Hotel Ranga is perfectly situated for peace and quiet, and exploring the south of Iceland. If visiting in Winter I would say a car is vital to get the most out of your time there, but driving in the winter is not for the faint-hearted and a 4x4 will certainly make life easier in the wintery conditions. The hotel itself is stunning - we stayed in the new extension and saw no evidence of the problems mentioned elsewhere. As with many hotels I have stayed in overseas there are no kettles in the rooms so you might want to take a travel one, but everything else you are likely to need is provided - the robes are a particularly nice touch for the dash to outside hot tubs! Staff were helpful and courteous without being overpowering. My only criticism, as has been mentioned elsewhere, is the food available in the restaurant which is very expensive and gourmet, and it certainly wasn't a viable choice for us to eat there every night of our stay. Room service was more suitable and of a very high standard but the range was limited. However if you don't mind a short drive (so no drinking for the driver) the cafe on the right just before entering Hella from Hotel Ranga is a very good alternative - don't be put off by appearances, the quality of the food was outstanding and the prices reasonable for Iceland.
I would recommend Iceland as a holiday destination but if visiting in Winter don't forget your thermals ( we averaged -8 to -13 not counting the wind chill factor), take a travel kettle if you need your caffeine boost (and flask for when you are out and about during the day, hotel staff will fill it for you), take a bottle or 2 of wine with you if you like a drink as all alcohol is very expensive throughout the country and fit in a visit to the Blue Lagoon if you can as it is a fantastic experience and not far from the airport so can be a lovely way to end your visit before heading off for your flight home.
- 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