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“One of a kind experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Silica Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Grindavik
Certificate of Excellence
Nova Scotia, Canada
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56 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“One of a kind experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel for the first 2 nights of our trip in Iceland. We arrived very late the first night and there was someone waiting to check us in - she was very welcoming. Our first impression of our room was that it was basic and minimalistic. BUT it really had everything we needed..plus a towel warmer that was much appreciated! The beds were 100% the best part of our stay there...they were unbelievably comfortable!! We had a room facing the lava field and the back of the actual Blue Lagoon - very private and amazing views.

The hotel itself didn't feel overly comfortable or warm...but really it's a clinic so we didn't quite know what to expect. It was very quiet so when walking from one end of the hotel to our room felt a bit awkward at times, but I'd much prefer that to the place being noisy and over crowded. We spent an afternoon at the larger lagoon and also a short time at the hotel's private lagoon on our second morning. It was nice, there were only about 5 people in there with us...as opposed to the dozens that were at the blue lagoon. After leaving the clinic hotel we met many other Icelandic people on our journey and we noticed that the service and hospitality we received at this hotel did not compare to what we experienced everywhere else.

Overall I would book at this hotel again and considering the entrance fees to the BL it's worth the money to stay there...not to mention those comfortable beds! The experience of staying in this area is unbeatable!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

We stayed at the Blue Lagoon for 1 night at the end of our trip to Iceland - it's half way back to the airport so good to go either at the start or end. It really was a unique experience. We spent the day at the spa which was amazing. We ate in the restaurant in the evening - it's expensive, but eating out in Iceland is!

The clinic itself is quiet, peaceful and very relaxing. The rooms are clean and fairly spacious with views over the lava fields - you won't get that anywhere else! The best part was going into the private pool in the evening. This was the same as the main pool at the spa but you can only use it if you stay in the clinic. Floating underneath the stars in the pool really was magical and is the reason I would go back.

It may be pricey, but its worth it!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

My partner and I stayed for two nights. The positives are that it is VERY relaxing and the staff are friendly. The main lagoon is a pleasant stroll from the clinic but the clinic's private pool is way better! The breakfast was okay, no hot food, just cold. The negatives are that as a guest you can only enter the private clinic pool twice a day during certain hours which is understandable as they also have patients. But I don't remember being informed about this or having seen this on their website. Another couple checking in after us got annoyed at the reception staff about this so they should really inform you either by email or on their website of the terms of using the private pool. Their rooms need to be modernised, their t.v's are so tiny.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

What could have been a peaceful and serene experience was not. Very thin walls between rooms so that you can hear people talking in the room next to yours. Doors slam all morning long in the hallways and vacuuming at 8:15AM!
Pros- it has its own geothermal pool that is beautiful and private. The public space is clean and welcoming. Rooms are large with comfortable bedding and the views are awesome. 10 minute walk to the Blue Lagoon and admission is included.
Cons-quite noisy and not soundproofed well. Expensive! Reception staff could be more welcoming as we found in all other parts of Iceland but not really here. Breakfast is sparse but it is a spa experience so very healthy options are available here. Black mold noted in bathroom.
Not all what we had expected but the Blue Lagoon is a wonderful experience.
Food and drinks are expensive at the Blue Lagoon and in speaking with some Icelandic residents, they do not frequent the Blue Lagoon because of the expense. If you are looking for a less "touristy" experience, check out other geothermal lagoons. The Blue Lagoon will exchange your ISK to Euros and then charge making it quite expensive.
Just and FYI, we away for 16 days and this was our most disappointing stay due to our high room rate and what was actual.

Room Tip: Only 15 rooms so very private ask for room away from lobby
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank dtowntravler
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Canada
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21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

We had a great stay at the blue lagoon, especially after our 10 day adventure throughout iceland! The rooms were large, comfortable and clean. The staff was wonderful and helpful - breakfast was normal and standard (nothing special). The value to stay at the lagoon is definitely there! Included in our room rate was a pass for the blue lagoon the day of check in and the day of checkout (80euro value each time)- also included bathrooms and towels which is normally extra. (we only stayed one night). We also used their private lagoon - but be aware that hours are limited (9-11am and only 8-10pm). It was a perfect place to unwind- and it was nice to have the private lagoon. There are only 15 rooms - so BOOK EARLY! worth it !!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Koloa, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

My wife and I had 4 nights together in Iceland, so we thought we'd "go big" one night and booked a room here at the Blue Lagoon Clinic. It was a super nice room, very clean with very comfortable bed and a nice bathroom. The hotel came with complimentary passes to the Blue Lagoon- a 5 minute walk away- which is a huge tourist destination and a "must do" in Iceland anyway. Entry into the Blue Lagoon is 40 Euros a person, so that could be deducted from the cost of the hotel since we were going there anyway. The clinic has it's own small lagoon, but the hours on it are limited for guests. Most of the day, the lagoon is reserved for day patrons of the Clinic. I think it was after 9pm that we could use the lagoon, which we did. The wifi was kinda slow and the breakfast wasn't awesome- but those are minimal "complaints". This is a very nice hotel!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SuperDrDavey
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Atlanta, Georgia
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77 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

The Blue Lagoon Clinic is THE way to experience the Blue Lagoon. The rooms are beautiful with incredible walk-out balcony views of the lava fields and the clinic has a private blue lagoon, which is as nice/serene/spa-like as the main Blue Lagoon a short walk away is tacky/touristy. The breakfast was decent too.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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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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