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“Icelandic Chalet Hotel - With Excellent Restaurant”

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Icelandair Hotel Fludir
Ranked #2 of 5 Fludir B&B and Inns
Crawley, West Sussex, UK
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“Icelandic Chalet Hotel - With Excellent Restaurant”
Reviewed July 22, 2008

The Fluðir Hotel well positioned for the Golden Circle being only 10-15 minutes drive from Gullfoss and Geysir. There is a 24 hour automated petrol station opposite so it also serves as a useful refuelling stop as well.

The hotel rooms are chalet like in style, but well furnished & modern with an unusually large choice of home UK channels (BBC1 & ITV1) on the room TV. Quite how many people get to sit outside in the sun in Iceland is questionable, but it was an aspirational idea.
Bathrooms were well fitted but strangely designed with a door outside right next to the shower. It was locked!

The restaurant in the main motel was very good.
Reasonable (for Iceland) prices, an inviting menu that was well served, and some good quality wine. It did tend to cater for large parties in the area, so choose your moment for going in there.

In summary, an excellent choice & the best I stayed at in Iceland.
As long as you are not put off by the chalet style I’d recommend staying here to tour the Golden Circle and surrounding area as an alternative to the more touristy Reykjavík.

  • Liked — Restaurant, TV Choice
  • Disliked — Very Little
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2008

We stayed here for one night during a self-drive loop around the "Golden Circle". For that purpose, it's an OK kind of place. The location is good, the little village being on a major junction, and the hotel was easy to find. Reception was as cool and aloof as you come to expect in Iceland. There's no need to take offence, but it's hard not to consider it unwelcoming.

The rooms are clean and well presented, although the double bed was two singles pushed together. This seems to be the norm in Iceland - we never saw a double bed in the whole time we were there.

The room was a decent size, and the bathroom was just about acceptable. Both were acceptably clean and modern. As usual for Iceland, the bathroom had nowhere to put anything. Once you've put your toothbrush down on the little glass shelf anything else has to go on the floor. The shower had one of those nasty billowing shower curtains instead of a decent glass door, but other than that it was OK.

The room was badly ventilated with just a little window to open. Despite the high ceiling it soon became uncomfortable stuffy and we had to open the outside door to the bathroom to let the air move around. (Curiously, the back wall of the bathrooms each have a door to the outside courtyard. I guess it helps cleaning or something). Obviously you can't leave a door open overnight, so the lack of ventilation was actually quite a problem.

The rooms are laid out room-bathroom-room-bathroom... which means, as someone else said, you can hear people next door in the bathroom. The plus side is that you can't generally hear them or their TV because the bathrooms insulate the rooms from each other. Noise wasn't really a problem for us.

We had breakfast here and that was the standard Iceland breakfast described by someone else. It filled a gap without being anything great.

Would I stay here again? Probably. There frequently aren't many choices in these little out-of-the-way places in Iceland and those that are are rarely as nice as this. As an overnight stop on a road trip it's fine; if you're thinking of staying several days for any reason then you should be aware there's nothing to do in the hotel or village, so I'd suggest basing yourself somewhere else.

  • Stayed May 2008
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2007

This is a pretty posh hotel, done up in Scandinavian modern, with wood paneling galore. It's clean and well maintained. However, the prices were sky-high, and both the guests and staff were not friendly.
Icelandair had booked me there through a fly/drive package. When I walked in the lobby, I immediately felt as if I didn't belong. It's in the "village" of Fludir--a crossroads, really--and guests have few options in the evening except to hang around the hotel itself.
A check of the restaurant menu revealed that entrees start at 3300kr (about $65, twice as high as the price at the other Icelandic hotels I stayed at). I wound up eating an apple and bit of cheese in my car with a cold rain falling. It still seemed warmer than inside.

  • Liked — The architectural design
  • Disliked — The chilliness of guests and staff
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled solo
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 8, 2007

A decent hotel. Rooms were clean and comfortable and gave the impression of sleeping in a chalet. Slight problem with noise from next door room (in that you could hear them in the bathroom...). Wi-fi internet (free) in the lobby area if you have your own laptop.
Good food in the restaurant - but the staff on the second evening weren't as attentive or friendly as the staff on the first evening.

  • Liked — the peace and quiet
  • Disliked — being able to hear people in the next room using the bathroom
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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Keflavik, Iceland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2007

Spent one night here while driving through South of Iceland on a weekend trip, and was pleasently surprised. The building looks a bit peculiar from the outside with rooms in two long bungalow-like wings attached to the main building housing the lobby, restaurant and public areas, but no worries, it´s quite nice on the inside. The room was clean, simple and basic with nice light wood decor a la Scandinavian style (parquet floor) and good beds.
We payed ISK 16.000 (Euro 190 or USD 250) for a double room which I find rather pricey, but it included breakfast which consisted of cereals, breads, ham ´n cheese and such, herring, boiled eggs, tomatos ´n cucumber, crackers and marmalade, some fresh fruit and of course coffee, tea and orange juice, but no bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs or omelette.
Had dinner at their restaurant, it was very good, enjoyed the lovely paintings by Icelandic artist Tolli on the walls, but it didn´t compare to the view out the windows from the dining hall, beautiful green and peaceful countryside of South Iceland.
Have to mention good service from a young man in the lobby who also waited on us at dinner, a Polish Immigrant who spoke Icelandic fluently and was quite efficient and polite and seemed genuinely interested in his guests´ wellbeing, a rare find.

  • Liked — the dinner and view from the dining hall
  • Disliked — the carpeted corridors need vacuuming
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Icelandair Hotel Fludir
Address: Vesturbrun 1, Fludir 845, Iceland
Location: Iceland > South Region > Fludir
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Fludir
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Icelandair Hotel Fludir 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
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