About a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Reykjavik, Hotel Budir's remote location makes it popular with visitors hoping to spot the Northern Lights. Situated near a windswept beach beside the mighty Snaefellsness glacier, the hotel’s raw natural surroundings contrast beautifully with its romantic, traditional interiors, with features like open fires, leather and velvet furnishings, and polished wooden floors. Pleasant decorative touches include sepia photos, bookshelves, and picture windows perfect for enjoying the scenery. The rooms are modern, with earthy, chocolate tones and contemporary furnishings; some come with open fires and some with ornate antique bathtubs (most rooms have showers). The hotel restaurant is by far the best in the area, and the bar is cozy enough to encourage lounging. Upstairs is a common area with sofas, a fireplace, and yet more great views.
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The remote location on Iceland's Snaefellsnes peninsula means guests are completely surrounded by nature. Aside from Snaefellsjökull mountain and the bay and beach area, there are also moss-covered lava fields and volcanic craters, all of which can be hiked. Local activities include snowmobiling, boat trips to islands, a visit to the delightful Budir church, whale spotting, and golf. Guests who want a change from eating in the hotel should try Café Fjöruhusið in nearby Hella (open in summer only).
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Rooms: 28 rooms; from $200. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Candles and elegant glassware adorn the hotel restaurant’s tables, and antique lithographs of whale hunting and local wildlife hug the walls, but the real show-stealers are the views of Snaefellsjokull glacier. The frequently changing menu features Icelandic specialties such as Atlantic cod served with moss, and various roast lamb dishes (vegetarians might want to check ahead to make sure they can be accommodated). The bar has floor-to-ceiling windows and is decorated with artists' impressions of Icelandic fairytales and historic Icelandic pictures, including a photo gallery that charts the hotel’s origins and development. Spa and gym details: There is no on-site pool, though a hot tub is in the planning stages.
Who's it for: Travelers who want to switch off from modern life and fully experience the Icelandic countryside. Our favorite rooms: The loft rooms reward guests with unbeatable views over the inlet and mountains (much better than the parking lot views out back). Room 23 (a Deluxe room) has great views of the glacier, while Room 11 (the main suite) can be used as a family room. Literary Influences: The Snaefellsnes area and Snaefellsjökull mountain are the setting for Jules Verne’s classic novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.