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“Limited and tired facilities” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hjardarbol Guesthouse
Ranked #3 of 8 Hveragerdi B&B and Inns
Ottawa
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Limited and tired facilities”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

This place has lots of rooms but most are tired. It had limited facilities, for example few washrooms for many guests. Guests were allowed to smoke in their rooms. Breakfast was boring. Restaurant was expensive. Internet was almost unusable.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 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
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

Nice farmhouse, cute farm animals (clean and not noisy...), comfortable spacious rooms, great atmosphere at the main room with possibilities for breakfast. Good and scenic location. The only thing we didn't like are the thin walls, but that didn't pose much of a problem.

Room Tip: Try and get a room with no neighbors (thin walls).
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Geneva, Switzerland
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

The Hjardarból Guesthouse is strategically located close to the major sights along the "Golden Circle" (Geyser's, Waterfalls, National Park) as well as the southern coast road to Vik and the southern islands. The road to Vik is studded with waterfalls and picturesque scenery... and the occasional colony of puffins.

Our rooms were simple, double beds, chair, table, mirrors, interesting local art on the wall. The walls are thin, but not a problem with quiet neighbors... The attached bathroom has the narrowest of showers but plenty of hot water straight from the underground geothermal reserves if you can play the taps properly. (either very hot or very cold... or just right!). No further bathroom accessories except for soap and wonderful soft bath towels and face cloths. Plenty of heating. Not much space around the beds, all the more incentive to get out and enjoy the scenery.

You need to specifically request if you want your room cleaned, towels freshened or bed straightened.

Breakfast is held in a different building on this little guesthouse compound. Wonderful food, lots of Icelandic delicacies including the "skyr", a form of strained yoghurt to be eaten plain or with Hjardarból's home made rhubarb delight. Special pancakes as well as freshly baked bread with a wide selection of local jams and hams. The coffee could use a brand upgrade, a Nespresso machine would do the trick!! The kitchen has an impressive herb garden! Dinner can also be taken at the guesthouse.

The guesthouse is run by a family and all are wonderfully welcoming, helpful with tips and itineraries and concerned about your well being. They try really hard!

I gave it four stars instead of five because I thought the price was a little steep for the total value proposition. I knew I was getting into something simple, but I didn't know how simple! But it's clean and practical and an adventure to be remembered positively.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago IL
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41 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

This property was reasonably priced, clean and comfortable. It is very close to the highway and convenient for the Golden Circle attractions. Reception was friendly--both from the owners and their dogs and cats! Nice lounge for guest use.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

Stayed here in the large family room (4 beds) with 4 other friends (5 total). Great kitchen to cook in (they have everything you could need) and very close to the natural hot springs in the quaint town of Hveragerði. Also just a short drive from the geysers or hiking near the lake. Free wi-fi, great communal area (very cozy and warm), and lovely owners. If you don't want to cook, they also have a restaurant. They were very accommodating and didn't mind that we changed our reservation from Thursday night to Wednesday night at the last possible moment. Would highly recommend!

Room Tip: The large family room had a balcony.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jane F
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Sosnowiec, Poland
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210 reviews
114 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Very silent and not so windy (just behind the trees). Good localization for trip to Pingvelir. Very small rooms. Very small kitchen and no place to sit and eat in the same building where is the kitchen. Wifi connection sometimes despires. Prices are different if you go without booking and when you got reservation via booking.com (higher). Tasty home made meals - we really recommend.

Room Tip: Max 2 nights stay. Go on hiking trip from Hveragerði
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PrzemekC
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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29 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

Stayed there with my Triathlon group for training camp. The rooms are basic, clean and cosy, with warm wool covers. Beds comfortable. Shower could use more power, but that was the only downpoint in the place. The rooms were in different buildings from the main reception and restaurant area but short between. We had ordered half board. Both dinner and breakfast were very good, all home cooked. Great Skyr dessert cake. Service friendly and one can tell it is family operated. The location is good for exercise and outdoor activities - close to swimming pools & hiking tracks. We have decided to come back next year!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Thank Thordis P
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Property: Hjardarbol Guesthouse
Address: Hjardarbol, Hveragerdi 810, Iceland
Location: Iceland > South Region > Hveragerdi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Hveragerdi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hjardarbol Guesthouse 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hjardarbol guesthouse is a family business. Located in a very nice spot, midway between Hveragerdi and Selfoss, only 95 km from Keflavik airport, by the roots of Ingolfsfjall. Large trees surround the guesthouse which creates comfortable and exciting environment. We have 24 rooms of all shapes and sizes, f.e. large and comfortable family rooms, spacious double rooms with or without bathrooms. We also offer a large an comfortable house which is very suitable for large groups. ... more   less 
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