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Fosshotel Reykholt
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Reykholt
Houston, Texas
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27 reviews
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“what's worse than terrible”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

I do not recommend this place at all. I made reservations 6 months in advance and they lost them. After presenting my proof of reservation, they gave us a "suite". It may have had more space, which we didn't need, but it also had a dozen more windows that did not have curtains adequate to block the sun. The only restaurant around was in the hotel. It was extremely overpriced and not really that good. Both my husband and I left hungry. We would have been better off eating at the gas station down the street, which we would have done had it still been open when we found it. The breakfast wasn't any better. We did eat at the gas station for lunch. Highly recommend. The hot tubs in the hotel weren't working because of lack of cold water. Also you have to pay for wifi, unlike most other hotels we stayed at.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

We booked here as there was nothing else in the vicinity and we wanted to do some walks in the area. The double room was furnished with the very basics and was extremely plain and depressing. The windows were very small so did little to help the general feel. the towel rail was immediately above the toilet which is unhygienic, it could not be reached from the shower and there was nowhere else to hang the towel. The toilet was not fixed down, the door into the shower squeaked so badly it woke the other person at night. There is a notice saying that the cold water in the room is from a spring and was drinkable, ours was warm and must have got mixed with the hot somewhere as it tasted stongly of sulphur and we had to use bottled water - so be prepared and take some if you have to use this hotel. The taps are very difficult to turn off, in fact my husband was had to turn them off otherwise they dripped constantly.We had pre-booked and paid for 2 nights, otherwise we would not have stayed a second. When we arrived back from a very long day's walking the room had not been made up. We told Anna, a very pleasant young woman with excellent English, on Reception and she organised a cleaner and also for us to have a cup of coffee whilst we waited. Anna also stayed and chatted to us and gave us interesting information on Snorri. Breakfast was another unpleasant experience. The policy seems to be not to clear any dirty dishes from the tables until the end of breakfast, consequently on both days we had to eat surrounded by other people's used plates etc. The food was adequate, just, sundried tomato bread was the only option on the first day - this goes well with savouries but not with preserves. The coffee continually ran out and queues formed waiting for it. The dead flies adorning the vases on the stairways had been around for quite a while. We will hope never to use this hotel again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Travelers are raving about these Reykholt hotels

Chichester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

We had a fantastic 2 nt stay here and would recomend this hotel to anyone.... Fantastic cleanliness and excellent food ..Very friendly and a warm welcome a good tourist hotel and well worth spending 2 nts possibly longer to take in everything in the area.

Room Tip: If theyre quiet ask for a family room these are huge.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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122 reviews
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

It seems this hotel used to be a school building. It's a grey two storey building with little character of it own but it's by far the only hotel in the area. It's located in the center of Reykholt, a town so small you can miss it when you blink your eyes. The hotel is perfectly located if you want some of the more remote attractions in the area such as Hraunfossar and Barnafoss or the lava grot Surtshellir.

A very friendly receptionist who spoke English perfectly. The room was clean but showed no charm or atmosphere with little decoration and cheap furniture. The room we had was not so big and so was the bathroom that had little place to store two ste sof toilet articles. There was no hairdryer in the room but you can borrow one at the reception. A very thin pillow and no extra pillow to be found.

Breakfast was ok but a variety of cold cuts and fresh fruits. There is a spa and a (naturally) heated outdoor pool that you can use for free.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Irvine, California
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

If you plan to stay at a hotel anywhere in the vicinity of Reykholt, you'll have to stay here--it is the only hotel in the area. It is a former school building converted to a hotel, and exudes all the ambiance that a mid-century concrete school building offers. It is adjacent to the Snorri museum, but nothing else. The nearest town is Bogarnes, 27 km. south. Because of its remote location, it is incredibly quiet. Several walking tracks are adjacent. I had the mis-fortune of having a "single" room. It was tiny, even by Iceland standards. The bathroom was (I measured it with a tape measure) 35 inches by 48 inches! To sit on the toilet, it was necessary to place one leg under the basin. Convenient if you are suffering from Montezuma's Revenge, but a bit of a hassle otherwise. The room had one twin bed, stained carpet, desk, chair, closet and place for 2 bags. Toiletries were limited to liquid soap. No clock, hir dryer, iron, coffee maker, etc. Lighting was good. Windows opened. Room had blackout curtains. Continental breakfast was adequate. Dinner (there are no nearby alternatives for dinner) was outstanding. The most glaring problem was that the hotel does not service the rooms for guests staying more than one night. Fresh towels are provided, but trash is not emptied; room isn't vacuumed, bed is not made. When I complained to management, I was told that to have the room serviced we would have to pay an additional fee! Outrageous!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Bandung, Indonesia
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25 reviews
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

We were staying at this hotel because our agent somehow booked us to an overbook hotel in Reykjavic. It took about 2.5 hours to drive from Reykjavic to Reykholt. What calmed me down was the scenery between Reykjavic to Reykhot. I wished I drove a small car so I could stop anywhere to take photos.

The hotel is more like a motel, basic but it's clean. They got all their hot water from geothermal, so the water has a very strong suphur smells. The water was a hard water so it took a while before I convinced myself that I have rinse all the soap from my skin.

It didn't seem there were any restaurant nearby so we ate at the hotel. The food wasn't bad but the soup was very salty. I think Icelandic like salty food. But the rest was OK. Breakfast also from the same restaurant.

Room Tip: If you don't like facing the grave, ask for room facing the parking lot.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Hamburg, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2011

We stayed at the Fosshotel for one night on our way to Thingvellir. As we had no other option on this day, we spent 26.900 ISK on a very basic room (No. 113) at the hotel and were very disappointed. Shabby-looking bathroom, old furniture - not quite what we had expected. It seems that other rooms have been refurbished, though. We did not complain which was our fault but we can only recommend to bargain prices. Wellness area is nice and the breakfast was good. Yet, we would not visit the hotel again, not feeling welcome and treated like a guest!

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fosshotel Reykholt
Address: Reykholt 320, Iceland
Location: Iceland > South Region > Reykholt
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Reykholt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Fosshotel Reykholt 3*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fosshótel Reykholt is a cultural theme hotel, based on Icelandic literature, Norse mythology and classical music. This official 3 star Tourist Class hotel includes a restaurant, bar, library, Internet lounge, front desk, outdoor hot tubs, the cosy moon-lounge, wellness center, conference rooms for up to 150 persons and free parking. All guestrooms and restaurant/bar facilities are non-smoking. At Fosshótel Reykholt following room categories are available:•24 spacious superior rooms with bathtub.•29 standard double and single rooms with shower.•3 Family rooms.This hotel is ideal for guests that like to relax in the countryside, enjoy reading, writing and are interested in extending their knowledge of Icelandic cultural heritage.Fosshótel Reykholt focuses also on well being and cultural travel, offering unique facilities based on relaxing, destressing and revitalizing. ... more   less 
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