We stayed at Hotel Glymur the first night we were in Iceland, arriving in the evening after a day of horseback riding. The view is incredible, the reception is very friendly.
The hotel is clean, the rooms are nice and comfortable. We had one of their standard rooms, which was on the 2nd floor facing the hillside. Unfortunately we were told that they were almost fully booked when I booked so we did not get a water view and I have to disagree that the views are incredible all the way around-the view of the water is amazing, the same can't be said of the hillside. We don't spend too much time in the room so that's not a big deal to us. The room is set up in a loft style with the bed on top level and a tiny living room area below. It was a little tight because we had some big luggage but it was nicely furnished, the windows were great, etc.
Upon arrival we were asked if we wanted dinner which we gladly accepted as we hadn't seen food in miles. The food was the one disappointing part of the trip. Our dinner was just OK and for the price we expected more. Yes, it's Iceland and everything's expensive but it's one of those restaurants that tries hard on the presentation and might miss on some of the food. My boyfriend had seafood soup which he thought was overwhelingly rich (think butter) and lacked much seafood and a lamb dish which was just OK. He wasn't expecting the thing slices of lamb that he got. I got cod with some kind of grape sauce. I found the cod to be very chewy (it was a thick cut piece but I was surprised by the texture) and the potatoes were pretty buttery. The meal was over $100 so quite expensive for what we got. The service was really friendly.
We also thought it was odd that we were told to eat early b/c they were completly booked at 8 so we set dinner for 6:30-we were hungry and tired so a good option for us. But, for the first hour, nobody else was in the dining room with us which was kind of odd.
The room did include breakfast which was a buffet-pancakes (cold b/c it's all just laid out and we were on the later end), yogurt, lunchmeat, croissants, etc. Some of the breakfast items were quite tasty.
The hot tubs, though not private, worked out great for us as we were the only ones in them while there. What an incredible view and relaxing night, especially after our earlier horseback ride. Much appreciated.
All in all, a great place to stay, especially if you're in that area. It's not too far from Reykjavik but was nice to get outside the city lights for a night.
If we had the opportunity, would definitely like to stay in one of the private "cabins". Maybe next time we'll be back with a group.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romantic boutique hotel, only 75 min from Keflavik International Airport. Located on a high hillside over viewing the sea. The hotel has 22 mini-suite, spa area, library, piano-bar, conference facilities and magical surroundings. The hotel has a large art collection and beautiful restaurant. Looking for something different? This is it. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glymur Hotel Akranes
- Hotel Glymur Iceland/Akranes