Where to start....the food is excellent. No, it's not cheap, but the quality is amazing, and even staying 4 nights we easily found something different to eat each night. The make your own waffles at the breakfast buffet was particularly appreciated! The staff (in particular Emi in the restaurant) were great - attentive, thoughtful, helpful and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. We had a Deluxe room (no Standard rooms were left when we booked 6 months ago..) and it was a lovely, decent sized room - little short on space for suitcases, but the bed was comfy and the sitting area was good to have. The main highlight for us was the Northern Lights, and the reason we had gone to Iceland. We were very lucky to experience a dazzling show one Tuesday night. The wake up service means you'll never miss them, and the manager's enthusiasm for them, and the design & decor of the hotel, shines through. The unexpected snow on the day we left was pretty, and helped by reception loaning out ice scrapers and information on the main roads! The *only* thing I could comment negatively about was the extractor fan in the bathroom - it was pretty much useless and after two showers, left our room humid and damp, even if we left the fan on whilst we had dinner. But a short blast of near-Arctic air from our bedroom patio doors soon put paid to that!
Overall, we had a wonderful time at Hotel Ranga. It's an excellent location for touring the South, easy to find, and easy to hole up in if (when!) the weather turns inclement. No, there are not a load of facilities, but if you want a comfortable, welcoming stay, where the food is impeccable, and the staff are equally as good, then this should be your destination of choice for South Iceland!
- 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