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“Summer cottage” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Edda - Vik i Myrdal

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Hotel Edda - Vik i Myrdal
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Vik
Malden, NL
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361 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 363 helpful votes
“Summer cottage”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2008

We arrived in Vik in awful weather conditions, but our room was not available yet so we spent our time on the internet computer in the reception area (free of charge).After waiting more than two hours it turned out to be that we didn’t have a room in the main building but in one of the five summer cottages next to the hotel.

Summer cottage ia a big word for just a room. Each cottage has two small hotel rooms with basic facilities. Maybe it’s nice when the weather is good, but under the present weather conditions (heavy wind and rain) it’s not nice to stumble to your room getting wet, having dirty walking boots in your bedroom and being in a cottage that feels rather cold and humid. If we had known this beforehand we had booked another hotel.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — cold and humid room
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Oakland, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2008

I can't believe the reviews above. I stayed there twice in my 10 day Iceland adventure. After returning home, my friend and I declared Vik to be our favorite experience. The Edda was a nice place very similar to a Red Roof Inn in America. The counter staff was wonderful and gave us extra pillows and towells. She showed us how to get closer to the Puffins by using the back roads.

I can't believe these reviews. Our room was great and very clean.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Television
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank AmericanTeacher
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Boston, Massachusetts
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71 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2008

There is nothing to highlight. It was the only available in dozens of miles around with the category of “hotel”. This is the only reason I booked it in the first place. Iceland lacks of tourist infrastructure and it is not yet ready to holiday with style (non on this area at least). Plain, without anything noticeable. Truly uncomfortable twin beds (they sell them as “double rooms”), tiny, old, not very clean bathroom. The most hideous duvet and matching curtains I have the disgrace of seen. I was there exactly the time to lie exhausted after a couple of very busy days travelling around. So tired to appreciate the ugliness of the place, it was the best of all. Try to avoid it if you have the choice to stay somewhere else.

  • Liked — Breakfast
  • Disliked — Everything else
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Thousandeurist
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2008

We reserved for 3 nights here, but thankfully we didn't pay in advance. We went shoulder season and there was only us and another couple in the hotel. At least it was quiet.

No one was there when we turned up at about 2pm - the place was deserted. We went and looked in the windows and saw all the beds lying unmade. Most odd. An hour later the receptionist drove up, and when challenged as to whether he was staff he dismissed us with "yes, I had to go and get some stuff".

When we got to our double room we found two single beds. Apparently the hotel has no doubles. We already knew that from our peeking in the windows, but I asked anyway. I was advised to move the furniture as I wanted it. Hmmm. The beds where soft, soggy and uncomfortable.

The room was really cramped. There was only room for one person to move around at any one time, and my partner still banged her head on the portable TV 3 times (it was fixed on a bracket at the ideal height for that). Since it only received one channel (the satellite system was broken), which appeared to be Icelandic parliament proceedings, I'd rather have gotten rid of it.

The room had one small window (normal for Iceland) and so was really stuffy. Since no one else was in the block, we left the door open all the time to increase ventilation.

The bathroom was clean except for a bit of mould, but cramped. Nasty billowing shower curtain. There was no hairdryer. When my partner went to ask for one she was told by the receptionist that he'd have to go and find "it" which gave us a laugh. Given a bit of hounding he located it a few hours later. It didn't work.

There was a free computer in the reception area for guests to get access to the internet. It wasn't working when we were there.

I tried to make a telephone call, but the receptionist couldn't figure out how to give me an outside line. I had to go to reception to use his phone, which was kind of embarrassing because I was phoning my next hotel asking if they could get me in a day early because I was leaving this place earlier than planned!

The mystery of all the unmade beds was sorted out on our second day. A couple of maids came along and started fixing them all up. Apparently they only get maids in when all the beds have been used, which at our time of year was once every couple of weeks!

The main problem, though, is that there's just nothing to do here. The black sand beach is nice for an hour, and so was the puffin spotting. We climbed the big hill at the end of the town for the view, which was also worth doing. But then what? The town has a tiny swimming pool and a grocery store, but when you've done those you're pretty much done. The hotel had no pool, no bar, no restaurant, no internet, and no TV. How do you relax in such a place after a day's hiking? Sit on your bed and read is the answer. Given the place cost as much as a London hotel you'd have thought they could offer something.

The "Grill" across the road was basically a truck stop, but probably would have been better than our room to sit in had it not closed so early. We skipped the ordinary looking breakfast and left early after our second night. A day and a half here was plenty.

  • Stayed May 2008
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Chenky
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Colchester UK
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64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2007

After a wonderful (and rare!) sunny and warm day exploring the Glacier Lagoon and Skaftafell park, we arrived in Vik just as the weather started to deteriorate, looking forward to the stay at an Edda Plus Hotel in Vik. Having had enjoyable stays at other standard Edda Hotel so far on our tour of Iceland, we had looked forward to the extra comforts promised.

An unusually (for iceland) surly receptionist started to spoil our evening, and the lack of advertised baths in both twin rooms added to our dissappointment (one reason we booked this hotel after a week of shower cubicles...). OK the rooms had TV and own facilities, but the decor and fittings are starting to show their age. This is the first Edda that we've come across that doesn't do Evening meals, and the additional cost breakfast is actually in the reception area - very crowded, with too many tables and chairs in the space - and the smallest breakfast buffet choice on our trip.

We took our Evening meal over the toad at the N1 Petrol station Grill (which had rather more up market restaurant choice and decor than the usual N1 Grill fare), but employing surly staff (must be related to the hotel receptionist!) There are two other cafe/restaurant choices in the main street proper (road off the Highway 1), or there are two other hotels to choose from.

Overall, a disappointing night and worst hotel experience on our trip. OK, Iceland hotels outside the capital aren't known for their thrills, but this Edda needs to try harder!

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Stephen N
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Windlesham, UK
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31 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2007

Vik is relatively picturesque and definitely worth a stop to see the black beaches. The hotel is modern but basic. The rooms are small and the bathrooms are minute. Breakfast isn’t great, with little choice, and is served in the reception area. Having said all of this, it’s still probably the best hotel in Vik and is OK for a night’s stop.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
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1 Thank Kinnik
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Boston area, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2006

Clean, simple, good breakfast, great FREE Internet access via computer in dining room. Walking distance to good public swimming pool and small supermarket.

Stayed August 2006
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Property: Hotel Edda - Vik i Myrdal
Address: Klettsvegur, Vik 870, Iceland
Location: Iceland > South Region > Vik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Vik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Edda - Vik i Myrdal 3*
Number of rooms: 41
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