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Reviewed April 24, 2016

We spend one night at Ranga. It's very easy situated at the highway. Cannot miss it. Overall a nice place, rooms are nice and large enough. Hotel is situated next to the river and has great views. Also from the hot tubs! They have a really nice hotel bar, with a great assortment wine and liquor.

But best is the restaurant, one of the best we encountered in whole iceland. Do not miss it. Breakfast buffet is also top notch.

Also top was the fact that we had northern lights for the first time, and they did alarm us.

One downside, our neighbours were a group of very noisy Indian people. We complained at the hotel manager twice in the middle of the night but he did not solve it. In the end I had to talk with the people myself before it became quit.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Giel-travels
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Reviewed April 24, 2016

We spent five nights at Hotel Ranga. We did not want to stay in Reykjavik as we wanted to be in a more rural location, and wanted to maximize our chance of seeing the northern lights. The hotel did not disappoint; the service was great, the food was very good, and the rooms were spacious and comfortable (we had a junior suite). We saw the northern lights twice during our stay, although they were more subtle than some of the pictures that we have seen. We also had an opportunity to do some star gazing with the on site astronomer which was great. The staff was helpful and the owner was present and personable, and willing to give touring tips, which actually really helped to make our last day one of the best. If you need some direction or ideas on what to see, just ask! The one thing that I did not expect was the challenges of travel in March. I had read a lot about how easy it is to drive around Iceland. We did quite a bit of driving, but the weather was often prohibitive and places to visit were not always clearly marked. Several times we were literally the only people visiting a location or attraction. We did a combination of driving on our own and using tour guides, but some of our tours were canceled because of weather conditions. I was glad for the rural location of the hotel, but we ate almost all of our meals there, because there is not that much else around, and after touring in hail/wind/rain/snow, the idea of driving for 30 minutes to find dinner was not appealing. There was a pizza place and a few small stores about 10 minutes away but that was it. I am very glad we stayed at Hotel Ranga, and I am glad we went in winter as there were many wonderful things that we saw that would have looked completely different in summer. And, we got to see the northern lights. But I would have liked to be prepared for how unpredictable and prohibitive the weather can be, and how remote Hotel Ranga might feel when you just don't feel like driving in bad conditions again. Some of the attractions that were fairly easy to drive to from the hotel, on your own, include Skalholt Church, Solheimar Eco village, and Kerid Crater, all of which I recommend. The Golden Circle is also fairly close, but I would encourage a tour guide, especially if going in winter. Happy to answer any questions.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank luvtosing
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Reviewed April 24, 2016

Hotel Ranga heavily advertises their luxury offering and northern lights wake-up call service. It was the only pretentious hotel that we stayed at during our trip – they required our name, email, phone, address, and passport numbers (other hotels and guesthouses were simply a hello, here is your key). We did not mind this but did joke that with luxury comes snobbiness. The room was serviceable and slightly on the small side, and the hotel did try hard with bathrobes and slippers for 2 (which we enjoyed for the rest of our trip at other hotels). The bathroom was large and clean with a big whirpool tub + shower combination, great for me as I like to do laundry on the trip. Iceland does not believe in laundromats, so I did everything the traditional way – roll up the sleeves and hand wash everything (we had bought powder detergent at Bonus, one of our favorite grocery stores in Iceland). My wife had some allergies here from the dust in the room. The northern lights wake-up call service was simple: there was a signup sheet at the front where you tick off your room number. We never got the call (forecasts showed heavy cloud cover, so I didn’t expect a call anyway). Instead we woke up at 8am to a fire alarm; an American had forgotten his waffle in the waffle maker at breakfast and woke up the entire hotel with the burning smell and consequential alarm. Breakfast was also “luxurious”: waffles, pancakes, hot scramble eggs and sausage – your typical Hampton Inn hot breakfast. The location of the hotel was wonderful; it is extremely secluded with limited light pollution and a 35 minute drive to our favorite waterfall, Seljalandsfoss, which we took advantage of by visiting twice: once at night (two floodlights illuminate the falls to give a hauntingly beautiful image at night) and once the next morning. We also enjoyed an 8 course seasonal menu at Hotel Ranga’s restaurant; there were simply no other restaurants within 30 minutes, so we did not have another choice. The dinner confirmed that our first night’s meal in Selfoss was no fluke (it was actually salmon and lamb); each course was prepared and presented beautifully. We were seated as soon as the restaurant opened at 630pm. Service was impeccable during the first four courses; as the dining room filled with other guests and a rowdy wedding party of eight, service dropped off a cliff larger than Thingvellir – the second half of the dinner lasted almost 2 hours. However, this was not reflected in the food, as the vibrant mains and dessert were worth the wait. We paid USD 270 for the room and USD 275 for the 8 course dinner for two (we do not drink). Finally, Hotel Ranga has a postcard service which is a nice touch; my mom received her postcard in Alabama as I typed this today after 2.5 weeks – the hotels mails out an aurora borealis postcard for free to anywhere in the world. This gesture sums up the hotel nicely: luxury but not entirely necessary.

More reviews and our entire guide to Iceland can be found here:

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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank DailyFoodie777
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Reviewed April 20, 2016

A great place to stay, central location for visits to some amazing places and stunning scenery - the food is exquisite albeit more expensive than the UK - still worth it. The wakeup facility for the Northern Lights is a great touch - allows a comfortable nights sleep knowing that you are not missing this natural phenomenon.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Julie B
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Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Saw this hotel on TV a number of years ago so when we decided to visit this was the hotel we wanted to stay at. Arrived late at night after a snowy drive from the airport. Very warm welcome from the staff and we were thrilled to be upgraded to the African themed room. Room was spacious and comfortably furnished. Really enjoyed using the jacuzzi after a hard days sightseeing. Great to have the wake up system if northern lights appear. We were very lucky to get a fabulous display on one of our nights stay.

Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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