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Hotel Grimsborgir
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at Hotel Grimsborgir and were booked into Suite 7. A lovely airy spacious room with its own hot tub. The large bed was very comfortable. It was stocked with every you could want. Own tea making facilities, bath robes - although a little small for a large gent! Slippers, hairdryer and toiletries. Large TV and comfy armchairs and very warm. A little disappointment that the hot tub wasn’t very private, you had to walk round the front of your suite to access.

The restaurant was lovely, food great and service very good. Maybe a little expensive but where isn’t in Iceland.

There is nothing else around the Hotel so expect to travel for everything. We had hired a car so it was perfect for us.

Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Grimsborgir was a tale of two hotels…generally an excellent stay but marred by several experiences that are worthy of a “heads up” to prospective visitors.

Let’s start with the positive. Check-in was a breeze and after a brief stop at the front desk (in the main building), we were off to our stand-alone four-bedroom house. The main theme here is that the “hard product” was absolutely world-class and luxurious by any standard. Our place was large – really more like a luxury rental house than anything resembling a traditional hotel room (or even suite). The master bedroom and second bedroom both featured king beds, while bedroom three had two twins and the fourth was more of a closet with one twin. No complaints on the bedrooms.

The kitchen and dining area were also top notch. Great design, well equipped.

The decision to only include one full bathroom in such a nice (and expensive) place was a curious decision. While there is a second half bath, the one bath/shower does arguably limit the desirability of adult couples sharing the otherwise ideal accommodation. To that point, the sinks are more along the lines of what you would find in a kitchen or dining room than a bathroom. High, kitchen-like faucets, drains that more look like a garbage disposal. But, to break the other way, the shower was fabulous with great water pressure and stone flooring.

HVAC was also an issue. There is no real control in the apartment leaving you to manage temperature by opening or closing the many sliding doors and windows. Not sure why this was the case, but it was annoying.

This isn’t exactly the kind of place one normally watches TV, but the TV was non-functional. It ostensibly had Netflix, but the internet connection was not strong enough to use it. To that point, there was notice that the internet was delivered through 3G and was not designed for any kind of heavy usage. Fair enough considering the location but be forewarned.

There was also a fantastic (new, modern, clean) hot tub in the back of the house on a fantastic deck. It was emptied and filled every evening and would have been a perfect location to enjoy the Northern Lights (if the damn clouds every night didn’t have other plans)!

The real disappointment of the hotel was the food and beverage. Breakfast was serviceable and functional but nothing memorable. Dinner was insanely expensive and poor. Iceland is expensive – we spent a week having expensive – but wonderful – meals. This isn’t a complaint about the cost of things in the country, it’s a specific indictment of the cost and quality at the hotel relative to other restaurants. Our dinner on our first night was sufficiently poor that we avoided it for the balance of our stay (and were rewarded by fantastic food in many restaurants around nearby Selfoss and environs).

The biggest example of the food and beverage failure is their wine list. When you enter the restaurant, you are greeted by a wine display of 36+ bottles standing three-deep on a long table like you’d see at a fraternity party. Worse, the actual wines are the same as you see at the fraternity party but at prices commensurate with elite vintages. I could go on for paragraphs about it but I’ll share one simple example: A bottle of Barefoot Shiraz…yes, literally the same bottle that you would see at a 7-11 in the US for around $9, was US$90 (8900 Icelandic Krone). Wine is more expensive than in the US. I get that. I went to many many nicer Icelandic restaurants where there were many totally acceptable, middle-of-the-road wines in the US $30-50 range (in a restaurant). I also went to a wine shop where we bought wine in the US$15-25 range. One bottle in particular that I bought in the State-owned wine shop for US$18 was US$120 at the Grimmsborgir. They were selling Kirkland wine – of Costco fame – for US$150. Seriously.

The hotel has every right in the world to mark-up and profit from everything. However, the notion of marking up 8X from local retail and probably 13X from their wholesale is simply obnoxious and offensive. And…it put the icing on the cake in making the decision to not return to the restaurant after the first night.

The other restaurant issues were predictable. Food was the most mediocre of our eight nights in Iceland. And, the service was poor. They only had two servers for the restaurant (should have had 4+) and multiple items were forgotten, out-of-sync or incorrect. The Eastern European guys trying to make a living were pleasant enough, but under-trained and under-supported.

To boot, the décor (in a country dominated by interesting, modern, creative design), looked like a 1970s cruise ship. Complete with pink tablecloths, totally random desk-top flags of various countries and – oddly – paper napkins (although a 70s cruise ship certainly would have cloth napkins).

You get the picture… every aspect of the restaurant was disappointing.

All of that said, the hotel served as a great “home base” for fantastically fabulous Icelandic adventures. Despite the review, the hard product was sufficiently good that we would return. But, we would certainly stock-up at supermarkets and wine shops to avoid the restaurant as much as possible.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Being that we were going on mostly a nature trip with family and friends, we did not expect accommodations in Iceland to be particularly superb. Much to our surprise, Hotel Grimsborgir offered super accommodations, excellent food, hospitable service, and well, a great view of the northern lights!

Rooms are found in cottages, our being one of the newest. They are very very clean, well equipped, modern, and extremely comfortable. A common living, dining, and kitchen area in every cottage is great especially if you are a big group traveling. It will give you a place to congregate and hang out. Only thing that could be added are personal in-room safes.

While going to a hotel in pretty much the middle of nowhere might put one off in terms of dining options, the menu at the hotel restaurant is quite diverse. Do not think that staying a few nights will leave you with no food options. Everything is top quality and delicious.

Highly recommended.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
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HotelGrimsborgir, General Manager at Hotel Grimsborgir, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Carissa,
We can't thank you enough for the wonderful review. It is a true pleasure to hear that you enjoyed the accommodation, service and food here at Hotel Grimsborgir and that it was beyond your expectations.
Thank you for the advise on the in-room safes, which we don't have at the moment unfortunately. We will take that into consideration for the future.
Hopefully we will get the opportunity to welcome you again at Hotel Grimsborgir soon!
All the best,
María Brá Finnsdóttir
General Manager

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hotel is simply the best....warm, comfortable, great bed, great bath and shower and a hot tub. The staff are warm and welcoming and nothing is too much trouble...they even ring you when the Northern Lights are going to show. The breakfast is great..caters for everybody's taste...I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
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HotelGrimsborgir, General Manager at Hotel Grimsborgir, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear guests,
Thank you so much for the stunning review and for taking the time to write about us. We are very proud and glad to hear that we are the best! How wonderful that you enjoyed your stay so much. Hopefully we will see you again soon.
Best regards,
María Brá Finnsdóttir
General Manager

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

This hotel is superb!..Modern and very clean with a divine bed and fluffy towels..everything you could wish for in peaceful surroundings and not far from all the sights.
The staff go above and beyond to ensure you have a pleasant staff and even rung us to tell us the Northern Lights were visible outside,
I would highly reccomend!

Room Tip: We had a 4 bed self catering bungalow which was super
  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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HotelGrimsborgir, General Manager at Hotel Grimsborgir, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear nannyliv,
Thank you for the stunning review of Hotel Grimsborgir. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were lucky to see the Northern Lights while you were here. Thank you for recommending us.
I hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you again!
All the best,
María Brá Finnsdóttir
General Manager

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