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.
- 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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