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“Great hotel and fab service!”
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Hotel Ranga
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Hella
Certificate of Excellence
Birmingham UK
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“Great hotel and fab service!”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

Myself and my boyfriend booked this hotel as a friend had recommended it to us. The hotel itself is like an old horse ranch so there is a lot of wood and a long corridor with the rooms coming off it... oh and a polar bear! We had a room which faced towards the hot tubs. We got in to one of these tubs which are lovely and warm. The only problem was getting out of the warm water in to the cold! The little slope down to them was slippery too so I would suggest walking on the grass part of the slope.

On our first night here we had dinner in the hotel, as we waited to be seated there was a bit of a commotion as the Northern Lights had come out so everyone ran out to see them! When we had dinner the service was impeccable and the food was amazing too! We had puffin, reindeer and beef and it was gorgeous. I would recommend eating here when you stay at least once. Whilst having dinner the hotel owner/manager came round to see us and check everything was fine which was really nice.

The hotel receptionist's were really helpful and when we needed to talk to our car hire company they happily phoned them and sorted out our issue which was really great.

It was an experience staying here and I would recommend the hotel to a friend and if/when I come back to Iceland I will be staying here again! Thanks for a great stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Stayed for 3 nights as a party of across two double rooms.

Well located between Vik and the Golden Circle and the best out of all of our hotels in Iceland (others included Glymur and Ion).

Jacuzzi style bath in room - too busy to use it!

Great service (meals, receptions, attraction advice, bar), very good bar, super food. Very popular, with revolving tours passing through which the staff were well prepared for and did not affect our small group. Food and drink prices reasonable for Iceland.

Comfortable large lounge area.

Aurora spotting service was good - lights turned off outside hotel to provide better viewing experience.

The direct area was a little flat and dull, but that was not a factor here.

Would return here for sure!

Room Tip: Our rooms were standard class to the far eats of the main building. The rooms exited to the north o...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We stayed three nights in the Hotel Ranga in the Royal Master Suite. What a wow factor when we first arrived in the room really didn't want to leave could have stayed for the week.
very large spacious room, large bed so comfortable, Jacuzzi in the middle of the room!!, drinks cabinet, fridge, writing desks, leather sofas, two telly's, French doors out to the hot tub. Well what more could we ask for? Yes even the Northern lights appeared for two nights. The staff ring to tell you the lights are out and even in the night if you request it.
Food was excellent but expensive but we did expect that for Iceland.
We had some fantastic trips out in the super jeeps. Highly recommend this Hotel, Iceland and all it stands for can't wait to go back hopefully next year but only in the Royal master suite!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

The rooms are lovely with great bathrooms and beds. All the staff were extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble. When the Northern lights appeared during our evening meal the owner came to each table personally to let us know that we could walk outside and then had our food taken back to the kitchen to keep warm! Fantastic service and attention to detail. The reception staff are knowledgable and helpful making suggestions for how to spend your day and pointing us in the right direction for hidden local gems. 5 gold stars

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

We stayed for 4 nights in February. The physical facilities of the hotel are fine, but the remarkable aspect of this hotel is the service. Everything we asked for was delivered promptly and with a smiile. Oh, and the breakfast was excellent. I wish I could find a hotel like this in NYC.

Room Tip: Get a deluxe room if you want to be close to the hot tubs.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

stayed one night at the end of a winter northern lights tour and was wowed by this hotel. Warm, quirky and set on the banks of a river where you can sit in the hot tubs on the patio and drink gin, watch the sun set and get icicles in your hair. comfortable rooms, good food, friendly service and away from light pollution so a great place to watch for northern lights. staff will wake you if you request it and although i usually grumble as i always get put in a room facing the carpark, best not to complain here as thats the side that tends to get the northern lights so when you are frozen solid from being outside you can watch from the comfort of your room. great breakfast compared to many places in iceland. would have liked a longer stay but would happily return

Room Tip: northern lights appear carpark side but view to river is lovely.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

This hotel has a great location for views of the lights- uninterrupted by most other light pollution and in a remote location. Food and service are excellent. Quality of accommodation was a bit disappointing

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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Ranga 4*
Number of rooms: 51
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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Hotel Ranga Iceland/Hella

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