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Fosshotel Reykholt

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed here for just 1 Night from November 1 to November 2 2017. However, we really liked this hotel for its simple and elegant style. Right from the outside of the hotel to the inside area, everything was breathtaking. Hotel lobby was medium sized but very elegant. The hotel staff at the front office was very polite and courteous. We had a peaceful sleep in the night as the area is very quite and away from the hustle and bustle of a big city. These a picturesque and serene place to enjoy a good family time and luckily the hotel provided us what we needed. The breakfast was excellent and we really enjoyed it thoroughly. We would highly recommend this to other travelers as well.

We booked this hotel because its location fit with our travel schedule. We had no idea of the rich history of Reykholt, much of which is on display literally next to the hotel. Others have complained about the nondescript building and lack of signage - please do not put up huge signs in this beautiful historic area!! Anyone with a GPS or map app (which should be pretty much everyone these days) can easily find it. It's the only hotel in the tiny village and pretty obvious. Our room was spacious and comfortable and the included breakfast was good, although not as extensive as some other Fosshotels (i.e. we were big fans of the smoked salmon on flatbread at other places, but it was not offered here). The dinner was a bit more expensive than elsewhere but it was also one of the best meals we had in Iceland. Their chef is truly talented. And we have to give a shout out to our server, Veran, who was warm and personable and extremely helpful and accommodating about my daughter's dairy intolerance - he had the kitchen make a special non-dairy version of a dish for her which was very much appreciated. After we checked out the next day we spent an hour exploring the surrounding village - old church, Snorri's pool, medieval footpath ... which was an unexpected, educational and pleasant way to start our day of sightseeing. It's really worthwhile if you have the time. Overall this was one of our favourite hotels in our 2 weeks in Iceland.

We stayed in the Reyholt Foss Hotel and had high expectations. You are out in the wilds. The hotel does not have a sign, just several sun bleached flags out front. We drove through the parking lot twice, thinking the modernistic austere building was a prison or government building. A pile of cigarette butts greeted us in the entry way. The receptionist had obviously had her fill of tourists and was really unfriendly and unwelcoming - the only person in Iceland that was like this. She could not or would not answer basic questions like "Is there a Sunday service at the village church next door?" The rooms had everything but were like tiny monastic cells. I was in Room #128, the newer section. It was OK for only one night but I would not return. The room had no charm whatsoever. Bed was comfortable and view of village was nice. Bathroom was so tight that you had to move the trash can out to use the toilet and suck in your breath to get by the sink to use the shower. Food was good but again, staff was not very welcoming. I would not return.

Hotel meets FOSS standards. Newly built next to old part. Rooms excellent. Bar provides 2 hour happy hour 5 - 7. Restaurant very good with very good selections. Everyone was very friendly and provided excellent hospitality. Good views for the northern lights even though we didn't see them.

Checked in rather late but that was ok. The room was recently renovated and ás such it was done to á very good standard, seating plus á desk is always á plus. The bathroom was fine ás well. The only problem I had was with priceing of food in the restaurant hotel ás being native. Reception couldn't have been any better.

This hotel and room were first class. The room was modern with newish fittings and furniture and a very good bathroom. The breakfast was excellent and stretched to scrambled eggs, chipolatas and bacon in addition to the usual cold offerings and toasted selections. The staff were friendly and informative, advising on things to do in the area. We were given room 125 which is a great viewpoint to the church.

We were on a motorcycle trip which means lots of gear. The room was huge with a sitting area, overlooking the parking lot, and the sunset! We took advantage of happy hour. Though they didn't have our favorite, Ulfur IPA, we had some very good Gull. The dinner menu was the most expensive we'd seen in two weeks. So, we opted for the $34 meat and cheese platter and two happy hour beers in our nice big room. The staff was super helpful, checking wind conditions for us (we came in on motorbikes in insanely high winds), and giving us information about the tunnel on route one on our way back to Reykjavik. Breakfast was the usual, excellent Fosshotel fare. Love the coffee machine.

Nice one night stay at this comfortable Foss Hotel. Very large room, very friendly service and delicious food. A little hard to find as it is away from the main road, a large sign would be welcome. Make sure to see the waterfalls about 30 minutes away and the large glacier about 45 minutes away. Make reservations for the glacier tours ahead of time as they were all sold out when we arrived.

In hindsight, I guess it was pretty funny to ask the front desk clerk where I could find downtown Reykholt. He merely smirked and told me I was in the middle of it and that the only store around was a convenience market in the gas station up the road. He was right as the hotel provided the only viable dining destination for miles. There's a research center next to the hotel dedicated to a medieval poet named Snorri Sturluson. Yeah, I never heard of him either. And that's about it for a sightseeing tour of Reykholt. The hotel is slick, modern, and from the outside, almost Soviet-like, an architectural anomaly in this pastoral setting. But it's nice inside as the standard twin room for $186 per night was spacious and fitted with contemporary fixtures. Dinner in the extremely empty restaurant was surprisingly high-end cuisin. I started with the fresh 1,990 ISK Green Salad with Cashews, Dried Cranberries and Croutons, which was almost enough as an entree. But then I followed that with the Baked Cauliflower with Risotto, Kale, Mushrooms, and Chives Mayonnaise. The dsh wasn't quite vegan, but it was deliciously healthy, just the right meal after a long drive from the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. And that was it until breakfast in the morning. Entertainment consisted of other guests getting tipsy in the small bar area, but I just went back to my room and watched CNN International while I posted pictures on Facebook just like any other tourist. It's worth noting that the lava waterfalls Hraunfossar are nearby, about a half-hour east and definitely worth a look-see.

I had no particular expectations of the Fosshotel Reykholt - primarily because the hotel had been selected for me. It was a very pleasant surprise. The newly refurbished room was very spacious, comfortable and modern. The restaurant could do with a bit more atmosphere, but the food was very good - I had the salmon, which was lovely and my dining companion had the lamb, which was sensational. The staff were friendly and attentive. The price of food and especially wine, was a bit high - but then again its pricey everywhere I have been in Iceland - we are spoiled in Australia for good quality wine at a very affordable price

320 Reykholt Borgarnes

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Reykholt within a 5-minute drive of Deildartunguhver Hot Springs, Fosshotel Reykholt is within a 15-minute drive of Barnafoss. This 53-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Ok is also 29.5 mi (47.4 km) from this Borgarnes hotel.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM. In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge.


All 53 air-conditioned rooms feature phones and desks. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and TVs. Relax with a rainfall shower.

Property features

Guests of Fosshotel Reykholt enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a garden. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with luggage storage and tours/tickets.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Superior Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Triple Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3


Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

52% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 38 reviews