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Hotel Geysir
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Selfoss
Reviewed November 1, 2009

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.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2009

When we arrived our booking had been lost despite a confirmation email and follow-up phone call - we would have been sleeping on a bench next to Strokkur if we'd arrived any later (we arrived at 1800).

We had booked a "luxury" room and luckily one was available. However, not one with a view of a valley like i'd requested, rather with a view of - well, nothing - an empty field!

The toilet ran all night, the bath (bizarrely located in the lounge) leaked all over our bags. The shower door did not close and also leaked. The room was too hot and very stuffy with only one openable window.

That said you can't get any closer to the geysers, from the hotel restaurant you can see Strokkur (and Geysir if you're lucky) across the street and the food wasn't bad. However, for 20000 ISK (about £120 at the time of writing) including breakfast it was massively overpriced. I would much rather have stayed at one of the many nearby guest houses or other hotels.

Don't waste your money on a luxury room, just use it as a one night quick stopover if there's nowhere else to stay!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2009

My wife and I had a luxury room booked for the first night of our vacation, but when we arrived there wasn't one available. She put us in a room at a building just a short walk away that was attached to a golf course pro shop (got room key from pro shop). Whether that's actually part of Hotel Geysir - I'm not sure, but I'll write my review assuming it was since that's where I booked a room.

The room was very clean, the bed cozy, and the bathroom nice. The room looked pretty new. The shower could've been a bit hotter (I though all Icelandic showers were piping hot?), but it was still plenty warm.

We had a view of the geysirs right out our window. I saw it go off right from the room around midnight. This was a great place to stay to walk around when all the rest of the tourists were gone.

The food at the Hotel Geysir restaurant was good, but it wasn't anything extravagant or anything to write home about. We had dinner there and breakfast.

Our room didn't have wireless internet but the restaurant did and it was free.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 2, 2009

Given its monopoly location in a prime tourist spot, I was expecting expense but not much else. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The room in a cabin was spacious, warm and comfortable and the location for geysir watching couldn't be better. In fact, after dinner we visited the 'hot spot' across the road. As the tour buses had all long since departed, we had the geysirs all to ourselves in broad daylight at 10pm - magical!. Breakfast, while not included in the room rate, was excellent as was the dinner and service. Not the cheapest place to stay and eat, but a much better experience & value than a frantic day trip from Reykjavik with the masses. It also provides the advantage of an early start to visit Gulfoss just a few miles up the road so you can have the place mostly to yourselves before the tour buses arrive.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2009

We stayed in a cabin behind the main hotel, each cabin is split into 2 separate rooms. The walls were quite thin and although we had no one staying next door to us I would imagine it would be quite noisy if there had been. The room was clean and the bathroom was functional, although it did take 10mins for the shower to heat up.
The location is great, being right next to the Geysers and 10 mins drive away from Gulfoss, which means you can wander around both sites early in the morning or late in the evening when all the other tourists have gone., for me this was the main reason for staying at the hotel.
The only problem is that there isn't anywhere else nearby to go for dinner except the hotel restaurant, which isn't terrible just a little bit pricey. Breakfast was fairly standard, bread, cereal, smoked salmon, ham and cheese.
The hotel is a good one night stop over but next time I would probably head on to Vik, Selfoss or back to Reykjakic to stay.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2008

Having stayed less comfortable at the nearby campground a few years ago, we decided to book this time a cabin near the geothermal field. We couldn't have expected more (of course, there's always something more we could have wished...). Though the room wasn't too big, the lay-out was such it gave us more space to move around than in much larger rooms. It was warm and cosy, there was courtesy coffee and tea and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Highly recommendable.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2008

We stayed in this hotel only one night but we really enjoyed our room, spacious and with all comforts.
The bathroom was large enough and clean, and also the breakfast was fine.
The best thing is the location, just in front of the geysir!!
Be carefull of the restaurant, very romantic but very expensive, also for icelandic standards!!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: | Haukadalur, Selfoss 801, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > South Region > Selfoss
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Selfoss
Price Range: $122 - $212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Geysir 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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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