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“Couldn't ask for more near the Blue Lagoon”
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Northern Light Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Grindavik
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 27, 2009

When we first pulled up outside this hotel I was skeptical. It was seemingly in the middle of nowhere next to a power station.
But once we got inside all our preconceptions were blown away.

Our room was a huge and sumptious double overlooking the lava fields, with a very comfortable bed.
There was a lovely restaurant/cafe set within a greenhouse (gorgeous waffles) and a nice sitting room with free tea and coffee and chess sets etc.

The Blue Lagoon was a 10-15 min walk away on a pretty path through the lava fields, and the hotel even provided towels for you to take.

The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Our baggage was lost for the first night and the staff provided us with a toothbrush and toothpaste for free, and were very helpful when it finally arrived at 2am.

  • Stayed: June 2009
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Reviewed June 30, 2009

We stayed here the night before we flew out, and it was right next to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, so I could go and have a float about whilst my husband stayed back at the hotel. It is in the middle of a vast lava covered landscape, so not the place to stay if you want to be able to pop out to the shops, but if you are looking for a place to chill out, its ideal.

The outside looked a little drab, but in the inside it was very clean and inviting. There was a lounge area with a log fire and a chess set where you could go and have a cup of tea & ponder the surreal view outside the lovely windows. The room looked like it has been updated recently and had crisp white sheets, a lovely fluffy feather quilt & feather pillows. The bathroom was new and really nice. There was a flat screeen tv with Sky TV, euro news and the BBC as well as the Iocal channels. The only thing it was missing in the room was some sort of hotel info book, to tell you about the place, checkout times, hotel facilities etc but this was a very minor detail. We were there at the time of almost 24 hour light, and the blinds they had did a good job of blocking out the light so you could sleep.

We ate at the restaurant and the food was great. The restaurant (which is also used for the breakfast which is included in the price) has huge windows to look out across the lava field and over to the geothermal power plant. This may sound a little odd, but its a really interesting view, part of the weird moonscapes that are Iceland.

The staff were pleasant and helpful and looked up prices and opening times of the Blue Lagoon for me. It was quite close to the airport (about a 15 - 20 minute drive) which made it easy for us to drop our hire car off at the airport. I would stay here again next time I am in Iceland.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank serabee
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Reviewed June 26, 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Northern Lights Inn for our first night of our self drive holiday in Iceland.

The hotel doesn't look like very much from the outside and I think some of the pictures on their website are misleading as I was expecting more from this Hotel.

However that being said, the location if good if you are looking for a stop-over near to the Blue Lagoon - which is a must visit if you go to Iceland.

Our room was spacious and clean with a good size modern bathroom.

We didn't have dinner at the Hotel, instead deciding to eat at the Restaurant at the Blue Lagoon , which we can recommend. However we did have breakfast, which comparing it to the other breakfasts we experienced during our holiday, was average.

Not sure on value for money as we stayed at the Hotel as part of our self-drive package.

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

We spent one night here after arriving at Keflavik on a very late flight. Since this was June i was very glad to see they had perfect black-out blinds so that we could at least pretend is was night-time.

The photography on the hotel website is very deceptive. It doesn't look like it from the photos but the hotel is right next to the powerstation. And i mean directly adjacent. Ok, it's a relatively non-polluting power station, but nevertheless it's an incredibly ugly huge building that more than dominates the view.

Then again, the view of the barren moss-covered lava fields, unless you're a big lava-field fan, isn't exactly that great to begin with. I did think i'd made a mistake taking my wife to Iceland for a birthday, but if this is your first stop, rest assured Iceland gets much better than this.

The hotel rooms were new, clean, quiet and everything you'd expect. The breakfast was plain cereals and breads, but that turned out to be pretty normal for Iceland.

The blue lagoon is 5 minutes away by car and the airport is about 20 so i would recommend using this hotel as your first or last night stopover in Iceland.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2009

Really shabby looking on the outside, but nice inside. Staff good but difficult to find when you need them.
Had a series of earthquakes when we were there, it would have been nice if the staff had made the effort to reassure guests that everything was OK. As most of the guests had little or no experience of earthquakes and didn't not know whether there was any cause for concern or not.
Breakfast was OK, rooms were large, common areas were really nice. Nothing to do in the area but go to the blue Lagoon, so I would not recommend staying more than one night..

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2009

Two of our party of four were celebating their 50th birthdays and I wanted a three day break that would stand out from all our other holidays. Hence the choice of Iceland and the choice of this particular hotel for the whole break rather than a stop-over to or from the airport. When we first arrived I wondered if I had made the right choice. I was not prepared how barren the lava fields are, how remote the hotel initially seemed and how really close the Geo-thermal power station actually was. The doubts were soon dispelled. We quickly came to love the barren beauty of the lava fields, the hotel is only five minutes by car to the nearest town and just over half an hour to Rejkjavik, and to our great surprise within twenty four hours the Geo-thermal plant seemed as if it should be there.
All the building work mentioned in earlier reviews is finished and we stayed in the new wing in which the rooms were spacious warm, with lovely comfortable beds. The walk in shower was almost worth the trip on its own! We ate in for dinner every evening and the food was really excellent. The staff were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
If you are looking for a very comfortable hotel in a wonderful and unusual setting away from the hustle of the city, dark skys to watch the Northern Lights (weather permitting) fantastic walks, and excellent food you should spend some time at this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 29, 2008

This Inn was very close to the airport. They will "give you a lift" if you'll call them when you land and take you back if you need it. We rented a car AT the Inn on about the 3rd day, as the roads weren't as bad as we'd expected and all of their rental cars are snow-tire/bad road equipped. We had no trouble. The Inn itself is in areas Iceland sleek/chic and in the lounges very warm and comfortable, stylish. The food was extraordinary, as was the room in the new section. Walked to the Blue Lagoon one time and second time went after dark and had one of those "this is a perfect moment" experiences. Met people from all over the world in the lagoon who had great advice for seeing the elusive Northern Lights. We missed them (cloudy, hailing or raining or blizzarding most of the time), but there was plenty to do and see regardless and I'd go again in a second. It's cheaper for east coasters (U.S.) than Alaska or Norway. The lava fields and a drive along a truly savage coast were quite an experience. The people invariably spoke very good English and I found them to be forthright and very thoughtful. Reykjavik itself (the inn has good maps) is a little hard to find your way around in, but of what was open on the days we visited, we found interesting things to take in - the main cathedral (go up to the very top open turret for a 360-degree, windy view), the museum of Iceland, the fashion district. And, of course, the seafood was like none I've ever had - spectacular, especially at the Inn itself. Go and enjoy!

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Northern Lights Road 1, Grindavik 240, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Reykjanes Peninsula > Grindavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Grindavik
Price Range: $285 - $478 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Northern Light Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northern Light Inn & Max’s Restaurant – 1 minute before the Blue Lagoon – is a unique place to stay and discover Iceland. The hotel is 20 minutes from Keflavik International Airport-KEF, 45 from Reykjavik, 3 hours from London, and about 6 from New York. We offer an exclusive Airport Taxi service with the lowest prices, and free scheduled shuttles to the Blue Lagoon. The Northern Light Inn Wellness Spa with Aurora Float & Fitness Center is open from 9 to 9. The Fitness Center is free for all guests while the Spa is complimentary with Deluxe Rooms and a modest fee for others. 24/7 complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and you can make-your-own Icelandic waffles every day in the living room. Max's restaurant serves ocean fresh fish, free range lamb, geo-thermal vegetables, home baked breads and cakes. Vegetarian options are always available. 42 geo-thermally heated rooms, free wifi, 24/7 honesty bar, a grand cozy fireplace, and family hospitality await you. ... more   less 
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