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Hotel Ranga
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Hella
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

We stayed here for the first part of our honeymoon. The staff is very nice, helping us decide on what to do and what sights we should see. We stayed in the "Africa" suite after booking a honeymoon package and upgrading. It was STUNNING. Secluded, rustic, and a wonderful place to stay if you want to see more than just the city.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

We stayed here for 4 nights in January February 2014 in the hope of seeing the northern lights. we weren't disappointed. We had a South facing room which wasnt ideal when looking out for the lights. The weather was dreadful, but that just added to the warm cosy log cabin atmosphere. we ate in the restaurant only one night as its very expensive, the other nights we had bar food. Whilst expensive the restaurant food was very good, real foodie gourmet stuff. Make sure you have good footwear as the car park was like a skating rink. Also people in the hot tub could be quite noisy which you can hear from your room.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Spent two nights here for our 30th wedding anniversary. The hotel is easily found and in a beautiful location. We had booked a deluxe room but the hotel kindly upgraded us to a junior suite. We were allocated the Asia suite which has a Japanese theme. It sounds ungrateful to say that the room was not at all comfortable. The bed was very hard and there is nowhere for (non Japanese) people to sit comfortably. However, the hotel itself is excellent. It is clean and very well presented. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The owner is a wonderful chap, friendly, helpful and willing to give advice and guidance. The food here is excellent. The breakfast choice is superb and certainly sets you up for the day. I would strongly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: The deluxe rooms are more than sufficient and comfortable.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

This was our first stop as part of a 9 day visit to Iceland and it was a good start. The hotel is cosy and rustic, like a ski lodge so don't expect uber chic luxury. We debated whether to upgrade our room based on other reviews but we were barely in our room - only there to shower and sleep so were perfectly happy with a standard room. The standard rooms also have a jacuzzi in the bathroom so you won't miss out on hot tub action. Try not to get a standard room above no 28 because they face the car park and the headlights may come straight into your window.

The food was good - breakfast was fine - standard fare. Dinner was consistently good, especially the lamb dish - it was the best we tasted out of all the lamb we tried in Iceland. Sure it isn't cheap but you also don't have many options!

We would recommend staying here as part of a trip to the south coast - it is amazing and shouldn't be missed!

Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

We stayed here 2 nights as part of our "Northern Lights Special" trip booked through Discover The World.
When arriving check in for our coach party was very quick.
Room was comfy and warm and everything very clean and in working order.
Our standard room had a door opening out onto decking at back of the hotel where the hot tub sat which was very good to use on a cold'ish evening.
Our fixed menu each evening was part of our package and the food was very tasty and plenty of it.
Drinks were expensive but I guess nothing out of ordinary for Iceland.
Northern Lights made an appearance in middle of our evening meal the first night.
The hotel keeps the car park lights off so you can see better as that's the direction facing North.
The hotel is far enough out of Reykjavik not to suffer too much from light pollution and certainly many stars were visible but to be honest we'd been in darker places in the UK.
The hotel does wake up calls for rooms if the lights show themselves after bedtime and we were woken later at 1am for another brief viewing!
My top tips for Aurora piccies would be take a decent camera which you can set long shutter speeds on, take a tripod too, my mistake in not bothering, and before you go learn how to use your cameras functions in the dark too!
Our tour guide got some pretty good pictures.
Great hotel would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Henry T
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

We stayed 3 nights on the honeymoon package to celebrate our marriage and our January birthdays. The service was exceptional. Everyone was so friendly and personable. Dinner was included one night and I am still recalling how amazing this was and we fine dine a lot. The lamb was amazing. The other two nights we had the scrumptious burgers and took advantage of Icelandic beer during happy hour! We had a room over the river by a hot tub and took photos of the northern lights out by our car. A truly amazing stay. Thanks to all the staff x

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

This was our first stop in Iceland and it has to be said that no other hotel quite lived up to it. It is set in the most beautiful countryside. The welcome was warm and friendly and the food was absolutely incredible. During dinner the owner came to chat to us and then we had an unexpected appearance a few minutes later from the northern lights, The whole hotel was stood outside and it was a great atmosphere. We stayed in one of the junior suites which was very unique and clean. The jacuzzi bath was lovely especially after a long day of travelling in the cold. They left a complimentary postcard in the room which they will post for you anywhere in the world for free, its wonderful little touches that make this hotel a cut above the rest. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Ranga

Address: Sudurlandsvegur, Hella 851, Iceland
Location: Iceland > South Region > Hella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Hella
Price Range: $334 - $1,107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ranga 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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
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