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Hotel Grimsborgir
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Selfoss
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

Great location, fairly near Thingvellir, Gulfoss and Geysir. We arrived late and were tired, but were greeted by the extremely pleasant owner/manager, who offered us a table at the restaurant even though the kitchen must have been closing. The guesthouse is so comfortable, immaculately kept and felt luxurious - we sadly didn't have time to use the hot tub outside but next time surely will! Breakfast was delicious and plentiful, with a hot option available and freshly ground coffee. The manager took time to chat with us, and it was really clear that he takes great pride in his offering an exceptional service.

Room Tip: All guesthouses seem very well stocked with kitchen implements if you wish to self-cater.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Stayed here for a few days with my girlfriend on a weeklong trip round Iceland, found the hotel on the Iceland Farm Hotels website. The hotel is fantastic, several small buildings spread over a small area near a lake, big comfy beds (an important point for a taller gentleman such as myself), and is the ideal location for a self-drive Golden Circle tour. We hired a car from Reykjavic Airport and headed straight out (signs to road to Selfoss very easy to find, and only need to make 2 turns from this road to find the hotel (about 10 min drive outside of Selfoss). Easy to do the Golden Circle in a day from here if you have your own car (and if there are 2 of you and you book ahead this option is cheaper and more satisfying than a tour bus).

Had a great time, restaurant on site is very nice, and not too expensive (for a pair from London). Owner, Olafur, was genuinely fantastic, gave us a map and some recommendations, and a free upgrade because a better room was available.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank nic b
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

I´ve stayed at the Grimsborgir Luxury Apartments now for three times and it just keeps getting better and better. These apartments have an excellent location near Þingvellir national park which means short driving distances to all of the highlights on the Golden Circle route!

The apartments are decorated in a charming way and after experiencing quite many hotels in Iceland, this is my top choice. You have everything you need; full equipped kitchen, BBQ, hot tub, amazing beds, lovely surroundings, quiet and peaceful atmosphere and top notch service. It is highly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

I highly recommend Grimsborgir to anyone who is planning a trip to Iceland. A lot of people get caught up in the capital and don't venture out into the wilderness unless if it is for a day trip or tour. I was, however, extremely fortunate enough to discover this place and spend a night there with my girlfriend amidst our Golden Circle road trip.

The location is very romantic and ideal for couples wanting to get away and enjoy sometime alone time. Having said that, I can imagine it is also perfect for large families as the houses are of a great size and can accommodate a fair few people.

My girlfriend and I also ate at the restaurant located on site and the food was exquisite - I also highly recommend that you check that out if you have the chance.

Olafur and his wife, the couple who run and own Grimsborgir, were an absolute pleasure as well. They provided a top-quality service and were extremely friendly - couldn't have been better and my thanks goes out to them!

10 out 10 :)

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

We've recently spent our honeymoon in South Iceland and Grimsbogir was probably one of the best places we stayed at. Located nicely near the main attractions of the area. We stayed there for 2 nights and found that the owner and staff were very helpful and friendly- my husband asked a staff about how to operate the hot tub and she dropped everything she was doing and drove with us to our house right away to demonstrate. Variety of food (hot and cold- loved the croissants) for breakfast- especially in comparisons to only cold dishes offered at most hotels outside of Reykjavik. The rooms were very clean and the kitchen was fully equipped. A bit large for 2 people (with 2 bedrooms) but we still loved it and would return if we visit Iceland again.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

We only spent one night here on a short trip to Iceland. A really well-appointed apartment and a good place to get away from all the city lights and noise (though perhaps a touch more external lighting than really necessary).

A very relaxed atmosphere and warm welcome.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

This trip to Iceland, our first, was a surprise for my partner. I had booked a self-drive tour through Nordic Traveller around the south coast of Iceland. On arrival, we received our 4-wheel drive, a mobile phone, GPS and a pile of maps with an itinerary which included pre-booked accommodation. Over the course of our seven night trip to Iceland, we were to stay in four different places, Grimsborgir Guest House was our destination for the second night. On our first morning, we had had to reschedule our plans due to the extreme weather conditions - the worst weather in 30 years we were told. Storms and heavy snow and ice made driving particularly hazardous. We had driven into Reykjavic to buy tramping boots to even be able to walk, and left Reykjavic for Grimsborgir in the afternoon, planning to stop off at some hot mud baths on the way. We never made it to the mud pools because we kept getting lost - setting the GPS with Icelandic place names rather than coordinates took us off track to start with. The weather was worsening and when we stopped to ask for help with directions were advised to head straight for Grimsborgir. The wind was getting stronger and the snow heavier, it was a difficult drive. In reviewing the accommodation before coming to Iceland, I had assumed that Grimborgir Guest House meant just that. One building with separate bedrooms and common areas. I didn't know there were six separate and self contained houses built on a circular drive. We finally arrived and with some difficulty found 'reception' and my partner met Olafur, who got in his car and asked us to follow him to our guest house. When he opened the door to this beautiful home, we couldn't believe it when he said it was all ours. It was enormous, spacious and stylish, with a fully equipped kitchen and would have comfortably slept eight. We were thrilled, particularly after our arduous and nerve-wracking drive. A beautiful home and beautifully furnished. Then Olafur asked if we would like dinner and gave us directions to the restaurant. We unpacked a bit then drove the short distance to the restaurant (another house) and were greeted by Olafur in a suit, welcoming us into a beautiful dining room open just for us. For the next two nights we were waited on by Olafur, the only ones, with wonderful, wholesome and delicious meals cooked by his wife, Kristin. The next morning we came to the dining room for breakfast and were amazed at the extent of the buffet, which included a cooked breakfast, again, for just the two of us. However, the following night demonstrated that we had met the most exceptional hosts ever, when on our return from a day of sightseeing, relying on a GPS that provided a direct route back (a road that was closed) we got stuck in the snow. We had nothing to use to dig ourselves out, it was about 7pm and we were completely isolated. Fortunately our mobile phone was within range and we rang Olafur, who, with Kristin, drove to us and bought a couple of shovels which we all took turns to use to dig out the snow from under the car. Kristin suggested Olafur get in behind the wheel, and gave him instructions to driving forward and reverse until, at a certain point asked us to push, and the car was freed. It was a huge relief. Then after big hugs and applause, we all drove back and Kristin carried on making dinner for us. We cannot recommend this beautiful place, service or food highly enough. Exceptional from every point of view. Thank you Kristin and Olafur!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Asborgir 30, Selfoss 801, Iceland (Formerly Grimsborgir Guest House)
Location: Iceland > South Region > Selfoss
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Selfoss
Price Range: $491 - $1,054 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Grimsborgir 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Grimsborgir Luxury Apartments and Restaurant is situated in South Iceland, directly at the Golden Circle tourist route. Our accommodation types are hotel rooms, studio apartments and deluxe apartments. Hotel Grimsborgir is surrounded by beautiful Icelandic landscape with mountains and the biggest fresh water river of Iceland, the river Sog. Grimsborgir Restaurant is serving gourmet food as well as traditional Icelandic dishes, for example fresh Lamb Loin, local Salmon and Lobster and the famous Icelandic Meat Soup. Also, we serve coffee and cake as well as lunch - every day! ... more   less 
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