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Hali Country Hotel
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

First of all this is hotel is the closest to Jokursarlon and this was the main reason we stayed here.
The hotel rooms with shared bathroom were spotlessly clean and the breakfast was good not great like like Hotel Keflavik and for me at least I paid more here for a room for a shared bath than in Keflavik. I guess you pay for the location and the scenery which is great!

Now, my main and biggest problem. If you want to eat dinner at their restaurant be ready for a limited selection of menu items. When we were there we arrived fairly late and very hungry and all they had was arctic char (farmed fish) in 4 different combinations and lamb.

The FUNNY thing is that they told me that they also had 2 different types of soup which were:

- Tomato soup
- Meat Soup

That's exactly the same soup they were serving for lunch almost an hour drive away at the kitchen in Skaftafel National Park. What a Coincidence!!! By the way the next day in Vik(!) they were serving the same thing!!!!!!! Do they have one kitchen for the entire Island?

Now I understand that this is a farm and they eat what they have available there, but we decided to go to Hofn which we did not realize was another 50 minutes away!!! After the driving that much the Tomato soup sounded better and better.

We finally are at Hotel Hofn which had a much wider variety of menu items.

Anyway, the hotel and the location is good, but the food could be improved on.
As a last note this place could be ideal for watching the northern light because there is very little if any light polution around here.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank ucipass
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

After 2 weeks driving the ring road clockwise we arrived at Hali in order to visit the nearby iceberg lagoon. For that purpose there is not a better place. It is the closest guesthouse to this spot, only about 5 minute drive. We were blessed with great weather and we also could see the aurora and take pictures of it while we were there. It is a very convenient spot right by the ring road and the sea.

It is composed of 2 guesthouses. We went to the second one where you share bathroom. On the first house you have rooms with both shared and private facilities. There is also a kitchen-livingroom area in each of the houses. For the price difference if I had the chance again, I would go for private. These rooms look much newer and nicer. Also, the rooms with shared bathrooms are all different, they have different views and some are in more quiet positions. The place is rather busy so we heard a lot of noise, people coming and going or using the bath adjacent to our room. It is popular with tour groups. Walls are thin like paper so you hear your neighbours. But that happened in a lot of the guesthouses we visited.

I think the place could be cleaner and the outside needs some updating. The pipes were smelly too (not the usual sulfur smell).

But it is a popular and very convenient spot because of the unbeatable position.

Breakfast was very good and varied in a very nice building that you spot from the road as it looks like books on a self.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tacande
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

... and what a wonderful surprise. The Arctic char (i.e. trout) was absolutely fantastic. By far the best we had in Iceland. Not much more on the menu than char and a less remarkable lamb, but if you like fish and drive in front of it then sure plan to stop.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Leo B
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Amazing setting by the sea. Great view of mountains and glaciers (on a clear day). Great free wifi.

The buffet dinner is outstanding and good value for what you get. Especially the fish and smoked lamb. The staff were very helpful. Alternatively you could use the communal kitchen facilities.

Room was rather small and basic, but the setting made up for this. One of the most beautiful spots I have ever stayed.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank kevinbolton
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

The vibe of the place was somewhat hostel- like with it's communal kitchen, living room area, and shared bathrooms. We opted for a room without a bathroom but there were two bathrooms for maybe a total of 8-10 rooms and it worked out well overall. We had a great room- two twin beds and minimally furnished. There was also a sink in the room. We were able to get wifi off my friends Kindle which was a bonus :). Bathrooms were generally clean. Although we didn't really utilize the common area, the kitchen had all the amenities and there was also a tv and travel guides about Iceland and board games.
Meals were in a separate building. I had smoked dilled char which I thought was very good. In the morning they provided the standard continental breakfast- but I thought the selection of breads, meats, and cheeses was adequate.
There are a few small buildings that belong to Guesthouse Hali and I loved the surroundings. If you look in one direction you see a volcano, another direction the ocean, and other- grazing sheep and one more quarter turn and you see a glacier. It was beautiful.
The negatives were that the walls were pretty thin. You could easily hear people in the best room talking.

Room Tip: Room #15 had a great view, and was a very spacious corner room
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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