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“Perfect boutique hotel set in a surreal landscape - would return any day”
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Silica Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Grindavik
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Astoria, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Perfect boutique hotel set in a surreal landscape - would return any day”
Reviewed November 15, 2007

The Blue Lagoon Clinic was an idyllic property in a perfect spot. The hotel's best feature is its own patch of the Blue Lagoon, so you don't have to go to the big and touristy lagoon (though free admission is included.) All parts of the lagoon make it a striking wonder though. Having the chance to go into the lagoon anytime was ideal, and every time I stepped in, any troubles I had melted away. The silica was so soft on the bottom, and there were patches of the clinic's lagoon that were wonderfully hot.

The hotel surroundings make you feel like you're on the moon - gray/black rocks, except they have green moss. It's a perfect escape.

Good-sized contemporary rooms have tasteful Ikea furnishings. I wanted to take home the large, tall floor lamp. Each has a balcony and at night, it's extremely quiet and peaceful outside.

Breakfast is included - yogurt, juice, cereals, breads, eggs (and a one at a time boiler), plus toast, cheese and cold cuts. They have a fruit bowl in the lobby at night, and water.

They'll also make you a grilled ham and cheese sandwich up until 8 or 9 at night for an additional charge.

The staff went out of their way to take extra good care of us. It costs $300 to take a taxi from the hotel to Reykjavik round trip (40 minutes each way). You can take the bus from the Blue Lagoon for $15 per person one way, though it only runs at limited times up until 6pm off season, so if you want to stay out in Reykjavik one night, you have to suck up the $150. The hotel has to call the bus at least an hour in advance to come pick you up at the hotel (instead of an 8 minute walk away to the big Blue Lagoon). One day they called and the bus forgot to pick us up and wouldn't do anything about it afterwards when the hotel called them on it. The hotel very generously got us a taxi into town and covered the cost. We had expressed great frustration as the next bus wasn't coming for two more hours, and it was our last day there, which we wanted to spend in the city.

You will have an unforgettable time at this hotel, in its outer worldly setting. Don't hesitate to book this experience. We can't wait to go back.

  • Liked — the wild beauty surrounding it and excellent service
  • Disliked — proximity to the power plant
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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los angeles
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Reviewed October 27, 2007

This place doesn't seem to be well known, but if you're here, you clearly know about it! Technically it's a clinic where they treat psoriasis patients but anyone can stay in their 15-room facility. It's in the middle of nowhere - the closest town is a five-minute drive and that is TINY. The quiet serenity of this place is part of its charm. I'd recommend it to anyone who just wants to chill out for a few days, or for a couple who wants alone time. The hotel is very clean and nicely furnished. The private lagoon is amazing. Swimming in the hot water with my husband under the stars, surrounded by complete quiet and steam coming off the water was one of my favorite experiences in Iceland.

Stay here for a couple of nights, rent a car to see the countryside during the day, then come back for dinner at the Blue Lagoon restaurant (good food, great atmosphere) and a dip in the hotel lagoon before bed. Trust me, you won't regret it.

  • Liked — Tranquil, spa-like, low-key, chic, breakfast included
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2007

stayed here for 3 nights at the beginning of oct 07. it's about 20mins from the airport and right next to (500m) from the blue lagoon itself. it is a clinic so the meal arrangements etc aren't great (unless that's what you're there for). we only had breakfast which was a self service set up - breads, cold cuts and yoghurts and cereals - was good. the rooms were clean, modern and functional (a bit ikea like). the small terraces off the rooms were a nice feature. we went into reykjavik and saw a number of the hotels there - i would by far recommend this place. reykjavik isn't really worth seeing (good restaurants though) and i think staying out by the lagoon gives you much more of a sense of staying in iceland. the restaurant at the blue lagoon was very good as were the spa treatments - the "clinic" reception co-ordinated all for us.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — lack of dining facilities that weren't just functional
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with friends
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 23, 2007

Fab hotel.
We hired a car and drove there after a terrible night at the Hotel Keflavik at the aiport. It is a 45 min drive and well worth renting your car a day early to get there.
Very stylish and modern, well stocked fridge, good shower, reasonable breakfast and internet computer in lounge. Staff all look very smart in their spa/clinic uniforms.
Have a nice swim in the hot pools before breakfast, then go up to the Blue Lagoon for no extra charge and lounge around there - good day out.
Those expecting a cheap Hotel 101 should be aware that it is actually a clinic and if you look closely you might feel slight;y like you were in a very smart private hospital!
The restuarant at the Lagoon is very good and well worth splashing out on Icelandic lobsters and lamb. The walk back to the clinic in the dark is awesome - please note that it is not lit and if you are there in winter, then take a torch (or eat lots of carrots).

  • Liked — Stylishness
  • Disliked — No eggs benedict at breakfast
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2007

Just incredible spa hotel. Very good value - 200m walk to the blue lagoon (with entry included in price of the hotel - two people's entry is already about 20% of the price of the stay at the hotel!). However, the highlight is the pool here - used during the day for clinical soriasis treatment (no need to have treatments to stay at the hotel), but in the morning and evening the pool is opened to all guests. It is much quieter and better quality that the main lagoon.

The restaurant at the lagoon is perfect for dinner, and the hotel does a great breakfast (even at 5 am; we had an early flight). Free expresso all day - great shower in the rooms, private veranda overlooking the lava field, the list goes on.

  • Stayed August 2007
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 27, 2007

I have just returned from a week at the Blue Lagoon clinic. I won't go on about the details about the clinic itself, the previous writers describe it perfectly. It is fabulous! The staff were lovely. Hello to the other people staying there at the same time. We didn't really get time to talk properly because most people seemed to only stay one or two nights, but I met some nice people.
The Blue Lagoon itself was a bit disappointing. Firstly, it was green, not blue. This is a seasonal thing. The algae is apparently growing at present, which makes the water appear green. Fair enough, not a lot we could do about that. However, the changing rooms are a different story. They look very nice, but they are not very functional. Renovation work was going on and the upstairs was closed. There's no point in me droning on about the layout but basically if there is more than three people in each section at the same time, there is absolute chaos. There were often queues outside the showers, people getting in each others way all over the place and just general anarchy which is completely at odds with the serene environment that you would expect. I'm sure it will be lovely in 2010, though, when the changes are complete.
I suspect, sadly, that the problem is due to the Blue Lagoon's success. I went there six years ago and it was very different. It was fairly busy but relaxing: laid back and typically Scandanavian. Now, it seems to have allowed its sucess to go to its head. There are so many buses arriving every hour. The products in the shop are, in my opinion, outrageously overpriced. In fact, they seem to have more than doubled since my last visit.
I know I sound like I am totally knocking the place and I really don't want to do that because I love Iceland and the Blue Lagoon has a special place in my heart but I can't help feeling that it has been invaded by the superpowers, ie. Big Business Brains.
Make your own mind up, chaps.
By the way, that Arctic char a previous writer mentioned was yummy, but avoid the monkfish with barley risotto & Bourginonne sauce. Very nice separately, I'm sure, but a very odd combo on one plate.
If you visit the rest of Southern Iceland, I would heartily recommend Halldorskaffi in Vik. Very cute town, lovely pizza and puffins to watch. What more does a girl need?

  • Stayed June 2007
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1 Thank MaurK
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Bicester, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2007

Dont think about booking elsewhere, mega clean, free entry to main lagoon, healthy brekkie, remote location, great view of the northern lights, friendly staff, afterhouse mini lagoon all to yourself and wait for it I was sat on the bed watching London Tonight and Corrie. How they pipe TV in like its british god only know. we didnt come for the tv but seriously this is a secret place and i hope it remains so. cant wait to get back...............better than Reykjavik

Stayed January 2007
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Property: Silica Hotel
Address: Grindavik 240, Iceland
Location: Iceland > Reykjanes Peninsula > Grindavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Grindavik
Hotel Class:4 star — Silica Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the heart of a stunning lava landscape, Silica Hotel is just ten minutes' walk from the Blue Lagoon. The hotel offers its own private bathing lagoon, available for hotel guests every day from 09:00 to 22:00. The Hotel has won several design awards. Built in harmony with the surrounding landscape, it offers an oasis of calm, relaxation, and healing. The hotel has 35 bright and spacious double/twin rooms. All rooms offer private facilities and a veranda, with breathtaking views of the surrounding lava fields. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Blue Lagoon Clinic Grindavik
Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel Grindavik
Silica Hotel Iceland/Grindavik

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