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“Pricey but it was worth it.”
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Silica Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Grindavik
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

We stayed here for one night in early November once we arrived Keflavik.For those who intend to drive there and is getting directions from the gps,please make sure that there are 2 blue lagoons.Make a left turn to the first blue lagoon instead of the 2nd one cuz the first one leads to the clinic(hotel) while the 2nd one leads to the main(public) blue lagoon.
The room is simple and clean and u start to wonder why u paid so much for it.But when you see the view from the patio or balcony ,you will understand why. It was as if you were staying on a different planet with rock formation covered with moss.We stayed in room 4 and the view was out of this world!
Another perk was the usage of the private blue lagoon pool .You enter the pool indoors and make your way out through a little door.It was nice being in a pool with only a few others as the clinic(hotel) has only about 15 rooms.
Breakfast was average,not much of a variety ,starts at 8am and ends at 10am.
If you want to have a feel of being with the crowd (like the pics of blue lagoon seen on the net), you can ask from the reception for complimentary tickets .It will be free for guests of the clinic.
To get to the main blue lagoon ,you need to drive.Walking in the cold wind in November is not advisable...especially if you have a 4 year old kid with you.Upon reaching the main BL, we realised that having the private pool was much better as you may need to join a long queue(even in Nov!) and worse of all,no privacy as u see too many naked bodies in the changing room(u need to shower without ur swimming gear before you enter and the showers are opened ones).

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

The Blue Lagoon Clinic is a unique hotel in a most unique environment surrounded by lava fields. Since the clinic is primarily for inpatients, obtaining a room as a guest is somewhat limited and needs to be planned well in advance. The staff is very nice and efficient and communicate very well by email in making your advance plans. Patients are on full board and almost have unlimited access to the lagoon, whereas guests are entitled to breakfast and limited but more than adequate hours to the lagoon. The real treat is having the access to the clinic's semi private lagoon which is so much more relaxing and practically right outside your hotel room than the main touristic Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon facility is about a 10-15 minute walk on a path through the lava fields. The walk must be done at least once. It's the closest sensation to perhaps walking on the moon. At night the hotel is isolated enough that viewing the Northern Lights is possible, if the weather cooperates. Hotel rates are seasonable just like the admission rates to the Blue Lagoon. Another cost factor is that bus transportation is to the main Blue Lagoon, but not to the clinic. Taxi is the only direct way and it is an expensive 45-60 Euros each way. Have the Clinic prebook your taxi for probably the best rate. So factor in the transportation costs to to your hotel rate. Remember that staying at the clinic you are paying for the convenience to the lagoon, room and breakfast, with no admission charge, no charges for towels or robes plus one gets a free admission pass to the main Blue Lagoon. Compare the Clinic rates to the charges of the Blue Lagoon based on the season of travel for your evaluation.

Room Tip: Rooms 1-5 face the energy plant but you are surrounded by so much lava field that really any room lo...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank drjeffh
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

We chose to stay here because we had an early morning flight ( airport 20 mins away) and we wanted to visit the blue lagoon. Staying at the hotel gives you free entry to the blue lagoon and a smaller private pool ( beware only open to hotel guests for a few hours a day). This actually made it good value for money ( entry fee ~€35pp)

The hotel- quite clinical but rooms are ok ( twin beds), TV with English channels, bathroom clean but a bit tired. No shampoos or conditioner which I would expect in a 4 star hotel but did have wifi. I requested a room with a good view (13) and had a nice view over the lava field and blue lagoon resort. There was a small patio area outside the room but at -7 we didn't venture out.

The breakfast- kindly they put on an early breakfast for us as had an early flight. Cereal, toast, meats, skyr and yoghurts. Coffee machine in the lobby was free to use.

The staff- were efficient and friendly. They did say they would call us if the northern lights put in an appearance.

Location - 600m walk to the blue lagoon through a lava field. It might be more impressive when it isn't covered in snow but looks amazing from the viewing platform through the lava restaurant. The path was a bit uneven under about 6" of snow!

The blue lagoon was busy but definitely worth the trip. The facilities are impressive and the blue lagoon is great. Swim up bar available and reasonable ( for iceland). Payment using your wrist band and pay on departure.

The hotel is def worth a night stay. I wouldn't have wanted to have a full icelandic stay here but if you fancy visiting the blue lagoon on the way to the airport def worth considering and I would stay again.

Lava restaurant- we ate here ( reviewed separately) and were very impressed. Not intimate surroundings but the good was excellent, staff friendly and the viewing platform stunning. They even gave us a lift home so we didn't have to stagger through the lava field.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

This hotel with it's private lagoon provides a nice contrast to the noisy crowds at the large Blue Lagoon. The private lagoon is big enough that we didn't feel the need to go to the main lagoon at all (even in November the crowds are substantial at the big Blue Lagoon). The rest of the hotel is good enough...shower worked, room was warm and large enough for us. I liked the big windows and balcony too.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank RebeccaED
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

My friend and I spent 1 night in early October. When we first walked into the lobby there was no one at the front desk, be sure to press the bell located on the front desk counter. Staying at the Clinic isn’t cheap but if you do the math you’re getting quite the deal. This is a working clinic, so don’t think of it as a standard hotel. There are only 15 guest rooms, a lounge area with a computer and internet, a breakfast area, and a gym. The private pools are located just beyond the frond desk.
We stayed in guest room number 1. If you can, request a room facing north or east to avoid seeing the power plant. The room was nicer than we thought it would be; clean, spacious, and had all the amenities we would need. The bathroom was wheel chair accessible, not sure if this is the case of all the rooms. It would have been nice if we had a tub and not just a shower. The clinch provided body wash and shampoo. If you use conditioner like us, bring your own. There were also key locking drawers in our room to keep our valuables safe.
The service we received was great. The staff are friendly and opened up the breakfast early (5:30 am) for us as we had an early flight out. They even arranged for a taxi to pick us up. Too bad we had to leave so soon.
The best part was that we were fortunate enough to see the Aurora Borealis while soaking in the private pool at night. It was a great relaxing stay. Will have to go back and if time permits, stay at least 2 nights.

Room Tip: Book well in advance as there are only 15 rooms and ask for a north or east facing room.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank AAYL
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Blue lagoon Clinic – Of out eight day trip to Iceland the Clinic was a big disappointment to spend our last night in Iceland at; the receptionist was very unfriendly and never explained any of the facilities at the hotel. There was no bar or restaurant, the room was showing signs of wear and tear and the atmosphere was non-existent. The vision of the blue lagoon and the surrounding lava field was stunning and picturesque at night, we never ventured into the lagoon because the staff never clearly explained how as guests we could use the facility even though I asked again the procedure to enter the lagoon. We had an early check out and they kindly opened the breakfast facilities for us. The hotel was not for us but I can see the attraction that the clinic can offer.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

My wife and I had a great experience here. We found the hotel rooms to be clean and comfortable. Access to the Blue Lagoon was painless (and included, see below), and breakfast the next morning was ample. In terms of service, we only dealt with the front desk, but the staff there were courteous and helpful.

If you're planning on visiting the Blue Lagoon anyway, staying at the Blue Lagoon Clinic is actually not too bad of a value proposition. Staying for a night gets you free entry for two (with bathrobes) to the main lagoon, breakfast and a spacious room that's only a 5-minute walk from the main lagoon. Plus, you get access to a smaller, private lagoon that's open to guests only for a few hours each day. Look at the cost for most comparable hotels in Reykjavik and you'll start to see that you're not paying that much extra for a unique experience.

The Blue Lagoon Clinic is also situated only about 20 minutes from the airport, making it a great first or last stop on a trip to Iceland. Buses will pick you up right at the entrance and take you to KEF or to downtown Reykjavik - very convenient.

In short, definitely give this hotel a look if the Blue Lagoon is on your itinerary anyway.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms (I forget which ones) face a geothermal power plant, which is not quite as scenic...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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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