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“Great restaurant and location. If only the rooms were bigger!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hali Country Hotel

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Hali Country Hotel
Ranked #2 of 19 Hofn B&B and Inns
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“Great restaurant and location. If only the rooms were bigger!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2010

We stayed at Guesthouse Hali with three adults and a young baby. The guesthouse is located on a working farm and is spread out every several buildings. The main building is the restaurant and a museum, where "reception" is located (the same people who serve dinner and run the museum also run the guesthouse). There are several other buildings that contain various types of rooms, and as far as I can tell, everything has shared facilities.

Our particular building had six units, a fully stocked kitchen, and two bathrooms. The rooms were impeccably clean, but I do have to say that they were rather small. Part of this might have had to do with the fact that we had a "triple room" that had two beds and a bunk bed, along with a baby cot (the room next door was a double and seemed considerably more spacious). This wasn't a huge problem since we mainly just were there to spend the night.

The restaurant offered a very satisfying dinner buffet for about $35 US (yes that's expensive, but not by Icelandic standards, and especially not in this area). The buffet included lamb stew, arctic char marinated with honey and other sauces, freshly baked bread, lamb straight from the farm, au gratin potatoes, and dessert (chocolate cake, rhubarb with ice cream). It was very filing and seemed like the type of food that Icelandic people would typically eat (as opposed to the crazy rotted shark "hukarl" that you read about in the guidebooks).

Location was fantastic, as it was a short 10-15 minute drive to Jokulsarlon, one of my favorite places in all of Iceland. Best of all, the place wasn't particularly expensive; we ended up paying about $130 for our room, which is good for this region of Iceland.

If you're interested in staying in a good-value place near Jokulsarlon and you don't mind shared facilities, then this guesthouse might be for you. The website is particularly bad about showing pictures so I've included a bunch in this review to give people a better sense.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2010

i stayed at the hali guesthouse for one night during my weeklong trip to iceland. i had pre-booked the room knowing that i didn't want to go all the way to hofn to spend the night, and i wanted to be near jokulsarlon. this place is definitely convenient, although there is nothing else in the "town" of hali other than the guesthouse and restaurant, all owned by the same folks.

the guesthouse is comfortable enough ( relatively spacious single room with shared bathroom) but cost over 10,500 ikr per night which was actually double the cost of the place i had stayed just two nights before. there was no option of eating anywhere else in hali, and yes, dinner was tasty but it was 4200ikr which was probably the combined cost of all of my food for the previous 3 days. it was a buffet and i stuffed myself silly to make me feel like it was worth it.

i was a bit shocked that they didn't even offer free wifi, even though i spent over 14,000 ikr there. they wanted 600ikr per hour, even thoughi had brought along my own computer.

so, if you really want to stay near the lagoon, go for it. otherwise just be aware of the costs.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2010

This farm was an excellent place to stay on a round trip in the South of Iceland. No luxury, but clean, correct rooms, nothing to complain about. Breakfast was fine. I would especially recommend dining at the farm, great buffet, tasty food and definitely a good deal. Unfortunately no free wifi.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2010

A useful location, not far from the Glacial lagoon, and about an hour from the Skaftafell visitors centre. Our Category 2 accommodation was in a separate cabin right down by the sea-shore in a pleasant garden. 6 rooms shared two bathrooms and one good kitchen (4 hobs and an oven) and living room. Internet access was free for residents, but only available while sat in the cafe/museum where breakfast and meals were served. Our room was light, clean and spacious. We had easily the best breakfast we had in Iceland, with warm fresh bread and a good selection of other food.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2010

We, a party of seven including children, stayed overnight with the intention of visiting the nearby Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and doing the boat trip the next day. We booked for dinner, bed and breakfast and were glad that we did. The dinner was excellent, with fresh produce from the farm including the lamb and the fish.
We stayed in one of the houses near the sea, with magnificent views of the glacier one way and the Atlantic Ocean the other/ Although it did not look remarkable from the outside, the inside revealed spotlessly clean bedrooms, comfortable beds, warm and cosy. There was a combined lounge kitchen area with all we needed, again very comfortable and a more than adequate dining area. We shared these facilities with some other travellers at a reasonable cost.
Next morning we had a problem with the hot water service, which seemed inadequate for the number of people it was meant to supply, but some of us were able to use the showers in another house. I believe this will be updated in the future.
The breakfast, in the restaurant, was the usual Icelandic breakfast and plenty to fill us prior to our morning on the glacier. If you intend to visit the glacier, then this is an ideal place to stay, with warm friendly hosts and excellent facilities amongst some of the most stunning scenery.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2009

Very clean with nice quite environment, authentic food... I would love to go back again and just stay in for 3-4 days and do nothing :)

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2009

GUESTHOUSE HALI, HOFN-HORNIFIRDI, ICELAND
In July, 2009, my husband and I drove the entire Ring Road in Iceland. If you’re staying in Hofn in remote East Iceland, so you can visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, you might want to consider Guesthouse Hali. Guesthouse Hali’s location is convenient because the wonderful Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon site is only 8 miles east. Hali’s location is 43 miles west of Höfn and 60 miles from Skatafell, but its proximity to the Glacier Lagoon means the easy ability to take early morning and sunset photographs at Jökulsárlón. If you get to the spectacular glacier site early, there are no tour buses; the tourists generally stay on the side of the bridge near the tourist shop and access to the boats that go out onto the glacier lagoon, so if you cross the nearby road bridge to the other side of the lagoon (there’s parking also on the quiet side), you can be assured of quieter viewing even during the day. With a walk on either side, you’ll get close-up views of glacier icebergs and, on the quiet side, you can see seals swimming and frolicking in the icy waters and artic terns swoop near the icebergs.
Guesthouse Hali is a quaint and comfortable accommodation on the Ring Road about 250 miles from Reykjavik. Hali is part B&B, part hostel, and part local museum. They have 21 rooms in different guesthouses. We were in a simple but clean, ranch-like guest home with polished wood floors, plain, clean, and comfortable bedrooms, each with an in-room sink facility. All rooms have access to the clean kitchen and bathroom areas. We saw tents pitched in the fields outside, so there are camp sites available, too. There’s no direct website reservation capacity with Guesthouse Hali although they have a very complete website at http://www.hali.is/. Instead, you handle the reservation through email to [--] or [--] We had no problems in making the reservation for a double room with breakfast at $80 a night with our senior discount through email with Torbjorg in Hali.
For the independent traveler, finding Guesthouse Hali is not an issue as its location fronts onto the Ring Road.
We had dinner and breakfast there. Reservations are required for dinner, and as for all B&Bs in Iceland, mind their posted meal times or the kitchen will be closed. Expect to serve yourself from big bowls of Skyr (a creamy, tasty Icelandic cheese staple that is somewhere between yogurt and a pourable cream cheese texture), freshly smoked and cooked fishes, and smoked lamb slices.
The farm museum (the building looks like a giant book shelf – really! – it’s dedicated to one of Iceland’s authors and literary history) and guesthouse are right on the coast. You’ll be able to see and hear an artic tern colony in the nearby field. Be careful when you walk near the colony as the aggressive artic terns will dive bomb you!
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Website: http://www.hali.is/

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Property: Hali Country Hotel
Address: Hali 781, Hofn 781, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > East Region > Hofn
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Hofn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hali Country Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned country hotel. Located right by road nb 1. Only 10 min drive from Jökulsárlón, Glacier lagoon. We offer comfortable double and triple rooms and apartments. Restaurant and museum on site. Open all year around. Breakfast buffet, bed linen, towels, free wi-fi and taxes included in all room rates. ... more   less 
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