloping ceiling and Velux roof windows that looked out to the small church. The facilities in the room were fine, flat screen tv, dvd player etc even though the room was rather small . The big surprise was the bathroom and toilet, this had obviously been an addition to the room, it had a sliding door and no closed in ceiling, meaning there was a metre gap from the wall of the bathroom area to the ceiling of the bedroom !!!
The breakfasts were fine, the usual buffet , we did have one evening meal which although good was very expensive and lacking in quantity. We found it better to drive over the mountains a lovely 30 minute drive, and eat in Olafsvik at a new cafe built in a Swiss chalet (not the US/Canada chain) building.
Would I visit the Budir again? Yes and not only for the stunning location and views but I would like to choose my room and the view.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Riviman
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Reviewed August 15, 2006

We stayed at the Budir for two nights, upgrading our 'package' holiday around Iceland as a treat.

The Budir has a beautiful setting, where a small river meets the sea. A mountainous backdrop, and it's own volcanic caldera a walk away.

The public areas are nicely furnished, with some 'funky' touches. There was a pleasant library area upstairs with plenty of books and National Geographicals to browse through and take to your own room should you choose.

Our room was quite small, on the first floor. The view, considering where the hotel is, was terrible. We were above the kitchen and overlooked a scruffy car park. Fish in crates were deposited on the second day beneath our window. They were there for long enough for the ice to melt.. the smell in the room was so overpowering, we had to keep the windows closed.

We chose to eat in the restaurant on the first night, and had the chef's special menu... half a dozen courses. The service was appallingly slow and not terribly friendly. Much of the food was luke warm, but given the length of time it took for each course to arrive, we didn't send anything back, we were just glad to eat. The style, modern Iceland I imagine, was pitiful. Nouvelle Cuisine: looked pretty, but we were still hungry after we had finished eating. And VERY expensive.

Breakfast was well below average. Music was played loudly in the restaurant area, in the evening and at breakfast, and yet the radio playing in the kitchen could still be heard very clearly. Romantic setting? I think not.

There are no other eating places nearby, other than a fast food place in a local garage... I think a trip to Stykkisholmur would be advisable.

The bar area had a wonderful view over the water and mountains, but it simply hadn't been cleaned for some time. Not very impressive.

Staff seemed indifferent to us on arrival, in the restaurant, and on departure. The least friendly and helpful stay during our two weeks in Iceland.

A nice enough hotel, but definitely did not live up to it's reputation or the advertising as an exclusive or romantic getaway.

  • Stayed: July 2006, 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: $221 - $301 (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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