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Icelandair Hotel Hamar
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Borgarnes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 3, 2013

This was my last hotel on a Road-1 trip around Iceland and the third (or fourth) hotel of Icelandair chain. Located directly on a golf course and featuring a wodden statue of a golf player, I got a room in the very new wing of the hotel with the room facing the golf course. All rooms here are actually accesible from both inside the hotel (with the key/card) or from outside (either from parking lot or a golf course, but only if you have the "balcony" door open).
The room in the new wing was really new, the amenities were very sparse (2 soaps - one for bath, one for sink), tissues, kettle, tv, but actually - what do you need more? The view at the mountains was wonderful.
The restaurant was also superb, finally a correctly working waffle iron in Icelandairhotel (!) for the breakfast. Although the dinner menu is pretty sparse (as for all Icelandic restaurants), the chef can make also another dish such as lactose-free if you want something else or can't choose from the menu because of food allergy/intolerance. And the even had my favourite brand of red wine! Free wifi in the lobby and paid one in rooms is regular around all Icelandair/Edda hotels so no wonders here. Plus for staff!
There are two hot tubs in the hotel but because I arrived too late, I didn't make use of them. But I can imagine relaxing there if you have time, the view from them is wonderful... unless you have to wait in line because there are dozens of german or american tourists already waiting in the queue.
PS: I reserved another date by mistake. I immediately called the reception and they very very friendly to rearrange the date. Another plus for the staff!
PS2: As somebody says, it looks like a motel and there actually is a hostel at the property which sometimes moves its customers to the hotel if there is almost nobody at the hostel. Just turn right after you enter the premises and you'll see the hotel itsefl. The one-story building and sparse desing have its reasons, from pretty unstable soil with lots of land (why should they build more floors if they have the space?) and safety in Iceland... No worries here, the sparse image can be really deceptive in Iceland and the simpler the outside, the better the inside is in this country.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the golf course.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

This hotel was exactly what we needed on our way back from the Westfjords. Comfortable, impeccably clean, friendly service. They gave us a discount because we arrived so late. Breakfast in the morning was terrific (you could make your own waffles!). We were back on the road the next day feeling refreshed.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Poor customer service, horribly designed rooms. I have back issues, and had to bend down to the floor multiple times to pick up the soap in the shower since they didn´t have a shelf for it.
They were having a wedding, so that took over the entire lobby and hotel, leaving us after an 8 hour drive displaced.
Recommendation----skip this one location, and go to their other 7 hotels. You´ll be glad you did as all of the others are fabulous and we had a great time! They added to our amazing experience in Iceland. The Hamar Hotel put us in a bad mood for the first time on this amazing island.

Room Tip: away from the front desk
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

When I first saw this hotel, I thought we were in trouble but it plays better than it looks. The rooms are small but comfortable and the mattresses were the best I encountered in Iceland.
The food in the dining room was excellent...very high quality. Wi Fi is free but was extremely hard to stay connected to. All in all though, we enjoyed our stay at this hotel.

Room Tip: Get a room facing the Golf course, not the parking lot and ask for the new wing...very important
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

You will love this hotel if you are a golfer or enjoy sitting in a hot tub looking at amazing views. These are the two most unique characters of this hotel. The beautifully manicured 18 hole course is in a gorgeous setting. There are 2 hot tubs with stunning views of the mountains in the background.

Breakfast has decent selections of cold cuts, breads, cereals, yogurts, etc. The room is clean, simple and "business like."

Depending on your personal taste, you would either love this hotel or feel completely indifferent. Either way, it is not a bad place to stay for a couple of nights.

Room Tip: Rooms on the back/restaurant side have views of the mountains and golf course. Rooms on the front s...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

- spacious room and bath room
- good hot tubs
- great selection during breakfast, I would say 4* standard

but....first we had a room (facing the golf course) next to the fridge room, which was totally noisy - sonorous humming...than we had a room in the extension where construction work was going on until 6 pm
...avoid the rooms to the street side - noisy

Room Tip: but....first we had a room (facing the golf course) next to the fridge room, which was totally nois...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank MeinMuc
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We stayed for two nights in what appeared to be a brand new wing to this hotel. The room and bathroom were large and everything inside was spotlessly clean and brand new looking. The view from our bed to the fjord and mountains beyond was dreamy. We have no interest in golf, but the beautifully manicured golf course provided pleasant surroundings. The only downside was that the hotel had a cold and business like feel to it, there was certainly no warm welcome at the reception desk. There is a hot tub that guests can use and enjoy the views from. Something worth considering is that we were lucky enough to be on the mountainside of the hotel. Half of the rooms have a less than inspiring view of a gravel car park, so our review may be slightly less favourable if this had been our experience.

Room Tip: Choose the mountain view side.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank S0llie
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Address: Hamravik 2 | Golfvollurinn Hamri i Borgarnesi, Borgarnes 310, Iceland
Location: Iceland > West Region > Borgarnes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Borgarnes
Price Range: $125 - $330 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Icelandair Hotel Hamar 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Icelandair Hotel Hamar is a relaxing retreat-style hotel built on an 18-hole golf course in West Iceland, a region rich in saga history. In addition to golf, there are several other exciting outdoor activities available, ensuring a most pleasant and interesting stay in any season.Located about an hour’s drive north of Reykjavik, in the quaint, beautiful town of Borgarnes, the Icelandair Hotel Hamar is surrounded by immense natural beauty and fascinating attractions – this is a place where you can really get away from it all while not sacrificing one bit on the comfort of your accommodations.Each guestroom has doors that open directly out unto the hotel grounds, providing great access and comfort. Added to this, there’s a host of modern in-room features, including under-floor heating to keep you warm, whatever the weather. Best of all, after an exciting day of sightseeing, golf, whale watching, snowmobiling or hiking, you can relax in one of our geothermal-heated outdoor hot tubs.The managers and staff of Icelandair Hotel Hamar extend a warm welcome to you and stand ready to make your West Iceland trip unforgettable ... more   less 
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