We stayed here for one night on our Golden Circle tour, we were greeted in a friendly manner and given a room in one of the cabins [not sure if everyone stays in these cabins or not]. The hotel is located directly opposite the Geysirs, the rooms however do not have direct views and in all honesty you don't need a direct view.
Because the cabins are in a little field behind the main hotel it is cold outside since there is nothing to break the flow of wind. The moment you get into the cabin it is very warm, they must have amazing insulation and glazing etc.
The room is basic, you can't get reception on the TV. There is a sign in the bathroom saying you should leave the water running for up to 30 minutes to get hot water - understandable considering the cold outside and the long pipes to get water into the room. What I didn't really like was a jacuzzi in the room - I have to sleep in the room, why do I want to have a wet bath in the same room? To me it is a ridiculous idea.
Overall, you get what pay for. It is a nice place which has some good facilities especially considering it is in the middle of nowhere. These guys have made the best possible effort for the crowd and the competition. Rating this place as 4 stars is really stretching it if you rate a Hilton at 5 star.
We were not able to see the Northern Lights from here just because we were unlucky with the weather for that night. I do get a feeling they would look awesome with the right weather from this spot.
The hotel has a little complex nearby which has a gift shop, a place to buy your refreshments and a resturant. The Geysir Restaurant is truly amazing. We went for a 3 course set menu, I left feeling that the chef was being held back by the hotel she worked for, the food really was that good, the presentation almost Michelin standard. Whatever you do make sure you go for dessert.
We didn't do breakfast here since we left too early.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The trademark of Iceland, the great Geysir, gave the hotel its name and Geysir is situated right outside the front door of the hotel. Haukadalur is one of Iceland's most famous historical sites, both ancient and today. The farmer's son from Haukadalur, Sigurdur Greipsson, founded a sports school in his father's inheritance at Haukadalur, which he operated with his wife Sigrun Bjarnadottir for a period of forty-three years. Today Hotel Geysir is run by descendant of Sigurdur Greipsson, Mar Sigurdsson (youngest son of Sigurdur and Sigrun) and his wife Sigridur Vilhjalmsdottur along with their children, Mabil Groa and Sigurdur.The Geysir-Center, which is directly opposite the geothermal area of Geysir and Strokkur, consists of a whole building complex with elegant restaurants, souvenir shop, outdoor and clothing store, snack shop, Geysir museum with multimedia show and camping area. Also there is a golf course, fishing, hiking trails, outdoor paradise the Haukadalur woods, Langjokull glacier tours and other activities such as highland tours. Therefore it is perfect for day trips because of many different possibilities of entertainment. Further details of activities in the region is available at the hotel's website hotelgeysir.Is. His landmark of Iceland is a spectacular natural phenomenon beyond description. The geothermal field surrounding the Great Geyser is the definitive geyser, having given its name to the geological phenomena. The Strokkur, another famous geyser located nearby, gives a performance every few minutes, shooting a tower of water and steam 30 meters into the air. There are other attractions apart from the magnificent geysers. For example, Blesi, a hot spring with water the colour of turquoise delights the senses. Walking about this natural wonder, one experiences the intensity of the forces of nature. Night time offers a fascinating view of the bubbling hot springs and the northern lights. A pot of boiling water takes on new dimensions.We place great pride in that all are equally pleased at the arrival and departure and your stay will be pleasant and memorable.Hotel RoomsThe hotel has twenty four double studio rooms in bungalows beside the river and twelve rooms in one wing, just two minutes from the thermal fields.All in all, this has to be the perfect framework for rest, relaxation, and getting charged up for the next activity. Access for disabled people is available both in hotel rooms, restaurants and toilets.The hotel has hot tub indoor with water from the geser, which are good to relax after a walk around the area. Iceland is an island capable of tempting visitors to a host of activities. One should however not forget that vacations are also for taking advantage of time by relaxing body and soul to the utmost. To reach this level of relaxation it is essential that the surroundings be conducive to this. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Geysir Hotel Selfoss