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“at the gate of paradise”
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Highland Hotel
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Hella
Reviewed 7 September 2014

fantastic location just at the edge of Landmanalugar, the must see wild region of Iceland. A very warm welcome and a nice cooking at the restaurant. Rooms are simple and clean. At the farm which belong to the same owner a few kilometers before, you can receive precious advise for your trip in the region; don't miss it.

Room Tip: every room are more or less the same
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Patrick T
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights as a part of a tour. The rooms are basic but warm and clean as is the rest of the property. The staff were indifferent at best. The dinner was very mediocre and breakfast was poor. Before our stay the had been snow which had turned into sheet ice all around the entrance and the access at the rear to the deck and hot tub. Nothing was done to clear this despite the Manager boasting that he had a cushy job as there was little to do. CLEAR THE ICE IS WAS A SAFETY HAZZARD would be my advice! Try the Hotel Ranga which is superb. Avoid this one if at all possible.

Room Tip: They all appeared to be the same.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

I was first taken aback when we arrived and had to negotiate 2 feet of snow to get to the reception, but what an incredible place. Completely isolated, with basic rooms but very good breakfast and evening meal and the best place to see the Northern lights. I will never forget this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

this hotel initially appears as a block of portocabins and you will be very afraid as you enter the reception area that your youth hostelling days are back. however dont fret, its warm and cosy inside, set in the middle of absolutely nowhere with a comforting hot tub and sauna out back. the staff are very friendly and the food id great. showers are hot and rooms are clean and functional. great place to escape light pollution and watch northern lights. felt sorry for the chef whos dinner was ruined both nights by the arrival of the aurora. took my icecream outside with a spoon as who cared it was minus 15 degrees (icecream did set harder) when treated to such an amazing natural spectacle. walked up the hill to see the hydro electric plant one afternoon and quite spectacular views back over the hotel and valley. ps dont believe Dominics aurora forecasts they were rubbish! hes better at pouring gin!

Room Tip: didnt really see other rooms to compare but not really a view of anything either way!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We stayed for two nights as part of a party of 13.

Lots of snow around in February. Very windy. They said as bad as it usually gets, but it was quiet enough inside. The room was spacious. The shower was lovely. The breakfast was good. My wife enjoyed the dinner. There is a pleasant room to sit for a few people outside the breakfast room. They bar has plenty of drinks and there are sofas and stools, as well as the breakfast room to sit in.

The lights were out both nights. The clouds stayed away pretty well. The activity was 4 both nights and the aurora was pretty static bands of green across the sky, fading in and out over time. Some pinks in a few shots.

In the lee of the hotel it wasn't too bad, only about -2 during day, but out of that it was seriously windy. The wind chill was extreme especially at night. Snowdrifts up to 4 feet. Hold on to your lens caps.

A short walk away is a hydro generator. From there you can see a lot of snow in February, and mountains. Further the still is a big lake I think is called Hrauneyjalón. Wrap up warm. We did not venture off the marked routes but you can see a lot from there.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
Thank Chris W
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Address: Road F26, Hella 850, Iceland
Region: Iceland > South Region > Hella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Hella
Price Range: €71 - €97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Highland is a three star hotel situated at the edge of the Iceland’s most impressive and active volcanic area. From here it is a short distance to many of the most beautiful and popular tourist attractions in the highlands. The area is teeming with great sites for adventure and is the perfect base for visiting as many of them as time allows. It also has a great location to try out all the activities the region has to offer. The vastness and lack of human impact on the surrounding area makes it truly one of the last places in Europe where freedom, natural beauty and solitude are combined in a breathtakingly powerful experience. Hotel Highland offers 16 standard rooms and 4 suites, 2 Family suites for up to 6 people and 2 Luxury suites for up to 4 people. In addition Hotel Highland offers a gourmet restaurant, bar, sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi. The hotel is well accessible by paved road all year round and is only 150 km from Reykjavik. We recommend guests that are planning on staying with us during Winter season to have a 4WD. ... more   less 
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