This hotel exceeded our expectations during our stays there last week. I say 'stays' because the third night of our four night stay was elsewhere, and when we returned for the fourth night we were very pleasantly surprised to see we'd been upgraded from a junior suite to the amazing Antarctica master suite.
The Asia suite we stayed in the first two nights was special enough, with all kinds of authentic touches in the decor, including a tiny square wooden bathtub that was great fun, but realistically only suitable for little people like us! However the huge Antarctica suite was something else, with large windows to three sides, two large balconies, an enormous double jacuzzi bath and dazzling decor.
We were lucky enough to get northern lights on three of our four nights in Iceland, and the display on our last night at Hotel Ranga was out of this world, starting mid evening and apparently going on right through until 7.00 the next morning. The charming hotel manager stood with us for a while as we watched and gave us the benefit of his knowledge, which was really appreciated. Anyhow the hotel promotes itself as a great place to view the lights and we can testify to that.
We ate in the restaurant on each of our nights there and found the food consistently delicious, and with more generous portions than you normally expect from a restaurant of this quality. I can highly recommend the smoked puffin! Of course the food is pricey, but in our view the quality made it good value for money bearing in mind Iceland is generally expensive for foreign visitors anyway.
Breakfast was top class with the waffle machines proving particularly popular, and with an extensive choice of hot and cold food, all very fresh.
All in all, full marks from us and we intend to visit again in the summertime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ranga is a luxury countryside hotel in South Iceland it is located about an hour from Reykjavík between the towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur, and lies just off the main road right in the 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, accommodation, and service. A celebrity hot spot, top honeymoon destination and favorite hotel amongst Icelanders. One cannot miss feeling welcome entering its warm interior where relaxed countryside feeling meets the professional ambition of pleasing its entire clientele. Hótel Rangá has 52 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