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“Big hotel for big tour groups” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Dyrholaey
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Vik
Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Big hotel for big tour groups”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2011

We stayed one night here, and that was enough. 3 large tour groups plus many other guests meant a big bustling hotel with inadequate staff for service. And outside our room was what I think was a pump for water or something that went most of the night and made sleep difficult. Not a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kikeena
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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310 reviews
120 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 381 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2011

The accomodations here are simple and austere. Cabin-like rooms with two twin beds and a TV. No phone. It feels like you're out in the middle of nowhere. It's nice and relaxing with lots of greenery all around. Free wifi in the lobby. Dinner at the restaurant was fairly tasty (green salad with feta cheese, roast pork w/ veggies, and ice cream). The hotel service was excellent. Overall, it was a cozy, quiet place to stop along the Ring Road.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank krawner
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ladytrady
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2011

Very nice staff, cozy warm rooms and we ate really very tasty lamb at the in-house restaurant - we didn't eat out much anywhere else on our trip but this one was worth it. Good breakfast too.

It's in a very isolated spot but probably nicer to stay here than in Hofn or Vik, depending what you're into or how far you want to travel in a day.

We were a bit late for it but I can imagine this'd be a great spot to see the northern lights

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ladytrady
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College Park, Maryland
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19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2010

After staying in a really adorable family inn with amazing food (Country Hotel Anna) the night before, Hotel Dyrholaey was a bit disappointing. The bed was comfortable, but the room wasn't really decorated. There is Internet you can use for 15 minutes for free in the lobby. The food wasn't spectacular, but they didn't make us a vegetarian meal on request. We had been looking forward to the view, which was very nice, but after driving all day seeing that same view (more or less), it didn't impress as much as hoped. The front desk was helpful with suggestions about what to do when we asked. Nothing about this hotel was really bad, it's just that none of it was that special.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sprager86
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Long Beach
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2010

After looking all over Vik for a place to stay we finally found a room here. The place is located in the top of a mountain 10 min outside Vik, with an incredible view of the ocean and mountains. The room we got was the only available and it had 2 twin beds that we could move together to make a bigger bed. Room and bathroom were clean and comfortable. The bathroom was small but efficient just like everything in Iceland. The price for the room included a delicious buffet breakfast. The hotel also offers lunch and dinner but we thought the prices were too high. We did have a couple of beers ($9 Kronos each!).
The staff was nice and friendly. wifi Internet is available but it is only accessible in the lobby.
Overall we had a pleasant stay and will recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank viajeros81
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Cork, Ireland
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130 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2009

This place is 10K outside Vik, and I would recommend staying in Vik rather than here. Hotel Dyrholaey is set up purely for overnighting coach trips. There are no double rooms, all single beds. Tiny towels present if you're lucky. The canteen is long benches, school style, and the breakfast is backpacker staples. I'm not joking when I say it's like a portacabin. It's a timber box with windows. I couldn't sleep through the snoring from a guest in another room!

This would all be expected, it it wasn't priced like a 5 star hotel. It's ludicrous.

The only thing saving this place from a 1 rating is its good staff. They are helpful and can recommend things to do in the area. As a tourist office replacement, good, somewhere to stay, nope.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank pwurple
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Birmingham, Mi
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93 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2009

We booked this because we couldn't find any other place to stay nearby, but it is rated number one in Vik. Vik is a special place with black beaches, active birds and spectacular views of the coastline. But I suggest taking in this area as a stop on the way to somewhere else, rather than as a destination.
After a wonderful stay at the Hotel Hofn in Hofn, I was concerned about paying more for less at Dyrholaey. It turns out my concerns were justified.
The hotel is located approximately 9 km outside of the town proper. The signage off of Route 1 was uniquely prominent and the drive up very pleasant, but my heart sank when I first saw what can best be described as barracks. Upon entering, there was no one to greet us, the lighting was very dim, and the corridor dark, narrow and uninviting as we made our way to the room. The carpets were filthy.
Although we asked for a double bed, we got a room with 3 twin beds and none of our rearranging produced a satisfactory sleeping situation. We found 3 dead flies and a flock of dust bunnies. The room had no telephone and despite advertising free WiFi, there was no connection in the room, only in the dining hall. The light on the nightstand flickered annoyingly to add to my misery. Surprisingly, we did have a nice view of the bay.
We couldn't sleep all night because of the crevices in the beds, the translucent curtains which let in the ever present summer sunlight, and the hallway which was an echo chamber of slamming doors, loud voices and people coming and going.
The tiny bathroom was barely useable. The shower had hot water only every other 30 seconds in the evening and absolutely none in the morning. The small sink had barely any room to get washed. The towels might work for an Icelandic elf. And to top it all off, the mirror over the sink was perfect if you were the center for the LA Lakers.
The dining hall saved this rating from a terrible. The pleasant and competent Polish staff recommended a wonderful drink (apple juice and vodka) and the goat cheese salad provided a refreshing snack after a long day. However, the 3 salmon appetizer was small and disappointing. The breakfast buffet had a surprisingly good assortment including scrambled eggs (I thought was watery and bland, but my husband did not) and sausage. Although it is not customary to tip in Iceland, there was a very large tip jar prominently displayed in the dining room, which we found a bit annoying.
Local fact in the guide book is that Vik is proud of its evacuation plan in case of volcanic eruption, by which the townspeople can vacate within 2 hours. We had our own plan and evacuated after just one night!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Dyrholaey
Address: Brekkur 1, Vik 871, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > South Region > Vik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Vik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Dyrholaey 3*
Number of rooms: 55
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