We stayed in Villa Creativity for 3 nights and absolutely loved it. The walk to breakfast and dinner was cold but traveling to Iceland in winter we were prepared for it and it was actually quite nice. We really like our privacy so booking a room in the hotel was not an option for us. On our drive from Reykjavik we missed the tunnel and drove around the fjord which took a bit longer but was a very pretty drive. We were extremely lucky as the weather was really great. Saw the northern lights on our first 2 nights and woke up our third and final day to typical weather- very windy and grey with little visibility. The villa was very comfortable, with a fully stocked kitchen, great hot tub on deck, living room and dining area as well. Other than 2 small bottles of wine, coffee and tea, there are NO amenities in the rooms whatsoever so you need to come prepared by stopping at store for provisions. Being my first time in Iceland this may be normal but being from the United States were are spoiled and are used to a fully stocked mini bar. The bathroom had soap and shampoo but no lotion- and the hot water smells strongly of sulphur which takes some getting used to. There is a telephone in the room but no hotel information book listing the number to call the front desk. I'm not complaining in any way as we would stay here again in a heart beat! Richard and Bastian (sp?), our servers, were friendly and gave good service at the bar and in the dining room. The dinners were good and buffet breakfast every morning too. We took a day trip to Borgones, visited the settlement center, had lovely soup and also learned a little about Iceland. My only bit of criticism is that our villa had automatic lights on the front and back porch and we were unable to turn them off, even when we asked the hotel management to do so. Having the ability to turn off the lights would have made our viewing of the northern lights much better as we could have watched them from our hot tub. I was told the lights could not be turned off but I did notice the automatic lights in the vacant villas did not turn on from dusk till dawn as they did with the occupied villas. We also took a helicopter ride from HELO in their Bell 407 with Johann as our pilot and it was unforgettable and amazing. The modified windows on the aircraft really make a difference in viewing. They picked us up at our hotel so we didn't have to drive back to Reykjavik. We flew to the Geysir geothermal area, landed for about 45 mins so we could see the water shoot up and had the opportunity to shop and eat. Then we flew over and landed on Langjokull glacier where we were able to get out and take a few pics. I will never forget this experience- it was absolutely amazing, very comfortable and safe.
- 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