Monday, April 7, 2014

Iceland - Recap & Hotel Reviews

I can't finish up our Iceland trip without telling you about our hotels.

We spent one night here and it's a great base for exploring both the Southern Coast and the Golden Circle.  It's in a spa town about an hour outside of Reykjavik right on Route 1.  

Our room was a standard with a fridge, bathtub, and free in-room wifi.  The room was large and clean. (I love having my very own duvet.)  There's a restaurant and bar onsite, but because we were there during the off season, the restaurant was closed for some renovation work.  Luckily, there were several bars and restaurants just across the street.  The gentleman on night duty was nice enough to open up the bar for a nightcap for us.  He also offered to wake us up if the Northern Lights made an appearance. 

During the peak season, I would imagine this hotel is packed.  There is an outdoor pool and water slide, a 9-hole golf course, hot tubs and a sauna.  The buffet breakfast was just what we needed for our busy days of exploration.  It was a standard Continental breakfast with cold cuts, cheese, fruits, pastries and more.  At a rate of about £85 per night during the off season, it's very good value. 

This was another really great hotel with massive, comfortable rooms.  The rooms didn't have a tub or in-room wifi, but this one had a little more modern look.  It's located at the Eastern end of the strand in Reykjavik, just a few blocks inland.  Easily within walking distance.  There is some construction going on next door but it didn't really disturb us.  Both hotels had plenty of parking which was handy with the rental car. 

There isn't a restaurant on site, but there was a bar with a great 2 for 1 Happy Hour.  (This was extended if the Northern Lights tours were canceled.)  Speaking of tours, you could book just about any of them with the help of the reception staff.   Again, we had a continental buffet breakfast.  It was a bit crowded, so I recommend going early, but there was plenty to choose from.   Rooms during off season are less than £100 per night. 

We would recommend both hotels, great location and really great value for money.  

If you remember, this is how we planned our Long Weekend Getaway from London to Iceland.

We flew out Wednesday night arriving late and stayed at a airport hotel.

We awoke early the next morning, picked up the rental car and headed out to explore the South Coast.
 This was our longest day and we stayed on Route 1 at Hotel Ork.

Next day, we slept in a little later and had plenty of time to tour the Golden Circle and visit a spa.
That night we stayed in Reykjavik at Hotel Klettur and had dinner out on the town.

Saturday we toured the city in the morning, went to Blue Lagoon in the afternoon,
and did a Northern Lights Tour that evening.

We checked out of the hotel early Sunday morning, dropped off the car and caught an early flight.

We were home by 2pm on Sunday.

This was one of my top three trips so far!
If you ever get the chance to go to Iceland... GO!

Here's a recap of all of the posts from our stay.
Four days and 10 posts, so much to see and do.

  Today is my final post from #JonesInIceland.  Perfect timing, too.
Stay tuned for #JonesInDunkirk and #JonesInBruge this month!
 After two months of no travel we're finally hitting the road again!

 Where are you off to this month?


  *Our accommodation at Hotel Ork and Hotel Klettur was complimentary for the purposes of review.
 All photos, writing and opinions are my own.
As always, I promise to be open, honest and transparent with my readers.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  


  1. We stayed at the Hotel Ork too. It was some years ago now but It was a great base for our tour for a couple of nights. So pleased you loved Iceland so much - still on my top 3 list too!

  2. That's it - I am going this year! My flat mate is there at the moment and I am super jealous! Have really enjoyed all of your Iceland posts.

  3. Really interesting! We stayed in Reykjavik and weren't crazy about out hotel there, although seeing your photos, I think perhaps this barren style of interiors is just common in Iceland perhaps. That's how ours seemed to be as well.

  4. Thanks for the recommendations! What are the other 2 top trips so far? We are headed to Prague tomorrow for my husband's birthday! :)


  5. Globetrotter PostcardsApril 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Good to have recommendations in case i go again...its likely, i really enjoyed it there. Great postsbtw,hada lot of fun reading them and reliving my trip with yours.

  6. Hotel Ork was nice. I bet it was even better during the summer months when you can enjoy the pool and waterslide. Iceland is absolutely top 3. I'd love to go back during warmer months and explore further north.

  7. I'm so glad I found your blog before we went. I love reading about your life in such an amazing place.

  8. So glad you've enjoyed them! You have to get there soon. You'll love it!

  9. I think it's probably the style. I like the cleanness of it all. Very different from what we've found in Europe.

  10. How was Prague?!? I'm dying to get there. The other two are Ireland and Austria. Loved them both so much!!

  11. Thanks so much. This was one that I really loved blogging about. Such a great place. Do you think you'll go back?

  12. Prague was awesome. It's good we live so close as I'm sure we'll be back. I'll actually have my first Prague post up Friday with pictures from our trip. :) I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Ireland. We're going in September.


  13. Globetrotter PostcardsMay 7, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    Its highly likely I will but probably not till ive tried some new places. Its such an easy trip to make and there is so much scenery, plus i wouldnt ind another dip in the Blue Lagoon ;)


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