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I had been motivated by an article in "How to Spend it" of FT to book a two-night stay here. The hotel is in a scenic location, but a bit off the beaten track. If you come from the South, you need to take a gravel road which is rather bumpy. Pingvellir is about 30 minutes away, Geysir and Gullfoss about an hour. Due to the remote location, we ended up eating dinner in the restaurant. Two glasses of wine and two small main dishes cost around ISK 17k, which I find too much, even for normal standards in Iceland. The pool is small and only 0.6m deep, the sauna barely fits two people. All of it is very exposed to the strong winds. What we liked most is the cool Northern Lights bar which offers nice view of the plains and some lava fields - and of the large power station next door. But, it lacks heating, as did the rooms. We were freezing in early October, and turning the heat up in the room didn't result in any change of temperature.
so very disappointed!!!!arrived to a room that smelled like smoke...cigarettes had been put out in window sill causing the paint to buckle. I asked for hand cream in the room and they said they did not have it but saw that they were selling it!! Motel 8 has hand cream!!!!waited 10 minutes at our table for server to come get our order.. THe food is fabulous and the restaurant manager great but all else fails!! I struggled to get my bags to the front door while 2 young staff members enjoyed their coffee.. The first hotel that I have ever stayed at that did not say... did you enjoy your stay??The staff does not care... stay elsewhere..and the chairs in the quiet room should be trashed!!!!!
the blocky architecture didn't serve the comfort of the clientele having originally been built for the workers who built the nearby, and quite smelly, geothermal plant. There were Danish workers with tarps and tents measuring the geology to make sure the gas emissions from the plant go underground in ways they are meant to. The wind blew across the incredibly shallow "hot" tub which was hard to get out of since one never really got hot enough. In the photos it appeared to be a beautiful pool, useful for swimming... not so. It is like a viewing pond for a formal garden and hard put to heat anyone's blood, despite the sulphuric steam rising from the plant nearby. The food was incredibly expensive and the one dinner we ate there was delicious and small portioned. Most of all, it was a little worn and tawdry and not up to the price being charged for this remote accommodation. It is not IN the park, but near the park, and a drive is needed to get anywhere else, some of it on gravel, depending. Of all the varied places we rested our heads in Iceland, this was the least personable, felt anonymous and uninterested, not quite caring. Several staff members were very nice and helped make up for the lack of attention overall, and most appeared, simply, to be bored.
We actually stayed on points (it's part of the "Bonvoy" network) but as the Ion Adventure hotel is so far from anything else we had dinner ($50 entree prices) and b'fast ($20 buffet) there as well. Was raining and windy so didn't explore the grounds at all, but did enjoy the hot tub, and watched an Arctic Fox playing through the windows of the bar room on site. Access to the hotel can be difficult in winter as Road 435 is closed starting in October.
Nice hotel, but didn’t really live up to the nice pictures from the ad, it’s situated very close to a heating power plant. Very friendly staff and excellent food for dinner, breakfast was quite mediocre. Rooms quite small, nice outdoor hot pool. Nice bar with great views in some directions.
We had a great time at ION Hotel. If you can afford to go there - do it! The architecture is astonishing, the restaurant is delicious - the sorrounding nature is just beautiful. I can highly recommend a stay at ION.
The Ion Adventure Hotel is a beautiful and clean hotel in the middle of the mountains and the staff are wonderful. We loved sitting in the geothermal hot tub while watching the sheep wander the mountains. The food was also very good, but a bit expensive.
It's the location (and spectacular architecture) that sets this hotel apart. If you love hiking: They have three hiking trails around the hotel of varying lengths and difficulty. The surrounding area with steaming rivers, craters, and hidden lakes is other-worldly. Make sure you've got some time in your schedule to explore. Nature: Arctic Fox cubs were playing on the lawn outside the restaurant while we ate dinner. They were as cute as you'd expect, and by all accounts are regularly spotted around the hotel. Northern Lights: We were here in summer - so no spectacular night sky for us - if the conditions were right I imagine this is the place to see them. Preferably in the bar which has been designed perfectly for this purpose. Getting here: if you're in a smaller rental car, and it's not 4 wheel drive I would avoid the gravel road, We took the completely paved 435 back the the airport and it took a little over an hour door-to-door at rush hour, so it's not a bad place to stay if you have a next day departure.
The architecture of this hotel is inspiring. The rooms are also well designed. And you are truly away from it all. That said, it is pricey with no options for breakfast or dinner other than their restaurant unless you drive 45 minutes. The bar at the end of the hotel is quite striking and each guest seems to drift there during their stay. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because the views from your room are either great, overlooking mountains/a lake or awful, overlooking a geothermal plant. We were fortunate in that we got a room facing the mountains. We would have been very disappointed if our view had been the other way. The food was the best we had in all of Iceland over a 10 day trip.
The hotel has a good location for travelers, its close to the golden circle route and close to some popular sites. Its also close to a hot spring processing plant, i think they are getting the water directly from it. It has quite some sulphur in it and can be very present. We didn’t really have much problems with it but it could be for some. The restaurant food is good. But as with all icelandic food & accomodations, its pricing vs quality is not in balance. The room is ok, decent size, the bed is good. The surroundings are a bit surreal, a harsh desolate and industrial landscape in one. The hotel feels more like a dorm or so, its not a chique place but nor does it pretend to be. The staff was friendly, seasonal foreign workers like in most places.
ION Adventure Hotel places you 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Nesjavellir. This 42-room, 4-star hotel has conveniences like a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi.
This hotel serves as home to a bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in local cuisine. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
All 42 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers and safes. Guests can expect free WiFi and plasma TVs with satellite channels. Free toiletries are also included.
At ION Adventure Hotel, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle at scheduled times for ISK 39900 per vehicle. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with luggage storage and concierge services. Other amenities at this spa hotel include free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a business center.