This is a cozy hotel with decent amenities. The rooms are spacious and clean and provide excellent views of the Iceland terrain. It's definitely in the middle of nowhere and about a ten minute drive from the town of Hella, which is also in the middle of nowhere, but that was one of the things we really enjoyed about the place. There are a few restaurants nearby, but none worth recommending, and we didn't eat at the hotel for any meals other than the free breakfast. The breakfast did have a nice variety of items and we were pleasantly surprised when it was included in our room rate. The view from the dining room is spectacular!
I whole-heartedly recommend this hotel if you're looking to stay out in the country or want to do any excursions on the South East coast. It was a long drive (3-4 hours) from this hotel to the Jokulsarlon Lagoon (which you HAVE to do) so I'm glad we were staying in Hella instead of Reykjavik since it cut an hour off the drive. The drive wasn't too bad to the other sites like Geysir, Thingvellir, and Gulfoss (1 hour). The countryside is gorgeous, so just plan to enjoy the scenery along the way to each site.
The hotel staff was kind of hit or miss, but I think the language barrier may have added to some of our confusing conversations. They did speak English, but didn't always completely understand what we were asking, which wasn't a big deal. Overall, they tried to be helpful and gave us great directions to nearby sites. They also helped coordinate getting our luggage when it was delayed from our flight. As a weird side note about delayed luggage and the hotel's location, the airlines (IcelandAir) put it on the public bus and dropped it off at the gas station in Hella for us to pick up.
If we ever go back to Iceland, we will definitely stay at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ranga is a luxury countryside hotel and the only 4 star resort in South Iceland. It offers all the facilities and services of a modern resort. Located about an hour from Reykjavík between the towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur, it lies just off the main road right in middle of South Iceland’s panoramic scenery. The resort is built in log-cabin style and has through the years acquired an excellent reputation for its food, accomodation and service. It is the first Icelandic hotel to become a member of the prestigious international hotel chain Great Hotels of the World. A celebrity hot spot, top honeymoon destination and favorite hotel amongst Icelanders, Hotel Rangá also offers great facilities for small business meetings, weddings and social gatherings. One cannot miss feeling welcome entering its warm interior where relaxed countryside feeling meets the professional ambition of pleasing its entire clientel. Upon entering Hotel Ranga, you will be greeted by a towering 10-foot tall polar bear named Hrammur that resides in the lobby. He is a favorite model for photographers and is definitely one of the most pictured objects in Iceland. This is just a prelude to the cozy ambience that you will encounter that vibrates throughout the hotel. Hótel Rangá was upgraded and renovated in 2007/2008 and presently has 51 luxuriously decorated rooms and suites. It also features an acclaimed riverside restaurant, a lounge and bar, 2 upstairs meeting rooms, a game room, massage facilities and three much beloved outdoor hot tubs heated with geothermal water - where there is an excellent chance to view the fantastic northern lights during September through April. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ranga Hotel Hella
- Hotel Ranga Iceland/Hella