Fosshotel Vatnajokull3.0 out of 5.0
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Fosshótel Vatnajökull has undergone a renovation recently. The interiors are smart with good fittings. The location makes all the difference - it is right by several tongues of the Vatnajökull glacier, the tourist attraction du jour, Jökulsárlón, is just around an hours drive, and the fjords north of Höfn are easily accessible from here. The lobby and breakfast areas are spacious and the reception was friendly. My latest experience at the hotel was during the off-season. In summer, I can see it being extremely busy and when the large groups and buses arrive, the experience may not be very pleasant. Unfortunately, that's the reality of Iceland as a whole today, now that it has been 'discovered' by the "bucket list" hordes.
We stopped for one night on the way around Iceland. The hotel is located about 11 km south of Hofn. We found the entire experience wonderful. The room was modern, spacious, fully equipped, with full wall of windows, a balcony and separated toilet. The restaurant served full dinner and next morning we stopped for buffet breakfast. On the way out the staff made sure we know where we are going and given a real snow storm gave us very helpful tips on the route. It literally saved us time and aggravation. Could not be happier.
I made reservations to Fosshotel Vatnajokull about a month prior to my trip and was notified via email a day prior to my flight to Iceland that my reservations had been cancelled. My booking had been moved to a hotel 15 minutes away due to overbooking. I had to email and call the hotel directly to ensure the new accommodation was properly arranged. Apparently I was told this is "quite common" in situations of overbooking. They would move "individual bookings" to accommodate for bigger tour groups. I would NOT recommend this hotel, since you'll never know if they will hold up their end of the booking. All the inconvenience, stress and hassle it caused right before the trip wasn't worth it.
Stayed here while we explored Hofn and it was great. We were lucky and were upgraded to a premium room with a balcony, however the room was rather small so I do not even want to know how small the regular rooms were. Nice touches in the room, like heated floors in the bathroom and comfortable beds. Fast WiFi and breakfast was included which was a huge plus as the closest food store/restaurant is about 15 minutes away. The breakfast was great and they had a huge spread. Would definitely stay again but may book a larger suite to begin with.
Very smart, modern and comfortable rooms. The bar in the hotel had Happy Hour from 5-7 at the bar was a great start to our stay. Two for one drafts and wine. We had a delicious table d'hôtel meal (starter/main/dessert) which was pricey but we saved money with the Happy Hour. There is literally nothing around this location for 30 kms in terms of food, female bathroom products and the N1 gas station just sells gas by credit. No store or cash transactions. So come well prepared and enjoy the quiet & beautiful scenery.
[After staying in seven hotels in Iceland over a two week period it occurred to me that they all have certain things in common. I’ve decided to list those commonalities in each review then mention any departure therefrom with respect to a specific property, so here goes: rooms are very small by American standards (your suitcases will be in the way) and very sparsely furnished (with the possible exception of monasteries, convents and prison cells); there are no wash cloths (not unusual in Europe); no bars of soap, only pump dispensers over the sink and by the tub/shower; no other amenities in the bathroom; limited places to hang towels; hairdryers are not common; minimal clothing storage spaces; very few clothes hangers (2 is the most common number) and certainly no closets; small TVs with very limited English language channel selection; beds firm but comfortable; window shades do a poor job of keeping out the light (it never gets dark in June); breakfast buffets are a variety of cold cuts, cheeses, fruits, cold cereals and the ubiquitous cod liver oil (the buffets vary in size and selection but, except for the Fosshotel in Reykjavik, they were all the same).] Here's my specific review of this hotel: While the room was small, it wasn't the smallest of the seven in which we stayed. There was a closet and adjacent shelves for clothes storage. The room had a safe which was unusual. The lighting in the room could be better - there are two bedside lamps and two ceiling lights by the exterior wall, but the bulbs were relatively low voltage. The other furnishings were a TV, desk, refrigerator, luggage rack, small chair, stool and, of course, the bed. There were no amenities in the bath but two soap dispensers marked for hands, face and hair. The shower was a little larger than normal and a good sized vanity around the sink. There was a hair dryer, too. The bathroom exhaust fan was powerful and worked well. The towels were nothing special. The pillows were small, foam rubber, and the thinnest I saw in Iceland. The room phone didn't work and the receptionist promised to have it fixed while we were out to dinner - she didn't. There was an extensive breakfast buffet but it was very crowded at times and the staff was challenged to keep it stocked. While no major complaints, I had higher expectations from a Fosshotel and a hotel in this price range. Thanks for reading. If you’ve found this helpful I’ll appreciate a thumbs up below.
We stayed one night here and were pleased with our choice. Our room was in the older part of the hotel and was ok but nothing to get excited about. It was priced accordingly so that was expected. It was though clean and comfortable. The best thing about this hotel is the location - absolutely spectacular views and because of its remoteness it is a beautiful spot to stay a night or two. We finished our day of travelling with a quiet drink in the lounge looking over the view of mountains and glaciers. The meal in the restaurant was excellent and the breakfast was good too.
We stayed here for a couple of nights while exploring the surrounding area, and it was perfectly tranquil. The only drawback is being limited to the very expensive hotel restaurant for evening meals, but breakfast is generous and the rooms comfortable. A perfect location for nearby drives and walks.
We stayed here for one night only (wished it was atleast 3 nights) and this place is fantastic. It was so close to glacier still the room was warm. It's very new hotel and full of all modern facilities. Loved this place. Had a nice view of aurora too in the midnight :)
Spent 2 nights here on a recent trip around the island and it can definitely say it was the nicest hotel we stayed in while in Iceland. The hotel was very modern and minimalist and very well appointed. I remember the cost being pretty steep, but sometimes when you spend 10 days hiking and climbing - you deserve to splurge every so often. The hotel was in a great isolated spot, the front looking onto the mountains and the back looking out into the vast emptiness - it was almost hypnotic. The beds were beyond comfortable and I remember not wanting to get out of it the next morning. The hotel has a restaurant that has a very pleasant breakfast with a few "North American" options and beans on toast for the travelers from the UK. I'd recommend this hotel to virtually anyone, it may cost in extra couple of bucks to stay there, but well worth it to feel truly alone for an evening.
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94% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 421 reviews