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“Great Guesthouse and Restaurant”

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Gistihusio Egilsstooum
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Egilsstadir
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“Great Guesthouse and Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

This beautfiul, historic (1903), guesthouse, restaurant and farm, sits adjacent to picturesque Lake Logurinn on one side and on the other the small village of Egilsstadir. The wood-panel bar and dining room had a lodge feeling. The rooms featured wood floors and antique furniture. The guesthouse has a first-class restaurant and they served us even though we arrived near closing time. The breakfast buffet included hot choices and had an expresso machine. An adjacent cow shed provided fresh dairy and a farm atmosphere in the middle of the village. Staff was extremely friendly and knowledeable. Be aware there is no lift, there is a spiral staircase, and there are no ground level rooms.

Room Tip: Rooms on west side have a view of the lake. Higher floor is better.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

We decided to do a 2 day round the island driving trip starting from Rekjavik, all along route 1. Not much planning involved but we emailed in advance and they kept us a room with no deposit and we were very pleased with location, the staff, the standard of accommodation and most of all the food! They were offering a 4 course meal at the time and it was excellent. Good value and so long as a good wine is not prerequisite it was good value. Met who we think we're the owners at breakfast and they were real friendly. I'd be surprised if there was better within 100 clicks of Egilsstadir.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

As usual a stay in this hotel is wonderful. Egilsstadir was very icy and we were very happy to stay in this guesthouse. Excellent room with a view on the lake. We were the only guest of the guesthouse and we got a first class service. The swiss chef prepared a nice diner for us. We will come back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

Excellent dinner, very reasonable rates in October, decent Internet speeds and comfy beds. Each room has its own shape and character. Staying there a couple of nights I determined that the rooms on the 3rd floor are better generally. Not a lot to do around egilsstadir, but if you are going there stay here.

  • Stayed October 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

I stayed here just one night as a guide during a round trip around Iceland. We arrived late but that was no problem. The food at the restaurant was good and the service was good. The beds were good and the rooms ok. WiFi worked well. The best thing was the laid back athmosphere and an excellent location, out at the lake outside of the town but just a 5 min walk to the town center. Breakfast was excellent. Only downside i could think of would be the stairs, that is if i wasn´t young and healthy.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

We did not stay at the guesthouse, but visited the restaurant based on a recommendation we saw online. We got to the restaurant in a bit of a hurry, after a long day of driving and sightseeing, so felt a bit underdressed - the place seems very posh and upmarket (although I felt more relaxed on seeing the guy at the next table had no shoes on.. must have been a guest at the hotel).
We ordered steak which turned out be nothing short of excellent. House wine was all right - nothing to write home about, but quite decent at the price. Our friends had mushroom soup and I think fish of the day, which they said was great too.
This was the most expensive place we'd been to in Iceland (or anywhere else, for that matter), but we don't regret a single penny. It was an amazing meal, I only wish Iceland was that far so we could go to Egilsstadir again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

We did not stay at the Guesthouse as I was booked in at the Icelandair Hotel up the road. We did head over for lunch though as it came highly recommended by the knowledgeable girl at the visitors centre in Egilsstadir.
She said it was a relaxing and inviting place for lunch or dinner. She was on the money. It has the feel of a small country inn.
There is not a lot of chicken on the menus of Iceland so when a chicken salad was offered for lunch I ordered it. Far exceeded my expectations. Tender chunks of seasoned breast on a bed of barley and greens. Done to perfection in fine dinning style.
We then moved into the lounge area by the bar and had a wonderful coffee with a huge slice of chocolate cake.
There is an outdoor patio for dinning with a view of the river. I wish I had returned for dinner but ate at my hotel instead. What a mistake, but that is another review of the Icelandair Hotel Herad.
Total cost including tax/tip for lunch for two was 7,200 Kr about $60 cdn.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Gistihusio Egilsstooum
Address: Egilsstadir, Egilsstadir 700, Iceland (Formerly Guesthouse Egilsstadir)
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Location: Iceland > East Region > Egilsstadir
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Egilsstadir
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gistihúsið - Lake Hotel Egilsstadir is family running hotel on the lakeside, all 50 rooms have private bathroom, tv, coffee te maker, hairdryer and iron. The Hotel have restaurant and it is open from 11.30 To 22. In the Hotel is also spa. ... more   less 
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