I can´t complain over anything. It was a perfect stay. The rooms were clean and cozy, the food and the breakfast was really good, the staff was friendly and professional. And off course the surrounding does not get any better.
The cottages (not the guest house.. they are all part of the same complex) are roomy and comfortable.. the doors are all glass and there is an enormous glass window to one side, facing a solid side in the next cottage over, adding to privacy. The bathroom was also roomy, and if I recall, had a bath and shampoo (all in one) dispenser on the wall. Towel warmer was nice and there was a hair dryer (although not the most powerful one we experienced this trip)! We also had a fridge, which was nice, and a hot pot. The location is convenient to the couple restaurants in town, and there is a nice hike over the cliffs to Hellnar, the next town over. The view from the back of the cottage was of a dormant snow covered volcano, which was beautiful. Check in was at the bar, and was quick and without complication.. check out as well. Where to check in was not immediately evident, however, but we went into the one building that looked "official" and there it was. Breakfast was typical Icelandic fare, but good and plentiful. The restaurant location had views of the local landscape and a stone monument. It's a bit lower than the surrounding landscape, however, so the view does not extend to the ocean. There was a bus out front our last morning as we approached for breakfast, but thankfully the occupants had already eaten and were on their way. The door handles on the cottage doors are unusual.., the handle must be fully horizontal for the door to move at all. While I know it's impractical, it would have been nice to have windows on all four sides of the building. Or better yet, it would have been nice if the cottage was simply facing the other way. The view we had from cottage #11 was of the back of a local restaurant and the parking area. Behind the cottage, however, was an open field and a glorious view of a snow covered volcanic mountain. If the cottage had been turned around, we would have been able to watch a beautiful aurora display from the warmth of the cottage, instead of having to go outside and stand in the freezing cold to watch. And even absent auroras, the view from the back is much better than from the front. If we were in Arnarstapi again, we would definitely stay here, but perhaps ask for cottage #1 or #2, down at the end of the row.…
Truly not meant for families or mature couples. There was loud laughing until midnight we were here right behind our room. Tried to call the reception number but there was no response. Don’t recommend staying here doesn’t matter how tight your budget might be if you need a peaceful sleep.
We had three triple rooms which were a little small for three beds but it worked. Would be perfect for two. The bathrooms are quite modern and we loved the heated towel rack. The breakfast was also plentiful and had a nice variety. The hotel is easy to find and located just across the street from the food trucks and another new cafe. It is also very close to the walking path to Hellnar. Lots of arctic terns breeding on the grounds around the hotel at this time of year. Unfortunately, none of us had the sea view possibly because it was not booked directly through the hotel.
The rooms were new and in a stunning scenery. The adjacent restaurant serves high quality, creative and fresh menus. The evening menu changes daily. The breakfast is varied and the coffee decent too :)