Hotel Rangá Hella
Benefiting in an isolated riverside location, Hotel Rangá sits between the cities of Hella and Hvolsvöllur, roughly an hour from Reykjavík. The surrounding region offers little in the way of actions therefore a vehicle is crucial.
Design & personality
Constructed in log-cabin design, the conventional design provides cosy and romantic interiors. Guests are met in reception with the sight of a polar bear statue towering over 10ft-high, setting the tone for the remainder of the resort. Cheeky stools, depicting feminine buttocks, provide entertainment in the pub and also a large wicker chair in the lobby could easily match two older adults. Guest rooms are linked by long, sparse corridors than conduct the amount of the house. Upstairs, a balcony wraps around the resort’s second pub and at nighttime provides a background of twinkling stars and, even if you are lucky, the green rainbow of those Northern Lights.
Service & centers
Exceptionally welcoming and useful — the crux of this resort. Ingiphor, the supervisor, or Fridrik, the proprietor, are available most nights. Both make an attempt to personally greet each guest. Service at the restaurant is friendly yet specialist. Personable personalities like Wayne, our server, create the restaurant unique.
The 51 guestrooms are separated into three classes (normal, deluxe and suite). Standard and deluxe rooms feel somewhat obsolete – even the more recent ones. A substantial absence of decoration at the lower classes, evidenced by easy hardwood flooring and walls, is astonishing for a luxury hotel of the price. Beds are faultlessly cozy and lots of baths feature whirlpool baths, based on if they confront the East Ranga River or the menacing sight of this busy Hekla volcano. Three hot tubs overlooking the lake are for guest usage and are heated by geothermal water – the ideal setting to get the aurora borealis sighting. The themed suites, designed after all the seven continents, are really the ones to choose for. Rooms vary in size and important thought was given to the decoration. Imported timber at the ‘Australia’ package creates the appearance and texture of this continent, whilst animal skins hang out of the walls in ‘Africa’. A royal suite can be available and plans to get a ‘Europe’ master suite are in the pipeline.
Food & beverage
Overlooking the East Ranga River and incorporating floor-to-ceiling windows on either side, Hotel Ranga’s restaurant isn’t to be overlooked. Priding itself on its own ‘farmers market’ notion, the kitchen uses largely local components. Menus, motivated by contemporary Nordic cuisine, include refreshing seasonal dishes such as a beginner of reindeer carpaccio with ruccola salad and truffle oil (ISK2,800) and a primary route of Icelandic cod loins with saffron risotto, sun dried tomatoes and olives (ISK4,400). Breakfast, comprising a broad buffet, is served at the restaurant also provides everything from fresh fruit, waffles, cereals, cold meats, various homemade noodles and cooked choices. The scenic view is very attractive as the sun climbs.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $236 (#175), such as breakfast. Free Wi-Fi. Rates are tight but the welcoming setting and exceptional location are worthwhile.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Yes, three rooms offer access for guests with disabilities.
Certainly. There is a space that offers puzzles, board games and a billiards table. Extra beds for children can be ordered.
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